3 Purpose of the ProjectIt enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge and to pursue personal interest, without time limitation and other constraints often associated with written exams.It is a piece of written work based on personal research involving collection, analysis and evaluation of data.Develop students’ abilities to ask their own questions about mathematics.Encourage students to initiate and sustain a piece of work.
4 Enable students to acquire confidence in developing strategies for dealing with new problems. Enable students to experience mathematics as an integrated disciplineSee connections and applications of math to other areas of interest.Allow students with varying abilities, interests and experiences to achieve a sense of personal satisfaction in studying mathematics
5 Requirements The project is a piece of work based on personal research, analysis and evaluation of data.Each project must contain:A titleA statement of the taskMeasurements, information or dataAnalysis of the information, measurements or dataEvaluation of the analysisBibliography and footnotes, as necessary
6 LengthThe project should be no longer than 2000 words, excluding diagrams, graphs, charts and tables. However it is the quality of the work which is most important.
7 Criterion Criterion A (0-3) Introduction Criterion B (0-3) Information/MeasurementCriterion C(0-5) Mathematical ProcessesCriterion D(0-3) Interpretation of resultsCriterion E(0-1) ValidityCriterion F(0-3) Structure and CommunicationCriterion G(0-2) Notation and Terminology
8 Introduction Your introduction should include: A Title page with Title of your project; your name; teacher’s name; IB candidate numberA clear but brief description of your projectDescription of the steps you will take(make sure it includes what you are going to do and how you will do it – the intro can be written after the rest of the project)
9 Information/Measurement Collect sufficient data to be able to draw conclusions from itOrganise your data in a logical fashionVerify the accuracy of your data (this is difficult if you do a survey of your peers – how do you ensure random sampling)Confirm that data is relevantProvide a copy of raw data/questionnaire as appendix
10 Mathematical Processes Choose techniques that are appropriateVerify/check your results to confirm there are no errors in your calculationsUse both simple and sophisticated processesExplain the relevance of your processes
11 Interpretation of Results Provide explanations of what your calculations showGive enough detail in your interpretation so that a reader would agree with your conclusion
12 Validity Valid means does the project do what it set out to do? Are your conclusions accurate – maybe quote similar researchPerhaps comment on how you could improve your project
13 Communication Suggested order: Title page Introduction Organised data Mathematical processesInterpretation of resultsDiscussion of validityAppendices (if required)BibliographyInclude footnotes as necessary and cite your sourcesHave someone else read your project for flow/readability, someone who is not familiar with this course
14 Project ideasChoose something in which you are interested; for which you will be able to gather data; that there are mathematical processes simple and sophisticated which are relevant.Suggestions:Are yellow M & M’s less common than other colours?Does location affect the local rate of suicides?Does that amount of water plants get affect their rate of growth?What is the relationship between GNP and AIDS infection rates?How quickly does water drain from a bucket?How long does it take for a cup of coffee to cool to room temperature?What is the pattern in the rise and fall of tides?What is the stopping distance of a particular car?Analysis of stock market fluctuationsA comparison between calorie intake and genderDoes eating breakfast have any effect on high school grades?Infant mortality and GDPInvestigation of reaction timesComparison between lung capacity, age weight and body fatCalculating the time of sunrise and sunsetGender based discriminationSports and gradesBat speed compared with body weightAir travel – distance compared with priceCost efficiency of vehiclesSine waves in pitch frequenciesMobile phone charges in different countries