Hey people, I've been away for a while. The good thing is that I'm back and I'm willing to help any Chemistry student with their problems or doubts. I'll be glad to help you with questions regarding lab reports, designs, theory or even on how to approach the actual paper. I hope to be useful. Thanks in advance. Regards
This thread could be used for the new syllabus IA from 2016 onwards. Please note that I cannot help individual students with their IA. The choice of topic should be your own work so please do not ask for suggestions for your IA. The following information is taken from the May 2015 subject report (I'm sure it is copyrighted to the IB, but I see no harm in sharing it with IB students). Research question: Encourage students to choose a research question that has a degree of challenge, is of interest to them and one where they do not know at the outset what the outcome will be.A good research question will probably try to determine a trend or relationship. Students shou…
Here are the links to my website and YouTube channel. I have a full range of videos for both SL and HL topics including options A, B, C and D.
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mikesugiyamajones
With the first exams for the new syllabus coming in May 2016, you could ask questions and post resources for the option topics here.
For option B, I have a complete set of videos for SL and HL.
I will be working on videos for option C next.
Option B SL:
Option B HL:
Option C SL (almost finished SL, now working on HL)
Option C HL
My teacher told me that an IB study guide would be very helpful going through Chemistry and I started looking online for a book. But, when I look on Half.com, there are two books for IB Chemistry, a course companion made in 2010, and a study guide made in 2007. I was wondering which is the better one to get in order to study for the IB exam and assist with explaining concepts. I am not sure what the differences are between the course companion and the study guide, so I need to know which one is better to buy. If it helps, I'm taking SL Chemistry and the teacher is very good but there are a few topics where I need to refresh on from Chemistry I (Sophomore Year).
Anyways.. What are your option material? I'm hopefully taking option B (Medicines and Drugs) and C (Human Biochemistry) alone. Anyone ever done both/one of them? What are yours and what do you think of them?!
I am writing this because I'm not sure if this is a good idea for my IA or not. I want either measure the effect of caffeine on pepsin activity, or effect of temperature on pepsin activity (or maybe effect of temperature on the effectiveness of antacids in inhibiting pepsin activity?)
I currently have a textbook by John Green and Sadru Damji and its making chemistry HL Hell! I'm only halfway through year one but i'm going to fail with this book. Could someone please recommend another textbook that they find favorable. Any opinions on these two books: Chemistry for the IB Diploma by Christopher Talbot and Richard Harwood or Higher Level Chemistry (Pearson Baccalaureate)
Hi, I am on my sophomore year and have to choose my Ib subjects by September.
I would like to study engineering but I am not sure if I should take chemistry in Ib or not. I am currently planning to take: Maths HL, Physics HL, Visual Arts HL, English SL, Spanish SL and business management SL. I am not sure if chemistry is required, and I don't like the course enough to take it on Ib.
Should I take chemistry? I am planning to study civil/ mechanical engineering.
Hello I am a DP student who does chemistry HL I've been dying trying to think of a good experiment for my IA but all I managed to come up with was testing temperature on the Iodine clock reaction but then I realised this experiment is too simple and has no real world application that I can personally link too so I need help to know weather if this is good enough for an HL chem IA
Hello everyone, I ran out of time for my Chemistry Internal Assessment and was advised to do the IA without any kind of experimentation. I would have to search data through the internet yet I don't know how to do it as I don't have any kind of experience in making this kind of work. If you could advise me as to what kind of topics I can look at or where I can find clear guidelines I would forever be in your debt:) Thank you.
I've been struggling with my chem ia topic - every idea I have turns out to be too hard to pursue with my current knowledge and skills or I just have no idea how to come up with an actual method to measure something. My teacher isn't too helpful either - she isn't too keen to give me any tips or help me develop my ideas into a valid research question.
Lately, I've been thinking about investigating how does the presence of different metal ions affect the rate of hydrolysis of esters.
Is it a good idea, should I take it seriously and look into it? And what method could I use?
My Chemistry teacher has been very good about posting IA resources for us, so I thought that I'd share them here.
Possible IA Chem Real Labs
1. Stoichiometry – investigating eggshell(Type of egg/Age of chicken)
2. Stoichiometry – investigating anti acid tablets
3. Kinetics – Effect of Conc/Type/Temp of acid on rate
4. Effect of Temp on Vapour Pressure
5. Effect of Acid/Ph on eggshell/teeth
6. Effect of Conc on E of a cell
7. Effect of Current/Time on electroplating of zinc on iron nails.
8. Effect of time on decomposition of Hydrogen peroxide
9. Effect of Temp on Conductivity of Water/solution
10. Enthalpy of combustion of alcohols
Hi everyone, I'm currently searching for chemistry ia ideas. My initial idea had to do with caffeine extraction from tea by titration, however I'm really confused about the method. I've mostly found procedures involving chloroform, which I will however not be able to use for my lab. I also came across a method that uses iodometric back titration, but there doesn't seem to be much info about it online... Does anyone have experience with this method, or has done their ia on a similar topic? I'm really interested in it but I'm concerned that it's way too complicated (i'm in chemistry sl and we haven't done any practicals during ib year 1 due to covid, so i'm looking for some…
Hey! I present my exams on November 2022, and I was wondering what good topics could there be for chemistry. I’d like redox reactions, for example the oxidative properties of a fruit or something like that. Also, maybe something related with acid deposition. Thanks! I really have no idea of what to do.
