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2019 November Maths Studies – Paper 1

Paper 2 (Click here to scroll down)

Paper 1 – Question 1

Topic: Number & Algebra

Sub Topic: Number Skills

Difficulty: Easy

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 1 of Paper 1 in the November 2019 IB Maths Studies exam starts nice and easy, with a straight forward number sets question. You are given 6 different types of numbers and you are required to indicate which number sets (N, Z, Q, R) these numbers belong to. This type of question has appeared numerous times before in IB Maths Studies Past Papers, and there are plenty of examples to try in the RV Questionbanks.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 1

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.1

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Paper 1 – Question 2

Topic: Mathematical Models

Sub Topic: Linear Models

Difficulty: Medium

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 2 is a fairly common style of Linear Models question. A linear model is presented for two companies that manufacture T-shirts. The linear models provide a rule for the total cost for manufacturing x number of shirts. There are 4 question parts (a-d), which ask questions related to the total cost for various manufacturing scenarios, and the number of shirts whereby the two companies have the same manufacturing costs.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 2

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.2

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Paper 1 – Question 3

Topic: Logic, Sets & Probability

Sub Topic: Logic

Difficulty: Hard

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 3 is a challenging Logic question that tests your knowledge of a wide range of logic concepts, including; writing compound propositions in symbolic form, completing a long truth table, and how to justify if a statement is a logical contradiction. This is quite a challenging question early on in the exam paper!

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 3

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.3

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Paper 1 – Question 4

Topic: Logic, Sets & Probability

Sub Topic: Venn Diagrams

Difficulty: Medium

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 4 is a moderately challenging Venn Diagram question. 4 sets of numbers are provided at the start of the question, and it is your task to place these numbers on a Venn Diagram. Following this, you are asked to identify which numbers belong to certain regions of the Venn Diagram (provided in symbolic form).

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 4

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.4

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Paper 1 – Question 5

Topic: Geometry & Trigonometry

Sub Topic: Geometry

Difficulty: Medium

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 5 in Paper 1 (November 2019 IB Maths Studies) is a common Geometry past paper question, assessing your knowledge of how to find the volume of a cuboid, and then how to find the radius of a cylinder for a given volume. There are numerous questions like this one in the Geometry section of the RV Questionbanks.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 5

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.5

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Paper 1 – Question 6

Topic: Statistical Application

Sub Topic: Two Variable Statistics

Difficulty: Easy

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 6 is a straight forward two variable statistics question. These types of questions are commonly found in IB Mathematics Studies past papers. The question provides a table of data and it is your task to calculate the line of regression equation (using your GDC) and then answer two questions based on this equation.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 6

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.6

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Paper 1 – Question 7

Topic: Number & Algebra

Sub Topics: Sequences & Series

Sub Topics: Compound Interest

Difficulty: Medium

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 7 in Paper 1 (November 2019 IB Maths Studies) is a moderately difficult Geometric Sequences & Series question. The first and fourth term of the sequence is provided in the question and it is your task to find: the common ratio, the second term, and the smallest possible term where the sum of the sequence is greater than 2500.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 7

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.7

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Paper 1 – Question 8

Topic: Number & Algebra

Sub Topic: Compound Interest

Difficulty: Easy

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 8 in Paper 1 (November 2019 IB Maths Studies) involves both compound interest & compound depreciation. This is rare in IB Math Studies Past Papers! A compound depreciation question hasn’t been seen in years, so make sure you know how to modify the compound interest formula (provided in your formula booklet) to turn it into depreciation. The question has two parts, the first is using the compound interest formula to find a future value, the second is using the compound depreciation formula to find the number of years to reach a future value.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 8

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.8

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Paper 1 – Question 9

Topic: Logic, Sets & Probability

Sub Topic: Probability

Difficulty: Medium

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 9 in Paper 1 is an interesting question, and one that is uncommon in recent years IB Maths Studies papers. It involves a sample space diagram, which is the part of this question that is rare (this could be drawn as a tree diagram, however it would be a large tree). You are required to complete the sample space diagram and then answer three probability questions, which aren’t too difficult if you managed to complete the diagram correctly.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 9

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.X9

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Paper 1 – Question 10

Topic: Number & Algebra

Sub Topic: Currency Conversion

Difficulty: Hard

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 10 in Paper 1 (November 2019 IB Maths Studies) is a challenging currency conversion question, as the information about the exchange rates is presented in form that is not common in past papers. You are required to interpret and understand the exchange rates between 3 currencies from a buy/sell table, then answer two questions involving currency conversion (without commission involved).

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 10

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.10

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Paper 1 – Question 11

Topic: Mathematical Models

Sub Topic: Exponential Models

Difficulty: Medium

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 11 in Paper 1 is a common type of exponential model question seen in IB Mathematics Studies past papers. This type of question has appeared in nearly every single Paper 1 over the last 3-4 years. An exponential model is provided in the information at the start of the question and it is your task to calculate; the initial population, the population after a number of years, how many years until population reaches a number, and if the model is reasonable given the answers above.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 11

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.11

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Paper 1 – Question 12

Topic 1: Statistical Application

Sub Topic: Normal Distribution

Difficulty: Hard

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 12 in Paper 1 (November 2019 IB Maths Studies) is a challenging Normal Distribution question, primarily due to part © worth 3 marks, which requires a strong understanding of the structure of a Normal Distribution curve. Parts (a) and (b) are straight forward questions, similar to many past paper questions and questions found in the RV Questionbanks.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 12

