Here are the ‘Top 5 Things I learned in Math 10’

1.Trigonometry

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.

3. Functions

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.