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Rahul Daswani

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  1. Google docs has a drawing feature that I use for all my IAs now
  2. Hey All, I'm struggling a bit with my IA topic. So I was stuck for quite a whole and somebody directed me along the route of Markov Chains. For those of you who don't know what that is, I found a really good explanation video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvYTGEZQTEs (I just learnt it myself). This was recommended was Matrices were just taken out of the core syllabus (so it is one of those better topics to achieve a high grade in the actual Maths part) and the theory itself is not that hard to learn. Anyways, I found this whole idea quite interesting and I wanted to apply it to board games, more specifically, Monopoly. So I have been doing a ton of research recently and I've come to the conclusion that this is going to be way to complicated. Basically, from what i've found out, the simplest way to examine the probabilities of board spaces requires at least 40 different variables in the Matrix. In many of the papers I've read about this application to Monopoly, the writers have used computer programming and coding to find the results they did. So I was wondering, would there be any way to make this exploration simpler, such that an average (I'm no prodigy) Maths HL student can do it. I'm quite interested in this whole topic, but I could change it if it is necessary. I'm a little bit stressed because I'm leaving on holiday in three days, and I would have liked to sort out my topic and all my materials by then so I could write it up on the plane and any spare time I have, as I may not have wifi during my trip. I still have a bit over three weeks of holidays left, but I really need to sort it out soon. Any suggestions? Thanks
  3. I actually think this would be quite interesting as long as you can make it seem like you know what you're doing. I'm not sure what you RQ is, but you could phrase it like "Should Universities be Deregulated in Australia" or something, then you could look at the economics behind it and whatever. Then in your conclusion decide whether it should or shouldn't. Just an idea, but I think it could work out quite well.
  4. I really wouldn't do something that focuses on Ethiopia considering it will be really hard to get primary research done there. Some of the most common EEs are those which examine the market structure for a particular market. Since there are so many online models of it anyways I would just base it on that, but focus on a market that's relatable to you and that you can get primary data on. I don't think anyone should just pick a topic for you to do.
  5. Everyone said that Maths HL was the hardest higher, and I never really took it in properly until I did the course and starting doing the tests. The thing with HL maths is that, you may get the theory, but the way the questions are presented really leave you stumped. But I've stuck with it the first year of the IB and it's definitely gotten a lot better since the start of the year. I was similar to kfernando1 in that my grades kept fluctuating, but it has gotten better over the past few years. Honestly, I would just go for it now, do the first two or more tests and just see how you feel about the course as a whole. If you need to, you can always drop down since you still have loads of time left (my friend just dropped out of HL maths at the end of this school year). Just note though that the step from GCSE Maths to IB maths is a big one, and the step from SL to HL is insane
  6. Hey, I honestly wouldn't recommended if I were you, as time becomes a huge issue, and if you're like me, it'll be a really stressful time period. You can see my subjects below and I guess they're pretty similar to yours (-HL Chem), but its literally taken me most of the year to get used to how I need to plan myself each day. Just a word of advice, HL maths may not be as easy as you think, especially at the start. Everyone says "oh yeah its the hardest HL to do", but you never really realise it until you start doing the tests. You may think you understand everything, but the way they put it in the questions it's something else. Once again, it just takes time to get used to and I at the end of the year I found maths to be a lot better. If you think you can do it, you may as well try, and you can always drop a higher or something later in the year if you need to, as you'll know the SL stuff anyways.
