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# IB Math Vocab

Question | Answer |
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Calculate | Obtain a numerical answer showing the relevant stages in the work |

Comment | Give a judgment based on a given statement or result of a calculation |

Compare | Give an account of the similarities between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout. |

Compare and Contrast | Give an account of the similarities and differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout. |

Construct | Display information in a diagrammatic or logical form |

Contrast | Give an account of all the differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout |

Deduce | Reach a conclusion from the information given |

Demonstrate | Make clear by reasoning or evidence, illustrating with examples or practical application. |

Describe | Give a detailed account |

Determine | Obtain the only possible answer |

Differentiate | Obtain the derivative of a function |

Distinguish | Make clear the differences between two or more concepts or items |

Draw | Represent by means of a labelled, accurate diagram or graph, using a pencil. A ruler should be used for the straight lines. Diagrams should be drawn to scale. Graphs should have points correctly plotted and joined in a straight line or smooth curve |

Estimate | Obtain an approximate value |

Explain | Give a detailed account, including reasons or causes. |

Find | Obtain an answer, showing relevant stages in the work. |

Hence | Use the preceding work to obtain the required result |

Hence or otherwise | It is suggested that the preceding work is used but other methods could also receive credit |

Identify | Provide an answer from a number of possibilities |

Integrate | Obtain the integral of a function |

Interpret | Use knowledge and understanding to recognize trends and draw conclusions from given information |

Investigate | Observe, study, or make a detailed and systematic examination, in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions |

Justify | Give valid reasons or evidence to support an answer or conclusion |

Label | Add labels to a diagram |

List | Give a sequence of brief answers with no explanation |

Plot | Mark the position of points on a diagram |

Predict | Give an expected result |

Show | Give the steps in a calculation or derivative |

Show that | Obtain the required result (possibly using information given) without the formality of proof. "Show that" questions do not generally require the use of a calculator. |

Sketch | Represent by means of a diagram or graph (labelled as appropriate). The sketch should give a general idea of the required shape or relationship, and should include relevant features. |

Solve | Obtain the answer(s) using algebraic an/or numerical and/or graphing methods. |

State | Give a specific name, value or other brief answer without explanation or calculation |

Suggest | Propose a solution, hypothesis or other possible answer |

Verify | Provide evidence that validates the result |

Write down | Obtain the answer(s), usually be extracting information. Little or no calculations is required. Working does not need to be shown |

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