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pockyb
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Is Math SL the same as AP Calc AB and Math HL the same as AP Calc BC? or is it far more extensive?

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## Replies to: What do you learn in IB Math SL/HL?

100Junior Member498Member57Junior Member346MemberThis is completely wrong. Calculus AB

assumesthat you know those topics from precalculus. The actual content of AB calculus is vastly superior to that of SL math.Are you perhaps taking Further Math HL? AP Calculus BC covers roughly the same array of topics that are tackled in an normal IB HL math course.

63Junior Member55Junior Member26New MemberThe new plan for IB students is to do diff equation in the fall semester then to do IB math SL in the spring.

6New Member366MemberWho knows why, our program is a little... off.

154Junior MemberIB Math HL on the other hand was extremely difficult, It went beyond Calc BC (pre-requisite for the class). In fact in a few of our chapters we started off where Calculus BC had left off, so IB Math HL was definitely more difficult.

17New MemberSL1 = Precalc w/trig + vectors(Fundametals) + probability(Fundamentals)

SL2 = AP Calc AB (all of it)

HL1 = AP Calc AB + complex numbers(fundamentals) + matricies(fundamentals) + vectors(advanced) + Stats(AP level)

HL2 = AP Calc BC(Does not apply if your option topic is not Calculus) + the rest of AP stats + Differential Equations(Fundamentals)

Basically

AP = Focus on details

IB = Focus on bigger picture

1New MemberNo guys, really?

AP Calculus AB has a MUCH more in depth version of Calculus than SL Math :o

Just because SL Math covers the basic concepts, doesn't mean it does all the AP-level questions, and the second-semester topics like;

Differential Equations and Slope Fields

Implicit Differentiation

Etc

SL doesn't have those. I'm taking both AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics, and I know for a fact that SL or HL does not have either.

I admit HL comes VERY close to having them, but they don't have all of it, and they most definitely don't have the full AP Stats curriculum with all it's investigative tasks and non-linear modelling and sampling.

Don't get me started on AP Calculus BC...

115Junior Member79Junior Member2,524Senior MemberI got a 5 on AP Calc AB and a 6 on IB SL math, with minimal studying/prep for either. So yeah, it really depends on the school.