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  1. Congratulations! I'm glad everything worked out for you. I wish you much success in your future!
  2. Another thing you should think about: what does area under the curve of his jump represent? My teacher mentioned that people in her class in the past have often tried to incorporate area under the curve for various topics, but they are not able to explain what the area represents. So explain that well!
  3. Since you are modelling his jump, you can also model the slope (of increase) of his jump. You can use derivatives. I think it would represent how quickly he is rising to his maximum point. I don't know if you'll want to, but its just an idea. I think its a good topic. You are already incorporating calculus and some statistics I guess.
  4. Thanks. So just to summarize, the area under the curve in the picture shown above is how long/how much a drug remains active or present. This is the amount that is available to the body to absorb (the amount it can potentially absorb). But the actual amount absorbed will actually be different (because it may not all be absorbed). Am I correct?
  5. Hello everyone! As a part of my math ia, I am analysing the pharmacokinetic profile of a drug. A part of the pharmacokinetic profile involves finding the area under the curve of the medication's concentration - time graph. I think this area is meant to represent the total exposure of the drug to the paitent's body. This is what it says online as well. In other words, it would be the total amount of drug absorbed by the body. However, I'm not quite sure how this works, as the units used for the y axis (miligrams of the drug in each litre of drug - mg/L) are completely different from the x axis (time in hours or minutes). Multiplying these units would give you (mg*hr)/L. What does this mean?! My question is: what would the area under the curve of a concentration - time graph represent? Please take a look at the picture below if you need a visual. (I found this picture online) Thanks for any help you can provide!
  6. I agree with the poster above. I think you need a way to motivate yourself to go beyond the minimum, and go beyond what is expected of you. You're probably going to have to invest more time in your studies, but if you seriously want to increase your points, then the work will be worth it. Its okay that you are not meeting your goal yet, but keep working towards it. I hope you achieve all that you want to achieve. Good luck!
  7. Ok, if you have only 7 days left, then you really need to prioritise. Think about what college/uni program you are interested in going to, and what courses your program would like to see you excel in. Focus on those subjects. To study smart, you need to be hitting the main points of each subject. Go through the syllabus and get the main points down first, and then go back and learn the less - important details. I know this is generic information, but it could really help. I think the most important advice would be to keep your stress levels in check. If you spend most of your energy stressing, then you reduce your ability to study effectively. Eat good food, drink water, keep your mind sharp. It will help you. I hope all goes well.
  8. Hi, I'm not sure if this will help your situation, but I'd just like to point out that it may not be necessary to do what you are proposing to get into medicine, depending on what post-secondary institution you will be applying to. I was just wondering: Is it possible for you to get into a medicine program with only one HL science (HL bio)? I think in countries, such as Canada, where you have to complete an undergraduate degree before applying to med school, HL biology would suffice. (However, I do know that some universities in the UK may require you to take both sciences at HL.)
  9. I think people's perspective on IB varies depending on how much time they are willing to commit to completing advanced courses, where they want to go to school/what courses they want to take. Many people in my program dropped out last year because they believed extra-curricular to be more important than learning university-level content ahead of time (since they might have to repeat this once they actually get into uni). IB definitely gives international students an edge, so they may see it as a worthwhile program. Some people, like me, stay in IB because we believe that the transition into uni will be easier. I don't think of TOK, EE, etc. to be a waste of time. They're great, especially if you want to go into the humanities. Projects like this give you the opportunity to learn how to investigate and take solid stands on different issues, which universities value. In my personal opinion, if you're leaning towards AP, then go for it. If you believe the IB to be unnecessary work (i.e. history SL), then you probably won't enjoy it.
  10. Firstly, I have to agree that history is one of the heavier subjects in terms of the amount of new and unfamiliar content you have to learn. In my personal opinion, I believe business to be easier (but this is obviously different for different people). I think both subjects are pretty good for the humanities type fields you like, so it doesn't really matter. Are you willing to work harder for something you like more (history)? That's something you should really reflect on. As for the french/theatre dilemna, it seems that you desire theatre but you believe french is a more beneficial investment in your future. You might not pursue future studies in theatre. But just remember that high school is not all about planning out your life right now. This might be your last chance to participate in theatre. Plus maybe it'll maximize your score? Maybe this might be a good solution: take french and join theatre-related extracurriculars. For example, I would join the drama - acting club at my school. Plus, these extra-curriculars can also count for cas.
