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Felipe Doria

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  1. Are there any edX/Coursera courses which are useful for Maths HL? For example, I've heard the 'Calculus: Single Variable' course by UPenn on Coursera covers most or all of the topics in the Calculus section of Maths HL. Thank you for your help!
  2. In the IB Mathematics HL papers, must one give exact answers in questions where it is not specifically stated to do so? For example, is sqrt(2) - sqrt(3)i the same as 1.414 - 1.732i?
  3. And do you know if the Oxford and Cambridge editions of the HL Core and options are good enough for self studying Further Math HL or just Math HL? Thank you very much for your help!
  4. Cool, I didn't know H&H had books for Further Math HL. Do you know if there are any other publishers which currently have, or are planning to publish, IB-specific books for Linear Algebra and Geometry? Thank you for your help!
  5. Which are the recommended textbooks for the two extra topics in Further Mathematics HL, Linear Algebra and Geometry? Moreover, are the normal HL textbooks good enough for the other topics in Further Mathematics HL? Thank you for your help!
  6. Are you taking English Lang and Lit, English B, or English Literature? I hope that you don't take English Literature because other courses of English are so much simpler and easy even if they are put at HL. I think you should definitely take 4 HL subjects. But of course, you need to work very hard! Try to think that you are doing 4 HL subjects because you really love Math and Physics, but not because that you have to do that. Remember that if you love the subjects and you work hard, you can basically achieve anything in life! So good luck I'm doing English language and literature (I think its A2, but I might be wrong), and Spanish literature (A1). Thank you for your help!
  7. There are a lot of good books out there that you can use. And people will of course have different opinions regarding which textbook is the best. But anyhow, from my own experience, these following books are what I would recommend: 1. Physics: Cambridge Tsokos book (5th edition) is the best book for IB in my opinion. Prior to IB, I was extremely bad at physics (I even couldn't understand simple concepts such as Newton's law). However, this book gave me hopes and helped me understand the beauty of physics throughout the 2 years of IB. Many people complained that the book is too mathematical, but I disagree because I think that this is exactly the way physics students shoudl be taught. Mathematics is clearly the language of nature; so how can one understand physics without incorporating a little bit of maths in it? The book also doesn't oversimplify concepts as it's done in other books. Also, you can find online worked solutions to each of the questions. I love this book, and would definitely give it an infinite numbers of stars 2. Maths (core): Oxford, Cambridge or Pearson are all good math textbooks in IB. As you've probably heard before, one shoud always use at least 2 math books in IB; so I would recommend using both Cambridge and Pearson. Pearson is a brilliant textbook if you are used to the way mathematics is supposed to be written. In other words, the language used in Pearson is so advanced that it looks exactly like how university maths books are supposed to look like. In this book, all the definitions are made so precise and mathematical, making it hard to follow sometimes. However, if you use this book often, then your skill in communicating mathematics through symbols and precise concepts will be greatly improved; making it much easier for you to do your Math IA later on. Now, for any chapters that Pearson doesn't explain well, then you should switch to the Cambridge book 3. Maths (options): Never use Pearson book for options. They are badly written; and I think the contents are a bit more advanced than what a HL student should know. As Sofia Karlson suggested, with options, go with Cambridge! It's really the best! Cheers! and good luck! I'll definitely get those books, thank you for your help! Do you think I should take 4 HL subjects?
  8. Honestly, doing 4 higher levels is unnecessary but in your case it *might* be worth it if you're planning on self-studying higher level physics as it's really important for your future. Why don't you just drop economics to standard level? If that isn't possible - you'll be fine if you choose to do 4 higher levels as there is very little difference between SL/HL English, Spanish and economics, it won't be much harder than doing the standard combo of 3 HL/SL subjects. I will drop Economics to SL, but I meant that I would have 4 HL subjects if I took both Math HL and Physics HL, since I would have Spanish, English, Math and Physics HL, and economics and chemistry SL.
  9. Thank you all for your help. I'll self-study Physics HL then, but I don't think I can do the online Math HL course because the registration deadline has already passed for the May 2016 exams. Moreover, given that Spanish and English HL are compulsory in my school, do you think taking 4 HL subjects would be worth it?
  10. As I said previously, Spanish and English HL are compulsory in my school, do you think taking 4 HL subjects is worth it? If so, which textbooks do you recommend for Physics and Math HL? Thank you for your help!
  11. I haven't asked them specifically for Math HL, but I don't think they would mind. I think I'm going to try to study Math HL and Physics HL during my summer holidays (I'm in the southern hemisphere) and see what they're like. On MIT's website it says that international students are recommended to have studied "Mathematics, at least at the level of calculus." Calculus is studied in Math SL, right? It also says that I need "two or more years of History"; it's not required to take IB History to apply to universities like MIT, is it? Thanks a lot for your help.
  12. My school does not offer Mathematics HL or Physics HL. I am currently taking Economics, English A2 and Spanish A1 HL(English and Spanish HL are compulsory in my school) and Chemistry, Physics and Math SL, but my school has offered me the possibility of studying Physics HL by myself instead of taking the Economics HL IB exam. However, I still don't have the possibility of studying Math HL, and, from what I've heard, Math HL is too hard to study by myself. However, I want to study theoretical physics or possibly even mathematical physics at a good university in the USA, like MIT. Is Math HL a requirement for this? What do you think of studying Physics or Math HL by myself? Keep in mind that there is a good physics and a good math professor in my school, but my school does not offer these courses because not enough students want them. Thank you for your help!
  13. My school does not offer Mathematics HL or Physics HL. I am currently taking Economics, English A2 and Spanish A1 HL(English and Spanish HL are compulsory in my school) and Chemistry, Physics and Math SL, but my school has offered me the possibility of studying Physics HL by myself instead of taking the Economics HL IB exam. However, I still don't have the possibility of studying Math HL, and, from what I've heard, Math HL is too hard to study by myself. However, I want to study theoretical physics or possibly even mathematical physics at a good university in the USA, like MIT. Is Math HL a requirement for this? What do you think of studying Physics or Math HL by myself? Keep in mind that there is a good physics and a good math professor in my school, but my school does not offer these courses because not enough students want them. Thank you for your help!
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