Scientific Investigation and Inquiry
Motion and Forces
Conservation of Energy and Momentum
Mechanics of Fluids
Heat and Thermodynamics
EXTENDED ESSAY IN PHYSICS
USEFUL OFFICIAL IB DOCUMENTS EE outline and intro from 2013 IBO EE guide
EE assessment criteria from 2013 IBO EE guide
Physics guidelines from 2013 IBO EE guide
Academic Honesty document from the IB Sept 2007
IB Ethical Practice Poster
SUBJECT REPORTS OFTEN CONTAIN HELPFUL INFO ABOUT THE EE:
SR on EE in all subjects Nov 2010
SR on EE in Physics in May 2009
Easybib website for bibliography help
Virtual Library Physics resources
WHAT IS AN EXTENDED ESSAY IN PHYSICS? Here are some other phrases from the IB documentation:
The knowledge and understanding demonstrated in a physics essay should extend from the Diploma Programme physics course or laboratory. The fundamental knowledge acquired in the classroom could be applied to a new physical situation that requires an interpretation of this knowledge.
apply a range of skills... topic of personal interest... emphasis on physics... research paper involving a hypothesis or model... structured piece of writing... basis in physical theory... personally involved... a challenge... in-depth treatment... produce relatively rapid data ... simple phenomena using standard school apparatus...
(all from IBO EE Guide, 2013)
Read Hamper's book (HL, p572ff). In summary, he says it should be Simple. Physics. Personal. School-based. Interesting. Safe.
Examples from the 2013 Extended Essay Guide:
Note the examples all include a Physics phenomenon (possibly studied in the syllabus), applied to a particular situation.
- “Orbital determination of a minor planet”
- “The variation in resistance of a wire subjected to different strains”
- “The use of interference fringes to measure small displacements”
- “The range variation of water flowing out of a hole in a container”
- “The impact of the resistivity of the metal of a pipe and the pipe’s wall thickness on the terminal velocity of a cylindrical magnet falling down the metallic pipe”
Websites and blogs such as dotphysics
youtube channels such as veritasium
http://seniorphysics.com/physics/eei.html - not an EE website, but there are hundreds of ideas here.
http://seniorchem.com/eei.html - this is the Chemistry version of the above. I know we are thinking about Physics, but tell your friends.
http://seniorbiology.com/eei.html and Biology too!
Catalyst magazine from STEM. 20 years of free archive on PDF
British Science Association's Crest Awards
Citizen Science data from NASA - can you find a data set to analyse?
EXAMPLES OF PHYSICS EEs (NO SCORE INDICATED MOSTLY) EE sample - Dinghy mast.pdf
Flight of golf ball - sample EE.pdf
Stability of a Canoe EE 2009 - this one scored a B grade
The oscillation of a magnet in the earth's magnetic field EE sample
The examples below are all 'excellent' according to IB:
EE on street lighting and examiner's comments
EE on bow and arrow and examiner's comments
EE on rolling cylinder
EE on braking bicycle
EE on age of the Universe and examiner's comments
OTHER USEFUL DOCUMENTS Abstract - advice from the EE workshop.doc
EE excellent checklist for the first draft.pdf IN PHYSICS
EE Table of roles and responsibilities.doc
EE timeline and contract.doc
First draft checklist and strategy outline.doc
Reading scientific literature.pdf
Strategy outline for first meeting with student.doc
Student EE update activity.doc
Supervisor's report - advice from the EE workshop.doc
IB PHYSICS REVISION REVISION FOR IB PHYSICS SL 2013
REVISION SCHEDULE FOR Y13 SL 2012
This is the page with the practice questions. There are websites with questions and solutions. The other files are a collection of questions by subject. Some have solutions and some don't; some may be repeated. There are whole papers from May 2008 at the bottom of the page.
WEBSITES WORKED SOLUTIONS TO ALL THE QUESTIONS IN HAMPER HL BOOK - in my opinion, easily the best IB Physics texts
WORKED SOLUTIONS TO ALL THE QUESTIONS IN HAMPER SL BOOK - the same as the above, but for the SL book
SCIWEBHOP very complete searchable database of MCQ and structured questions up to 2008.
is the companion to the book by Giancoli, Douglas C. (2001) 'Physics Principles with Applications, 5th edition', Prentice-Hall. This book meets the challenge of the more difficult concepts in the course and, as the title implies, refers to many applications of the relevant physics principles. It also contains questions at the end of each chapter of increasing difficulty level. The website is excellent as well. Although more advanced-level textbooks like this one contain material relevant to the DP, they are probably best used by teachers and students for reference only.
is the website companion to the editor's all-time favorite physics book by Serway, Beichner 'Physics for scientists and engineers (fifth edition)', Saunders College Publishing. This book combines the enthusiasm and far-sightedness of Feynman's famous three text books, but consistently caters to weaker students as well. It has interesting historical anecdotes and takes great care to explain why the topics at hand are of interest to physicists, both at a basic application level and at an advanced post-doc level. It manages to do so without ever trivializing things or going over people's heads. Exercises start with the very basic and end with really fun and challenging problems. While officially designated a first year university book, teachers and students will find an endless source of inspiration in this book. A must-have text.