IB Economics Command Terms
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Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure.
Use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in relation to a given problem or issue.
Obtain a numerical answer showing the relevant stages in the working.
Give a judgment based on a given statement or result of a calculation.
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 similarities and differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
Display information in a diagrammatic or logical form.
Give an account of the differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
Give the precise meaning of a word, phrase, concept or physical quantity.
Manipulate a mathematical relationship to give a new equation or relationship.
Give a detailed account.
Obtain the only possible answer.
Offer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses. Opinions or conclusions should be presented clearly and supported by appropriate evidence.
Make clear the differences between two or more concepts or items.
Represent by means of a labelled, accurate diagram or graph, using a pencil. A ruler (straight edge) should be used for straight lines. Diagrams should be drawn to scale. Graphs should have points correctly plotted (if appropriate) and joined in a straight line or smooth curve.
Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and limitations.
Consider an argument or concept in a way that uncovers the assumptions and interrelationships of the issue.
Give a detailed account including reasons or causes.
Provide an answer from a number of possibilities.
Give valid reasons or evidence to support an answer or conclusion.
Add labels to a diagram.
Give a sequence of brief answers with no explanation.
Obtain a value for a quantity.
Give a brief account or summary.
Mark the position of points on a diagram.
Give the steps in a calculation or derivation.
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.
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.
Obtain the answer(s) using algebraic and/or numerical and/or graphical methods.
Give a specific name, value or other brief answer without explanation or calculation.
Propose a solution, hypothesis or other possible answer.
To what extent
Consider the merits or otherwise of an argument or concept.