TVO ILC Submission Guidelines for Science and Math Courses

You can ensure your work is reviewed in the best light by following these guidelines for communicating your answers. This will also help prepare you for post-secondary pursuits in science and mathematics.

Students writing final tests with ProctorU will also need to use specific digital tools for submitting their answers. Details will follow in your course.

General Submission Guidelines


If your submission does not follow these guidelines, it may be marked as incomplete or not be graded.

Type out all your work, including any formulas, calculation steps and tables.

Obtain full marks by demonstrating how well you understand your solution through an adequate amount of work and steps.

Submit your answers for evaluation in a separate Microsoft Word or PDF document.

You do not need to retype the questions. Simply label the expectation/section and question numbers and type your answers.

If your submission does not follow these guidelines, it may be marked as incomplete or not be graded.

Type out all your work, including any formulas, calculation steps and tables.

Obtain full marks by demonstrating how well you understand your solution through an adequate amount of work and steps.

Submit your answers for evaluation in a separate Microsoft Word or PDF document.

You do not need to retype the questions. Simply label the expectation/section and question numbers and type your answers.

If your submission does not follow these guidelines, it may be marked as incomplete or not be graded.

Scanned work is only acceptable if it is a graph or a diagram that is drawn accurately, such as a chemical structure (Bohr-Rutherford Diagram, Lewis Structure, energy level diagram, or a chemical structural diagram) or a free body diagram in physics. Refer to the Diagrams and Scanned Work section on this page for more.

Math Equations


Proper Format

Improper Format

3
5 / 8

3 5/8 

(x2)+3(x - 5) / (y+3)3

(x^2+3)(x 5)/(y+3)^3 

4x = 8
x =
8 / 4

x = 2

4x = 8, x = 8/4, x = 2 

We strongly suggest using an equation editor to type equations for all courses. This is mandatory for Grade 11 and 12 M- and U-level courses. A word processing program with an equation editor feature will allow you use proper symbols and notation in your equations.

Resources:

• Visit this Microsoft Support Page for instructions on how to use the equation editor in Microsoft Word.

• Visit this Google Support Page for instructions on how to use the equation editor in Google Docs. Your document will need to be converted into a Microsoft Word or PDF file for submission.

We strongly suggest using an equation editor to type equations for all courses. This is mandatory for Grade 11 and 12 M- and U-level courses. A word processing program with an equation editor feature will allow you use proper symbols and notation in your equations.

Resources:

Proper Format

Improper Format

3
5 / 8

3 5/8 

(x2)+3(x - 5) / (y+3)3

(x^2+3)(x-5)/(y+3)^3 

4x = 8
x =
8 / 4

x = 2

4x = 8, x = 8/4, x = 2 

• Visit this Microsoft Support Page for instructions on how to use the equation editor in Microsoft Word.

• Visit this Google Support Page for instructions on how to use the equation editor in Google Docs. Your document will need to be converted into a Microsoft Word or PDF file for submission.

Proper Format

Improper Format

3
5 / 8

3 5/8 

(x2)+3(x - 5) / (y+3)3

(x^2+3)(x 5)/(y+3)^3 

4x = 8
x =
8 / 4

x = 2

4x = 8, x = 8/4, x = 2 

Chemical Equations and Chemical Formulas


Proper Format

Improper Format

Ba3(PO4)2

Ba3(PO4)2 

PO43-

PO43- 

N2(g) + 3H2(g)) ⇌ 2NH3(g))

N2 + H2=  NH3

For Grade 11 and 12 M- or U-level courses, chemical equations and formulas must be typed in a word processing document using subscripts, superscripts and reaction arrows. A word processing program with an equation editor feature will allow you to type out your chemical equations using proper symbols and notation.

Resources:

• Visit this Microsoft Support Page for instructions on how to insert special chemistry symbols in Microsoft Word.

For Grade 11 and 12 M- or U-level courses, chemical equations and formulas must be typed in a word processing document using subscripts, superscripts and reaction arrows. A word processing program with an equation editor feature will allow you to type out your chemical equations using proper symbols and notation.

Resources:

Proper Format

Improper Format

Ba3(PO4)2

Ba3(PO4)2 

PO43-

PO43- 

N2(g) + 3H2(g)) ⇌ 2NH3(g))

N2 + H2=  NH3

• Visit this Microsoft Support Page for instructions on how to insert special chemistry symbols in Microsoft Word.

Proper Format

Improper Format

Ba3(PO4)2

Ba3(PO4)2 

PO43-

PO43- 

N2(g) + 3H2(g)) ⇌ 2NH3(g))

N2 + H2=  NH3

Significant Digits


Students in physics and chemistry courses must round their final answers to the correct number of significant figures. A margin of error exists in any measurement, and we communicate this by clearly indicating the number of significant figures (i.e., how many decimal places are important to the question).

Keep the following guidelines in mind as you round your answers:

• Only apply significant figures to your final answer. If the question has multiple parts, round the final answer of each section to the correct number of significant figures.

• If you are referencing an earlier answer in one of your calculations, use the unrounded value. A general rule in math is that you should finish the way you started. So, if you started in scientific notation of 4.70 x 10¹ and 1.00 x 10¹, you should finish as 4.70 x 10².

