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  1. The physics course is designed so that a student doing maths studies can do it, therefore you don't need a lot of background maths except some basic knowledge of equations and algebra which you would have learned in middle school/early high school. Some knowledge of calculus and vectors will give you an advantage and maybe make some concepts easier to understand but you'll learn that in SL maths anyway. As for philosophy, it depends on which university you want to go to and which course. I've never heard of philosophy being considered a religious subject it's always been seen as humanities where I'm from. If you're planning on doing science or maths at university they will be more interested in your groups 4 and 5 subjects than your group 3 subject. Also I would suggest doing 3 HL subjects because HL French (unless you're fluent) and HL physics will be a lot of work.
  2. For the first part of the oral you will be describing an image. Be sure to know positions such as above, behind, in front etc. Also learn lots of adjectives and vocabulary for everyday objects, places and people. Try to say as much as you can even if you think it sounds basic like 'the man is wearing a red hat' because saying basic things will earn you more points than being silent. Hopefully you're teacher has shown you some examples if not the sorts of images I got were of a restaurant, a farm, a football match, a house so that's what I mean by 'everyday objects'. The second part of the oral is the one you can prepare the most for. You and your teacher will have a general conversation about you. So a good thing to do is to plan and memorise a few sentences that about you, about your family, your opinions on school and school subjects, holidays, what you did on the weekend. Also, you are allowed to lie. I used to say I went to the city on the weekend even if I didn't because I knew lots of city related vocab. Make sure you know future tense because one of the key things I think you get asked is your plans for the future.
  3. The course is designed so that you need not have taken any prior physics classes. I did HL physics with out having done a physics class before and managed to get a 7. If you are somewhat reasonable with maths and science you will be fine. However it is important that you are interested in the subject otherwise HL physics will be a big drag so maybe have a read of some introductory physics textbooks or just books in general to see if the subject actually interests you
  4. You could analyse the effects of different initial conditions on the rate of cooling. For example which initial conditions lead to an equilibrium solution (ie. dy/dx=0). The laws of physics say that every initial solution should lead to an equilibrium solution so you could prove this mathematically.
  5. Good to hear I hope you get your first preference.
  6. Ah okay, maybe try contacting UAC or if there is a person in charge of careers and university applications at your school you could contact.
  7. This page http://www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/ says it costs $173 for 2014 year 12s until midnight tonight. The cost is usually more after a certain date. I know for Victoria after the end of August/early September the cost increases, it could be similar for NSW and ACT. Hope everything works out for you!
  8. I loved William Blake poetry which I did for the oral commentary, and I found Death of a Salesman really powerful.
  9. Maybe you could say 'regarding the treatment of people with disabilities' or 'the attitude towards people with disabilities'. I think you should be more specific in regards to what you mean by 'disabilities.' For example, do you mean people with disabilities, other peoples' view of people with disabilities, the actual medical conditions themselves etc.
  10. You ideally want a topic that does not have a certain answer so that you can explore multiple points of view. Analysing different perspectives is what gets you good marks in history rather than just analysing an event. Maybe look at an event in Canadian history such as Canada's involvement in WW2. Your little flag says you're from Canada and the IB tends to look positively upon EEs about the candidates local area and on topics that are not overdone.
  11. Oh good it worked. Thank you for completing it. Also good luck with your exams!
  12. Firstly, DELETE YOUR PART A FROM YOUR POST ASAP! It will get picked up by the IB plagiarism checkers and you could get in a lot of trouble. Secondly, maybe reword you question keeping in mind that women are not a 'minority' group. You could just erase the word minority and write 'select groups' and I think it would still make sense. Also i don't think 'social cleansing' is an accurate phrase either. Hitler didn't kill women because they were women, but he did try to restore traditional gender roles. You could say 'social changes' or 'social policies' pertaining to restrictions upon civil liberties. Thirdly, avoid saying that these policies were due to Hitler's personal ideologies. The traditional gender roles for women is a Fascist concept which Hitler did not invent. Also, many views such as the inferiority of homosexuals and black and the superiority of Aryans had also existed before Hitler was even born. Maybe say 'Nazi ideologies' or 'Hitler's ideologies' rather than personal ideologies. Try to found some historiography as that will really help your investigation. Historiography is historians views. There should be loads of sources by historians on this topic. You could also have a look at whether Hitler's social policies were seen as justified by the general German population by looking at primary sources and newspapers articles from the time to see how they depict women, blacks and homosexuals. But also keep in mind that there was strong censorship so if anyone disagreed with the policies it might be difficult to find a primary source that shows that. Remember to analyse rather than narrate. For example, instead of giving an account of which rights were violated, analyse how and why Hitler was able to justify violating these rights. Good Luck
  13. I disagree with the above responses. I did a similar style of question and got 7 from my teacher that got moderated to a 6. I chose a question like that because I found many examples on the internet that received 7s that had questions that were comparing a 'fictional' portrayal of something with the actual thing. However, you really need to narrow your topic. For example, focus on just one aspect of Alexander the Great such as one battle or how he was as a leader etc. Write your analysis just like you're writing a paper 2 or 3 essay i.e. a normal history essay with introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion. For example if you decided that you were just going to focus on one battle you could split your paragraphs into topics such as technology, strategy etc. Aim for 3 or 4 paragraphs depending on how much you write for each paragraph and have only a sentence or two for your 'introduction' and 'conclusion' of your analysis. Aim for around 600-800 words for this section, you might be able to write a bit more depending on how big your other sections are.
