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    This math portfolio is on matrix powers. It was awarded 17/20.
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    This type II math portfolio is about modeling the amount of a drug in the bloodstream. It was awarded 18/20.
  3. ezex

    MIT Decision

    Aww that sucks
  4. ezex

    MIT Decision

    Hell ya I got in, and you did spell my first name wrong, but that's cool. Oh and ya, my SAT scores are ****, i think i got like...770 in Math, 600 in englihs, and 670 in writing. But w/e, it's definately not about SAT scores in the end. Oh and...who are you? I couldn't figure it out...
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    MIT Decision

    SO??? ANYONE!?!?! Am I seeing any of you guys next year?
  6. Depends on the year and how many Pakistanis applied. They fill quotas so if you happen to apply on a year when all 50 that they take are extreme geniusus and you're good too but not as good then you're **** out of luck. But usually its pretty varied so if you're one of the top, no...if you're number one at your school you have good chances of making it into Harvard. But again, it all falls on you as a person so really it doesnt matter.
  7. Super Chemical Engineer. And by super I mean top-secret, government program that no one knows about where we make chemical bombs that can be dropped anywhere and only kill the person we're aiming for on a 20 mile radius. Or deal with super deadly toxic missiles like in "The Rock" where I'm the guy, the chemist...the one that's in National Treasure.
  8. This post has been so cool . Nice job explaining everything Irene, I don't think there could be a better way to explain than how you did. One thing though. For number 3 you're right that cosine is only upperbound from 0 to pi over four. Unfortunately you cant just multiply that area by two to get the second part. You actually have to integrate, from 0 to pi over four, cosine squared minus sine squared PLUS integration, from pi over four to pi over two, of sine squared - cosine squared. And by the way, now that we're using really cool formulas and proofs, cosine squared minus sine squared is cos(2x) so really the integration is just sin(2x)/2 No need to go and integrate individually And sine squared minus cosine squared is -cos(2x)...oh wow, you CAN multiply the volumes by two, oh well that was just lucky . Oher than that great explanation.
  9. To complete the test you don't even need to be taking a chemistry class. To do WELL in the test you should be taking AP chemistry or HL chemistry. To do GREAT in the test you dont need anything but the Princeton Chemistry Review Book, you read this and you get an 800. Taking the test relying only on your knowledge from school will get you in the higher 700s if you're the best in the school and in the 600s if not.
  10. I love it how the discussion went completely off topic... Capa, here's something that might be helpful: Combustion of Ketones
  11. Ya, it worked for me though. I did EXACTLY what you said. You pretty much wrote my academic life story right there. I want to dispute on the whole IB issue so here it goes IB dillema: First off, MIT (it's the one I'm most familiar with) takes about 1300 students a year. The distribution is something like 20% black, 25% asian, 30% white, 15% hispanic, and "international/other" like 10% as well. But if you ask me, and I've been to MIT, everyone who argues about having an unfair advantage because of ethnicity is ignorant because every single student at MIT deserves to be there and every single one of them contributes one way or another. As far as IB goes, no. No. No. They DON'T. They only see IB as a sign of endurance: if you're in IB all they get from it is that you can really handle the obnoxious amount of work you get at MIT. I will generalize here becaue I've seen it happen way too often: MOST people around the world think IB classes are "advanced" or "hard". I'm sorry, but they're not. Not by a long shot. Of course remember that I'm talking about the top engineering school in the world, of course they're hard courses, but not MIT hard. Predicted grades? HAHAHAHA. Our school and many around Florida don't have that and trust me, they care very little about this. Again, they are REALLY IMPORTANT, but they don't show that you have a passion for organic chemistry, or nuclear physics, it just shows that you will be consistent with your work at MIT. So if IB, one of the hardest and most challanging programs in the world, doesn't prove that you're MIT aerospace engineering material, then what does? Well (don't hate me for saying this Forester ) AP classes ae a huge deal. When I say huge I mean huge. It's true, MIT recognizes several IB classes as equivalents to AP classes (I think that getting a 7 in HL physics counts as getting a 4 or 5 in AP physics and same with Math HL) but has anyone ever stopped to think about how IB is really about writting essays and doing english orals and reading novels or history books? What good is it to MIT that you're predicted a 45? They'll like it, of course, but wouldn't it be great for them to see that you worked your hardest in IB and on top of that spent all your extra time swimming? Or maybe they like how you got all A's and some B's on your junior year on all your IB classes but are astounded by the fact that you also took 2 AP math/science classes and a summer college class. I do agree, however, with the first post since the college admissions process is quite complex. But don't forget, that of those 50 people who were picked first because of ethnicity...EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM WAS AS GOOD, if not better, THAN THE RESTING 50! I'm extremely happy and shocked that I made it into MIT (especially in early action) but what I really like about it is that when I'm up there I really feel like I belong. And ya, maybe I'm not even gona get my IB dipploma but that definately doesn't mean I can't take the worload from IB or the level of difficulty of MIT classes. So drop that novel right now and go register for differential equations at that college down the street (i'm like 20 miles away but lets assume its down the street)!
  12. I've been waiting for someone to ask this. The simple answer is HELL NO. The more complicated answer is: IB math is nowhere near as thorough as AP calc. Not even HL math kids could pull a decent grade on the AP calc AB test. There are a TON of things you dont even touch on in IB math and the ones you do cover you cover badly and rushed. I took AP calc on tenth grade and got a 5. I took IB math on 11th and got a 7. Trust me when I tell you that you won't be even close to prepared if you do that. Now, I'm not saying you shouldnt take the AP test! As a matter of fact, taking the AP calc test and passing is one of the most attractive things you could put on a college application. You will, however, have to start from zero if you plan to take the AP test (if you could, I suggest taking both IB and AP because all the 10 people in my school who are doing that are not only guaranteed 7s on teh IB test but they laugh at their IB friends for how little they grasp the concepts). AND the same teacher taught both courses last year. This teacher was voted the number one calculus teacher of the year on a national level for having the most passing calculus BC students EVER. So the only variable in the whole issue is the class: IB math SL/HL is good for Europe and liberal arts colleges. AP calculus AB/BC is great for anywhere especially math/science/engineering colleges. Both makes you look good too. Hope it helped.
  13. Well, our school has 8 periods so we always have space for an AP class. On top of that, however, I take all of my math classes at my local college cause the school doesnt offer anything past calculus BC so I had to go and take them there. I took a total of 6 AP clases, a butload of IB, and 15 college classes.
  14. Lol, of course I have something that gave me an edge. First off, the SATs don't measure how much you know english and math, just how much you DONT know (I gave the full explanation aout this in another thread, I don't remeber which one though...). I'm guessing MIT liked the fact that I've taken nearly 6 semesters of calculus, 4 of chemistry, 4 of physics, AND manage 8 IB classes a year plus 5 of college. They must've also liked the fact that I"m a real human being and not just someone who studies all the time. See, I actually play sports, a lot, and do well at school but only where I want to. I hate english very much and yet I'm still in IB. By the way, MIT in particular likes math and science so anyone who excels in the IB program might have awesome chances at Harvard or Cambridge but not at a math/engineering school. I exceled THROUGH ib. So if you want to get into these types of schools I suggest that you stop worrying about IB altogether and try taking some AP math or science classes. There's a million othe things they looked at but being in love with science and being genuinly a real person shows them that if you actually go to MIT you'll have what it takes to come up with inventions of your own.