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    I'm doing a maths EPQ and my question is "Was mathematics discovered or invented?". I've done a lot of research, and I've written a draft of the main body of the essay because I just needed to get started, but I now have to write the intro and conclusion- and I don't know what to write! Also, when I'm writing the essay, do I need to style it explaining how I did my research, eg. "I decided to this because..." or do I just explain my findings? And how long are the intro and conclusion meant to be, and how many words is the main essay? Also do I need an 'abstract'? I'm not 100% what an abstract even is, but in the ones I've read they have one, but they're scientific. Any help or tips of any kind on the essay structure/content will be much appreciated!
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    Hello,

    In my EPQ introduction, I wrote a brief description of the purpose of my project and what I aimed to find out. I also briefly described the different sources of information that I intended to use, and gave an overview of how my essay was going to be structured.

    For example, you could structure it like this:

    The question I am researching is "Was mathematics discovered or invented?". The aim of this project is to explore whether mathematics was discovered, or whether it was invented. (Then expand this further).

    Sources of information I will use during my research include... (e.g. books, websites, television programmes etc).

    The report will be laid out with each possibility being explored in turn. First, the evidence for mathematics being discovered will be described, followed by the evidence against it. Then the evidence for and against mathematics being invented will be described. At the end of the report, a conclusion on whether mathematics was discovered or invented will be reached. (Adapt this to match how you are going to structure your essay).

    In the conclusion, all you need to do is give a brief summary of the main points in your essay, and then come to an overall conclusion which answers your title question.

    In the main essay, all you need to do is write about and analyse your findings. You write about how you did your research in the log book. I don't think you need an abstract (I don't know what an abstract is, but I didn't do one and I still managed to get an A).

    I hope that helps! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask
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    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    Hello,

    In my EPQ introduction, I wrote a brief description of the purpose of my project and what I aimed to find out. I also briefly described the different sources of information that I intended to use, and gave an overview of how my essay was going to be structured.

    For example, you could structure it like this:

    The question I am researching is "Was mathematics discovered or invented?". The aim of this project is to explore whether mathematics was discovered, or whether it was invented. (Then expand this further).

    Sources of information I will use during my research include... (e.g. books, websites, television programmes etc).

    The report will be laid out with each possibility being explored in turn. First, the evidence for mathematics being discovered will be described, followed by the evidence against it. Then the evidence for and against mathematics being invented will be described. At the end of the report, a conclusion on whether mathematics was discovered or invented will be reached. (Adapt this to match how you are going to structure your essay).

    In the conclusion, all you need to do is give a brief summary of the main points in your essay, and then come to an overall conclusion which answers your title question.

    In the main essay, all you need to do is write about and analyse your findings. You write about how you did your research in the log book. I don't think you need an abstract (I don't know what an abstract is, but I didn't do one and I still managed to get an A).

    I hope that helps! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask
    Thank you very much! Also, should I say in my introduction what I planned to find out initially, almost like my initial ideas, or not?
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    (Original post by l.dav15)
    I'm doing a maths EPQ and my question is "Was mathematics discovered or invented?". I've done a lot of research, and I've written a draft of the main body of the essay because I just needed to get started, but I now have to write the intro and conclusion- and I don't know what to write! Also, when I'm writing the essay, do I need to style it explaining how I did my research, eg. "I decided to this because..." or do I just explain my findings? And how long are the intro and conclusion meant to be, and how many words is the main essay? Also do I need an 'abstract'? I'm not 100% what an abstract even is, but in the ones I've read they have one, but they're scientific. Any help or tips of any kind on the essay structure/content will be much appreciated!
    Personally, I don't think you should put the 'I decide to do this' etc in the essay. In your introduction, explain the importance of your topic and your argument, and introduce the key ideas. I put the reasoning in my journal.

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    (Original post by Edminzodo)
    Personally, I don't think you should put the 'I decide to do this' etc in the essay. In your introduction, explain the importance of your topic and your argument, and introduce the key ideas. I put the reasoning in my journal.

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    Okay, thank you very much!
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    (Original post by l.dav15)
    Okay, thank you very much!
    If you're doing OCR, there's a handy student guide you can buy to help you. I think they're pretty cheap, and super useful.

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    (Original post by Edminzodo)
    If you're doing OCR, there's a handy student guide you can buy to help you. I think they're pretty cheap, and super useful.

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    I'm not sure which exam board, I'll just check with my teacher but thank you for the recommendation!
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    (Original post by l.dav15)
    Thank you very much! Also, should I say in my introduction what I planned to find out initially, almost like my initial ideas, or not?
    Your initial ideas go into the log book, you don't need to write about them in the introduction
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    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    Your initial ideas go into the log book, you don't need to write about them in the introduction
    Okay, thank you
 
 
 
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