'Tis the time to finally put in use everything you've learnt about Math in you whole academic life, to make a discovery! No no, It is not about you becoming the first person to develop a new method to calculate integrals, or the first person to discover a new universal constant, if this was the case you would be ready to receive a Nobel prize for your outstanding contributions to Mathematics.
What is expected from you is to make a discovery for yourself. Explore the Mathematics behind something you love or something you find interesting. It is crucial to be motivated to take on this task.
WHAT IS THE EXPLORATION?
It's an Essay.
An essay in Mathematics looks like a regular essay only that some sentences are written in the form of an equation. Every equation you write needs to be part of a sentence, because as you read the essay out loud it needs to make sense.
WHAT IS THE ESSAY ABOUT?
There is a different answer to this question depending on the course you are taking. Math Studies SL students will usually apply Mathematics to find conclusions about a certain real life question. Math SL/HL students will be more inclined towards exploring the Mathematics hidden into something.
Common topics to explore are:
Like shown above, there are multiple places where you can get ideas from.
Math AA HL
Please find here the information provided by IB.
In the new program, the toolkit consists of a series of activities that will broaden your Mathematical understanding through investigations. For your final assessment, you must produce an essay, of around 7 pages long (around 1200 words) where you explore a topic of your own interest. This exploration needs to reflect deep mathematical understanding of the topics discussed, as well as mastery of the accompanying processes, through error free calculations.
The assessment Criteria are:
You can find more information in the subject guide and other official IB documentation.
Your Math IA consists of 20 points distributed in: Communication, Mathematical Presentation, Personal engagement, Reflection, and Use of mathematics.
Please see HERE for the rubrics and value of each criteria for Math SL and HL (and examples!!). Because the criteria are the same, for both Math SL and HL, it is possible for students in both subjects to ideate together, have discussions and use each other to proofread their essay.
To select the topic you must search within your interests. The math exploration has the purpose to allow you to see mathematics within any topic of your choice. An easy way to start could be:
4. For each of those questions try to find a link to Mathematics:
Now we try to answer the question, do some math and write!
The nice thing about Mathematics is that there is no word limit. It is because since a full sentence can be written in the form of an equation there is no way we can predict what is the best number of words for your particular discussion. However, there are some that recommend writing around 1200 words. If you write more or less that that, don't worry.
It is also understood that in Math, you are very likely to use graphs, tables, charts and diagrams that are relevant to the essay and that take a lot of paper space, therefore we cannot say for sure how long the essay should be in terms of pages. Everyone's essay will be different. Just make sure that whatever you write, whatever table or graph you add to your work is relevant to the discussion.
No, you don't have to. Unless it is necessary and makes sense for you to attain your goals.
It is okay to have an appendix if you so wish, however examiners are not obliged to read it. So if a graph or a table is important, it must be in the body of the essay.
BIG enough to be read.
SMALL enough to make it visually pleasing. Make sure tables are not split in two different pages, and make sure your graphs are connected to the text, that is make sure the graph is on the same page of the text where you are talking about it.
I recommend avoiding this practice as Mochi is a dog and there are no extra points given for pictures of dogs (Unless said dog is the case study).