Calculus describes rates of change between two variables and the accumulation of limiting areas.
Understanding these rates of change and accumulations allow us to model, interpret and analyze realworld
problems and situations. Calculus helps us to understand the behaviour of functions and allows us to
interpret the features of their graphs.
The aim of the SL content in the calculus topic is to introduce students to the concepts and techniques of
differential and integral calculus and their applications.
Throughout this topic students should be given the opportunity to use technology such as graphing
packages and graphing calculators to develop and apply their knowledge of calculus.
The aim of the AHL content in the calculus topic is to extend and build upon the aims, concepts and skills
from the SL content. Further powerful techniques and useful applications of differential and integral
calculus are introduced.