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 "The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple."

      Mathematics (M) is the successor of Mathematics (S) starting year 2012 when the new modular system for sixth-form study was implemented. The syllabus for Mathematics (S) which has been in use since the 2002 STPM examination was revised and replaced with the syllabus for Mathematics (M). 

          In this new system, a few changes have been made:

    i.    the total content is divided into three parts, one part for each term

    ii.   the written examination is carried out at the end of each term

    iii.  the assessment includes written examination and course work (School Based


    iv.  candidates are allowed to repeat the examination of each term to improve the results


         The content of the Mathematics (M) syllabus is divided into:

Term 1: Algebra and Calculus

         1.   Functions


                     Polynomials and rational functions

                     Exponential and logarithmic functions

         2.   Sequences and Series



                     Binomial expansions

         3.   Matrices


                     Systems of linear equations

         4.   Differentiation



                     Applications of differentiation

         5.   Integration

                     Indefinite integrals

                     Definite integrals

         6.   Differential Equations


Term 2: Statistics

         7.   Data Description

         8.   Probability

         9.   Probability Distribution

                     Discrete random variables

                     Continuous random variables

                     Binomial distribution

                     Poisson distribution

                     Normal distribution

         10. Correlation and Regression



         11. Index Numbers

         12. Time Series


Term 3: Financial and Decision Mathematics

         13. Interest, Annuity and Depreciation




         14. Cost, Revenue and Profit

         15. Linear Programming

                     Problem formulation

                     Graphical method

                     Simplex method

         16. Critical Path Analysis


                     Critical paths

                     Scheduling and crashing

         17. Inventory Models

         18. Game Theory


         At the end of each term, candidates for Mathematics (M) are required to sit for a written examination. Each paper consists of two sections:

                Section A (45 marks): 6 questions (Answer all questions)

                Section B (15 marks): 2 questions (Answer any one question)


         STPM examination uses a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system, where there are 11 grades ranging from A to F.  The grade points for each of these grades are shown in the following table. A candidate must score a minimum of grade C in order to pass a paper.



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1.   STPM Mathematics (M) Syllabus, Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC), 2012.

2.   Malaysian Examinations Council official website:






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