“It is super important that you understand Maths if you are going to progress in IB Physics. The two subjects compliment each other perfectly and mathematical techniques are vital in solving physics problems.”
The trouble is....
I know you have a lot of questions about what maths EXACTLY is included in IB Physics.
If you'd like a full explanation behind these math skills:
I know that you have more questions.
Yes and no! Maths and Physics go together like fish and chips! If you'd like a career that involves Physics, then Maths is an essential skill that you should embrace. However, if you simply need to pass the IB Physics exam with little interest in Maths then there are very specific skills that you need to master for the final exams and they can be learned with practice and determination.
You can watch this video covering: How to Solve IB Physics Exam Questions involving Math
No. You do not need to use calculus in IB Physics HL. There are parts of the course where calculus fits in perfectly, namely Simple Harmonic Motion (Topics 4&9) and Equations of Motion (Topic 2) but the specification does not dictate that calculus should be used.
I have taught many students in both HL and SL Physics who have achieved fantastic grades in IB Physics whilst studying Math Studies (instead of SL and HL Maths). Your school may have a policy on which Maths course you should take when choosing IB Physics, but if you are prepared to work hard then there shouldn't be any barriers for you to achieve a 7 in IB Physics whilst studying Math Studies.
Here is Felicia, who studied HL Physics with me and did Math Studies at the same time:
Just remember... if you'd like a career that involves Physics, then Maths is an essential skill that you should embrace.
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