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  1. I've applied to Oxford for Physics this year, and have to take the PAT test next wednesday. As far as I know, they are looking for physics "aptitude" and potential, not necessarily knowledge. So if you can demonstrate that you have mastered the IB Physics syllabus, and that you can grasp unfamiliar concepts on the PAT test or at interview, then you have a good chance of getting an offer. I was originally going to apply to Merton as well, but I decided that Wadham was better for me (if I end up going at all!). Merton is lovely though.
  2. I have to hand mine in on the 1st of November... I wrote mine on the applications of linear differential equations, I applied them to problems involving dilution. Basically once you have your general concept, you need to focus on one specific area you are really interested in, and then start doing the maths to see if it is actually a plausible exploration. I did all of the maths in my exploration before I wrote it, and sort of described it in steps as my essay.
  3. The only way you can learn maths is through practice. Practice until the formulas you need to use are second nature, practice under time conditions, practice harder questions than the ones that you will get on the exam. You can find the IBID cirrito book here. https://gerrymerchant.wikispaces.com/file/view/Maths+HL+3rd+Ed+2nd+Imprint.pdf This book is exceptionally difficult and will improve your maths if you do most of the hard questions in it. My first HL maths test I got a 4, since then I have only been getting 6s and 7s and have been lucky enough to be predicted a 7. Although I'm good at m
  4. Ah makes sense. In that case I'm sure what you are proposing is at the level of an HL maths exploration, but sounds like you might want to consider using game theory to me. I don't know much about it, but I'm pretty certain that doing those calculations using conditional probability would be very tedious and time consuming.
  5. Oh awesome! And yeah, if I do a second degree it will probably be in the geophysics/ atmospheric physics area too, as I'm interested in that stuff, and it will be a big part of all of our futures. I'm actually writing my EE on renewable wave energy as it happens. I honestly cannot wait to get to uni, as it will mean I'm in an english speaking country (not Switzerland) and under my own steam, without having to worry about boring SL subjects . The partying should be good too. I know that in the US and Canada HL maths, physics and chemistry cover lots of first year topics, however I think in the
  6. Are you going to use game theory, or just mathematics from the HL probability topic? When we studied probability in class, we calculated the odds of getting a certain type of hand as an exercise, so if that is the main part of your IA I would guess its too basic. I'm sure there are many complicated situations you could mathematically model involving poker though.
  7. Bayes theorem is part of the HL syllabus, so that probably means that your SL IA will receive a 5 or a 6 out of 6 in use of mathematics.
  8. Hey all, Was just wondering who else is applying for Physics at university? I'm applying to the UK, with the goal of studying at Oxford (fingers crossed!), but I was wondering who else wants to study Physics/ is studying Physics on here. If so, where are you applying, and what do you want to go into after you finish your degree?
  9. I have two textbooks, the Pearson and the Cambridge by Tsokos, and the Cambridge is waaaaay better. In my opinion the single best textbook I've ever used, the descriptions are concise, detailed and well explained, and the questions get really challenging, which is good in my opinion. http://www.gobookee.org/physics-for-the-ib-diploma-tsokos/ download it for free there.
  10. Cirrito is the best Maths HL textbook author ever. The questions in that book are very difficult, some intentionally harder than the level of the exam in order to prepare you for it. My advice for the book is to go through the questions with a formula booklet in your hand, and if you don't know how to do a question look at the formula booklet for inspiration.
  11. Hardest to Easiest: French B SL Maths HL Chemistry HL Physics HL Econ SL (but I don't work hard enough and my teacher is absolutely shocking) English A Lit. SL
  12. As a mark? realistically a 6, but amazingly my teacher predicted me a 7, so I might have a fighting chance at one if I work my balls off
  13. The taylor/mclaurin series would be a really good SL Maths Exploration. The golden ratio is related to the Fibonacci sequence, which might be an interesting thing to research as well. Symmetry, the Golden Ratio and how they affect beauty might be an interesting topic. I'm not that familiar with Benford's law so can't really help you much there. As far as the Pythagorean formula goes, I can't think of anything you could do that would be difficult enough to be a good exploration. Hope this helps, and good luck.
  14. Hollath

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    Oh awesome! I'm applying for Physics which is slightly different from Law but I'm sure you can still help me. What was your offer? and how was Freshers Week? Is the nightlife good, cause I'd like to party sometimes as well as work my ass off. Thanks for your help!
  15. Not exactly, Rn is made up of an, bn and cn, which are functions with a parameter t. sorry I meant to ask if an, bn etc. are functions of x, y and z? or are functions of t?
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