Racism is a concept that attempts to put the intangible into something tangible. Its purpose is to associate the personality, characteristics, superiority, and worth of a human being into something that one can know by just one look at the physical exterior of a person. How is that fair? One look at a person and your empathy, pity or arrogance can be justified and set in stone based on the materialistic views and bias of someone. Racism then was not any worse than racism now, however, 84 percent of Caucasian Americans believe that racism is actually over. Back in the 50’s racial discrimination was a law; the African Americans and minorities had little to none access to many advantages such as education, transportation, and even clean water fountains. Because slavery has been abolished, there are no Jim Crow laws anymore and Canada is taking in refugees, we sometimes forget that racism can come in forms that aren’t perceived as large as laws and bans but they can be as effective, especially with social platforms and the media, where opinions can be anonymous and written by anyone anywhere. If racism really is over now, how come assumptions and judgment, based on race, act as pillars in today’s society? What is worse about today’s society is that it happens right in front of us but we are blindsided by it that it doesn’t phase us anymore, we need something bold and bright for us to notice the flaws in our society – but even then, a leader in the free world who makes horrible remarks is allowed to be a role model to all of the young citizens in today’s world. Even police brutality which still exists today is even still more likely to be harsh towards African Americans as they are “perceived” to be more likely to commit a crime, which is absolutely untrue. Violence and crime are both rooted from personal experiences and specific to one’s life, one cannot match a human being from their skin color to a crime, act of violence or wrong-doing. These are all personal errors and cannot be pardoned based on skin color, and excused because of racial superiority. People make assumptions that these errors are associated with your race; which leads to the refugee’s not having a safe place to stay because wherever they go they must face adversity. There have been between 300,000 and 400,000 Syrian refugee fatalities of families that weren’t able to make it here in time. Lots of people are scared of refugees and are not fully educated on the definition of a terrorist. They do not understand the difference between fleeing your country to take refuge from a war and being a war criminal. The only way to solve racism today is to become educated because we do not have laws that discriminate anymore, things aren’t all black and white, we must learn about each other so that we can live in a diverse, pluralistic society where we are all able to co-exist and educate each other. Although coming from diverse places can cause a roadblock in forming relationships it can be very beneficial to become educated on something, it can present an opportunity for self-growth and change. If more of our communities are able to become pluralistic we, as a nation and hopefully one day world can truly be sure that Racism is over.
To use algebra tiles you multiply the top row by the side row to expand. The squares symbolize x squared, the long strips signify x and the tiny squares signify the constant. Anything but red is positive making all the red tiles negative.
In the first photo, we start with (2x+2)(x-2), then you line up the corresponding tiles in the center, it should match up in alignment perfectly, and that’s how you know you’ve done it right.
Going backward is the same thing, just making sure it lines up and paying attention to the negative and positive signs. Here we started with 2x squared-6x+4 and then we worked backward making it all match up then verifying it, as you can see in the photo.
In math class, we were given the task to do some research on BC’s own Garibaldi lake in order to find out how you can estimate the volume, how much water the barrier holds and find out what would happen if the barrier faulted.
How to estimate Garibaldi’s volume:
It is important to take into account that the shape is irregular and the depths are not the same throughout the lake:
Using dimensions that I found on Wikipedia I came up with the formula to find an approximate volume:
How much water does the lake hold:
Using the dimensions given I changed the surface area from kilometres to metres in order to multiply the surface area with the depth, and made sure to convert my answers to litres at the end since the lake is liquid:
What if the barrier faulted? How much water would Escape? At, what kind of power?
•The lake was formed from an eruption of the Volcano “Clinker peak.” The barrier was formed by the lava flow, and the bottom of the lake is actually the old valley.
•1981 it was decided that the area surrounding the lake was unsafe for human habitation because of the fact that it is unsteady or unstable, and may break. There are currently rocks falling off the barrier and the reasoning behind this could be because water is escaping from the the bottom which could even be because of lava flow.
•It is geologically proven to break eventually.
•Dr.Quane one of the researches of this lake has said “The potential energy a 1,400 metres elevation, of 1 trillion litres of water, is 200 times the energy released by the bomb on Hiroshima.” Which killed over 100,000 people in japan 1945. Could you imagine the impact it would have if something 200 times that was released in Squamish? The wave height released would be 120 metres high.
•I found this chart on http://www.csgnetwork.com/waterinformation.html stating at what degree each gram or cubic centimetre would weigh according to its density. Garibaldi Lake is 2 degrees celsius making 1 cubic centimetre of it’s water .999944 grams.
I plugged the measurements of the lake that I found, into the equations where 2 degrees celsius is equal to 0.999944 grams per, cubic centimetre. After converting everything to get 118279375.948 kilograms, I came to the conclusion that this ways approximately the weight of a Capitol Ship, Freighter Ship according to http://www.bountyheadbebop.com/forum/index.php?topic=24.0 .
