Current JAMB Syllabus For Mathematics (+PDF)

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This JAMB syllabus for Mathematics is to prepare you for the JAMB exam by testing you in the following Mathematics topics:


SECTION I: Number and Numeration


1. Number bases:

  • operations in different number bases from 2 to 10;
  • conversion from one base to another including fractional parts.

2. Fractions, Decimals, Approximations and Percentages:

  • fractions and decimals;
  • significant figures;
  • decimal places;
  • percentage errors;
  • simple interest;
  • profit and loss percent;
  • ratio, proportion and rate;
  • shares and valued added tax (VAT).

3. Indices, Logarithms and Surds:

  • laws of indices;
  • standard form;
  • laws of logarithm;
  • logarithm of any positive number to a given base;
  • change of bases in logarithm and application;
  • relationship between indices and logarithm;
  • Surds.

4. Sets:

  • types of sets.
  • algebra of sets.
  • Venn diagrams and their applications.

SECTION II: Algebra


1. Polynomials:

  • change of subject of formula.
  • factor and remainder theorems.
  • factorization of polynomials of degree not exceeding 3.
  • multiplication and division of polynomials.
  • roots of polynomials not exceeding degree 3.
  • simultaneous equations including one linear, one quadratic;
  • graphs of polynomials of degree not greater than 3.

2. Variation:

  • direct
  • inverse
  • joint
  • partial
  • percentage increase and decrease.

3. Inequalities:

  • analytical and graphical solutions of linear inequalities;
  • quadratic inequalities with integral roots only.

4. Progression:

  • nth term of a progression.
  • sum of A. P. and G. P.

5. Binary Operations:

  • properties of closure, commutativity, associativity and distributivity;
  • identity and inverse elements (simple cases only).

6. Matrices and Determinants:

  • algebra of matrices not exceeding 3 x 3;
  • determinants of matrices not exceeding 3 x 3;
  • inverses of 2 x 2 matrices [excluding quadratic and higher degree equations].

SECTION III: Geometry and Trigonometry


1. Euclidean Geometry:

  • Properties of angles and lines.
  • Polygons: triangles, quadrilaterals and general polygons;
  • Circles: angle properties, cyclic quadrilaterals and intersecting chords;
  • construction.

2. Mensuration:

  • lengths and areas of plane geometrical figures;
  • lengths of arcs and chords of a circle;
  • Perimeters and areas of sectors and segments of circles;
  • surface areas and volumes of simple solids and composite figures;
  • the earth as a sphere: longitudes and latitudes.

3. Loci:

  • locus in 2 dimensions based on geometric principles relating to lines and curves.

4. Coordinate Geometry:

  • midpoint and gradient of a line segment;
  • distance between two points;
  • parallel and perpendicular lines;
  • equations of straight lines.

5.Trigonometry:

  • trigonometrical ratios of angles;
  • angles of elevation and depression;
  • bearings;
  • areas and solutions of triangle;
  • graphs of sine and cosine;
  • sine and cosine formulae.

SECTION IV: Calculus


1. Differentiation:

  • limit of a function.
  • differentiation of explicit algebraic and simple trigonometrical functions –
    • sine,
    • cosine,
    • tangent. 

2. Application of differentiation:

  • rate of change;
  • maxima and minima.

3. Integration:

  • integration of explicit algebraic and simple trigonometrical functions;
  • area under the curve.

SECTION V: Statistics


1. Representation of data:

  • frequency distribution;
  • histogram, bar chart and pie chart.

2. Measures of Location:

  • mean, mode and median of ungrouped and grouped data – (simple cases only);
  • cumulative frequency.

3. Measures of Dispersion:

  • Range, mean deviation, variance and standard deviation.

4. Permutation and Combination:

  • Linear and circular arrangements;
  • Arrangements involving repeated objects.

5. Probability:

  • experimental probability (tossing of coin, throwing of a dice etc);
  • Addition and multiplication of probabilities (mutual and independent cases).

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