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  1. Hope I'm not too late answering this, but this is a pretty good resource for database IAs (if you haven't already discovered it already): https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
  2. University of Toronto has a general first year in their engineering program. You can't really go wrong (academically) with U of T in terms of Canadian universities.
  3. Honestly don't bother getting a head start, many people will have little to no background in what they're studying. Just enjoy your summer.
  4. Pretty much all ab initio classes are at least somewhat difficult and time consuming, and it doesn't help that French ab initio has notoriously high grade boundaries because of fluent speakers managing to slither their way into the course. With that being said, it's definitely doable. French is also very similar to English, so that could make things a little easier depending on how comfortable you are with English. Chinese is well known to be extremely difficult for people who have little to no background in it, so I think you'd be better off learning French if you're looking for a l
  5. I was on the same boat as you last year. Here are some links that might give you some inspiration: https://owltutors.co.uk/chemistry-ib-ia-ideas-2017-2018/ https://www.quora.com/What-would-be-good-topic-for-Chemistry-IA https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas#searchforaproject just be warned that a company, brand, or product type is generally not a good idea to use as an independent variable.
  6. In my opinion the syllabus doesn't mean much in language B. You will need to know how to effectively communicate with English, so immersing yourself in the language for some time regularly should do the trick. You typically don't "study" in the traditional manner of reading textbooks and doing practice questions/essays. Watch, and read whatever English books, shows, and movies are currently popular. Aside from that it would be helpful to review the rubric for the written portion of the exam.
  7. You don't need any background knowledge for any IB subject, especially not for physics. They will start off at a very basic level and move on from there. Just enjoy your summer
  8. Your topic seems ok. I organized my own EE based on the Business Management syllabus and got a B. The easiest way to plan your essay I think is to just pull out your business textbook and make as many connections to subtopics as you can (theories, analysis techniques, etc.), and organize your points in a logical way. Make sure you have a LOT of sources so that you can analyse the situation more deeply.
  9. It depends. Typically EE would be considered more important since you need it to pass IB (obviously), and a good EE could potentially give you more points than a good IA. However, some universities might not care about your EE grade (if that's your concern) as long as you pass, but that would depend on the specific university. In that scenario a good IA might be better than a good EE.
  10. remember that 1/x = x^-1. So 1/x^(8/5) would be equal to x^(-8/5). You can then use the power rule to differentiate like normal -8/5x^((-8/5) - 1) = (-8/5)x^(-13/5) If you want to take the negative out of the exponent: -8/(5x^13/5) (It looks clearer handwritten).
  11. I don't mean to scare you, but pretty much all chem IAs should have an independent and dependent variable. In other words, the title should be something like "how does x affect y?". There is only one variable in your title, the mass percentage of calcium carbonate. This would make you fall short for exploration, analysis, and maybe evaluation criteria. I don't know what kind of data you collected or what method you used to find the percentage of calcium carbonate, so you could potentially use some of your data to serve as your independent variable then restructure the IA around that. For
  12. From what I've heard as long as you have made it clear which question you have answered you will be fine. Your exams are marked by actual humans, not robots. You should contact your IB coordinator ASAP though just in case.
  13. I would recommend taking a look at basic vocabulary, learning conjugations for common verbs (verbs ending in -er, -ir, -re, and some common irregulars such as avoir, etre, faire, pouvoir, etc.), other basic grammar, etc. if you don't already know those. Make sure you are applying what you learn by reading news, books, magazines, and practising speaking and writing in French. Pay close attention to various francophone cultures (there are A LOT) as you will be asked to make connections to them. There is no way to study for specific evaluations so the only real way to get better is to keep practi
  14. Structure depends a little bit on the subject you're taking, but in most cases, you should define key terms then talk about the arguments and counter arguments. The "thesis" is usually really short. Definitely definitely definitely DEFINITELY consider both sides of an argument, having a balanced argument is in the rubric of almost every IB subject that includes short answer. Don't worry about "weakening" your point by considering both sides. Having a balanced argument is more important than trying to prove a point.
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