•Quane wants to find the weaker points of the damn, and right now if the barrier were to break in the weak points more water should escape then a stronger point just because the force used to break a smaller part would be less allowing for more force to be used when the water is escaping and vice versa if it were to break a stronger point, I feel as though much of the force would be used to break the damn versus flood the area. If the whole thing broke the wave would reach from Cheakamus and Squamish rivers to Howe Sound and possibly all the way to vancouver island.
I found this task incredibly challenging but it feels good to have completed it and to have learned a few math skills such as estimating volumes of lakes, weights of lakes and learning about our very own Garibaldi lake.
Selling the possessions we know we love for possessions we think we need is something that the world has enforced on us through media, advertising and societal expectations. When the story House, by Jane Rule started out Harry was exclaiming his frustration saying “It’s a case of retarded development.” This was believed to be an initiating conflict or so we believed. Let us explore what it was that Harry was truly frustrated with, something that was merely foreshadowed and not exclaimed. At the beginning we believed that the conflict was person versus person. Harry versus his wife, Anna. Harry stated that since Anna didn’t want to live like everyone else she was underdeveloped, different an outcast. She did not want a nice fancy house and to live with the appearance of being wealthy. It seemed to me she wanted to feel rich with experiences. Harry’s frustration proved the story to be person versus person. A wife and a husband who had different viewpoints on life. However, as the story unfolds we are shown that Harry did not in fact have very far off view points from his wife. He simply thought he had to want a house, and had to spend his money on the more conventional possessions. We see that his true frustration, which was in fact foreshadowing for the main conflict how the wold being a retarded development. How the world has shaped him to become so wrapped up in wanting something that he truly didn’t want. As he smashes down the wall to his brand new house we see how he truly believes that the world is in fact underdeveloped and has almost set rules on how to live your life, which are truly unnecessary. Our society teaches us to go to school, get a strong education, attend post secondary, get a well payed job, get married, have kids, buy a house and teach them to do exactly the same. None of these steps in life are wrong, but they aren’t exactly right either. What about travel, seeing new things, meeting so many people, living somewhere new and helping the people that do not get to have the same opportunities as we do. We are given so much knowledge in life and how is it fair that we are only supposed to use it one outlet, our full time average job. We should be able to take the knowledge and use it for unconventional things in order to move our society away from being a retarded development. The world is full of so many experiences and if we are too focused on a goal that we don’t even feel passionate about and are only trying to accomplish for the satisfaction of being like the rest, we truly won’t be satisfied once we attain societies expectations. It is important that we listen to the side of ourselves that is true and wants to live life in a way that makes us feel good, not the side that has a voice like societies. The voice that tells us that we haven’t achieved something unless it shows to others. Because we can never make ourselves happy by trying to please or show up others. Harry, at the height of his person versus self conflicted, once he finally reached his hope of being like all the other families in town, came to a realization or epiphany that it wasn’t what he, himself wanted: “What could you feel about a house, particularly an ordinary sensible sort….You could feel awful, and that’s what Harry felt.” Page 29. He had no feeling of pride only of guilt and shame for giving into the side of himself that wanted to be what society is. That’s when he realized that his family and the experiences he creates with them cannot be replaced with house and a television set.
Over the past few weeks, our class has done a lot of work around numbers and radicals.
Numbers and Prime factorization:
We talked about the real number system something that I am quite familiar with, as well as what makes up numbers. We learnt if a number only has two factors one and itself it is prime and that if it has any more factors than that it is composite. These are things I was already aware of but the interesting things in this lesson were the fact that 1 and 0 are not composite or prime because they both have less than two factors. The absolute value of a number is their principle square root. Another new concept was prime factorization which is when you break down a number to make it a product of only there prime factors.
In this example, we broke down 36 into two numbers 18 and 2 then separate 18 into 2 and 9 and then 9 into 2 and 3. Which leads the prime factorization to 2 x 2 x 3 x 3.
With that, we learnt how to find the greatest common factor of multiple numbers by finding the common numbers in their prime factorizations and multiplying them together.
You can also find their lowest common multiple in a similar process by finding their prime factorizations and multiplying all the numbers that they each are made up of except for the similar ones in which case you only multiply them by that number once.
We learnt that in prime factorization if the factors occur in twos the number is a perfect square and if they occur in threes then the number is a perfect cube.
We talked about what makes a number rational or irrational and since a repeating decimal is rational, we learnt how to turn them into fractions so that they fit the definition of a rational number.
We learnt what makes up a radical. If there is no index written, we assume that it is 2. We learnt the radical laws, how you can multiply and divide radicals to put them under the same radical sign. But you cannot add and subtract radicals.
This is how exponents with a higher index work, which was also a new concept to me.
We learnt the difference between a pure/entire radical and a mixed radical. How to convert an entire radical to a mixed radical. This is important for reducing your answers. I learnt that leaving a number in radical form for as long as possible is crucial to get the closest exact answer possible.
You can also change mixed radicals into entire radicals by dividing the coefficient by raising the coefficient to the power of the index. And then multiplying your answer with the number that is already under the radical sign.
