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  1. With what I remember from reaction equations, how it works is: 3 H2=6 hydrogen atoms 1 N2=2 nitrogen atoms Thus, as it will be turned into NH3, two must be created when there are six hydrogens and two nitrogens around. The masses used, if I remember correctly, are irrelevant to the reaction equation, at least in this case.
  2. Do take maths HL. Most physics-related areas of study require it, and even if they don't, you will have a head start on your maths courses, provided that you stay on top of it. Chemistry may remain SL and I'd stick with four HLs if you're taking maths HL, just to have a back-up plan in case maths (or some other subject) falls apart.
  3. Until July, work, work, work and finish up applications for an F-1 US Visa. In and after July, celebrating results (hopefully) and getting ready to first move out of my apartment, stash most of my belongings somewhere and then move to Philadelphia, all of which might just require some planning.
  4. Any and all, pretty much. IB subjects are quite unhindering (with the plausible exception of Maths studies), but straight out of the IB you would be solely limited by SL Maths, which in some cases does not allow you to do mathematics, physics, economics or potentially computer science at university without extra certificates or other proof of mathematical ability. Otherwise, all paths are wide open given good grades - thus, do whatever you find yourself developing an interest in. Career choices are somewhat fluctuating at least in my experience, when entering the IB I was sure I wanted to beco
  5. 4 HLs is completely doable, I used to do 7 subjects with 4 HLs and then dropped Finnish Lit SL after one year as it was boring as hell. Afterwards, I was left with 4 HLs and 6 subjects, which was not too bad to be honest, except maths and physics were at times quite braincracking, but nothing one could not handle. I've had predicteds ranging from 43 to 39. But, as a word of advice, I'd say mark the drop deadlines for finals onto your calendar well in advance, so you can then drop a subject at the last minute for your exams. Especially chem is quite handy as IAs will stick no matter the level s
  6. Nah, it does not really matter. The EE is the sort of thing which can boost your application (say, if you do it in the subject you're applying for), but I believe that unless you tell them, they will not even know your EE subject, just the predicted grade. Correct me if you know I'm wrong regarding the UK, but at least for the US it went so.
  7. Unless the application explicitly states that the reference must be written by a given school staff member, it should be okay for it to be written by anyone, especially if this "anyone" happens to be an alumnus of the school you are applying to.
  8. Also, creativity can be learning new things - you probably are learning new things or at least can easily write it up as such, so go for it
  9. Try swapping what you study as to not get bored with doing one thing constantly. Also, I'd suggest trying to work in small bits at a time. I'm one of those people myself who are able to pull off almost anything by working insanely long periods in one go, but I know for a fact that it does not work if you can't concentrate and working small but often is certainly more comfortable. Also, according to psychological studies, doing less but over a long period will improve recall compared to trying to get through a textbook in 16 hours straight. As for doing work, the same applies, do it over time a
  10. I reckon you are sort of going off path by thinking you have to pick a career path given your choice of subjects. I mean, if you wish to do psychology, go for it. Very few things are set in stone due to IB subjects - if you pick a country with entrance exams, you could very well end up studying maths having done Studies in the IB, if that would ineed be what you wanted to do. So, all the advice I wish to give is for you to make a decision on university and subsequent career with only one thing in mind, that being what you want to do. IB will be over in 2 years, uni in 2-10, but a career lasts
  11. Penn will fulfill your demonstrated need. As someone suggested, the funds for international student financial aid are limited and competitive. Here is a bit of a fact sheet regarding this: http://www.sfs.upenn.edu/pdf/2013-14/QA-International-2013-2014.pdf However, standing here as one of those approximately 45 students to be receiving an aid award, large enough to make Penn cheaper than the UK, as an admitted freshman, I can say with full conviction that it is possible. Your extracurriculars seem just fine to me, so just keep at it and try to concentrate on things that are relevant to what yo
  12. We were studying some text in English class and someone asked what "XXXII" is (roman numeral of 32). I very quickly yelled "negative x cubed". About half a second later I realised that no, she probably was not trying to do complex algebra, but I had already managed to raise quite a bit of amusement
  13. How did you find German papers this time around? I was positively surprised by P1, which was in my view way easier than any mock papers collected together from past years' questions.
  14. There is no clear minimum, and it's not exact science given that there really are quite a few things that are taken into consideration by universities. Here is a table listing some score percentiles: http://collegeapps.about.com/od/sat/a/sat_side_x_side.htm
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