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  1. hey, 'chess' isnt an area of knowledge according to the ib, if thats what you're asking. indeed there can be chess knowledge: learn basic basics and then learning being a avid chess player myself, i would say its a combination of maths/arts maths: obviously the rational side to calculating moves. However, arguably its not a science since it doesn't use the scientific method. arts: there can be a lot of beauty associated with certain positions/games. much like how a proof in maths can be "beautiful". i remember a quote from an artist/poet who said that chess is a freer version of art/poetry where theres less limits or something like that
  2. as one user said before, its hard to compare two different courses. Personally, I think ext 2 is harder, in terms of the questions they get. I think theyre integration stuff is harder, and it goes into more depth than the HL course. Exam papers have more questions, each questions worth less marks so it can be hit or miss. However, HL do extra topics compared to HSC such as 3d vectors, matrices (no big deal though) and stats. As far as I'm aware, HSC doesnt do much stats at all (mostly cause of the lack of a GDC where they can use distribution data) However, the two HL areas which i say would be harder than the HSC are the portfolios and the option topic. Portfolios - absolutely nothing compares to it in HSC. its very different, but i still think HSC would be able to handle it. Option topics - things like discrete maths, series, further stats, groups, sets etc are already 1st/2nd year uni stuff, and although theyre treated at a simple level, like the portfolios, theres no equivalent to the HSC. I managed to get 6, kinda disappointed with that, but oh well. I thought I managed to kill the option topic. messed up p2, but p1 was alright. my ten cents...gratz everyone post script: in regards to that vectors question...i was the same, did heaps of prep with past paper vector questions, but from what i remember, i kept getting really bad decimal numbers post post script: i just did heaps of past papers, looked at mark schemes, and went through the text book. month leading up to exams, i think i just went over my weakest topic which were vectors and stats and brushed up on the option topic.
  3. my chem options are modern analytical and medicines and drugs i also want to get into medicine, but i dont think the medicines and drugs will be particularly helpful. the subtopics are quite broad and unforunately doesn't go into much depth, some of the hl stuff might be an exception. its more of a general overview of how they work, and im sure you will learn it in first year uni anyway. there's not much content in modern analytical, most of it involves reading different spectra, looking up information in the data booklet and problem solving i think human biochemistry might help if you want to get into medicine. but all in all, it shouldn't really matter which chem options you do if you get into medicine, i think they'll teach the content. it might only come in hand if they ask you to explain a scientific/medical term in an interview, even then, they wont be that specific
  4. i think vietnam would be a good topic to do - theres heaps of information on it, but focusing on the role of media, i think, is a bit obscure. if there's enough information out there (historiography, primary sources etc) it should be okay, otherwise you might be short of evidence. just a few suggestions: 1. "how the media could have possibly affected people's opinions." - to me, this sounds like you're speculating, so be careful with that. 2. don't go into too much TOK - the way you're heading seems a bit TOK-like 3. i think you're going to need analysis of the "facts/statistics" you're going to present, including historiography. 4. make sure you specify which Vietnam War (when Americans talk about Vietnam, they think immediately of the war involved with US involvement, but there was a similar war going on with the French before America. i assume you're talking about the 2nd indo-chinese war) couple of ideas: look for information before you start writing, make sure you have enough information before you start; go to large libraries to look for your books and use the internet sparingly (i really doubt how useful local libraries are for EE's, try borrow from university/college/state libraries if you can) good luck
  5. the letter uac sent out was great: we're not disadvantaging you guys, we're advantaging everyone else but you
  6. before ib?? seems ages ago... i think i remember...i lived a life
  7. anyone doing latin november 2009? last november session there were only 10 people, so im interested in what sort of numbers the course has this year its increasing though, i know of a new ib school that is offering latin which will boost up the numbers
  8. what do you mean by not writing narratively?? do u mean things like: then this happened. followed by this.... whats the difference between that and telling facts. isn't it essentially the same. even if you put your facts in chronological order, isnt that saying...this happened...then this...
  9. i agree with the post above i do hl bio and chem. i think that if you have a grounding in chemistry already (pre-IB perhaps), either should be okay. I find there are a lot chemistry concepts applicable in the biology sl course (not just the biochemistry chapter)- but it can help you understand concepts such as diffusion/osmosis (concentration gradient, solute, solvent) I think a raw student would find biology a subject where he/she just needs to memorise facts and explanations. But still, I would advise a "raw" science student to do biology; chemistry is more conceptual [perhaps harder for the majority of people, but there are exceptions out there], and i believe there's less content in the SL biology course (and it can be learnt quicker than SL chemistry) If anyone else reading this: if you have a solid understand of chemistry (not necessarily HL), i would recommend you do HL biology as well if you can. Sure, HL biology is a lot of work, but which HL isn't? But I'd admit, the difference between SL and HL for biology is greater than some other subjects. I found with my knowledge of chemistry, I easily grasped HL concepts: redox, cell respiration, photosynthesis, nerve impulses, functioning of the kidney (especially loop of Henle) the only benefits i can think of at the moment for chemistry with a biology background would be: the biochemistry option, a bit of organic chemistry, medicines and drugs option if you absolute hate/struggle with maths - rearranging equations, converting units - you'll probably have some difficulty with chemistry. Chemistry involves some sort of number crunching. I would say 25% of Paper 1 multi choice questions. Around 40-60% when it comes to Paper 2.
  10. Hey, Im doing a bio pract to determine the effect of a sugar supplement when growing E. coli with nutrient broth I'm using glucose, sucrose and lactose and comparing them to a control (no sugar) What results should i expect?? I think there will be greater growth with glucose (cell respiration etc.) but im not sure with sucrose and lactose?? any takers? thanks