**Our Philosophy**

**Mathematics serves as the gateway to a better understanding of our immediate surroundings and the greater world around us. At NIS, we look to engage students in Mathematics that is both abstract and real to them. **

**MYP Strands in Mathematics**

**Number**

The ability to work with numbers is an essential skill in Mathematics and our number system is a language for describing quantities and the relationships between quantities. Numbers are used to interpret information, make decisions and solve problems. The expression of patterns and description of real‑life situations, via the use of numbers, goes back to humankind’s earliest beginnings, and illustrates the multicultural roots of Mathematics.

**Algebra**

Algebra is an abstraction of the concepts first used when dealing with number and is fundamental in the continued learning of Mathematics. Algebra uses letters and symbols to represent number, quantity and operations, and employs variables to solve mathematical problems. To identify and describe patterns algebraically is the foremost of skills we require to understand how Mathematics applies to the world in which we live.

**Geometry**

The regions, paths and boundaries of natural space can be described by shape. An understanding of the

interrelationships of shape allows interpretation, understanding and appreciation of the two-dimensional and

three-dimensional world. The study of geometry and trigonometry enhances spatial awareness and provides

tools for analysing, measuring and transforming geometric quantities in both dimensions.

**Statistics and Probability**

Statistics allow us to make a summary of what is known about the world and to make inferences

about what is not known. It is concerned with the collection, analysis and interpretation of quantitative

data and uses the theory of probability to estimate parameters, test hypotheses and

predict the occurrence of events.

**MYP Significant Concepts in Mathematics**

**Number**

The properties of number are key to making sense of the world, both real and abstract.

**Algebra**

Number properties can be expressed in a generalised form whose rules are used to problem solve.

**Geometry**

Spatial relationships are both a means of understanding the physical and abstract world.

**Statistics and Probability**

Useful information can be extracted from data if it is processed appropriately. Information is susceptible to the bias of both the presenter and reader.

### Probability allows us to predict long-term trends with a considerable degree of accuracy.

Here is the slide show from the September 10, 2014 Coffee Morning presentation. Thank you to all that attended.