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  1. Hi guys, I am doing Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut as part of my English A: Lang & Lit course (not my choice by the way ). Since it's one of the books for my IOC, and since the IOC is in a month, I think it's time to start preparing seriously . So the problem is that I've been told (by our teacher and by wikipedia) that Cat's Cradle is a Postmodern novel. So I went to look up some stuff on Postmodernism and found quite decent explanations of many Postmodernist features. However, none of the sources actually said why Postmodern authors use these literary features. I mean, I understand that t
  2. I think I found a nice example of how disagreement aids the pursuit of knowledge in the HUMAN sciences - law. The whole point of the system is that the accuser and the accused (don't know the proper names for these, but you know what I mean) are allowed to argue, and this argument helps the judge or the jury to build up knowledge of the situation and come out with a verdict. EDIT: Nevermind, this was a horrible idea. Sorry for posting this.
  3. To anyone who is confused about what IB considers a 'human science'. Human sciences are meant to investigate and understand human behavior and the human nature. Examples are: psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, economics and politics. In my opinion the IB DOES NOT consider history and literature as a human sciences, but as a separate areas of knowledge.
  4. Hi guys! I am thinking of applying to the USA and due to some circumstances I will be applying after I receive my diploma, so I will actually have my final grades to show. However, it seems that USA unis really value the grades which you have been getting during your study (i.e. the GPA). The problem is that my school grades will probably be lower than my final grades, which makes me think which one is actually more important, and can they overlook my a little above average school grades if I have top final grades. So, what do you think?
  5. Thank you very much! Although in HL it seems that they give you less data...
  6. Hi guys! I am soon going to get my assignment for HL math IA type II - mathematical modelling. I've been looking at some of the previous portfolio titles, and found myself quite confused as to what is this IA all about. They seem to require you to make up parameters and identify variables and stuff. Besides, I don't seem to quite understand what does the IBO mean by a "mathematical model". Is it an equation? Is it a couple of equations? Just what is it? Basically the question that I am asking here, is what is this type II IA all about, what is expected of me and what the hell is a "mathematica
  7. Hi guys! I just have a quick question for you: do you cite references in the conclusion, if you have already cited them in the same contexts previously in the essay? Thank you in advance!
  8. Does anyone have any ideas on some kind of a non-cliche example to use in this one? I'm pretty sure that examples like Newton vs Einstein or Einstein vs Bohr are going to be extremely overused.
  9. I'm not an expert, but I can say that first of all, the people who did an EE in biology in our class had to do a rather lengthy experiment, something that basically lasted the whole summer. From what I have heard, it is not really all that difficult. Although it all depends on what you are more comfortable with. For example if I had to write an EE in English I would fail miserably at it, but for someone else it might be the other way around. I suggest looking up some sample EEs in biology (and perhaps some alternative subjects) and reading through them carefully, so that you will have an idea
  10. Hi guys! I'm doing an EE in maths and I am using a lot of books to draw information from, however I do not cite them all in the essay. This is because I might not fully understand something by reading it from one book, so I read the same section in five books, and cite the one which says things that are the most relevant to my essay. So the question is: do I only include the book which I've cited in the bibliography, or do I include all of the books which I've used? I am asking this question because I've heard some conflicting opinions on this - some say "yes", some say "no". I would be very g
  11. Hi guys! I writing a report for my internal assessment, in which I investigated the effect of the concentration of the electrolyte at the anode of a voltaic cell on the total potential difference across the cell, and I have stumped upon a problem with formulating the aim. The thing is, that there is an equation for the relationship which I am investigating (the Nernst equation) and I do not know whether my aim should be to just "investigate the relationship" or to "investigate the relationship and see, whether it follows the Nernst equation"? This is important because there are several section
  12. Thanks! That clarified the issue .
  13. Hi guys! I'm doing my report on voltaic cells and I wanted to know what the ion solutions at each half-cells are called. I've heard that they are called electrolytes, but I am hesitant in believing this since the liquid in an electrolytic cell is also called an electrolyte. So what is your opinion?
  14. You can check out this checklist (no pun intended ): http://www.google.fi/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=chemitry%20ia%20checklist&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCQQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcrhs-science.wikispaces.com%2Ffile%2Fview%2FIA%2BStudent%2BChecklist.doc&ei=fkV0UKmnGKfR4QTo0YGQDw&usg=AFQjCNH14NuYkzXM2plGJURx0MFzP_7Ckw&cad=rja It's really enlightening especially if your teacher just tells you that your reports are bad without telling how to fix the problems. Also you can check out the OSC student guide to internal assessment in chemistry (check first if your school's library h
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