The following are the definitions of the command terms used in the IB syllabus and in external examinations:Objective 1

Define: Give the precise meaning of a word, phrase or physical quantity.

Draw: Represent by means of pencil lines.

Label: Add labels to a diagram.

List: Give a sequence of names or other brief answers with no explanation.

Measure: Find a value for a quantity.

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

Objective 2

Annotate: Add brief notes to a diagram or graph.

Apply: Use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in a new situation.

Calculate: Find a numerical answer showing the relevant stages in the working.

Describe: Give a detailed account.

Distinguish: Give the differences between two or more different items.

Estimate: Find an approximate value for an unknown quantity.

Identify: Find an answer from a given number of possibilities.

Outline: Give a brief account or summary.Objective 3

Analyze: Interpret data to reach conclusions.

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

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

Construct: Represent or develop in graphical form.

Deduce: Reach a conclusion from the information given.

Derive: Manipulate a mathematical relationship (s) to give a new equation or relationship.

Design: Produce a plan, simulation or model.

Determine: Find the only possible answer.

Discuss: Give an account including , where possible, a range of arguments for and against the relative importance of various factors, or comparisons of alternative hypotheses.

Evaluate: Assess the implications and limitations.

Explain: Give a detailed account of causes, reasons or mechanisms.

Predict: Give an expected result.

Show: Give the steps in a calculation or derivation.

Sketch: Represent by means of a graph…