# Emmi

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1. ## Dentistry Europe

You can do what's called a foundation course for UK universities. It's essentially a course you take the year before actually beginning the degree where you catch up on the fundamentals you didn't learn so that once you start a dentistry course you'll be on par (more or less) with the other people in the course. You'll need to look into which universities have them and if you meet the general requirements, though.
2. ## Paper 1 questions help

23: We can't conclude that A is liquid and B is vapor because we're not given any other information than this graph. We could be at conditions where both are in the liquid phase but A has a greater vapor pressure, or both are in the vapor phase with A having a greater vapor pressure. So this rules out A and B. C is incorrect because vapor pressure and boiling point are inversely related. When a species has a higher vapor pressure, its pressure is closer to atmospheric pressure. This lowers the boiling point because it has to overcome less force in order to boil. This only leaves D, which is correct because a molecule with stronger intermolecular forces requires more energy to disrupt. If the forces between molecules are strong, they're less likely to escape and form a vapor - hence their vapor pressure is lower. 22: The definition of Kc is concentration of products over concentration of reactants assuming ideal behavior (there are ways to calculate this with non-ideal behavior but this is way beyond the level of IB). Since Kc is concentration of products over concentration of reactants, and Kc is much greater than 1, then we know either the concentration of products is large, or the concentration of reactants is small. This means the reaction almost goes to completion, so A is correct. B is incorrect because Kc is large, so we know the reaction proceeded to near completion. C is incorrect because Kc doesn't measure how fast a reaction occurs, it measures how far a reaction proceeds. We cannot conclude anything about the reaction rates just knowing Kc, so D is incorrect. Does this make sense conceptually?
3. ## US presidency

This election cycle makes me hate my life
4. ## Are You In Any Clubs/Sports?

When I was in IB my main sport was martial arts, and I did a lot of volunteering at a local aquarium/science museum.I also had a part-time job during my first year of IB, but I left after nearly a year for personal reasons. I'd say nearly everyone who did IB at my school was in some sort of activity, whether it was through school or externally. In fact, you'd have a hard time finding someone who only went to school and did nothing else; universities basically require you to have some sort of extracurriculars so you might as well do something. Nowadays I play ultimate frisbee, bicycle, and I cross-stitch when I'm not at school or work.
5. ## Recommend a Singer/Band

Instrumental rock: God Is An Astronaut, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, 65daysofstatic, Godspeed You! Black Emperor Indie pop/synthpop/dreampop: Phantogram, Au Revoir Simone, Best Coast, Sleigh Bells, The Joy Formidable, Yumi Zouma, Dum Dum Girls, Ladyhawke, LIGHTS, Børns Other: Tame Impala, MGMT, Declan McKenna, Civil Civic
6. ## Possible to learn entire syllabus over the summer?

Probably not. But even if it were, why would you want to do this? What will you do for the remaining two years? Life is more than school and studying. Go enjoy your summer.
7. ## what's the point of literature?

I'm gonna flat-out disagree with you here. Literature is not useless. Sure, you may not enjoy reading or sitting down with a bunch of poems and looking for plot devices or important quotes. I don't like doing that either. But to completely dismiss it is short-sighted. It's very important to be a well-rounded person in order to succeed academically and socially. The person who started this topic wants to study physics. Mac117 gave a great argument for why literature helps with abstract thinking. Physics, math, and anything really at its highest levels and at its core requires an enormous amount of critical thinking and abstract thinking. People who only think within the bounds of one specific subject or one small grouping of related subjects risk stunting themselves in their learning by not expanding to other areas or considering how something may or may not work if it was viewed from a different lens. I don't want to repeat his argument so I'll give a different one. Literature (and the arts) is how we express ourselves and is fundamentally human. Literature is an expression of our emotions, our imaginations, our creativity, our ability to tell a story. A world without literature would be a dull one indeed. And yes, a building is creative and an important theorem is a testament to our knowledge as humans, but you don't sit down with a building and experience the life and thoughts of a character that lived 700 years ago in a time and place vastly different from yours, giving you a whole new perspective on history and life. I would not want to live in a world devoid of literature (because the majority of scientist and engineers are bleak and boring :P) You have to take two languages a) because the IB says so, and b) because the world is increasingly becoming more interconnected. When you learn another language, depending on how many speakers of that language there are, you just increased the number of people you can communicate with by potentially hundreds of millions. Other languages have so much history and culture in them and you don't realize how much there is until you study it. If you want to be monolingual that's fine, but the IB is trying to get you to realize that the little bubble of Earth you're from is just one small portion of it. For as much B.S. as the IB has, this I can agree with. This is because you're still a relatively immature (immature as in not really having REALLY learned much of anything besides what's been spoon-fed to you at school so far) student. The study of literature is highly logical. You can't make some claim or assert the author means something and expect anyone to believe it unless you've got a reasonable claim, evidence to back it up, and reasons why the evidence supports your claim. That is literally the definition of logical reasoning. Science and math aren't the only subjects that get that title. See, you'd think this would be obvious, but spend five minutes talking with some people on the internet and it's clear that they cannot emphasize with anything that isn't a potato. Literature forces you to go through life (temporarily) as someone else, and it's been proven that people who read extensively and enjoy literature are more empathetic overall.
8. ## IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO ENGINEERING WITH SL MATHS?

