Skills and Strategies

you will be required to employ

Choosing a Topic

Mathematical Presentation

Identifying an appropriate topic and ensuring that the topic lends itself to a concise exploration

Planning and Developing the topic

Devising a focus/rationale that is well defined and appropriate

Communication

Expressing ideas clearly

Identifying a clear aim for the exploration

Focusing on the aim and avoiding irrelevance

Structuring ideas in a logical manner

Including graphs, tables and diagrams at appropriate places and appropriately labelled

Editing the exploration so that it is easy to follow

Citing references where appropriate

Using appropriate mathematical language and representation

Defining key terms, where required

Selecting appropriate mathematical tools (ICT)

Expressing results to an appropriate degree of accuracy

Personal Engagement

Working independently

Asking questions, making conjectures and investigating mathematical ideas

Testing theories

Reading about mathematics and researching areas of interest

Looking for and creating mathematical models for real-world situations

Considering historical and global perspectives

Exploring unfamiliar mathematics

What if...?

Reflection

Discussing the implications of results

Considering the significance of the exploration

Looking at possible limitations and/or extensions

Making links to different fields and/or areas of mathematics

Use of mathematics

Demonstrating knowledge and understanding

Applying mathematics in different context

Applying problem-solving techniques

Recognizing and explaining patterns, where appropriate

Generalizing and justifying conclusions

So you will need to...

Familiarize yourself with the CRITERIA so you know if the topic will fit

Research & record your

ideas, you may have more than one and will need to select the best

Check with your teacher that they think it is a workable idea

Familarize yourself

with available tech tools you may need:

**FAQ**

What is the difference between a mathematical exploration and an extended essay in mathematics?

The criteria are completely different. It is intended that the exploration is to be a much less extensive piece of work than a mathematics extended essay. The intention is for students to “explore” an idea rather than have to do the formal research demanded in an extended essay.

How long should it be?

Approx 12 pages, 2000 words is appropriate. A common failing of mathematical writing is excessive repetition, and this should be avoided, as such explorations will be penalized for lack of conciseness. However, it is recognized that some explorations will require the use of several diagrams, which may extend them beyond the page limit.

Before your IA is submitted to the IB you will have to sign to say it is all your own work and where you have used other people's material you have correctly referenced it - your teacher will check to ensure compliance.

Do not be clever and think you will get away with - you won't - we have already seen cases in this school.

If you fail to submit an IA, or it is plagiarised, you may not be allowed to sit the maths exam - hence you will score 0 points - you have been told.

**Deadlines**

**Deadlines have been set well in advance - and are there to ensure staff can give you timely, constructive feedback. There are no extensions - failure to meet a deadline will result in an email home.**

1) Application for Assessment - 26 Nov 15

2) Outline for Assessment - 7 Jan 16

3) Draft Submitted - 11 Feb 16

4) Final Submission - 24 Mar 16

1) Application for Assessment - 26 Nov 15

2) Outline for Assessment - 7 Jan 16

3) Draft Submitted - 11 Feb 16

4) Final Submission - 24 Mar 16

A short report on an area of Mathematics of interest to YOU

It could be...a modelling task, an investigation, a statistical analysis, an application of mathematics, pure mathematics ...

It should be about 12 pages long (depending on diagrams/graphs etc.

It is worth 20% of final grade (marked out of 20)

MATHS IA

SO...by 26 Nov

Complete your Application for Assessment

"I WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT WATER!

I LOVE WATER"

Topic of Exploration...?

Outline description of what you hope to achieve, how you inten to do this, and why

A breakdown of all the areas of maths that you intend to use and why

A correct, full, listing of your references (books, journals, websites etc).

**MATHS INTERNAL ASSESSMENT**

20% of your final IB level for maths

20% of your final IB level for maths

A. Introduction /3

B. Information & Measurement /3

C. Mathematical Processes /5

D. Interpretation of Results / 3

E. Validity /1

F. Structure & Communication /3

G. Notation & Terminology /2

THE CRITERIA...MS

BRAINSTORM!

Academic Honesty

Will it work?

What level of Mathematics does it include?

Is it commensurate with the level of the course?

Can I show personal engagement?

Are there any further/interesting applications?

Is it relevant? interesting?

Will I understand it myself?

Do I need to learn any new mathematics?

Do I need access to technology? What technology?

Got an Idea: Ask yourself...

A Communication /4

B Mathematical Presentation /3

C Personal Engagement /4

D Reflection /3

E Use of Mathematics/6

The CRITERIA...HL/SL

A vague idea....

No idea...?

Look in a textbook - there are some suggestions

Get a book out of the library!

Listen to Maths related Podcasts

Watch Maths related videos

Look at famous problems/Nrich problems/Maths Challenge Problems

Google Search.....

http://ibmathsresources.com/maths-ia-maths-exploration-topics/

By the 26 Nov 15....

...complete the IA outline on ManageBac

Exploration title

Aim

Rationale

Syllabus topics

Research/data collection required

Definitions required

Visual representations to include

Sources of information

Technology

Personal Engagement

Any other info/comment