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I graduated IB in 2018 and studied Math HL with discrete math as my option. I also wrote my EE in mathematics / physics and received an A. I'm currently studying programming / computer science and game design. I replied to a post a few years ago about writing Math IAs where I gave some advice and talked about my paper and a lot of people requested copies of my IA for reference. I've heard that with the covid situation and online learning a lot of people are facing some challenges with their research and are doing explorations based on previous students' work etc.

With that in mind I thought I would make a post offering to share some of my resources and advice based on personal experience.

Writing your EE in math is usually discouraged and can be challenging but I personally thought it was very fun since I find math very interesting. I think that if you really like math you shouldn't be afraid to write your EE in math. You should however be careful and make sure you know what you're doing and not be afraid to ask for help.

I wrote my Math IA on celestial navigation using angles with the research question "How can celestial navigation be mathematically modeled to find one’s location on Earth when time and the position of celestial bodies are known?". I'm not sure what my final grade was but the mathematics seems fine and was mainly focused around trigonometry, and vectors with some simultaneous equations.

My EE is about mathematically modeling multiple combined electric fields in a space: "How can the electromagnetic flux density at a point in space with multiple superposing electric fields from point charges 
be modeled mathematically?". The mathematics I used was mainly vectors and summation, calculus (simplified), geometry, and basic electromagnetic equations in 2D. Solving math problems can be easy but writing an essay where you discuss the results and draw conclusions tends to be somewhat difficult.

If anyone is interested in these topics or has any questions about the Math IA or EE I'll be glad to help. If anyone is having trouble choosing a topic I would also be glad to give advice regarding that as well. Due to the file sizes I unfortunately can't post my papers here but if you DM me with a request I will e-mail you a copy of my paper(s).

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On 11/27/2021 at 11:27 AM, Kaito said:

I graduated IB in 2018 and studied Math HL with discrete math as my option. I also wrote my EE in mathematics / physics and received an A. I'm currently studying programming / computer science and game design. I replied to a post a few years ago about writing Math IAs where I gave some advice and talked about my paper and a lot of people requested copies of my IA for reference. I've heard that with the covid situation and online learning a lot of people are facing some challenges with their research and are doing explorations based on previous students' work etc.

With that in mind I thought I would make a post offering to share some of my resources and advice based on personal experience.

Writing your EE in math is usually discouraged and can be challenging but I personally thought it was very fun since I find math very interesting. I think that if you really like math you shouldn't be afraid to write your EE in math. You should however be careful and make sure you know what you're doing and not be afraid to ask for help.

I wrote my Math IA on celestial navigation using angles with the research question "How can celestial navigation be mathematically modeled to find one’s location on Earth when time and the position of celestial bodies are known?". I'm not sure what my final grade was but the mathematics seems fine and was mainly focused around trigonometry, and vectors with some simultaneous equations.

My EE is about mathematically modeling multiple combined electric fields in a space: "How can the electromagnetic flux density at a point in space with multiple superposing electric fields from point charges 
be modeled mathematically?". The mathematics I used was mainly vectors and summation, calculus (simplified), geometry, and basic electromagnetic equations in 2D. Solving math problems can be easy but writing an essay where you discuss the results and draw conclusions tends to be somewhat difficult.

If anyone is interested in these topics or has any questions about the Math IA or EE I'll be glad to help. If anyone is having trouble choosing a topic I would also be glad to give advice regarding that as well. Due to the file sizes I unfortunately can't post my papers here but if you DM me with a request I will e-mail you a copy of my paper(s).

Interesting that you chose discrete maths as your option... but your EE seems to be quite heavily focused on multivariable calculus since it's E&M. I have no idea what to do for my IA lol, but hopefully I'll be able to find some inspiration.

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On 11/29/2021 at 2:07 PM, MathEEmoment said:

Interesting that you chose discrete maths as your option... but your EE seems to be quite heavily focused on multivariable calculus since it's E&M. I have no idea what to do for my IA lol, but hopefully I'll be able to find some inspiration.

Yeah, I would have personally chosen calculus given the choice but my school only offered discrete math. It was interesting, and it did help me understand math in a new light. However, I would not recommend taking it because it's pretty difficult since most prior knowledge of mathematics gets thrown out the window.

For your IA, I'd say just start by thinking about things that interest you and that might be related to math in some way. Alternatively, if you actually have a genuine question you're curious about you could research that topic.

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