The IB math sequence at Agoura High School consists of Pre – IB Geometry, Pre – IB Algebra II (AA or AI) then Math SL (AA or AI). Pre – IB math courses are designed to prepare students for the rigors and assessments of Math SL. Students in Math SL will take two different exams for IB (similar to the AP tests) and complete one written exploration called an internal assessment.
Students in Pre – IB math courses will begin learning how to use graphing calculators as tools to help with computations. In class I will use a TI – 84 Plus CE to demonstrate. While there are many different IB acceptable graphing calculators, the TI 84 series is often the most user friendly for students (and teachers!). As graphing calculators are very expensive, if you choose to purchase one please check to make sure your graphing calculator is IB acceptable before opening calculator (so it can be returned if not ok!). Graphing calculators are also available in the library for students to check out. Students should know that calculators are tools that can help but students should also be comfortable without a calculator as students will not be allowed to use a calculator on every assessment this year.
Students in Pre – IB math courses will also prepare for the internal assessment. The internal assessment is a written exploration based on a math topic of the students’ choice. This will be explained in more detail and assigned in Math SL. The pre – IB math courses will develop different math writing styles to allow Math SL students to pick a topic and a style they are most comfortable with.
The Pre – IB Geometry class combines Algebra I review with that of the Geometry P curriculum creating a comprehensive course that will prepare IB students for Pre - IB Algebra II. This course is cumulative and all material can appear on any test, quiz, midterm or final.