Math HL TOK Reflection

by Michael on March 27, 2019

Claim: Mathematics is justifiably a different AOK than the natural sciences.

Mathematics forms the basis of many aspects of natural sciences, such as physics and parts of chemistry, but it is also quite unimportant in subjects such as biology or ecology. As math is an AOK in which everything in it is certain and man-made, it cannot be compared to the natural sciences, where knowledge is only gained from experimentation or observations in the real world.

Though math and natural sciences are two different AOKs, math can be used to explain many phenomena in the natural sciences, such as the use of regression models and graphs when analyzing data. The math-heavy sciences, like physics and chemistry, are essentially the applications of math in the real world.

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