Extended Essay  : Physics


Planning Your Physics Extended Essay

by marie on 06 Aug 2004 06:10 pm

Khamon asked:

I wonder how many titles I have to make for 4000 word essay, excluding an abstract, bibliography, appendix and so on. I made only 8 titles for my physics EE... is this ok? Should I add more?

Tomek (IB completed) answered:

I guess it doesn't really matter how many 'chapters' you divide your work into, as long as the reader can easily remember what is where. The general rule I was taught [A in EE Physics] is: make the following parts brilliant: abstract, introduction, labels under photos/graphs and conclusion(evaluation). Reason: do not expect the examiner to be reading all your work through; he has quite a lot EEs to read in a short time, so it may happen that he will just read the above mentioned and hence you should write them so that the key facts/assumptions/conclusions/ideas of your essay are there;

Concentrate particularly on a good abstract, as it is very important in every scientific paper.

ASNaC (IB completed) answered:

I only had 4 subdivisions within my EE and that didn't do it any harm (I only lost one mark on the essay). It really doesn't matter how you divide it, provided that the divisions are clear and make sense. As has been mentioned above, examiners hate it if these divisions are not clear, or if it is not obvious from your abstract and introduction how the essay will develop.

Jonatan (IB completed) answered:

I did my extended essay in Physics and got a B (I suspect I didnt get an A because my uncertainty processing was kinda weak). The most important thing is that your essay is well structured. Sometimes subdivisions work well, other times a new paragraph can do the trick. As long as you try to be consistent and your essay it is easy to find information in your essay it should be ok. BAsicly regard teh essay as a very serious and detailed planning A lab. Start out with the background for your experiemnt, continue with the hypothesis etc etc. Basicly there is a certain minimum of titles you should include (in my opinion) these are:

This is what I think is the very minimum. Of course, not all these titles may apply to your experiment and then they can be ommited, but if they apply include them. Be specially certain you have covered the parts in bold as IB is usually quite pedantic about those. And whatever you do, make sure you do the uncertainties propperly. If your evaluation of uncertainties is flawless you are almost guaranteed a good grade (C or above) from that allone, provided the experiment is not a micky mouse simple one.

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by Nowakowski on 07 Aug 2004 02:55 am

I could also suggest ‘and this is not only my suggestion’ to try to invent creative titles. That means instead of ‘apparatus’ try something like: “What was used in …” or “What is needed to investigate …” etc. or instead ‘uncertainty’ try “how accurate is the measurement”;

Justification: If I were the examiner, I would most certainly go mad after reading the 20th EE that has the same titles as the rest.

Looking at the ‘contents’ the reader should be more or less aware of what the essay is about and what (more specifically) he will find in every chapter; creative titles will make yor essay distinctive!!!

Try naming the experiments you conduct; in my EE (grade A) I divided my work into 10 chapters and 8 sub-chapters;

Be creative smile



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