  11. Sorry, I realised I worded that sentence in a confusing way. I should clarify. Basically what my point is that ultimately you want to end up in law school because you want to be a lawyer. That is your long term goal - your final destination. Getting an IB diploma is also one of your goals. But even in the case that you decide not to get the diploma, it's still ok! Not having an IB diploma doesn't mean you can't go to law school. IB is great because it prepares you well for post-secondary education by waking you up to the realities of university/ college (i.e. a large workload). But many people who are not in IB, do just as great in university without it. However, I'm confident that you will finish and get an IB diploma with your desired grades. You show concern about your future, and you are a dedicated student. With dedication, anything is achievable. Plus, your coordinator has tonnes of confidence in you. They're usually honest about this stuff I think A LOT of us are nervous before and during the diploma program - you're not alone. We all have the fear that we may not get good enough grades to get into the university that we want. I think it's just natural human fear. Just remember that your hard work will carry you through to achieve your goals. You have a support system (IB counsellor, IBSurvival ;), etc.) to help you and guide you in the right direction in case any obstacles arise. I wish you well in your academic pursuits!
  12. Hi, It looks like your subjects are good for law. They're geared towards the humanities, which will really help you in the long term. If there are any specific programs that you want to do in university, make sure to check out their requirements . As for the math, I think its good to start with SL, if you can drop it later. I'm not sure about your country, but in Canada, not many fields of study accept math studies. However, for law, you don't really need math, so it might be perfectly ok to drop to math studies. Check out the requirements of the uni programs you're interested in. If you find you're struggling in Math sl, make a few trips to the guidance counsellor/ IB coordinator to help you decide what would be best to do. I think there are many stereotypes about IB kids, including what you said about how others perceive IB students as geniuses. There are very talented or "gifted" people in IB, who seem to understand everything they are learning instantaneously, and who seem to achieve high grades with minimal studying. However, I would say only 5% of students in my program are considered "naturally smart." The rest of us consider ourselves to be some degree of "average". We struggle to grasp certain concepts in every class, and have to work extremely hard to achieve the desired grades, but in the end, we do . My friend and I are neighbours and we both go to the same school. My friend had been in a special school for gifted kids since she was in elementary. I have trouble grasping concepts upon first learning them. But she seems to be able to explain them to me easily. When I am inside studying, she is outside with her dogs, or doing some sort of extracurricular work (she doesn't seem to study as much as I do). But you know what? We ended up with the exact same average this year. This goes to show, that by studying smart, it is possible to pull off the grades you want. You are not stupid for entering IB. It is your personal goal and shouldn't matter to anyone except those that want to support you. Surround yourself with positivity if you can, and pursue your goals. You said you think you can do it, and I'm sure you will! If in the end you decide that leaving IB is where you find the advantage (because technically your ultimate destination is law school - not necessarily an IB diploma) , then that's perfectly fine. Do your very best to ignore those who make you feel bad about your decisions. I really hope you feel a bit better!
  13. Hi! I had almost the exact same courses as you in Grade 9 Sem 1 (except I had gym). I found that many of the science and geography units overlap, and actually compliment each other. However, during exam time, I had to memorise so much for science and geography at the same time. It was a bit daunting. Math is considered the typical trouble subject for everyone and might require you to spend a lot of time practising. I found that if you review your schoolwork every night and manage your time wisely, you will do absolutely fine. As for whether you should change your courses, that really depends on who you are. This subject combination requires dedication and patience sometimes. It also requires a good chunk of your time. I found this course combination ok. But my friend, who had a lot of extracurricular commitments, found it to be a bit overwhelming. If you have the time to commit, you can stay with your current schedule. Plus, the workload will prepare you for the DP. However, if you think you want to prioritise your other academic/non-academic activities, such as extracurriculars, (or if you think you'll do better in these courses if you had a different schedule) then go ahead and change it to what you believe will be easier. Either way is fine, as long as it works for you. Good luck!
  14. Hi, It sounds like your really interested in the humanities, and your subject choices couldn't reflect that better. So don't worry about your subjects. The last poster has pointed out that your choices make you a competitive candidate. I think now you should focus on how you'll do well in these courses. People have told me psychology and biology require intense memorization. Overall, I think you will have a pretty balanced schedule but do well to keep yourself competitive.
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