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  1. FIrst, does the word count include the headlines and subtitles in the text? Then I know it doesn't include tables, however in one table which I have the control variables has app. 200words, should I calculate these in the word count? Lastly are the calculations included? I don't mean the numbers, but rather in some parts (the calculations are in seperate text box) eg. ''the percentage is calculated in the following way...''. There are maybe 30 words in all of the calculations, so not many, but should I still count these?
  2. Yes, it's true everyone thinks in a different way, so generalising can maybe get in the way. However, this is part of your knowledge issue, discussing what shapes our point of view. I think this topic is really good and you need to remember to keep it related to ToK and discussing problems with knowledge. Also, don't worry about your opinion being different from other people as this is directly related to your knowers perspective. Feel free to message me if you need any more advice! Thanks for your comment, it was helpfull! However, would the knowledge issue then be better if it would for instance be: ''To what extent does our culture define our knowledge what we view as a feminine beauty?'' So, then I would first discuss how the different WOKs and AOKs shape our point of view. Then after discussing this, I would link this to the feminine beauty i.e. how our WOKs and AOKs shape our view of feminine beauty. After that, I could present the different perspectives, so what I have explained earlier is seen in the different culture. What do you think, is this more TOK/knowledge? The ''different perspectives and linking to other real life situations'' I would present in a way that first I tell about briefly about the culture, and then what is their ideal woman. After that, I would tell, how they use the WOKs in their culture, i.e what they consider as knowledge? Plus, if I would then tell how much the AOKs have and effect inside the culture? ----> How these effect the feminine beauty. I think that te WOK which I could use are language, faith and reason, as I can somehow myself see how these are used in the cultures. Then, I also think that the AOKs could be arts and religions, as also I can see how they are used in the cultures. What's your opinion? I'm sorry, but I'm really bad at TOK, it's just so difficult for me to understand:(. EDIT //// Is it possible to leave the AOKs out of the presentation? Since, now when I looked information about the cultures and realized taking them account is difficult. So, is it possible, if I only discuss the different ways of knowings...?
  3. Kira chan: Thanks for your comment! Yes, I noticed now how I have repeated the things:D But of course I won't repeat them in the presentation, I will arrange them better, this is only the plan. But I dont know is that then too big topic? I mean, because every women thinks in a different way, so it's hard to ''generalize'' my opinion. Hard to explain:s. But nice that at least you liked my the topic! Since I really find the different cultures interesting:D
  4. Hi! I’m having my second tok presentation soon, and as my first one was really bad (10/20 points) I would really like to have some opinions what do you think about my second presentation's topic and the plan generally:). As I really would like to succeed this time. Real-life situation: http://www.marieclaire.com/world-reports/news/forcefeeding-in-mauritania or other similar news, how in some culture women are forced or do something, as they are viewed then beautiful. Knowledge issue: To what extent does our culture define what we view as a feminine beauty? → first I would tell my own definition of culture (paradigms, customs and traditions etc) and feminine beauty. And feminine beauty is something that most of the people think in the culture: what is the general view. So for instance, in my real-life situation the woman don’t necessarily want to be fat Exploring the knowledge issue: So first I would explain more about the culture that who do belong to it and what are their ways of knowing (so language, emotion, reasoning, faith?) and I would discuss what are the roles of religion, arts and history in the culture. Linking back to the real-life situation: Now I would consider, how the things I explained earlier, affect the culture which I have in my RLs. (So for example, if the culture has some kind of religion which tells them to do dress the way they do, and the culture is really religious, so that is why they dress the way they do. ) Different perspectives and connection to other real-life situations: I would take maybe five different cultures (or as many as I have time to) and then briefly tell what they view as feminine beauty, what effect does their language (and the other WOK) affect it and also what role does the effect of their religion, art and history if any, have on the feminine beauty. I’m really interested on doing my presentation on this topic, however, I don’t want to do it, if I’m not able to get high marks:(. So, any comments and improvements are appreciated!
  5. Hi, So basically I have a dual citizenship (Finnish and Australian). However, I have lived my whole live in Finland, and I have never visited Australia, but now i would be intrested to apply Australian universities. So, am I considered being international or domestic undergraduate student? I didn't find any information on the internet .
  6. Thanks for the answers!! They were really helpfull to help me decide what to do:) At the moment I'm all the time more and more considering making the second, percentage, but to make sure I will do both of them. BUT, how to calculate the percentages? So should I calculate the percentage changes for every repeat? And from these the mean value...? As then from these values I could calculate the uncertainties easily. Or should I just calculate one percentage change from the mean value, but how can I then calculate the uncertainties? And one more question, e.g. if I have the values, 80, 75 and 70 (from one repeat), how should I calculate the percentage difference. First I of course calculate how much does it change between 80 and 75, but how then, should I calculate how much the heart rate changes from 80 to 70 OR from 75 to 70? SO which one will be mathematically the right one..?
