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  1. Reading The Handmaid's Tale and especially The Road, I must admit, I was overpowered by the despair and hopelessness depicted in them. It kind of got to me as well. Has a book ever gotten to you so much that you feel hopeless? So, is literature, and its power, a harm to society if it will inflict/drive you to take detrimental actions (like, depression or suicide for example?) What do you think?
  2. Hey guys, So for my IA, I'd like to determine the effect of boiling on iron content in spinach. I'm faced with two problems. Namely, it's a very experimental investigation, and I doubt I can get literature values. I was told comparing with lit values should be done, is this a problem for me? (I WILL, however, be using the Beer-Lambert law....) The other thing is, if I choose to analyse the leaves themselves, and not the resultant water after boiling, I will need ethanol* to break the cell walls. Will this interfere with hydroxylamine hydrochloride and ortho-phenanthroline? *Check: I could just blender the leaves right? Thanks so much!!!
  3. That's strange! My teacher specifically wanted us to use in-class texts Shows you how open the IB is in terms of assessment
  4. Hey, The FOA is an activity which is based off work you do in class. Normally, your teacher will have given you texts during the topic that you study and brainstorm upon. These are the texts you use for the FOA's base. However, some people have also added other material like posters/images alongside the above texts. So, to answer your question, you can definitely use adverts. Make sure it was done in class if it is the central text. Then, you are free to reference and allude to any other media item.
  5. I received 8A* at iGCSE and have applied to Oxford. The fact that most applicants for ug med did upto 15 GCSEs and got 10A* on average is plaguing me. My school fixed 7 subjects per students so I couldn't take more GCSEs. I'm an international applicant so my chances are already pretty low for an offer. Unsure if the 9 GCSEs in total compared to 14 will be a downer?
  6. Just wanted to know who's doing the BMAT this November and how they're managing and preparing. Any resources you found useful, or preparation tips?
  7. But place things into the appendix with care. Usually information that is largely inessential to the EE goes there. If you will talk on about the specific image in detail, it's better to place it into the body. My English LangLit EE had quite a few images in the body. Most important of all, make them big and clear to see if you'll use them in the body!
  8. Hi guys, So I know so far UCL needs 766, and it definitely has to be in Chem - am I right? While Oxford needs 766 as well. So my question is, does Oxford need it to be in Chem as well? Or show preference for it to be in Chem/Bio? All help is tremendously appreciated!
  9. Selling my soul for a 7 in Chem and Geo
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  11. Ahh, ok. So I'll have to pay the multiple course fee if I choose another kind right? Does that mean I should tweak my personal statement to include something like biochemistry? Because I really just want to focus on medicine and not give them the idea I'm not completely determined to do medicine...
  12. I considering to apply to Manchester for medicine and some others as well (BSMS, Sussex, Brighton Birmingham, etc.) But I found out some of them had UKCAT minimums - like Manchester needed top third decile. I got an unexpectedly low score - 2440. Should I still apply to Manchester? (I'll be in the to-be-considered pile ) While I'm at it, I might as well ask - is there really a 4 uni limit to medicine for UCAS?
  13. In my IA I'd like to alter the amount of bacteria in soil - in which I'll grow plants. Initially, I was going to vary the amount of sterile soil and compost - which has, for obvious reasons, microbes in it. However, compost also has nutrients in it which I can't avoid. How do you think I could change the amount of bacteria without introducing new nutrients/matter. I will have a control set-up as well. What do you guys think?
  14. I'm planning on doing an experiment on the effect of antacids on protein digestion - using the enzyme and acid to recreate stomach conditions. I will then test for how much protein has been digested. I have a feeling the antacid is basically just altering the pH - which I could do it simply by changing the acid's concentration. I'd like to use the antacid but is the antacid an unnecessary step? Another experiment I could do is testing the effect of antibiotics on seed germination.
  15. All the other medical schools in the UK have A100 as their UCAS code. Why does Manchester have it as A106? Is there a difference in the course structure, etc.? If so, what is it? If not, why is it different to the others?