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Research Tips and Tools: IB Math Exploration

Understanding the Math Exploration

IB Mathematics Exploration - Overview

The guide provides a basic overview of the Exploration.

Assessment Rubric

This rubric combines the assessment criteria and achievement level descriptors together in one easy to use rubric. Use this rubric to self-evaluate your work.

Math Exploration Steps

This document outlines the steps in the Math Exploration inquiry process. Refer to these steps on a regular basis to keep yourself on track.

Garibaldi's Best

Have a look at the best Math Explorations done by Garibaldi students.

Garibaldi's Best IB Math Explorations

Example Explorations with Assessments

Have a look at sample Math Explorations provided by IB

The IB organization has provided a number of example Explorations, along with their assessments and comments from the markers. Get an idea of what types of Explorations can be done, and how they are evaluated.

Example Explorations with Assessments

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Developing a Topic

The Process of Developing a Topic

Read this brief explanation of how to develop an idea for your exploration topic. Some possible starting points are suggested.

Feature Column - Monthly Essays on Mathematical Topics

Check out seventeen years of mathematical explorations done by mathematicians for the American Mathematical Society. These are written for the general public to increase awareness about how math applies to life.

Plus Magazine - Living Mathematics

Plus is an online magazine which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics. It provides articles and podcasts on any aspect of mathematics, covering topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport, and a news section showing how recent news stories were often based on some underlying piece of math that never made it to the newspapers. Check out the following links to get some ideas, and to see how people explore math.

Articles

News

Podcasts

Research Question Help

Outline

Create your outline using this Outline Template. Review the Example Outline to see how the template should be filled out.

Video Instructions

Citing

Noodle Tools

Use Noodle Tools to create  bibliographies using MLA or APA style (use APA style except for English classes). Click on the icon above. If you have not created a Noodle Tools account talk to your teacher or the Librarian.

Click on How to Create a Reference Page for detailed instructions. Also look below for a series of videos.

A Series of Videos on how to cite various reference using Noodle Tools

Use Bibme to create  bibliographies using MLA or APA style (use APA except for English classes). Click on the icon above

Click on How to Create a Reference Page for detailed instructions. Also look below for a series of videos.

A Series of Videos on how to cite various sources in Bibme

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