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  1. discovering the bounty of mary jane halfway through year 1. dear god, no forward progress since then. lots of good times though so no worries
  2. Not that I'm anywhere near close to finishing my EE (which is due in 4 days, hmm), but I had an idea for a title for my essay. It was sort of a clever play on words, not smart-ass-ish or profane though, and then I did a colon and a brief description of my paper. Is it kosher to give a title that's semi-humorous and witty even if it sufficiently describes the paper as well? Just wondering if the IB would instantly mark that off as unprofessional or something. I'm perfectly fine sticking to a mundane title but.... it's a chemistry research paper. I figure it needs a little lightening up. Thank
  3. That's sort of similar to what I had initially wanted to do for my EE - I think that the topic itself is great but you'll have to hone in something a bit more specific to formulate a great research question. One good tactic for Chem EE experiments is comparing levels of X in different brands/samples of Y - you could try testing iron levels in different samples of water, but that in itself isn't enough for an EE. Just think a bit deeper, like maybe how iron levels contributes to some other factor, I don't know. That's a good starting point though!
  4. The first year curriculum of our IB Econ, Physics HL, and Chem HL courses were all simultaneously taught with the corresponding AP classes and we all feel pretty much the same. Since IB is new at our school, the AP kids actually sorta look down on us - the weeeeeirdos. But we're all in the same grade and such so I have no problem getting along with them - there are a few kids in IB at my school, though, that have a bit of a superior feeling toward anyone not in IB. My advice is to not make a big deal of being in different classes; you're all in school, you're all going to college, you're all k
  5. Like what Arrowhead said, we need a bit more information about your books and what you're trying to focus in on to help you out. However, I personally think the change of tone and diction due to multiple narrators (like in As I Lay Dying by Faulkner) is an interesting thing - you could compare this between the two books and then discuss how this contributes to the reader's reactions to events in the plot, etc. You really just need to hone in on an aspect of multiple narrators that is significant in the literary merit or experience of the books, and then argue it to your heart's content. Somet
  6. My topic isn't very equation/formula heavy - I'm mostly using other sources research and data results about the presence of pharmaceuticals in the water, and then showing my own experimental results to argue how potent ibuprofen is as a pharmaceutical pollutant (how quickly and strongly it changes the pH of water by dissolving). I think I need to fence off my introduction and not bleed into my investigation/research bit like you say. I have looked at those 3, they are quite impressive. Much more scientific experimenting than I plan to do haha
  7. I remember somewhere reading that certain subjects, namely chemistry, would be fine having roughly 2500 words as opposed to 4000. So, I was just wondering if I should be aiming for 4000 words or should I be aiming to write the best, most concise essay I can? Obviously I wouldn't fill 4000 words with nonsensical dribble, but I find myself running short on things to discuss. I've got about 500 words for my introduction - should I add more to this? My topic is on pharmaceutical pollution, specifically on ibuprofen, and I keep feeling like the more I discuss the effects of ibuprofen in the environ
  8. I know what you're talking about with unhelpful teachers - there's only one chemistry teacher at my school, and he went to IB training a year ago and is still pretty much clueless. Great teacher, but not so much a supervisor for EEs. Keep at it man! I'm struggling to do my EE myself - got to do the chemistry experiment over the next week, and have the whole thing finished by the 17th...we can do it!
  9. I know I'm supposed to have an abstract for my EE that's no more than 300 words - does anyone have any advice for what to put in the abstract? Should I give a summary of my experimental procedure, how I came to this topic, the research I did, or is it just the whole thing briefly stated? And it doesn't count in the word count, right? Thanks!
  10. Let me just say that all of them seem interesting and could serve as good starting points. #4 seems a bit too general, but I think #1 and #2 are very strong. With a little narrowing down, those two would be great RQ's - I'm presuming you could write 4000 words strong enough to back each of them, though. And I'm sure you can. Good luck. and stuff.
  11. Thank you both very much! I was confused and using endnotes for simple in-text citations - I'll use a few footnotes but I'm finding that they seem way too superfluous to even put in. and Ziggy - congrats on finishing! you lucky dog you.
  12. The experiment is a BIG deal to figure out - plan it in every way, controlled variables and so on. You want to have all of that stuff recorded, too, even if it seems superfluous. The temperature of the room may seem like a well-duh type thing, but examiners will really be pleased if your data is presented neatly and professionally with all factors recorded. I'd work hard on getting that experiment done well and I'd spend a fair amount of time formatting your graphing/diagramming as that is how you will be illustrating your results. As for research, I'm doing mine now too. For a reaction like y
  13. I was doing up my bibliography for a Chemistry EE and I was wondering if the citations added to the word count? I assume they don't...but I have to make sure just in case. Also, I'm doing endnote style for citing - just putting a superscript "1" or "2" when I quote in-text and then just have the citations all at the end, in that order. Does that seem okay? Last question - what is the best format for a chemistry essay's bibliography? I started using APA because I know that's used for some social science stuff...but I don't know what is generally acceptable for chemistry things. And are annotati
  14. Just keep pushing, be relentless with these coffee people. If they need your information, so be it - you need THEIR information. Don't let the fact that you're a kid give them an advantage to brush you off. Go for broke. And stuff.
  15. http://8-3-11.info/Water.html yeaaaaaaaaaaaah.
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