Hello everyone! My chemistry IA involves increasing temperature of a reaction in a closed system. I need to find out the concentration of the reactants while doing so, but in a real life experiment, it is impossible to constantly check for the concentration of the reactants while heating without affecting the reaction. So, I decided to go with a simulation, but can't find any website where I can perform my own experiment. Could you please suggest some?
My chemistry IA had to be a database one so I had quite a hard time to make one up but I found one off the internet and added one variable. My teacher accepted it but I think its too risky to have the same question off the internet and that its plagiarism. Should I scrap the whole thing?
has anyone there done an IA in chemistry about activation energy and could share some tips or their marks with me?
I have a topic of
What is the activation energy of the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in presence of catalase, by measuring the time
taken for 10cm3 of oxygen gas to be evolved at different temperatures?
Either at different temp or also without catalase and with MnO2?
My justification, in brief, is that H2O2 is present in cells and catalase is needed to break it down so that it isn't harmful and therefore low activation point is important (and I want to see a) what it is b) alternatively how does it compare to reaction w…
I am doing a chem ia on how the brewing temperature will affect the caffeine content within tea. I have done my experiment and all but I am having a hard time calculating my errors. So basically I used solvent extraction method to extract caffeine from tea with chloroform and then evaporated it. At last I was left with crude caffeine so i used its mass and the molar mass of standard caffeine to find the amount in mols. To find the errors do I just need to use the uncertainty of molar mass(0.001g) and the mass of crude caffeine (0.002g)? To prepare the tea solutions I have used water and tea bags. To get rid of the tannins (compounds that could be extracted with caffeine a…
Hello everyone, I'm wondering how I would calculate the uncertainty of my findings for a lab report.
I found the activation energy of the alka seltzer reaction in water (C₆H₈O₇＋3NaHCO₃ → 3H₂O＋3CO2＋Na3C6H5O7)
The way I found it was to measure pressure change over time in a closed erlenmeyer flask, convert that to concentration (using ideal gas law), and take its inverse over time to graphically find the rate constant. Then, I took the natural log of the rate constant against the inverse of time (aka the Arrhenius equation) to give me Ea times r. I divided the slope of the graph by R to give me Ea. However, now I'm confused about where to begin with apparatus unce…
When 100 cm3 of 1.0 mol dm–3 HCl is mixed with 100 cm3 of 1.0 mol dm–3 NaOH, the temperature of the resulting solution increases by 5.0 °C. What will be the temperature change, in °C, when 50 cm3 of these two solutions are mixed?
Can someone explain how to do this question ?
Does anyone have chemistry p1 or p2 questions specific for a certain topic in chemistry? I mostly have past papers but as I have not yet studied all the chapters in chemistry, I have a hard time trying to answer to the questions that combine knowledge from multiple topics If someone wants, I can send 95 questions with specimen answers related to Energetics and Thermochemistry
I have just received a second extension on my chemistry IA. I have all my calculations down and uncertainties, the issue with my IA is that my experiment was terrible and I dug myself into a terrible hole which it looks like I can't get out of. My experiment was an acid base titration with 5 different types of vinegar (white, white wine, champagne, apple cider, rice wine), and my processed data is their pH values (the range is between pH 2.35 - pH 2.47 - not much variety and it concerns me). The vinegar did not have labels which specified the acid content in them, and I cannot simply calculate the acetic acid content of each vinegar because apple cider vinegar for example…
For my Chem IA, would it be a good idea to calculate calories in different cooking oils to find which is the "healthiest" option?
I am doing HL, so need some HL part of the course. I thought this idea had personal engagement and would be pretty interesting to calculate.
Hey everyone, I am a Chemistry SL student and I have to come up with an idea or topic for my Chemistry IA. I'm really interested in forensics but haven't found much ideas of it in reagrds to an ib chem ia. I have an idea in mind which is " The effect of temperature of latent fingerprints". I was wondering if this is too much of a broad research queestion and how to implement chemistry fully into it. And also if anyone has any ideas or references that could possible help me? Desperately seeking your help, thank you!!
Could someone please explain how I can use a database for my Chemistry IA? I just don't understand how I can use a database that is already focused on investigating something and then use it to investigate something else???? I might just be wrong about how I'm actually supposed to use a database. An example would help me understand (doesn't have to be chemistry). My chemistry teacher hasn't really explained how to do our IA and I'm running out of time.
I want to do my iA on aromatic compounds and I'm looking everywhere for a simulation programe that would help carry put the experiment. Anyone knows any simulations or how they work? I'm I supposed to know a specific software?
