What is Ib extended essay: Definition and 34 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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  1. Da_Rex

    Need Ideas for a Physics Astronomy EE for IB

    TL;DR Summary: I had a physics EE idea for finding the age of Andromeda using data from the university our school is linked with, however this turned out to be near impossible, therefore I wanted to find more doable things. Need Ideas for Physics EE
  2. perlastudies

    Help please on essay about star formation

    TL;DR Summary: hi everyone! i am currently a junior in high school and I am writing a 3000-4000 word research paper on star life cycle and its role in the creation of celestial bodies. i have encountered an issue where I do not meet the word requirement because i am not exactly making a proper...
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    IB Extended Essay research project on relativity

    Hi guys, I am a first year IB student who has to pick his EE topic. The Extended Essay is an independent, in-depth study of a chosen topic within one of the IB subject areas. I chose to do mine on physics. I have to write 3500 - 4000 words for my EE. I've chosen a set up for an investigation /...
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    B Help with IB Extended Essay Physics Experiment Ideas

    I'm having trouble coming up with a experiment to investigate for my IB Extended Essay as well as formulating my research question. Does anyone have any recommendations on similar (in terms of classical physics & abundance of background theory) physics experiments that can be done?
  5. SoulOfSword_

    Astrophysics/Astronomy Extended Essay -- Trying to figure out a research topic

    Homework Statement: Ideas for astrophysics EE Homework Equations: Extended essay Hi Guys! I'm trying to figure out a research topic in astrophysics/astronomy for my IB extended essay. I don't really know what to do, do any of you any ideas, maybe even off the top of your heads? It needs to...
  6. K

    B IB Physics Extended Essay - Quantum Levitation

    I've decided to focus my essay on quantum locking: including superconductors (YBCO), the Meissner Effect. I have access to the materials needed to experiment with this topic (materials from quantumlevitation.com). Could anyone help me formulate an appropriate research question for my Extended...
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    B I formulating a research question for my Extended Essay

    Hello, I am a student in the IB Diploma course. I've decided to focus my essay on quantum locking: including superconductors (YBCO), the Meissner Effect. I have access to the materials needed to experiment with this topic (materials from quantumlevitation.com). Could anyone help me formulate an...
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    B IB Extended Essay in Astrophysics

    Hi everyone! I am currently in desperate need of help in choosing an appropriate topic for an extended essay in HL physics. (If you didn't know, an extended essay is a 4000 research paper where you analyze data, do experiments etc... for a particular topic of your choice) I am really interested...
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    Other Physics EE (Extended Essay) Advice: Conservation of momentum

    I am not sure if I am at the right place and I hope that I am... For my EE I want to do an investigation on something related to pool table and games so it will definitely be related to momentum. And one of the common techniques in pool games is that the player aims the ball on the rail of the...
  10. K

    IB Extended Essay Ideas (viscosity)?

    I'm starting the extended essay and have decided to explore more on finding the viscosity of Newtonian liquids. However I was told by my supervisor that this topic is too broad, and that I should come up with a more specific topic/research question— one that possibly relates to a real life...
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    Exploring Microwave Oven Geometry for My IB Extended Essay in Physics

    Hi everyone, I hope this is the correct place to post this thread. So, I'm in a school that takes part in the IB diploma which is basically an internationally recognized diploma that let's students have a wide range of possible universities when they leave high school. One of the requirements...
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    What topic does my Extended Essay idea go under?

    Homework Statement I'm currently trying to decide on a topic for my IB Extended Essay, which is essentially an essay that I'll be doing research for and working on for the next 8 months. Right now, I'm really fascinated by the idea of doing an extended essay on the topic of prosthetics or...
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    Engineer hopeful- Does my IB Extended Essay topic matter?

    Homework Statement I'm currently trying to decide on a topic for my IB Extended Essay, which is essentially just a long-term essay I'll be working on for the next 8 months or so. The topic of the essay is limited to IB courses I've taken so far, in addition to a few other types of topics that...
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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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    IB extended essay topic suitability?

    I have my IB extended essay and i want to do it in physics, now i know how hard it is to get an A on it but I am ready to risk it, my major problem is that its pretty hard to think of a suitable research question. I was thinking of doing it on the effect of temperature on the coefficient of...
  16. L

    IB Extended Essay topic in mathematics?

    I tried to find an adequate one, but all of my attempts is beyond the reach of my ability as a high school student. I am interested in Number Theory, Set Theory, or Logic. Could you suggest me one?
  17. T

    IB Extended Essay: Finding an Interesting Topic

    This isn't a typical homework/coursework question, but I didn't really see where else to put it. I'm currently enrolled in IB (International Baccalaureate) Physics Higher Level, and have to do a research paper spanning from now until I have to submit it in next February or March, I believe...
  18. P

    Physics Essay/Disertation - IB Extended Essay - ME

    Hello! I need some guidance regarding the topic of my essay. The EE is a 4000 word essay that has to have a specific, very narrow topic, relating to a specific subject. I've made up my mind on physics as my subject of choice, but not on the topic. After the IB course I'm looking to do...
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    Is a Dual-Stage Coilgun a Viable Topic for an IB Physics Extended Essay?