Examples of how you can apply radicals in math
We also learned how to convert variables that are in entire fractions into mixed fractions. With the first example down a to the 7 by finding a number that is divided by two and then subtracting that number from 7 which is the exponent law of adding exponents with the same base to multiply. Then you divide that number by the index which in the first case is 2. Then you are left with a to the 3 outside of the radical sign and a to the 1 inside the radical sign. Underneath that are a couple more examples.
This project is based on my experiences in a written paragraph that I eventually turned into a SWAY presentation.
My favourite place – Life is all about experiences essay.
Stomping down the noisy cabin steps, arms linked with my best friends. Walking, past the long building, known as home for the week, then down the grassy hill and through the trees to our summer lake. Cowichan lake. This lake is so tremendously vast that when you look to the left and to the right it seems endless. The only signs of civilization are the fancy but quiet lake houses directly across. There brick walls and fancy porches keep us at a distant and the feeling of having the whole lake to ourselves is there. Tiny motor boats make the turquoise blue water slowly still, silently hit the shore with its small waves. The wind blows my hair around, like a fan, keeping me cool as the thick rocky sand seeps onto my feet through the straps of my flimsy flip flops. Breathing in the scent of muddy waves. The campers join us huddled on the benches and tables that surround the fire pit. The pit cannot be filled with fire due to laws however the people here are like a fire, warm enough to heat up a place and make the icy cold feeling sparse. Burnt marshmallows and melted chocolate fill the air. S’mores made in the oven mask the fresh dirt scent the lake holds. The tray passed around, the smell wafting. Eagerness permeates the group. The crunch of the graham cracker mixed in with the fluffiness of the marshmallow and sweetness of chocolate leaves me comforted and at home with every bite. Enjoyment pervades the atmosphere. It is decided that nothing has ever tasted this incredible. Cheery and cheesy campfire songs ring through the evening, joy radiates, as the songs are chanted. It reminds me of a kindergarten class, where the sillier you are the more fun you seem. The thumping of dancing on the tables, claps, and cheers echo the lake. Right in my view is the sun, setting. Turquoise blue waves meet the shore silently as cotton candy pinks, blinding yellows and lighting oranges fill the sky in the most striking way inviting you into its show. The vivid orange, yellows blues and pinks create the most beautiful sight I have ever seen. Heads turn and the chatter dies only for a moment but the moment is there and we all take it in. The moment is unity like one single breath we are all breathing in the sunset. Then the chit-chat and excitement take over the night again. The spectacle in my view becomes darker and brighter all at the same time, the contrast of colours is breathtaking. Everyone is talking over each other and at the same time, like a dozen buzzing bees in your ear, and the atmosphere incredibly overwhelming. Someone takes out a small brown ukulele and calms the crowd down. The strumming of ukulele strings begin to sound across the campfire resulting in the singing of all of the campers. Everyone is singing together and the sound warms my heart. Two councillors decide to go canoeing for fun. The strokes of the paddles make sounds like a peaceful fountain on a warm sunny day, then abruptly a splash fills the night as the bright orange canoe is flipped over. As they fall into the freezing cold lake everyone laughs and hollers. The sun is almost gone as we run back up the rocky beach, back through the trees up the grassy hill. It’s chilly but the energy of it all has cloaked that feeling of being cold. The sun has set, like the beauty in new beginnings, because instead of a black sky, we see stars, so many stars. Every inch of the night sky is a new constellation and the sky is lit up. Even though the sun has set it is never dark at camp. We lay there on the grassy hill. The wet grass tickling my legs and arms. I know it is probably getting in my hair but I just lay there. A thousand stars ample the dark blue sky and it just looks so unreal like we are living in a virtual reality. I never thought anything could be and look so perfect in real life.”It’s beautiful” we agree. It is so bright it does not feel like the night. Looking up at the night sky I walk the whole way back to my home for the week staring at the stars just to be sure that they are real. The lights in the sky are like a flashlight guiding me to my destination. Up the noisy cabin steps, through the wooden door into my room. It is time for lights out, but we know we are never in the dark as the starry night lights shine and the fire burning inside the hearts of all the campers is enough to light up the night.
Partner Paragraph – Ethan
By: Ashiana Sunderji
From what I learned with my conversation with Ethan on Wednesday it seems to me that he is a very well rounded and family oriented person. He lives with his mom, younger brother and dad, who he says is the most influential person in his life. Ethan really looks up to his dad and talks a lot about how intelligent he is. He said if he could spend the day with someone who is no longer with us it would be his great grandpa who he has never met. I bet he would learn lots from him, as he talks about how he has learned a lot of life values from his family; for example respect, trust, being reliable and being hard working. They taught him the lesson of committing himself to something when he almost failed an English class in grade 4 which, with the support of his family made him work harder. In addition to working hard in school, Ethan is also the captain of a hockey team and has won an MVP award in his baseball teams semi final. He says that practice is the key to his success. Ethan really demonstrates how much you can accomplish in life with the support of your family.