I am doing my IA on the effect of different washing methods on the number of bacteria colonies on the surface of a fruit. my method is composed of me visually counting the number of bacteria colonies. Therefore there is no direct uncertainty on my results other than human error. I don't know what to do is it bad that i don't have uncertainty calculations? will i lose a lot of marks? someone please help.
Would anyone mind guiding me in doing my experiment for the Chem IA. I am trying to find the effectiveness of different brands of liquid antacids. I have cabbage powder which I plan to mix with water for my indicator. I am using distilled white vinegar as my acid. I have three different brands of antacid Pepto Bismol, Mylanta, and Graviscon. I have all the equipment I need (I think). I have a buret, magnetic stirrer, 2 small beakers, and pH paper. I’m just not sure how to do the experiment. What do I start with? What type of titration will I do? What measurements should I keep track of?
My end goal is to find which liquid antacid is the best at neutralizing a…
I started doing my chemistry IA on the effect of temperature on buffering capacity. I added a pH 7 buffer to distilled water and titrated it with NaOH. I then measured the amount of NaOH taken to increase the pH of the water by a unit of 1. I tried this for temperatures between 5 and 80 degrees but there was no significant difference between the data obtained.
This there any notable fault in my methodology?
I have to finish gathering data for my IA within one week. Since I was going to discuss the effect of temperature on the equilibria of the buffer solution, I am in the process of finding another IA experiment in the same subject area.
If you h…
I am a grade 11 IB HL Chem student and my teacher never gives us homework solutions to check our answers and he/she refuses to take up questions too when we ask him/her. My friends and I are quite stressed since we can never be sure whether our answers are correct or not. I was wondering is this an IB norm or is it just us?
Since this is an antilog equation, my teacher said that propagating concentration uncertainties from pH is beyond the scope of IB Chemistry syllabus so I would have to do another way. He said that I should " calculate half the range of the pH values for each variation." What does this mean????
For context, let's say my pH is 2.13 +/- 0.05 and my H+ concentration is 7.41E-3. How would I get the uncertainty of it? thank you so much 🙂
I was planning to do my HL chemistry database IA on the relationship between corrosion rate and pH level such as the difference between corrosion rate of steel when reacted with ocean water and rain water, but my teacher told me it is too simple and the answer is obvious. Are there any other factors I can or should add to my paper to make it complex enough? Or should I change my topic completely?
Hello. I've been trying to find a topic and research question for my extended essay but I have been unable to do. I have found an experimental technique in the calorimeter which measures energy content/calories and I want to measure energy contents in different foods but I do not know what I should investigate specifically and expand on this. I don't want it to be as simple as "as x increases, y increases". Testing out different foods and seeing which one(s) have the higher calories is way too simple and I'm basically stuck..Please help!
hey! do you know any websites with practice questions for chemistry, apart from the official questionbank?
something similar to revision village for maths? (can be even for pay, I'm desperate xd)
Does anyone know any databases to calculate the enthalpy of various organic compounds from? I was thinking one that has measured changes in temperature, so I can calculate enthalpy, but other ones work too.
My experimental values didn't work, so I'm switching over to a database IA and it's a bit last minute. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you
Hi Guys I study chemistry SL and for my IA I am going to pan roast coffee beans. For this I need to keep my temperature constant while roasting. Any ideas on how I can do this??? Any help is appreciated. Thank you
I am really confused on what type of IA to work on during quarantine. Obviously, we have to use data base and computational model since we have no access to labs.
So as for my idea, I would like to make different adjustments for different types of molecules (in length, total number of bonds...) and compare their bond angles by drawing them with software. Is this a feasible idea? Will I get decent marks?
Does enthalpy and length have a definitive correlation with bond angle in relation to VSPER Theory??? How can I best structure my IA based on this?
I am confused that the IA topic I am doing is basically copying. Since I am doing database (thanks to covid-19), I realised that I needed various independent and dependent variables. I could not find a topic and had constant rejections so my sir had given another classmate's alternative topic. I have a feeling that its mostly copying since when my classmate had given me the topic, he/she also gave me a research paper for this as a resource. When I had looked through the research paper, the research question was similar to that of the research paper, with same independent and dependent variables. I had written background information using that research paper and …
I want to do an IA preferably in topics 5 or 6 (energetics/thermochemistry and chemical kinetics) but other topics work fine too, and I want one that I can do on a simulation online. But I'm having trouble finding a good topic, and I don't want to do something super easy like "how does temperature or surface area affect rate of reaction" where the answer is super obvious, but I don't want to do something too hard as I want to be able to do it on a simulation online. Does anyone have any easy/backup topics I could use, this would be greatly appreciated.
hi my IA research question is due in 5 hours and I have genuinely no clue where to even start. We're only on topic 34 so I don't understand any of the experiements on later topics, and almost all of the examples I've found involve topic 44 titration which i know absolutley nothing about. it also has to be something i can do entirely at home with household materials because my school is still completely online. my teacher is also requiring that it is still a physical experiement. i dont know what to do if i dont have a topic in the next few hours theyre kicking me out of ib and then i wont get into college and my entire life will fall apart please help ive had months to do…