Discrete Mathematics Project

Discrete Mathematics – Project Guidelines and Due Dates


Project Guidelines and Due Dates 2017

Friday, February 3 - Project Planning form

 Friday, February 10 – Project Introduction, word processed (Criterion A), survey created, turned in (Criterion B)  


 Wednesday, March 1 – Data Sample Collection check, survey/table check (Criterion B)

 Wednesday, March 8 – Math processes and calculations turned in (Criterion C)

 Friday, March 17 - Interpretation of results, and validity (Criterion D, E)   (peer editing)

 Friday, March 24 - Final Project Due no later than 3:00 pm. Late projects will not be accepted!!! This is an IB project assignment and will be scored using the IB rubric given to each student.


       5 points each of the above deadlines, no late work accepted

       40 points for final project (double points) no late work accepted



Summary of project rubric

Criterion A: Introduction

Title page – needs to include a clear title, your name and candidate number, the date, the subject and your teacher’s name.

Introduction – this needs to state exactly what you are going to do and why. You need to also state how you are going to achieve this aim, which   mathematical processes you will use, and why you have chosen those  processes. Remember, if you do not do everything that you say you are going to do, you will not receive full marks!


Criterion B: Information/Measurement

Gather your information - from a survey, questionnaire, calculations, observations etc. Make sure that you collect sufficient information to               perform the mathematical processes you mention in your introduction.

Data – include your data in a typed table at the end in an appendix, as well as the survey or questionnaire if you used one.

Sample – describe any sampling process that was used especially if you took measurements from a secondary source.

Criterion C: Mathematical Processes

Processes – state which processes you are going to use and why. Include at least two relevant simple mathematical processes and one relevant further process. Check that your results are sensible and accurate. Discuss the validity of these processes and comment on your results!! Be sure to label al graphs and displays.

Calculations – for both the simple and further processes, make sure that you do one of each by hand. You can use your GDC to perform similar calculations. If you find the standard deviation, them comment on it.

For linear correlation there is no point finding the equation of the regression line if the correlation coefficient is weak or if you can see                      from the scatter diagram there is no correlation.

For the Chi-squared test to be valid the entries must be frequencies, not raw data or percentages. If the degree of freedom is 1, then Yates              continuity correction should be applied. No expected values should be less than 5.

Criterion D: Interpretation of results

After every graph or calculation make a comment – are your results what you expected/ Are they meaningful? Always give a thorough and               detailed of all of your results. Make sure that you “follow through” with the results of your mathematical processes. If your mathematics should contain errors, as long as your interpretation or conclusion follows the answers you determined, you will still receive the marks for this criterion.

Make sure that your project is not a “simple one” with only a few mathematical processes. If there are only a few processes then there                     is little to comment on. This is also the case when the project is very short.

Criterion E: Validity

Discuss the validity of any techniques you have used – are they appropriate to the situation? Discuss any problems with data collection or samples that might affect the validity. Discuss the validity of the results – can they be interpreted meaningfully? If you think that validity is not an issue in your project then you need to justify this.

Criterion F: Structure and Communication

Your project should be structured in a logical way. It should “read well”. You should be able to give it to anyone to read and they should                     understand it without having to ask you any questions. Include the table of data or graph you will be using before each process. Your project should be focused and contain only relevant discussions!!

 Your project should contain footnotes as appropriate. For example, if you are using quote from a publication, a formula from a mathematics           book etc., put the source in a footnote.

Your project should contain a bibliography as appropriate. This can be in an appendix at the end. List any books you use, websites, etc!

Criterion G: Notation and Terminology

 Your project should contain correct mathematical notation and terminology. Do not use calculator terminology! For example use 2x, not               2^x, use 0.028 not 2.8E-2.