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  1. I don't see how such a topic could be considered "illegal", poker is a game like any other. I highly doubt they'll have any issue with this as long as you don't overtly encourage illegal gambling or whatever (which is quite difficult for a math EE). When trying to narrow down your topic for a math EE, the most important part is to find some specific problem that you can attempt to solve. Notice that I said "attempt", it's fine if you don't actually achieve your goal, as long as you demonstrate that you've made significant progress. In this case it seems like you'd want to apply some mathematic
  2. Pursuit curves sounds like it could be a very interesting topic for a math EE! I did my EE in math as well so I suppose I could offer some advice. 1) I don't think IB enforces a specific minimum word count for math EEs, but it is permissible for them to be shorter since equations do not count towards the word count, and those will (usually) make up a significant part of your essay. Having said that, don't expect to write your essay as simply a list of equations since a good math essay will not only present a concept using symbols but will also explain what the symbols represent in ordinary Eng
  3. Got an A on my Mathematics EE: Volumes of Generalized n-Balls in L^p-norm with Applications in Machine Learning.
  4. I regret taking chemistry SL, because the material was so watered down compared to HL making the class ridiculously boring, and I ended up putting almost no effort into the course. Although I couldn't have taken chem HL anyway due to a schedule conflict. Also English Literature HL. While I'm pretty good at writing essays, this literary analysis stuff is definitely not my strength :/
  5. In our school we just use styrofoam cups as "calorimeters". It doesn't work quite as well as a real calorimeter, but it's often good enough (depending on what you're doing) and it's a free source of uncertainty to list in your conclusion
  6. If it's just the table of contents, just print out the updated page separately and ask the clerk at Kinkos to replace it for you... I did the same thing when I noticed a few errors in my EE final draft, and the clerk was even kind enough to do it for free.
  7. Why even have languages for group 1 and 2 at all? Why not just study formal language theory and cover them all at once? (Actually an IB linguistics course would be amazing!) Seriously though, I think should be room for both. At least, more schools should push to offer a real computer science course. Not those dumb Microsoft Office courses or even those dumbed-down programming classes that everyone takes as a spare block. I mean a serious course, not just an easy elective or whatever, that could be considered good preparation for a first year university CS course. Yes, there is IB/AP computer
  8. sin(x)/sin(y) = sin(x)csc(y). Although that's not helpful at all I doubt there's any elegant formula, though sin(x)/sin(y) is already pretty simple as it is.
  9. Better yet, grab a book from a university library (assuming they have a decent math section) and go through it proof by proof.
  10. This is not an IB-specific book, but Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs is an excellent and free book that will take you from being a coder to being a computer scientist.
  11. The easiest subject is a subject you're interested in. Sure, you could try finding the easiest possible topic, but if you're bored out of your mind, it will show in your essay and it will suck. If physics is what you're interested in, just go for it and don't worry about what mark you'll get. There is an entire criterion that you can potentially score well in just by showing considerable interest in the subject. Interest should come first, and marks will almost always follow. Edit: Having said that, when I was deciding my EE subject between physics or mathematics (actually I wanted comp sci bu
  12. I don't know about drawing diagrams, but I believe IB requires you to use black pen when writing exams. At least, that's what I was told for essays in both English and History, because the examiners use a special colour code for marking which I'd assume they use across all subjects.
  13. If you have a good topic that you think you'd be able to write up to 4000 words on that is definitely in a subject that you (think) you know a lot about, it can't hurt to start. But be prepared to seriously revise your draft later on and don't be discouraged if you end up having to modify your topic.
  14. Here are some of the recommended books that you may be suggested to check out as well. For calculus: Principles of Mathematical Analysis by Walter Rudin. For linear algebra as well as sets, relations and groups: Algebra by Serge Lang and Naive Set Theory by Paul Halmos. For discrete math: Lectures on Number Theory by Dirichlet and Dedekind, Graph Theory by Bondy and Murty.
  15. When using "implies" as a logical connective (as I was), a lack of knowledge definitely does not imply anything, since truth is independent of knowledge. If people have no other basis to go on, then they are in no position to make any deduction at all. Sure, people can speculate about the nature of natural phenomena, but if they have no evidence or justification whatsoever, any decision they can make is purely irrational. But how can we measure something intangible with empiricism and scientific method? The enlightenment made great leaps in science and what we consider legitimate proof /knowl
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