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.12

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Paper 1 – Question 13

Topic: Descriptive Statistics

Sub Topic: Grouped Data Tables

Difficulty: Hard

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 13 in Paper 1 is a hard Descriptive Question, which is very uncommon in IB Mathematics Studies Past Papers. The question provides a complete grouped data table and parts a-c ask you to find/ calculate some straight-forward information like modal group & standard deviation (found using GDC). Part (d) is where this question becomes challenging, and requires some thought & problem solving.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 13

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.13

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Paper 1 – Question 14

Topic: Differential Calculus

Sub Topic: Mathematical Models

Difficulty: Hard

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Question 14 in Paper 1 (November 2019 IB Maths Studies) is a challenging mathematical models question. An equation is provided in the question, that includes one term with the variable (x) on the bottom of the fraction. This

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 14

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.14

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Paper 1 – Question 15

Topic: Descriptive Statistics

Sub Topic: Box & Whisker Plots

Difficulty: Medium

Marks: 6

Link to Video Solution

Final question of Paper 1, Question 15, is a Box & Whisker Plot question, which is quite unusual for IB Mathematics Studies Past Exams. It is a moderately difficult question, requiring you to answer a series of conceptual questions for a given Box & Whisker plot. Getting full marks on this question requires a strong understanding of the structure and meaning of a Box & Whisker Plots.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 1 November TZ0 Question 15

Question Reference Code: 19N.1.studies.TZ0.15

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2019 November Maths Studies – Paper 2

Paper 2 – Question 1

Topic 1: Statistical Application

Topic 2: Logic, Sets & Probability

Sub Topics Two Variable Statistics

Sub Topics: Probability

Difficulty: Medium

Marks: 15

Link to Video Solution

Question 1 in Paper 2 (November 2019 IB Maths Studies) is a common type of opening Paper 2 question. It involves two topics; two variable stats & basic probability. A table of data is provided at the start of the question, and you are required to perform hypothesis testing (define null hypothesis, calculate the chi-squared statistic, state conclusion etc), and then in the final part, answer 3 probability questions based off table of data. There are quite a few of these questions in the RV Questionbanks (Topic 4; two variable stats).

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 2 November TZ0 Question 1

Question Reference Code: 19N.2.studies.TZ0.1

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Paper 2 – Question 2

Topic: Geometry & Trigonometry

Sub Topic: Coordinate Geometry

Difficulty: Hard

Marks: 13

Link to Video Solution

Question 2 is a challenging Coordinate Question, covering any parts of this sub-topic. A thorough understanding of how to find; gradients & equations of lines, coordinates of points on a line, the relationships between parallel & perpendicular lines (and more), is required to get the full 13 marks.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 2 November TZ0 Question 2

Question Reference Code: 19N.2.studies.TZ0.2

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Paper 2 – Question 3

Topic: Number & Algebra

Sub Topics: Sequences & Series

Difficulty: Medium

Marks: 15

Link to Video Solution

Question 3 in Paper 2 (November 2019 IB Maths Studies) is a moderately difficult applications-based Sequences & Series question (Arithmetic Sequences & Series). It involves finding terms, defining an expression for the sum of terms (based off the formula), then utilising this expression to answer questions.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 2 November TZ0 Question 3

Question Reference Code: 19N.2.studies.TZ0.3

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Paper 2 – Question 4

Topic 1: Mathematical Models

Topic 2: Introduction to Differential Calculus

Sub Topics: Quadratic Models

Sub Topics: Gradients of Tangents & Normals

Difficulty: Hard

Marks: 16

Link to Video Solution

Question 4 in Paper 2 (November 2019 IB Maths Studies) is a challenging mathematical models question, with differential calculus components embedded within the last few question parts. A quadratic function is provided at the start of the question and you are required to answer questions involving; intercepts, axes of symmetry, sketching the curve, equations of tangents at certain points on the curve and determining if the function is increasing or decreasing at certain points. All-in-all, a tough question which will test your conceptual knowledge and algebra skills. Strong Graphics Calculator skill will help a lot in this question.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 2 November TZ0 Question 4

Question Reference Code: 19N.2.studies.TZ0.4

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Paper 2 – Question 5

Topic: Geometry & Trigonometry

Sub Topic: Trigonometry

Difficulty: Medium

Marks: 15

Link to Video Solution

Question 5 in Paper 2 is all about Trigonometry. It is moderately difficult, assessing pretty much the whole spectrum of Trigonometry at an IB Maths Studies level; right angled trigonometry, sine & cosine rules and area of triangles. A good opportunity for 15 marks if you are confident in these easier concepts.

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 2 November TZ0 Question 5

Question Reference Code: 19N.2.studies.TZ0.5

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Paper 2 – Question 6

Topic: Differential Calculus

Sub Topic: Optimization

Difficulty: Hard

Marks: 16

Link to Video Solution

Question 6 in Paper 2 (November 2019 IB Maths Studies) is a very typical difficult final 6 of the exams. It involves a shape whose dimensions can be modelled using equations for surface area and volume, and then needs to be optimised, in this case to maximise volume. Plenty of examples of these types of questions in the RV Questionbanks (Topic 7 – Differential Calculus)

2019 Mathematics Studies Paper 2 November TZ0 Question 6

Question Reference Code: 19N.2.studies.TZ0.6

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