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Title: Mathematical Studies IA A good project should be able to be followed by a non-mathematician and be self explanatory all the way through.


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Mathematical Studies IAA good project should be
able to be followed by a non-mathematician and be
self explanatory all the way through.
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Math Studies Assessment
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Purpose of the Project
  • It enables students to demonstrate the
    application of their skills and knowledge and to
    pursue personal interest, without time limitation
    and other constraints often associated with
    written exams.
  • It is a piece of written work based on personal
    research involving collection, analysis and
    evaluation of data.
  • Develop students abilities to ask their own
    questions about mathematics.
  • Encourage students to initiate and sustain a
    piece of work.

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Enable students to acquire confidence in
developing strategies for dealing with new
problems. Enable students to experience
mathematics as an integrated discipline See
connections and applications of math to other
areas of interest. Allow students with varying
abilities, interests and experiences to achieve a
sense of personal satisfaction in studying
mathematics
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Requirements
  • The project is a piece of work based on personal
  • research, analysis and evaluation of data.
  • Each project must contain
  • A title
  • A statement of the task
  • Measurements, information or data
  • Analysis of the information, measurements or data
  • Evaluation of the analysis
  • Bibliography and footnotes, as necessary

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Length
  • The project should be no longer than 2000 words,
    excluding diagrams, graphs, charts and tables.
    However it is the quality of the work which is
    most important.

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Criterion
Criterion A (0-3) Introduction
Criterion B (0-3) Information/Measurement
Criterion C (0-5) Mathematical Processes
Criterion D (0-3) Interpretation of results
Criterion E (0-1) Validity
Criterion F (0-3) Structure and Communication
Criterion G (0-2) Notation and Terminology
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Introduction
  • Your introduction should include
  • A Title page with Title of your project your
    name teachers name IB candidate number
  • A clear but brief description of your project
  • Description of the steps you will take
  • (make sure it includes what you are going to do
    and how you will do it the intro can be written
    after the rest of the project)

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Information/Measurement
  • Collect sufficient data to be able to draw
    conclusions from it
  • Organise your data in a logical fashion
  • Verify the accuracy of your data (this is
    difficult if you do a survey of your peers how
    do you ensure random sampling)
  • Confirm that data is relevant
  • Provide a copy of raw data/questionnaire as
    appendix

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Mathematical Processes
  • Choose techniques that are appropriate
  • Verify/check your results to confirm there are no
    errors in your calculations
  • Use both simple and sophisticated processes
  • Explain the relevance of your processes

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Interpretation of Results
  • Provide explanations of what your calculations
    show
  • Give enough detail in your interpretation so that
    a reader would agree with your conclusion

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Validity
  • Valid means does the project do what it set out
    to do?
  • Are your conclusions accurate maybe quote
    similar research
  • Perhaps comment on how you could improve your
    project

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Communication
  • Suggested order
  • Title page
  • Introduction
  • Organised data
  • Mathematical processes
  • Interpretation of results
  • Discussion of validity
  • Appendices (if required)
  • Bibliography
  • Include footnotes as necessary and cite your
    sources
  • Have someone else read your project for
    flow/readability, someone who is not familiar
    with this course

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Project ideas
  • Choose something in which you are interested for
    which you will be able to gather data that there
    are mathematical processes simple and
    sophisticated which are relevant.
  • Suggestions
  • Are yellow M Ms less common than other
    colours?
  • Does location affect the local rate of suicides?
  • Does that amount of water plants get affect their
    rate of growth?
  • What is the relationship between GNP and AIDS
    infection rates?
  • How quickly does water drain from a bucket?
  • How long does it take for a cup of coffee to cool
    to room temperature?
  • What is the pattern in the rise and fall of
    tides?
  • What is the stopping distance of a particular
    car?
  • Analysis of stock market fluctuations
  • A comparison between calorie intake and gender
  • Does eating breakfast have any effect on high
    school grades?
  • Infant mortality and GDP
  • Investigation of reaction times
  • Comparison between lung capacity, age weight and
    body fat
  • Calculating the time of sunrise and sunset
  • Gender based discrimination
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