The transition from going to school, being in a classroom surrounded by people to doing online school in my own home has been quite a drastic change. There are the pros and cons of it as I will explain. For the pros, one of the biggest/more obvious one is being able to google basically anything while doing work. Yes we could also google homework before, but now with “tests” we can search up anything as well. Another pro (but also con at the same time) is having fewer classes during the week, it’s a pro because we don’t have to wake up as early and sit at our laptops for 6 hours 5 days a week, but it’s also a con because that means all the information being given is either sped up or not taught because we don’t have the time. Now for the cons of online schooling. People is definitely the most change, there’s no one physically around to help/talk with you so it makes things harder to comprehend and gets pretty boring. For things such as math which I am lucky I don’t have this semester, it’s harder because it’s not something u can really look at and understand from a screen since there’s lots of “drawing” and different versions of the same topic. Personally I have handled it well/not well at the same time because I don’t feel as motivated to do any school work for some reason (I still do all my work and put effort) but for some assignments I just don’t feel like doing them. That’s how I feel about online school.
Here are the ‘Top 5 Things I learned in Math 10’
When we first started this unit I had no idea what to expect because quite honestly I never really heard or did anything about trig. The word is kind of big and made me think that it would be super hard but in reality it wasn’t at all. Using the new buttons on my calculator was a big change for me since I had no clue what sin, cos, or tan was before this unit. SOH CAH TOA was definitely one of the most helpful acronyms I’ve learned in school and I will forever keep that in my mind. I felt this unit was so important to me because I felt a sense of satisfaction after completing the questions because of all the work that went into it and finishing with the correct answer, along with learning something completely new and actually understanding it was a good feeling.
2. Substitution and Elimination
With this unit I personally thought it was going to be hard and difficult to understand at first, but as we went along in class I came to the realization that it wasn’t bad at all and it was very doable it was just kind of time consuming. One very good thing about this unit though is that you are allowed to check if your answer is correct or not by inputting your results into the original equation to check how you did. I was also glad that I got to learn something new that I couldn’t do before but now I have not such a huge problem with.
When we first started learning about functions I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have but still took all the notes. As we gradually went along it started to make more and more sense to point where I was comfortable with doing the questions. This unit gave me a good understanding of input (x) and output (y) and how to solve lots of functions.
4. Slope, x/y intercepts, and different forms
In grade 9 I got introduced to slopes and how to graph lines based on them but I did not understand it at all. When we started learning slopes and intercepts in this class I finally began to comprehend it more and do really well on the questions. I eventually became very comfortable with doing slope related questions and converting them into different forms like point slope form, general, and slope y intercept form. It was then easy for me to graph lines and do linear equations.
5. Arithmetic Sequences
This unit was definitely one I understand the most and I quite enjoyed it. I learned how to find the common difference what arithmetic means, how to find which term a number is, and whether or not a number is part of that particular sequence. I do wish we had a unit test though because I felt that our grades and especially me personally could’ve risen up quite a bit. I think that this unit was unfortunate that it had to happen so late and in a very time lacking period since we had finals coming up but I still managed to learn a lot and comprehend all the information.
This week I learned about arithmetic sequences, more specifically what terms are and how they are related to the numbers in sequences. First off arithmetic sequence means that the pattern of numbers all go up by the same amount each time. The first number of a arithmetic sequence is called term 1, the second number is term 2, and so on… You can be able to find the pattern or common difference of the sequence with the multiple terms listed. Once the common difference is found then you multiple that by each term to find out how much you need to add or subtract to get the final equation.
This week I learned what elimination was in the sense of applying it to systems of equations. For elimination to work you would need to 2 equations on top of one another as if it looks like you’re going to add them (you are). First you would need a zero pair which means both equations have to have either the x or y value be opposite from each other like -5 and 5. Once you have a zero pair, cross it out add all the other numbers. If there isn’t already a zero pair, you would need to make one by multiplying one of the equations to equal a zero pair to the other.
This week in math I learned what substitution for linear equations were. Substitution as you may already know is when you take something out and replace it with something else. In math we did that with equations. First we start off with 2 equations and choose which one to rearrange so either x or y equals to something. Then input the rearranged equation into one of the other equations’ variables in brackets then solve. Once you’ve found the answer, input that into the rearranged equation and you should get the other variable’s answer. Once completed verify the solution.