I prepared these worked solutions for the November 2015 Maths Standard exams for the students I’m helping to review for exams in May. I hope they might be useful to others:

# Worked Solutions for IB Maths Standard Level May 2015 TZ2

I prepared these worked solutions for the May 2015 Timezone 2 tests my daughter took so her class could understand better what they missed. Since the test is copyrighted material, I have only included reference to the paper number and the problem number in my explained solutions. Hopefully your school has already given you a copy of the exam for practice. If not, you can purchase a copy from the IB at https://store.ibo.org/mathematics-sl-english for a small fee.

# Worked Solutions for IB Maths Standard Level November 2014 Exam

My daughter’s IB Maths teacher gave them the November 2014 IB Maths Standard exam as a second mock exam for practice last month. I prepared these worked solutions for the students in my daughter’s class to better understand any of the problems that they might have missed. Since the test is copyrighted material, I have only included reference to the paper number and the problem number in my explained solutions. Hopefully your school has already given you a copy of the exam for practice. If not, you can purchase a copy from the IB at https://store.ibo.org/mathematics-sl-english for a small fee.

Worked Solutions for IB Maths Standard Level November 2014 Exam

# Review Notes for IB Maths Standard Level

For the last few months I’ve been volunteering at my daughter’s high school to help the 12th graders review for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Maths Standard Level Exam in May 2015. In the process I produced these review notes that I thought could be useful to other students preparing for the exam as well.

Review Notes for IB Maths Standard Level

I’d be grateful if you email me with any mistakes you find so I can correct them.

# Had Fun Driving the Hockney Trail

Thanks so much to the folks at the Hockney Trail website who painstakingly documented all the GPS locations of so many of our favorite Hockney East Yorkshire landscape paintings. On March 3rd and 4th, armed with the info from that site we visited most of the places on their list. It was just a bit early to witness the arrival of Spring in Woldgate, but it was beautiful (as was the weather those days) nonetheless. Here was one of our pictures of Hockney’s Late Spring Tunnel… We’ll have to go back in other seasons when we get a chance.

# Help Make History by Backing “Loving Vincent”

If you love Vincent Van Gogh, show it by backing the “Loving Vincent” project on Kickstarter. In doing so, you’ll be helping to make history. The Oscar winners for “Peter and the Wolf” aim to produce the world’s first, feature-length painted animated film about the artist’s life, by animating his own paintings. Spread the word. I’ve contributed a pledge to help make it happen. Will you?

# Tony DeRose TED Youth Math and the Movies Talk

After seeing that Pixar’s Tony DeRose was presenting Math and the Movies at MoMath, I waited for the presentation to be posted on line, but for some reason it never appeared (unlike many others in the Math Encounters series). Then I saw that he presented it also at George Washington University, Stony Brook University, and most recently at Berkeley’s MSRI. However, scouring the web I was unable to find any visual record of any of these run-throughs to watch at home with my high-school daughter who is interested in math and computer animation.

I finally thought to send Mr. DeRose an email last week, and he graciously replied with a link to a 9-minute version of a “TED Youth” version of his talk that he gave last year. His full lecture must talk, in addition, about how linear algebra and integral/differential calculus play a role in animation, but this abbreviated version it’s definitely way better than what I had to watch last week at this time, which was nothing

His talk is part of the “Session 3” video, and it starts around the 20:00 minute mark:

http://new.livestream.com/tedyouth/2013en

Googling around, I found a picture of Tony showing off the geometric sculpture of Geri’s head (from the Pixar short “Geri’s Game“) at the event here.

Thanks, Mr. DeRose!