  14. oh damn. Sorry! Thanks for letting me know, I will check it out. Update: I've put a more direct link in. I tested it and it worked for me, hopefully it works for everyone
  15. http://fluidsurveys.com/s/AIESECYouthSpeak/ Hey, If you have a spare moment could you please fill out this survey. My friend, who also did IB, is part of this this organisation at university called AIESEC that facilitates volunteering overseas and they need more people to complete this survey. The survey is about youth priorities, how you spent your time and what issues are important to you. It shouldn't take more than 10 minutes. And I'm sorry but they've just asked for Australians or people living in Australia since the organisation is Australian based. Thanks!
  16. Some of mine were over 2500 and I managed to get 5s or 6s out 6 for each section. Although Microsoft word considers anything with a space either side a word so that probably wasn't very accurate. As Sofia said there is no word limit but if you start getting over 3000 and close to the length of an EE you should probably try to cut it back. Remember it's physics, they don't expect extraordinary or interesting prose, try to be concise and unambiguous.
  17. Ask her questions! Ask if she has plans on the weekend, what her favourite subject is, how did she find the homework for (insert subject). Girls are humans too, if you two were silent she was probably a bit shy too. As a girl who got asked to school dances and asked boys to school dances my advice to you is ask her to prom tomorrow! Seriously! Since she doesn't seem to be avoiding you that means she doesn't find you horrible so unless she is already going with someone there is a very high chance she will say yes. I got asked by a boy I never had feelings for but once he asked me I thought, hey he's a nice boy and said yes, and we had fun going as friends. She might not be in love with you but that doesn't mean she'll say no. Ask her for Facebook or any other form of social media rather then phone. As a girl, in my opinion, it's less intimidating to give a guy our facebook then phone number since you can always delete him from facebook if things don't work out but you can't delete your number from his phone. Hopefully things will work out for you though
  18. A lot of universities offer foundation study subjects which is basically for people need to complete certain subjects as a pre-requisite that they couldn't do at school. I advise that you have a look at the requirements for universities that you have the possibility of attending since there are plenty that offer maths and science/engineering degrees without the need for Maths HL. Every Australian university accepts SL Maths so I'm sure there would be others around the world that do also.
  19. Try and talk to your teachers or principal to see if you can get it changed because that's not really a suitable reason for them making you stay. To try and make it interesting try and do well in it. I always found I liked a subject more if I was getting good grades. Also a subject like economics is good because it's relevant to everyday things. You might hear something on the news that connects to what you're learning or you might be able to apply your knowledge of the economy to things you do everyday which can also make it more interesting. You could also pretend that your studying of economics is vital to finding the remaining Horcruxes or helping Sherlock solve a case or decoding an ancient tablet or whatever you're interested in.
  20. Australian here if you want to talk
  21. The effort you would need to put in to get a 7 in SL could probably get you even higher than a 4 at HL. It also depends on what you want to do when you finish school.. If you are not planning on doing maths or science maybe consider doing SL as it is less work so you'll be able to put more time into your other subjects. Anyway, to answer your question, I think a 4 at HL is easier to get.
  22. When I did IB (2013) we weren't required to have error bars for chemistry IAs. Unless the IA guide has changed since I did it the guide does not say you need errors. Just be sure to state the error in the axis title of your graph along with the unit.
  23. Yes, if there was uncertainty in your raw data there will be uncertainty in your processed data. What I usually did for the uncertainty in the average is use the range of your raw data. For example if your raw data was 4,6,6,7,9,10. The average would be 7 and the uncertainty would be plus or minus 3 ([highest-lowest] divided by 2).
  24. Weapons of mass destruction Propaganda WikiLeaks We're not meant to do you homework for you, hence the vagueness of my suggestions, but I'm sure you'll be able to springboard off these topics and come up with some of your own arguments. Good Luck
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