  7. But can I only use ways of knowing instead of an area of knowledge? I'm 99% you have to mention both, there must be a way you can link something to one area of knowledge (i.e. Ethics, natural sciences etc)
  8. That is certainly an interesting topic for an EE. My question would be how are you going to show that it's Occupy Central that caused them to shut down - you have lots of qualitative data from the people you've spoken to, can you also get some quantitative data? sales before and after perhaps? Just qualitative data won't be strong enough to prove the causation Market structures is not the most relevant thing to discuss in detail but you could look at the Occupy Movement as an external shock and bring in theories of demand and supply there. Thanks for the response! I don't think I can classify the OC movement as an external shock as it didn't have HUGE impacts on the market. A few stores may have closed down for a few days, but nothing was absolutely permanent. I've gotten figures from different retailers, some saying they had a 30% drop in sales due to the movement and there is a lot of secondary data online, so in the respect of quantitative data I think I should be okay. The people from mainland China are the main buyers of luxury jewellery and watches in Hong Kong and many of the retailers I interviewed said that, while they were open, the number of mainlanders in their stores truly did decrease and that is why some of their sales were lowered. I'm going to look for the correlation between tourism and the sales/ demand for jewellery/ watches in the area. To gain a better understanding of why the Mainlanders stopped buying at that time (e.g. loads of traffic, closer stores etc etc), I will attempt to interview a few of them, and then I can go on to explain why there is a correlation between Occupy central and loss of sales (looking at the demand-side stimulants here). What is interesting to me is that, when I asked many of the firms, even though the movement went on for a good two months, and sales did decrease, none of them I interviewed changed prices (linking in with the idea of monopolistic competition [the market structure for the watch/ jewellery market]). So I can basically draw the demand supply diagram with demand shifting left, without the market clearing as such to show an excess supply. That describes an individual firm, but do you think it would be relevant to draw the monopolistic competition diagram showing the effects of reduced demand? I've thought over this a lot in the past few days and I have a much clearer idea on what I want to do, but do you think all of it seems fine (I'm about 2000ish words in now)? Lastly, I also found that the sales of the luxury jewellery and watch stores even decreased before the movement, so I want to find the reason for this and explore how much of an effect the Occupy Central movement truly did have on the sales, considering it was lower before. In my evaluation I can put stuff like the jewellers may have given slightly fast data (bias) considering many of them were against the movement, making it seem worse than it actually was. Anyways thanks for the reply and sorry for the essay, but, thoughts anyone?
  9. From my experience, it was fine to focus on one area of knowledge and within that explore two or three different WOKs depending on if your one you own or not. You would need to reference both, and make sure they link to your actual topic rather than just throwing them in because you need to.
  10. I would go for it if you need it for university placements or something, if it was one mark off it's really unlikely you will drop to a 4
  11. Oh if you haven't started the course yet then you're fine. Just try to contact them before and let them know as the timetabling would need to be changed. I think it could wait though, we had many people switching courses mid way through year 12
  12. Aahaha thanks. You haven't heard of Occupy Central? It was that whole civil disobedience movement in Hong Kong for universal suffrage (basically to be free from China). Thing is I'm not 100% sure how to apply economics to that other than supply and demand, and a bit of the market structure (most closely resembles monopolistic competition). I'm just wondering whether anyone can spot any other economics in there, as even PED and stuff don't TRULY relate as prices never changed
  13. Sorry for the repost everyone, I'm just really stressed and would love to get a range of different opinions Hey All, This is my first post here so sorry If I'm doing it wrong. Basically my extended essay (for economics) title is 'To what extent has the Occupy Central movement negatively affected the luxury jewellery and watch firms in the central district?'. So my supervisor said the topic was fine to do, and it is now summer and I am writing it up. However, I'm genuinely scared that I wont have enough 'economics' as such. I have conducted primary research, talking to a range of different luxury jewellers in the area, and many said that they did lose sales due to the movement, and many said they were forced to close down. I have gotten other data too but I don't want to digress. Anyways, I am about 1200 words in (I've done my intro, objective, methodology etc) and because I felt like I didnt have enough economics I wrote quite a bit on the market structure of jewellery in the central district. Do you guys think that writing about the market structure would be too off topic, as I feel like I really don't have much economics other than demand and supply? I was thinking about talking, and researching about the elasticities (PED particularly) for luxury jewellery, but once again it doesn't really relate to the topic. I feel like I can simply answer my question by just saying "yes it has negatively affected them, stores closed etc etc". Am I missing anything out that can be more directly related to my topic and economics? Thanks so much P.S. I'm 99% sure it's too late to change topic and my supervisor sucks and won't reply to any of my emails or anything (we are now on summer break, so I don't have school to see her)
  14. Okay so I'm taking basically the same subjects as you (just finished first year). So for me, everyone said that Maths HL is so hard and whatever and not to choose it, but I didnt think it was going to be that bad. I'm not going to lye, the good proportion of the year for me was a struggle, but it does get better. The issue that I have (and many others) is that even though we understand how to do everything, application in the questions are pretty hard. Like as soon as you know the first step, you'll know how to answer the question, but the problem is finding that first step. I plan to work really hard for maths over summer and hope for the best next year. As for physics, I find that if you work hard enough it should be quite okay. This year I've really enjoyed it, so I had that natural motivation. You shouldn't have any problems with HL Econ and SL chem as they are my somewhat 'chill subjects', but honestly it's all down to what youre good it. I personally preferred Chem over physics during my GCSEs, but I'm really enjoying physics this year, so no regrets.
  15. The thing is my supervisor sucks. I've sent her emails and I haven't gotten a reply from any. The last thing I would want to do is do a completely new EE for her to say I didn't approve it so you can't do it
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