• Generally, if there are a lot of calculations occurring in a question, round your final answer to the least number of significant figures found in the question.

Exceptions:

• Answers that have frequency (Hz) should always be to three digits. So for example, if your answer is 440 Hz, but there were only 2 significant digits in the original question, keep the answer as 440 Hz.

• Angles given in a question are ignored when determining the number of significant figures in the final answer.

• When finding molar mass, always round to two decimal places (ex.copper is 63.55 g/mol).

• When using molar mass in a calculation, ignore it for calculating final significant figures in the answer.

Resources:

• Download the TVO ILC Significant Figures PDF for more information and examples.

Graphs


There are two ways to create and submit graphs:

We strongly recommend students in Grade 11 or 12- or M-level courses use software to create graphs.

1. Using Software: Use graphing software like GeoGebra, Desmos. Graphs must be cropped to include all properties and inserted into your document.

2. By Hand: Draw on grid paper using a ruler. You can download and print grid paper or purchase some.

Requirements:

Illustration of a parabola, opening down, drawn on a Cartesian graph. The illustration notes the need for a title, clear single line curve, precise X and Y intercepts, axes labelled with units and a requirement to use graph paper or a grid.

An example of a properly labelled graph. 

1. Title your graphs and label both axes, including units (e.g., distance (m) vs. time (s)).

2. Graphs should fill the grid and include all relevant data points. Your grids should be consistently spaced and numbered for scale. For example: Each box on the grid may go up by two, but make sure you maintain this scale throughout the entire axis.

3. The x and y axes must use appropriate increments that are evenly spaced with a clear progression.

4. The x- and y-intercepts, asymptotes and key points should be clearly labelled, if applicable.

5. If the relationship is linear, use a ruler to draw a line of best fit. If the relationship is non-linear, draw a smooth curve of best fit.

Resources:

• Visit this Support Page for tutorials on how to use the Desmos graphing calculator.

• Visit this Resource Page for tutorials on how to use the GeoGebra graphing calculator.

Requirements:

Illustration of a parabola, opening down, drawn on a Cartesian graph. The illustration notes the need for a title, clear single line curve, precise X and Y intercepts, axes labelled with units and a requirement to use graph paper or a grid.

An example of a properly labelled graph. 

1. Title your graphs and label both axes, including units (e.g., distance (m) vs. time (s)).

2. Graphs should fill the grid and include all relevant data points. Your grids should be consistently spaced and numbered for scale. For example: Each box on the grid may go up by two, but make sure you maintain this scale throughout the entire axis.

3. The x and y axes must use appropriate increments that are evenly spaced with a clear progression.

4. The x- and y-intercepts, asymptotes and key points should be clearly labelled, if applicable.

5. If the relationship is linear, use a ruler to draw a line of best fit. If the relationship is non-linear, draw a smooth curve of best fit.

Resources:

• Visit this Support Page for tutorials on how to use the Desmos graphing calculator.

• Visit this Resource Page for tutorials on how to use the GeoGebra graphing calculator.

Illustration of a parabola, opening down, drawn on a Cartesian graph. The illustration notes the need for a title, clear single line curve, precise X and Y intercepts, axes labelled with units and a requirement to use graph paper or a grid.

An example of a properly labelled graph. 

Diagrams and Scanned Work


There are two ways to create and submit diagrams:

1. Using software: Explore programs such as Microsoft Paint or others.

2. By hand: Draw the diagram and either take a photo of it or scan it to create a digital version. This file must be inserted into your overall assignment document and cannot be included as separate attachment or external link.

Requirements:

Drawing of a Galvanic cell that has been scanned.

Aim to make your scanned diagrams as clear and detailed as possible using sketching software or a sharp pencil, ruler, protractor, compass or circle template.

Images must be crisp, clear and bright (minimize shadows and bleed-through).

• If you are taking a photo with a camera, ensure the image is bright and your diagram is in focus.

• If your diagram is not legible, you may not be awarded full marks.

Your handwriting must be legible.

Crop your scanned images to include only the relevant information to the question you’re answering. Be sure to include any scans beside the question number in your document.

If a question has a diagram and a written component, the written component also must be typed.

Requirements:

Drawing of a Galvanic cell that has been scanned.

Aim to make your scanned diagrams as clear and detailed as possible using sketching software or a sharp pencil, ruler, protractor, compass or circle template.

Images must be crisp, clear and bright (minimize shadows and bleed-through).

• If you are taking a photo with a camera, ensure the image is bright and your diagram is in focus.

• If your diagram is not legible, you may not be awarded full marks.

Your handwriting must be legible.

Crop your scanned images to include only the relevant information to the question you’re answering. Be sure to include any scans beside the question number in your document.

If a question has a diagram and a written component, the written component also must be typed.

Drawing of a Galvanic cell that has been scanned.

Aim to make your scanned diagrams as clear and detailed as possible using sketching software or a sharp pencil, ruler, protractor, compass or circle template.

If you have any questions or concerns related to these guidelines, please email [email protected]

Good luck on your assignments! 

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