What is Ib diploma: Definition and 11 Discussions

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational programme primarily aimed at 16-to-19-year-olds in 140 countries around the world. The programme provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognized by many universities worldwide. It was developed in the early-to-mid-1960s in Geneva, Switzerland, by a group of international educators. After a six-year pilot programme that ended in 1975, a bilingual diploma was established.
Administered by the International Baccalaureate (IB), the IBDP is taught in schools in over 140 countries, in one of three languages: English, French, or Spanish. In order to participate, students must attend an IB school. IBDP students complete assessments in six subjects, one from each subject group, and three core requirements. Students are evaluated using both internal and external assessments, and courses finish with an externally assessed series of examinations, usually consisting of two or three timed written tests. Internal assessment varies by subject: there may be oral presentations, practical work, or written work. In most cases, these are initially graded by the classroom teacher, whose grades are then verified or modified, as necessary, by an appointed external moderator.
Generally, the IBDP has been well-received. It has been commended for introducing interdisciplinary thinking to students. In the United Kingdom, The Guardian newspaper claims that the IBDP is "more academically challenging and broader than three or four A-levels".

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    Changing capacitance effect on ripple in full rectification circuit

    [Mentor Note -- thread moved to the schoolwork forums] Hi. So I'm a Physics HL student in IB and I'm designing a circuit for my Physics IA. (think of it as a lab/project if you're not familiar with IB) I'm required to have an independent variable of 7 dif. values and a dependant variable. For...
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    Ammeter and Voltmeter in Series

    Homework Statement Hi! A battery of emf 12 V and negligible internal resistance is connected to a resistor of constant resistance 6 Ω, an ideal ammeter and an ideal voltmeter. The voltmeter and ammeter are in series with the cell and the resistor. What is the reading on each? Homework...
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    What Happens to Kinetic Energy in Inelastic Collisions in Space?

    Let's say that 2 objects inelastically collided in outer space. One has a Mass of 2kg, and velocity 5m/s. The other has a Mass of 4kg, and velocity is 0m/s. ( at rest) 1) Energy cannot be created or destroyed. (Energy is conserved) 2) Momentum is conserved. Total Momentum before was (2x5) +...
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    Help with Physics Extended Essay

    Well, I'm just finishing my first year with the IB program and we're starting our extended essay (a 4000 words investigation). I am posting here because i need help with the topic (I've chosen to do a Physics EE). So far I've came up with windmills and to determine factors that affect its...
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    What is the Physics Extended Essay and How Can It Benefit IB Students?

    Hey there my name, well, it wasn't found. I'm an IB student and I'm just starting my Physics Extended Essay.
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    What Are Suitable Extended Essay Topics in Physics for the IB?

    Hi:), I'm doing the IB and I'm doing my extended essay(EE) in physics. I've thought of so many questions and I even started experimenting on a few but they haven't really worked out. I was doing one recently(the effect of the length of a pendulum on its time period) but apparently, I won't be...
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    Ib extended essay about magnetic repulsion (maglev trains)

    I have been trying to come up with a good question for my Ib extended essay which is a 4000 words essay about any physics topic of my choice. However, with this topic I need to come up with an experiment to further investigate this topic and write up an analysis and conclusion. I am really...
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    Extended Essay Ideas -- F1 Racecar Aerodynamics?

    Hello guys! I'm currently in the IB Diploma Programme. I'm trying to narrow down my topic in Aerodynamics of an F1 car (huge fan here!). Any ideas? I was thinking more on the lines of wing deflection..
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    Greece Student Pursuing IB Diploma: Tips & Advice

    Hello PF. I am a Greek student ,currently in the 9th grade. I love mathematics and physics and I want to study Computer engineering. I am planing to study abroad preferably in the US or UK. Recently, I discovered an option to take some IB diploma courses for the 11th and 12th grades in...
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    Which universities accept the IB diploma for engineering and space programs?

    Im currently just over half way through my IB diploma course at school with a predicted grade of 39-43 out of 45. This translates to a UAI (university admission index) (its a New South Wales thing in Australia - ask me if you need help here) of 99.45. I would really like to study engineering in...
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    Essay of fluid dynamics for IB diploma

    I'm planning to do an extended Essay for the IB Diploma in Physics. I want to do something on Fluid Dynamics. I was thinking of investigating terminal velocity and effects on drag and upthrust to terminal velocity. That investigation will of course involve Stoke's Law. BUt I think that might be...