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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.

Math Studies Assessment

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.

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

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

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.

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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