Command Verbs for IBDP Science Subjects

Flashcards of command verbs for IBDP subjects, we had to learn them the summer before IB

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Analyse
Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure
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Annotate
Add brief notes to a diagram or graph
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Apply
Use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in relation to a given problem or issue
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Calculate
Obtain a numberical answer showing the relevant stagese in the working
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Comment
Give a judgment based on a given statement or result of a calculation
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Compare
Give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both throughout.
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Compare and contrast
Give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both throughout.
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Contruct
Display information in a diagrammatic or logical form
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Deduce
Reach a conclusion from the information given
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Define
Give the precise meaning of a word, phrase, concept or physical quantity
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Demonstrate
Make clear by reasoning or evidence, illustrating with examples or practical application
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Derive
Manipulate a mathematical relationship to give a new equation or relationship
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Describe
Give a detailed account
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Design
Produce a plan, simulation or model
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Determine
Obtain the only possible answer
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Discuss
Offer a considered and balacnced review that includes a range or arguments, factors or hypothesis. Opinions or conclusions should be presented clearly and supported by appropriate evidence
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Distinguish
Make clear the differences between two or more concepts or items
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Draw
Represent by means or a labelled, accurate diagram or graph, using a pencil
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Estimate
Obtain an approximate value
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Evaluate
Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and limitations
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Explain
Give a detailed account including reasons or causes
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Formulate
Express precisely and systematically the relevant concepts or arguments
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Hence
Use the preceding work to obtain the required result
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Hence or otherwise
It is suggested that the preceding work is used, but other methods could also recieve credit
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Identify
Provide an answer from a number of possibilities
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Justify
Give valid reasons or evidence to support an answer or conclusion
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Label
Add labels to a diagram
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List
Give a sequence of brief answers with no explanation
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Measure
Obtain a value for a quantity
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Outline
Give a brief account or summary
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Plot
Mark the position of points on a diagram
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Predict
Give an expected result
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Show
Give the steps in a calculation or derivation
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Show that
Obtain the required result without the formality of proof. Show that questions do not usually require the use of a calculator
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Sketch
Represent by means of a diagram or graph (labelled). The sketch should give a general idea of the required shape or relationship, and should include relevant features
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Solve
Obtain the answer/s using algebraic, numerical or graphical methods
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State
Give a specific name, value or other brief answer without explanation or calculation
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Suggest
Propose a solution, hypothesis or other possible answer
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Write down
Obtain the answer/s, usually by extracting information. Little or no calculation is required. Working does not need to be shown
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Card 2

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Add brief notes to a diagram or graph

Back

Annotate

Card 3

Front

Use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in relation to a given problem or issue

Back

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Card 4

Front

Obtain a numberical answer showing the relevant stagese in the working

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

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

Back

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