This is a list of all of the homework assignments due during this unit.
- Due Wednesday May 21:
- Read the Medical Testing Exploration
- Give it a score in each of the five criteria from the Exploration Grading Criteria
- Mark Criteria E twice — once as if it were an SL exploration, and once as if it were an HL exploration
- Be ready to share all of your criteria scores as well as the two total scores (as if were an SL exploration OR an HL exploration) at the beginning of class
- Due Friday May 23:
- Complete a mind map for the beginning of class, with a main idea at the center about which you are keenly interested. The mind map should include a minimum of 6 “branches” and a total of at least 20 “twigs”.
- Please put some time and effort into this, because on Friday you will get some peer and/or teacher feedback on your mind map to help you identify a couple of “twigs” that show the greatest potential for substantial mathematical exploration.
- If you are having difficulty coming up with ideas, try poking around on these websites:
- A list of over 200 other possible topics is here, although please do not feel restricted to do any of these ideas.
- Due Tuesday May 27:
- Complete TWO different exploration proposals on TWO separate copies of this double-sided Exploration Proposal Sheet
- On Tuesday, we will review one another’s pairs of proposals, and decide which one will be the topic of your exploration (due on Friday May 30)
- Due Friday May 30:
- Complete a 2 to 3 page detailed summary (comprised of an introduction, a main section, and a conclusion) that outlines exactly what the exploration is going to look like from beginning to end.
- The exploration should have a title.
- The introduction should include what the aims and objectives will be, and a rationale for why this topic was chosen. Specify exactly what you will be investigating, researching and exploring, and include a summary of all the actual mathematics that will be used — it is very important that the exploration is approached from a mathematical standpoint.
- The main section should include details about what data you will collect, how you will collect it, graphs/diagrams/charts/tables/lists you’ll draw, software you’ll incorporate, research sites you’ll use, the analysis you’ll do, etc. You need to outline exactly what the structure of the main section will be so that it would be possible to map out what the 10 pages or so are going to look like.
- The conclusion should include anything new or surprising they have learned and whether or not they think they have found a good exploration for next year or whether they will have to think about it some more over the summer.
- Due Tuesday June 2:
- Bring a PRINTED copy of your completed outline (see above) to submit at the beginning of class.
- Be prepared to give a 3 minute presentation to the class about your exploration topic (you will be cut off abruptly at 3 minutes and 30 seconds or we won’t get through everybody).
- We will have a random draw at the start of class to determine the order in which you will present.
- Your presentation and written outline will be graded together as a single minor assessment score. The grading sheet is here, but please note that I will also be looking for a clear statement of the aim and rationale, and a brief but illuminating description of the mathematics that you plan to use to achieve your objective.
- If you are trying to get 3 out of 3 for Criteria B by using IT (e.g. the projector and interactive whiteboard), be aware that you may not have your laptops open at any point during the presentations. This means that any slides (PowerPoint, etc.) that you will use during your presentation must be emailed to me or must be copied onto a USB flash drive BEFORE class.
Below, you will find three more Exploration examples. One of them is good, one of them is average, and one of them is weak . . . can you tell which is which?
Try marking each of these Exploration examples twice (once as an SL exploration and once as an HL exploration), and then see me individually after class to find out if your criteria and total scores were close to the grades given by the actual IB examiners.