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HL Math IA advice?

Hey guys, I'm starting my HL Math IA for my IB and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. Where do you recommend I begin? Any tips on choosing a topic or a good approach to tackle the IA?

6 months ago

Hello! Starting your HL Math IA can indeed be overwhelming, but with proper planning and guidance, it can become a manageable project.

First of all, choosing a topic is key. Consider the areas in mathematics that intrigue or excite you. Whether it's calculus, probability, or number theory, pick a topic you enjoy as it will make your IA experience more engaging and allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the subject. Look at real-world applications or connections to other fields, which shows your ability to think beyond the textbook.

Once you have a topic in mind, it's a good idea to consult with your math teacher or IB coordinator for advice and approval. They can help guide you in narrowing down your research question, ensuring it's both interesting and feasible to explore within the given constraints of the IA.

When working on your IA, structure is crucial. Typically, the structure consists of:

1. Introduction: Introduce your topic, explain its relevance, and state your research question.

2. Mathematical Concepts: Discuss the mathematical concepts, theorems, or techniques you'll be using in your exploration.

3. Investigation: Detailed analysis of your research question, presenting calculations, proofs, or simulations, depending on the topic.

4. Conclusion: Summarize your findings and provide possible extensions or further research ideas.

Remember to maintain a clear and organized presentation throughout your IA, which will make it easier for your examiner to understand your thinking.

Lastly, make use of reliable resources such as textbooks, academic papers, and reputable websites to gather information and support your work. Always cite your sources to avoid any potential academic dishonesty issues.

Breaking down the IA into smaller tasks and consistently working on it will make the process more manageable. Discuss your progress with your teacher regularly to make sure you're on the right track. Good luck!

6 months ago

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