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Mathematical Exploration for Maths IA (HL)

I just wanted to ask if taking 'The Tower of Pisa' as a topic for my maths IA, is a good topic or not?......

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most people are just transitioning to this new style of IAs. What you really want to do is pose a mathematical question with no clear answer, and try to find one. Your phrasing of the question will allow the tower of pisa to be a good or bad topic.

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Ask questions that no one has ever answered before. For example, think of -1 dimensional space or something like that. Doesn't have to be obscure, but something that has potential for explorations.

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I think the new IAs are more like mini maths Extended Essays, In the same way that physics IAs are like mini physics EEs. It doesn't have to be drastically complicated I dont think.

This is the format I suggest when looking for your investigatory focus:

Find an area of maths that you partically like and narrow it down to a topic/ aspect. Then you can make it into a question or just a focus.

For example

Find an area of maths: recreational mathematics/ mathematical modelling

Find a topic/ aspect: Rubik's cube

Question/ focus: Combinations of a Rubik's cube

If you have the newest maths HL course companion book, it's meant to have a whole chapter providing help for the exploration.

But basically go through the process to form your investigation project.

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