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    • You have to take math but you can choose between Math HL, Math SL, or Math Studies, with HL being the hardest and Studies being the easiest (keep in mind that some universities do not accept Math Studies depending on your major and how much math would be involved in the chosen career field). However, you do not have to take Physics, but you do have to take a science. You have the choice of Physics HL or SL, Biology HL or SL, and Chemistry HL or SL, with the Higher Levels (HL) being more in-depth and a bit harder, and the Standard Levels (SL) being more basic. Some schools even offer an Environmental Studies course instead of Bio, Physics, or Chemistry.
    • is this a compulsory subject? Do we have options for choosing subjects in this course? 
    • As far as I know you need: Introduction, hypothesis, variables, materials, method, raw data, processed data (averages?), qualitative data, graphs, interpretation, conclusion, evaluation. But surely you need some kind of relatively advanced mathematical process to have a good interpretation? For an experimental Chem IA. Do you need to calculate Pearson's correlation or a t-test? What is a t-test? Are standard deviations enough?
    • You could change some words or remove them completely. e.g. "preliminary testing of" "initially testing", remove "originally" add a full stop after complex, start the next sentence with The,  to I developed a different RQ which I developed a greater interest in. That should cut down a few words. If you could, you should keep what you have right now because it is very IB and shows that you are very engaged.
    • Hi everyone, I am currently about to post my second reflection for my extended essay, and I wanted to get some feedback before I uploaded it. My RQ is "What is the effect of the exchange of ligands in the electrolyte on the Electrode Potential in a voltaic cell?"   After preliminary testing of my original Research Question, I decided to change it. I found that originally, it was too broad, the methodology too complex, and the original experiment was a failure; it did not yield enough results. In response to this challenge, I developed a different RQ, which was far more successful, and I feel that I have developed a greater interest in this topic. Another challenge I faced, is finding secondary data because my methodology is quite unique. I have to take greater initiative to find authentic and reliable sources, which is something I discussed with my supervisor, so I will be looking at alternative resources available in our Chemistry department, such as other syllabuses and data books. I have also made progress with regards to my understanding of the RQ, and this will help me as I finish writing my Essay.   Word count is 144 because in my first reflection I went 6 words over, so to keep it at 300 words total this one has to be a little shorter! Do let me know if this is "IB-y" enough, or if it has enough reflection, and any ideas on how to reduce the word count would be appreciated (so I can add more reflective statements) Thanks!!
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