You can, but you'll be at a big disadvantage over applicants who do have HL math or its equivalent, have to take some sort of foundation math course at your university, or be restricted to places where HL math isn't a hard-line requirement, which will cut out the majority of top schools if you're aiming for that. Talk with your school about taking HL math because it's pretty important in chemical engineering, speaking from experience.

Well you never told us what you want to study. That influences it a lot: for example, if you want to study engineering, most of the Ivies are terrible for that, whereas they'd be great if you wanted to study a hard science or a liberal arts field. So that's reason one why I can't and won't. Even then, I can't because what's important to me in a good university might be a deal breaker for you. You need to do research into this. Find out what schools are good for what you want to study which includes how connected to industry or graduate schools they are and how many students go on to get jobs in their field, the atmosphere of the school (I purposely did not apply to uber-competitive schools that attract overachievers or schools full of rich kids because I wouldn't be able to stand that environment), and the surrounding area that the school is in (middle of nowhere where the only thing to do is go to school? Mid-size city? Huge urban center? This is important). Your SAT is too low for the top universities. You don't have to have a perfect score, but a 2000 puts you easily in the bottom 25% of applicants. Your SAT 2 scores are fine though. Your grade 8 and 9 achievements don't matter at all unless it was something like nationally award-winning research/contests or a science olympiad. Everything else is probably okay, but quality is better than quantity. I could have been in ten clubs, but if all I did was go to meetings sometimes that won't look as good as the person who was in three clubs and was an officer or captain of all of them.

No university in the US does this, not even less-prestigious ones. If you're applying to a new one you'll need to send them all of your grades, including ones from your first university. Since you're applying as a new student and not as a transfer student, you'll need to go through that process which also includes standardized tests if you haven't taken them, recommendation letters, essays, and other things. Keep in mind the top schools in the US admit a very small number of students and even fewer international students (which I'm presuming you are, please correct me if this is wrong). And pardon my language, but Could I say like "I was not being serious, I didn't want to, but I'm capable of doing it and I have proven it, so accept me"?:D is such a steaming pile of BS. Why would a top university admit a student who admits to being lazy? You might as well just say something like 'I only put effort into stuff when I want to, otherwise I'm a lazy bum but it's okay because I'm smart and special and I promise I'll try there.' They're not going to accept you. They're going to take the kids who always work hard regardless of whether they want to or not.
11. ## Crafty Things

It's not super complicated at all! Materials are pretty cheap too. All you really need are a set of cross-stitch needles (sewing needles won't work), fabric (I like working with 14-count Aida fabric because it is nice and easy to use), and floss (DMC is a good brand). If you're brand-new to it, I'd suggest starting with small pattern kits that you can buy at craft stores or online. They come with a needle, fabric, a pattern, and the amount of thread you'll need to do the project. Once you're comfortable enough with that it's easy to make your own patterns and make your own stuff. There are videos and guides online to show you how to make the stitches, and you get the hang of it really quickly.
12. ## Chemistry EE topic help?

Perhaps you could extract a different compound? There's plenty of other stuff in wines, such as tannins, sugars, or organic acids, which won't pose inhalation issues. Of course, you may need to do some additional research on how the extractions would work, since separating SO2 would be different than separating a large biomolecule or sugar, and see if it's feasible with what equipment you have available.
13. ## Crafty Things

I recently got back into cross-stitching, which I did a lot of when I was younger. In the past several months I've stitched several things including a periodic table, motivational graduation quotes with Studio Ghibli characters on them, and right now I'm stitching a father's day present and high school graduation present for my dad and younger brother respectively.
14. ## Does method fully matter?

Now I'm not an IB grader so I can't say with 100% certainty, but unless they asked you to derive a specific summation formula to use in the problem, then any pattern you come up with that gives consistently correct answers should be fine. For example, if the question was just "find the 100th term" and they didn't also say "use the summation formula 5+4n for n greater than or equal to 0" then your pattern is fine and you should still get full marks. If they DID say "derive this particular summation formula and use it to find the 100th term" and you didn't, then you won't get those points. Does this make sense?
15. ## Does method fully matter?

This should be fine. The only way I could see you running into trouble would be if 2+1 = 3, and 3 + 1 = 4 was HL material that isn't expected of you to know but even then you'd probably be okay.
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