    Hello! I'm currently in my junior year at an IB school. It is time to choose the subject and the topics for our extended essays, and I am thoroughly convinced of writing an experimental paper in Physics. The point is that I need help on the topics. One fundamental problem is that they ask us to...
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    Help help Ib extended essay physics help

    Hey guys I need help. I'm doing a water rocket experiment for this essay. I have a single stage and a two stage rocket. My question is why two stage rockets work better as in go higher than two stage rockets. What measurments should I take? Please also consider equations i can use .like momentum...
  21. M

    IB Extended Essay Astrophysics Help

    Hello, I'm not sure if this is the right section for this. I am going to be writing an extended essay in physics for the International Baccalaureate and am in the process of trying to decide upon a topic. In an earlier post I was wandering about quantum theory general relativity and string...
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    Improving Your IB Extended Essay Topic on Propeller Boat Velocity

    Hello everyone I'm in my junior high school year and my school says it's time to plan for my Extended Essay I've decided on the topic below: The effect of the number, length, width and material of the propeller blades on the velocity of a propeller boat. I plan to build a miniature model of...
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    What Unique Variables Can Affect the Resonant Frequency in a Physics Experiment?

    Hi all. I am planning to do an IB extended essay on physics but unfortunately I am having some problems with coming up with a good research question that will allow me to conduct an experiment with high school equipment but involve theory and maths at the IB level. Originally, I intended to do...
  24. S

    Is an EE in Physics Worth It for University Admissions?

    This topic is not the first of its kind and for that I apologise. I am currently doing the first year of my IB program and I am in the progress of chosing my subject for the Extended Essay. I read few threads on this topic which were here earlier and apparently physics is not the easiest way how...
  25. P

    Find a Mechanics Topic for Your IB Extended Essay

    IB extended essay... Hello everybody.. I'm an IB Diploma student. and i need to write an extended essay to graduate from IB. This essay is supposed to be 4000 words, needs a specific topic (I'd prefer mechanics but i also need other suggestions..). and the problem is the topic! i have been...
  26. Q

    IB Extended Essay: Physics Topic w/ Home Materials

    Hi guys I'm planning to write my 4000 word extended essay based on physics, is there any topic that's easy to conduct a experiment with home-materials? I'm think something in electromagnetism would be great. please help
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    IB Extended Essay in Physics, focusing on Fibre optics, any pointers?

    I am not entirely sure where to post this, please tell me if anything needs to be changed This is my first post so i'll introduce myself... My name is Joe, currently aged 17 and in year 13 in school in Kent, Uk doing the International Baccalaureate (Not sure how well known this is? Quite...
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    IB Extended Essay topics in Physics

    Homework Statement I'm currently attending an IB school and as a part in our curriculum we have to write a college level essay in one of our subjects. I’ve chosen to do mine in physics. However I don’t have any ideas for what my physics topic would be. The topic must be: 1. specific 2...
  29. S

    What Are Innovative Physics Extended Essay Topics for the IB Program?

    So, I've browsed PF and found it to be awesome in terms of advice. I've already read some of the threads that about the IB Physics extended essay. Some basic information: Education level is Grade 11/12 I can handle quite advanced physics. The actual Extended Essay is a 4000 word in depth...
  30. P

    IB extended essay in Astrophysics

    Hey everybody, I'm doing my International Baccalaureate extended essay (2500 to 4000 words) in Astrophysics, which means basically i need to come up with a research question and hypothesis, then design and procede with a lab to answer this question. Any suggestions for a research question...
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    IB extended essay title tweaking help need ly

    IB extended essay title tweaking...help need urgently So right now I'm supposed to have decided my topic for my extended essay(part of the IB diploma), and as you can already assume I decided to do it on a topic in physics, more specifically mechanics. I made a research question (how does the...
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    Possible IB extended essay topic

    hi. i was wondering if it is possible to write a well developed essay explaining the physics behind tae kwon do (korean martial arts). think an indepth version of the show "human weapon". do you think that the research will be too simplistic/ complex? how should i narrow or broaden this topic? I...
  33. Q

    Acoustics? (Yet Another IB Extended Essay Thread)

    Hi there, I'm sorry if this sounds incredibly vague, but I'm having difficulties narrowing down the research question for my Physics EE. I'm sure of the field I want to do it in: acoustics. The problem with most experiments involving applied acoustics (ideal room sound, etc.) is that, unless...
  34. Q

    What are some potential research questions for an IB Extended Essay in Physics?

    Hey everybody, I'm doing my International Baccalaureate extended essay (2500 to 4000 words) in physics, which means basically i need to come up with a research question and hypothesis, then design and procede with a lab to answer this question. For example a guy at my school last year did...