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  1. Color seems pretty imprecise. I would throw it out, unless you want to sit hours waiting until a laser (not cheap business) heats water up. Anyway, I think the experiment would fail before the water heats. The first - (there should be no corellation!) you will not have much to write about. 3 seems managable.
  2. histroy is going to kill you. seriously. i see my friends on history and i'm happy i didn't take it. it's so much learning by heart... if you're worried about english a, i've heard that hl and sl a languages don't differ that much. however, english b and a differ. b is easier. unless you're very much into literature. if i were you i'd switch hl physics and sl math to hl math and sl physics. hl math opens more courses than physics hl, e.g. economics-related ones or computing. and physics hl does not make sense without math hl for unis (math hl+physics hl= engineering or physics course). it is j
  3. really depends on the university. some will accept you with math sl and without physics, some require both at hl. either way, you should be rather good at math to go to architecture, because otherwise the course wil be difficult. you should definitely join an architectural drawing course. the architectural drawing is imortant because it teaches 3d drawing, perspective etc., which is crucial for architects to create and show their projects.
  4. http://www.sji.edu.sg/admin/userfiles/file/Curriculum/2013/IB/SixAcadSubGP/Visual%20Arts%20Guide.pdf This should help.
  5. No, chemistry does't matter for mechanical engineering usually. Check out Imperial Collage website. It has pretty high requirements and does not require chemistry for mechanical engineering, but it requires math HL. If you have extracurricular chemistry - that's great! I had the same doubts with chemistry. No, you didn't do anything wrong, maybe just hasty.
  6. I would totally advise you math HL and physics HL. (you haven't written if you've taken them) CS vs chem - my school does not offen cs, but my classmates find chem pretty easy. The choice really depends if you are more into chemical/medical/bioengineering or more into mechanical/electrical/civil/areorspace/computer. If you are a 'math person' , I think you shouldn't have difficulties with any of them.
  7. If you'd like to study phlosophy, science HL choice won't be crucial. But from my experience: 1. Math in physics is not that complex, and understanding the concepts is more difficult. There are many abstract topics, which makes it sometimes hard to imagine ->understand->do well in tests. But doing past papers solves most problems with questions. 2. Many people find chem simpler and easier. 3. Physics HL makes no sense without math HL, in terms of unis. You need to be fluent in higher math to be a good engineering/physics student. No other courses require/praise phys HL. 4. Chem HL makes
  8. Isabelle07

    The Oxbridge Guide

    Hi there, so, as you might suppose, I want to apply to Cambridge/Oxford. I have very good grades (HL 7,7, 6+, 6+, SL 6, 7), it's not a problem for me, I have excellent GSCE-equivalent results, a few math competition diplomas, and attended a few extracurricular courses (programming recently, physics lectures for high school students, drawing). I like reading about physics and doing difficult physics problems, so I hope no physics question will surprise me. I will apply for engineering. I have still 1 year left and I am from Poland. Will my mother country influence the outcome of interview? Are
  9. I personally consider Math HL easy. If it is'very' hard, depends on how well you can learn mathematics. But even if you're not good at it, do past papers. The tasks are schematic. In my school, people get usually at least 5s, many also 6s, some 7s. English A - I also had this idea to take it, but English B is an easy, good grade, and it is enough unless you want to study sth related to literature/ are close to or already speak like a native. A languages are a lot of reading and discussing.
  10. As for Architecture, some of the unis in UK require Math HL, some SL. Not many of them require V.A. at HL, most of them want a portfolio. Some require Physics SL. In Poland, you need Math HL and you have to take a drawing exam, in most unis. Geography and German HL are good choices for Economy.
  11. So, while reading unis' websites I spotted sth like question of "challenging subjects". I'm curious about that. Word "challenge" is sth very relative. For one person doing a SL B language would be a challenge, but for someone else it would be chemistry HL or Math HL. What IB courses are challenging/difficult for you? Which of them do you find easy? And why? For me Economics, Math and Physics couldn't be easier, but I don't like Econ essay work load (the topics are stupid in until this moment). The hardest courses that I took are German B SL and English B HL (it is really hard because of my tea
  12. "Difficult" is a relative term. You have to know that Physics means a lot of math plus some visual things, and Psychology is more about writing essays/learning by heart (I wsn't interested in taking Psychology, I don't really know much about it). For me, Physics is easier, so I didn't even consider Psychology, and I can't imagine not pasing any subject, especially Physics But, still, unis like "traditional" subjects. I think Physics is better if you can cope it. All is the matter of what you can cope better with. I've ssen you have on one hand A lang. HL on one hand, and Math HL and Chem HL o
  13. Thank you Helped, of course
  14. For me, looks well and relevant if you're going to study medicine. It's not very good of your school that they don't teach math hl. Really many people take it (at least in my school. It's about 30-40% students). As for CAS, don't worry. 150 hours isn't as much as it seems. If you don't have time during the school year, you can do it during the holidays. For example, if you go skiing for one week and ski everyday 6 hours, you have already 42 hours of action. I've heard that double science is difficult (doubled labs and lots of memorising in bio), but in my opinion (math & physics hl), frenc
  15. Hi, I've got a few questions about engineering. I'm good at Math and Physics, I've wanted to study architecture for several years, but now I'm leaning towards engineering. I've read many uni's sites about it, but still I've got no specific idea of what I want to study, baecause most of the fileds of study are infamiliar to me. I don't know if I want to design engines or if I want to build robots or cars, because I haven't done any of these things in my life... And I have to decide what I want to do even not knowing what I'm choosing... My questions are very general: 1.Is there a uni which offe
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