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  1. The research question I have chosen for my Extended Essay is "Do common commercial pesticides stunt the germination and growth time of Phaseolus vulgaris (the common bean)?" I am planning on buying 5-10 bean seeds and testing different pesticides on each sample, and then measuring the rate of germination and the time it takes for the bean to grow stalks (having another sample with no pesticides as a control group, of course). Firstly, I want to know if this question is narrow enough. Secondly, is my experimental process too simple for an EE? I think if I talk about the importance of beans in many parts of Africa and the world, and then talk about the biological processes that result in the germination and growth of a bean seed, I should be able to come pretty close to the word limit. At the end, if the pesticides didn't have a significant effect on the plants, I could talk about why this might be the case, and whether it is better to use pesticides or not. The only issue is that I wasted all of my summer break and got ghosted by a potential advisor, and with the deadline for my first draft being in October for my school, I would like to make sure that this experiment can be done in 1-2 months' time. Have any of you guys done this sort of an experiment before, and, if so, could you tell me how exactly I need to grow the beans to ensure accurate data, and also how to process the data in an appealing way for my EE? I kinda feel disappointed in myself for coming up with such a middle-school-science-fair-kind of idea, so if you guys could suggest a way of elevating this to an IB level, I would be forever indebted to you.
  2. My current RQ is "Is there a significant correlation between the pesticides used and the cancer rates in my county?" I plan to survey local agricultural farmers in my area to see what pesticides they use on their crops and see if it correlates to cancer rates. Is this a good enough topic for an EE? I also thought of looking into organic vs. inorganic farming, but haven't been able to come up with any possible RQ's, any suggestions? Thanks!
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