  7. Hello! I have question about my biology EE (prev. topic here, i didn't want to add these question there also as it's old + this question is about what to do with my data) and at the moment I don’t know what to do with my data now: what graph should I use. So briefly I have measured how the cows heart rate changes when grooming (first I measured the rate, then groomed, then measured again, groomed again, and measured again). In my experiment I have two subgroups; heifers and cows, and in one subgroup is five animals. I repeated this experiment five times for one animal. Now I have justcalculated the mean value from all the repetitions for each animal. My question then is: Which one would be better to graph: to just graph heart rate as the function of time OR to graph the change of heart rate in percentages as the function of time? If I will do the first one, could I use the Standard deviation as error bars in the graph? I couldn’t find anywhere on the internet if I could or couldn’t so I’m not sure. The other way I was thinking would be that I subtract from the max value the min and then divide this value by two. The only reason why I would to SD is that it was mentioned in the biology EE guide that it should be used… And i don't know any other options. Plus in my opinion, as there is only going to be three datapoints, this graph would look somehow stupid.., as it doesnt' tell the heart rate all the time. But if I do the second one, I don’t know would it better to calculate the heart rate change for the respect of the first one (before grooming) OR to respect the previously one? How much the heart rate changes in the third measurement to respect to the second measurement OR how much the heart rate changes in the third measurument to respect to the first, original, measurement. And can i assume that all the heart rates at the beginning are ''0''-> so they are in the same line...? Sry if you don't understand, but it's really hard to explain what I mean! I would prefer the second one, as the heart rate-values change inside the subgroups, so e.g. some cow may have the heart rate of 80, and the second one 70. (but the amount how much the heart rate decreases is app. the same). And as I would like to calculate the mean from the subgroup (from the five cows/heifers) and then compare this mean to the other subgroup. BUUUT: is this even scientifically correct? To graph any of my options as I won’t get any solution e.g. from the slope…..? I would prefer to not do any graphs, but again, in the EE guide it was said that graph has to be done. Or do you have any other suggestions? I’m really stuck with my ee, as I just want to write it . And there isn’t any point asking anything from my supervisor (plus there isn’t any other bio IB teacher in our school), as she doesn’t know anything and if she does the information is usually wrong. Thanks already ps. ask if you can't understand something, so i can try to explain it better
  8. Thank you Sandwich for the answer, it was really helpful and gave me a lot of ideas which I can use on my EE:). When I first planned my EE, my original idea was to use all our cows, but then I came to the conclusion that I just don’t have enough time. As we need to keep the fans on all-the-time during summer, and when I'm measuring the heart rate, they need to be off, and when they are off the air inside the barn gets bad so quickly (and this then will affect my mom's work). But I really like the sub-set idea, only if I have the time and chance I will do with all the cows! ...or at least with 10 cows, when I will get two sub-sets. However, do you know is it enough if I will repeat one experiment/cow only three times? My supervisor said to me that I should repeat as many time as possible, and then she also said that it is not so important to have so large sets of data (i.e. 5cows is enough). So, do you know which one would be better, to do many repetitions per cow e.g. for 5cows OR have only three repetition and then e.g. for 10cows? Since I really don't trust my supervisor.. I have found on the internet papers that say that grooming has affected on the production of milk, which I'm going to include in the essay. Though, my idea, the reason why I think my experiment is important, is actually because of the better quality of cow's life:D.Because I know from experience that cows enjoy grooming, but I don't then know whether I can put this on the EE without sounding like an idiot.
  9. RandomPeersoon : My mom owns a small farm, and we have app. 20 cows:). That is the reason why I'm doing this EE; I spent my whole summer at home plus I will be working in the farm. I will keep constant the environment, time of day when I'm doing the measurument, and that is why I have only five cows, they all are born in the same year and are approximately same size. Actually, they are heifers still, so no one of those five haven't gicen birth to a calf. (one more reason why I won't succees with my EE, how I'm supposed to keep the environment constant in reality??) Like I said my supervisor doesn't know anything:/.
  10. Hello everyone! I'm doing my EE on biology, and it's going to be animal experiment. My topic is ''effect of grooming on cows'' and basically my plan is to groom cow and measure the heart rate before and after the grooming --> does it change and how. I've couple of questions considering my topic + I've some other questions, and I would really be happy if someone who knows more than me could answer for me:) 1. First of all, I have read all the animal ethical infos, but I still want to make sure that is this topic acceptable? It doesn't cause any stress on cows, as I know that they like grooming. 2. Because I'm doing on animal experiments, I'm going to have small amount of data. My plan is to repeat my experiment three times to five different cows, but is that way too little? (So because of the low amount of data I won't even get D... because I already know that I won't get high marks from my EE). 3. What is the necessary amount of resources when doing experimental EE on biology? And can all of them be internet or magazines? As I haven't found any books on online shops or in library. (I didn't find answer to this question in the biology EE guide) And I've asked all of these questions from my supervisor (we have only one biology IB teacher in our school), but she just doesn't know anything . But she really likes my idea, and she hasn't said any bad word about, only that I should have more data.

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