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  1. You're not obliged to. I can't find it in the bio guide, in any case. I could find the following: "The internal assessment requirements at SL and at HL are the same." (IB bio guide 2016, p.148) Nonetheless, I think it's better to do something from the HL topics, or at least use it as an extension (e.g. something about enzymes going more in detail or using inhibitors). My teacher made the HL students take HL subjects, just to be sure. To be honest, this is what I advise since that examiners will already see a bunch of similar SL IAs and will most likely be happy to see some diversity. In short; yes, but I would reconsider. Don't hesitate to message me if you need more help. Good luck!
  2. Excel (numbers for mac) are the classics, and the best for sets of data. This is what I'd suggest if you want to analyse your data. You can use the online version of Office if you don't have it and can't afford it. GeoGebra, as mentioned earlier is good as well, however I don't know its abilities concerning data sets. GraphSktecher is a good program for drawing the graphs.
  3. I have to agree with the originality, but in the end IB is going to see it anyways so it won't change much for them. If you want to maximise your points, try adding a personal twist to it. Perhaps you could also do a bit of bio (effect on body or reaction time for example), but check with your coordinator if you can do an interdisciplinary EE. "Students complete an extended essay in a specific discipline or in one of the interdisciplinary options available." (IB 2018 EE guide) Doing this would be a challenge, but that would make it more attractive for the IB. Once again, if you want to get the most points out of it, you have to add a personal twist, something that sets your work apart of the others'. Concerning the online procedure, you can use it, as long as you reference it. Just keep in mind that the EE is supposed to be an academic challenge. Good luck
  4. @captain teemo on duty @kw0573 To quote the Conduct of examinations document: 4. Candidates may take to their desk/table only the following items: a translating dictionary for non-modern language examinations (the dictionary must not contain notes of any kind and is only permitted if the response language of the examination is not the best language of the candidate; an electronic dictionary is not permitted). … This means that you're essentially allowed to have a translating dictionary for anything other than your A and B language exams.
  5. First; dihybrid cross is only in HL, monohybrid cross is SL. Ok, here you go (punnett.pdf). Since the traits are unlinked, you can already guess that you should end up with a 9:3:3:1 ratio. I also added a couple of pages from the Oxford Biology study guide, which talk about these types of crosses. monohybrid cross.pdf Talks about monohybrid crosses and how to draw a Punnett grid. dihybrid cross.pdf Talks about dihybrid crosses and how you can expect the 9:3:3:1 ration from the cross you did. Edit: I just realised you already passed your exams. Nevertheless, I hope it helps and that others can also use this.
  6. Here is a website our bio teacher gave us, after seeing the amount of idea requests, I thought it might be an idea to share it. It has a list of practicals, most of which can be used for an IB bio lab report. There are also some documents such as examples, and consent sheets.
  7. No, not specifically. However, if you test it on your friends, then they will have to fill in a consent sheet (to show that your experiment is not putting them under pressure and is ethically correct). Also, avoid making people who usually don't drink coffee do so. The consent form should state that the participant is ok doing the experiment and has the right to stop at any moment. They should sign it, and you can include them in your annex.
  8. Unless your definitions were in quotation marks, which I suppose is not the case, you're fine. They were in the IB textbook, which means you learnt them. It's like I learned that "ln(1)=0", but that doesn't mean I'm going to cite a book during my exam. Citing becomes extremely important in cases such as when you use a set of data you found on the internet.
  9. That is actually a good point. Isn't the invigilator supposed to reset the calculators before the exam? He should have noticed it at that point. I hope the best for you, hopefully you can get your perspective into the story. The only thing that might bother the IB is that your actions were intentional (in the sense that you decided to take that calculator into the exam room, plus while knowing it was prohibited).
  10. I used the Bio study guide, and it was absolutely worth it. All the essential info you need for your exam is covered. I haven't personally used the chem guide, but my classmates tell me it's amazing. You should be able to get a 30-day online trial on the oxford site, like that you can check them out before making your final decision.
  11. You indicated C, which should be enough for the examiner to understand which option you chose. There is no section C so you can't really go wrong. To be honest, if I were examiner, and I saw a student put "C" in the "Section/Option" field, I'd get their point.
  12. Essentially the field is there for information. Like that the examiner (and/or the scanning center) knows if something is missing. If you just leave it empty, it's not the end of the world, the extra failsafe will just no longer be present. Let's say you used two booklets, and one of them gets lost. If you wrote "2" on your cover sheet, the examiner will know something is wrong. If nothing is written, he'll just think there was no second paper. So no, your grade shouldn't be penalised because of the empty field.
  13. This does indeed seem like a complex situation… In any case, what you will receive would be an extra certificate, that's for sure. Maybe check with the university you want to go; do they require chemistry? Maybe they have admission exams or a preparatory year, that's where I'd start my research. Otherwise try looking at other IB schools in your region, if there are any, and see if they offer anything else. The reason your school is telling you that it's impossible is that you have to have a minimum amount of hours of class, given by an IB school. The other possibility would be to take private classes at your school, but that will probably be costly. Hope it helps!
  14. You have your chances, you do have a heavy backpack, though. It's certainly doable. If you ever feel like the workload becomes too much, you can always drop a subject from HL to SL, in which case I would advise dropping a subject you'll be needing less in the future (e.g. Bio if you want to do econ / chem in the future). Just check with your coordinator for any deadlines. Like @mac117 stated, your package is possible, with the right amount of effort from your side. Concerning future prospects there are a good amount of possibilities: chemical engineering, medical pathway, business, hospitality. Wish you best.