May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #3 specific example – policing and mathematical modelling

Text: “Allocating Police Officers on a Statewide Basis – A Mathematical Model for the Illinois State.” https://www.ojp.gov/ncjrs/virtual-library/abstracts/allocating-police-officers-statewide-basis-mathematical-model The research article above shows the benefits of including “some information and voices” from outside of a bubble. The criminology / policing “bubble” in this case is pierced by the use of mathematical Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #5 specific example – apps and U.S. abortion ruling

Text: “The abortion clues that can hide on your phone.” BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-61952794 Extract: “After the Supreme Court overturned citizens’ constitutional right to abortion in the US, there has been concern about data protection, particularly in the 13 states which have already moved to make ending a pregnancy illegal… Gina Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #4 specific example – mathematical model for human behaviour

Text: “The mathematics of human behavior: How a new model can spot liars and counter disinformation.” Phys.org. https://phys.org/news/2022-06-mathematics-human-behavior-liars-counter.html The mathematical model discussed in the article seems offer insights into human behaviour. To what extent is the researcher trying to use a mathematical formula to provide “indisputable evidence” of the human Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #5 specific example – hair brushing

Text: “Tear-free hair brushing? All you need is math.” Science Daily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/04/220413203128.htm Extract: “In a new paper, published in the journal Soft Matter, Mahadevan and co-authors Thomas Plumb Reyes and Nicholas Charles, explore the mathematics of combing and explain why the brushing technique used by so many is the most effective method Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #3 specific example – gap between quantum physics and theory of gravity

Text: “Quantum information theory: Quantum complexity grows linearly for an exponentially long time.” Sciencedaily.com. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/03/220328150620.htm Summary from the website: “Physicists know about the huge chasm between quantum physics and the theory of gravity. However, in recent decades, theoretical physics has provided some plausible conjecture to bridge this gap and to Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #5 specific example – population drop in Japan

Text: “Japan’s population plummeted by 640,000 in 2021 for biggest drop on record.” Japan Times https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/04/15/national/population-drop-japan-record/ Extract: “Japan’s population totaled 125,502,000 as of Oct. 1, down 644,000 from a year earlier to mark the biggest decline on record in the rapidly graying nation, government data showed Friday. The population dipped for Read more…