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Science subject specific_guidelines (1)

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Science subject specific_guidelines (1)

  1. 1. 1 Science Extended Essay – Group 4
  2. 2. 2 Overview – Extended essay in Science Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook Must take the form of a research paper involving a hypothesis , model, or critical analysis. Must demonstrate argumentation, comparison, or the extraction of relevant information or data. A correctly formatted and executed lab report could meet this criteria. Must have an emphasis on a specific branch of science--AND YOU MUST BE ENROLLED IN THE CLASS FOR WHICH YOU ARE WRITING AN EE!  Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  3. 3. 3 Overview – Extended essay in Science Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook The purpose SHOULD NOT BE to inform the reader about a specific topic, nor should it be a summary of the latest discoveries in the specific branch of science. You should be personally involved with the subject matter and not simply an informant. Performing an experiment will help to ensure your involvement.
  4. 4. 4 Research Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook Different approaches to research CAN be taken. Data – based: location and extraction of raw or processed data, not collected directly by the student which is then further defined and analyzed. Experimental : design and implementation of an experiment, then personal collection and analysis of the data. Theoretical (numerical): development of a quantitative or semi-quantitative description of some physical phenomenon, exercise of the model, predictions about its behavior and limitations. Survey: formulation of a cohesive, ordered, analytical and supported (qualitative and quantitative) discussion of the topic. Combination: some combination of the approaches listed above.
  5. 5. 5 Question: Should students be encouraged to do an original piece of research, or should they analyze (in a new way) data that someone has collected (e.g. data obtained from a previous research study that perhaps has been published in a journal)? If they use existing primary data, I’m assuming that they will carry out an actual experiment? Does it matter which approach I take?
  6. 6. 6 First –hand Experiments Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook Choose sensible and feasible experiments that do not require extensive lengths of time for the construction of the apparatus. Highly sophisticated instruments are not required It is recommended that the research for the essay be carried out under the direction of a school supervisor. If, the research is carried out at a research institute or university under the guidance of an external supervisor then a cover letter outlining the nature of the supervision and the level of guidance provided.
  7. 7. 7 First –Hand Experiments Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook Choose a research question that can be treated effectively within the word limit and is not of a trivial nature.
  8. 8. 8 Research topics Excerpts from: International Baccalaureate Organization 2007 Handbook Can be in the form of a question.  Example: Do wine bottles of different shapes behave as helmholtz resonators? Can be presented as a statement or a hypothesis.  The objective is to establish the relationship between power and temperature of an incandescent lamp.

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