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The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
One component of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) core, the extended essay is mandatory for all students.
Read about the extended essay in greater detail.
Having followed the mathematics standard level course, students will be expected to demonstrate the following.
• Knowledge and understanding: recall, select and use their knowledge of mathematical facts, concepts, and techniques in a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
• Problem-solving: recall, select and use their knowledge of mathematical skills, results, and models in both real and abstract contexts to solve problems.
• Communication and interpretation: transform common realistic contexts into mathematics; comment on the context; sketch or draw mathematical diagrams, graphs or constructions both on paper and using technology; record methods, solutions, and conclusions using standardized notation.
• Technology: use technology, accurately, appropriately and efficiently both to explore new ideas and to solve problems.
• Reasoning: construct mathematical arguments through the use of precise statements, logical deduction and inference, and by the manipulation of mathematical expressions.
• Inquiry approaches: investigate unfamiliar situations, both abstract and real-world, involving organizing and analysing information, making conjectures, drawing conclusions and testing their validity.