The IB Math Exploration is a written report that all students taking HL or SL level Mathematics need to complete. Each student selects an area of Mathematics he/she is interested in, investigates and develops the selected area and submits a report to IB.
As the Math Exploration has only been recently added to the IB Math syllabus, many students do not know how to approach it. Here are 5 tips to help you jump start your IB Math Exploration.
As you will be spending quite a bit of time on your Math Exploration, be sure to pick a topic you are interested in. You may like to read the article I have written on Quickest Way to Narrow Down a Topic for IB Math IA.
– An Introduction
Provide a background on your chosen topic
– A Rationale
Provide reasons for your choice of topic
– An Aim
Suggest what you will like to achieve with the exploration
– A Conclusion
Discuss what you have learned in your IB Math Exploration. Identify any limitations or any ways which you can extend this exploration further.
Personal engagement is demonstrated when you present the ideas in your own perspective, identifying the challenges faced along the way and Mathematical concepts you learned.
It is encouraged to use a variety of graphs, tables and diagrams to present data in a visually pleasing way.
The level of Mathematics in the Math Exploration should be part of the syllabus, at a similar level or beyond.
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