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Zimsec O level Maths Syllabus New Curriculum.pdf

This syllabus is for students whose intension is to study mathematics up to and beyond O' level. Zimsec O level mathematics is divided into two versions 4008 and 4028.

Version 4008 is the non-calculator version and syllabus 4028 is the calculator version. However many school now recommend the calculator version since it is inline with the current technological advancements.

The syllabus aims to enable pupils to:

- understand, interpret and communicate mathematical information in everyday life.
- gain mathematical skills for use in their everyday lives and in skills development.
- understand the crucial role played by mathematics in technological developments.
- gain a firm mathematical and scientific step stone for further studies.
- build the ability to use mathematics in other subjects.
- develop mathematical and logical reasoning.
- enjoy mathematics and and related activities.
- appreciate the beauty of mathematics.
- develop an open-minded, self-reliant, resourceful, critical and creative thinking mindset.

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

- recall, recognise and use mathematical symbols, terms and definitions.
- carry out calculations and algebraic and geometric manipulations accurately.
- check the correctness of mathematical solutions.
- estimate, approximate and use appropriate degrees of accuracy.
- read, interpret and use tables, charts and graphs accurately.
- draw graphs, diagrams and constructions to given appropriate specifications and measure to a suitable degree of accuracy.
- translate mathematical information from one form into another (e.g. from a verbal form to a symbolic or diagrammatic form.
- predict, draw inferences, make generalisations and establish mathematical relationships from provided data.
- give steps and/or information necessary to solve a problem.
- choose and use appropriate formulae, algorithms and strategies to solve a wide variety of problems.
- apply and interpret mathematics in daily life situations.

Requirements and provisions:

- Mathematical tables and electronic calculators are prohibited in paper 1 of either of the two versions of the syllabus (4008/1 and 4028/1). However, the mathematical tables are allowed in 4008/2 and the electronic calculators allowed in 4028/2.
- Mathematical tables are provided in the examination. As for a scientific calculator you will have to provide your own.
- Candidates are expected to bring their own mathematical instruments to the examination. Flexi curves are not allowed.