Flag Pole Lab Math 2018

In this lab, we had to find out the height of the Canadian flagpole in front of our school. We were supposed to use triangulation to calculate the height. Our idea was to measure from two different distances then see if they were the same. We measured from 2m and 10m. Our answer’s varied by about 2 meters. We developed another strategy to measure my height and my shadow’s height. We then took the quotient of my height/my shadow’s height. Then we multiplied that number by the hight of the flagpole. Which gave us an answer of 10.6. Which was not close to either of our other calculations so we went with that anyway.

 

Misleading stats – Reflection

This is a misleading graph because in this comparison, it looks as if Ms. Smith’s class has an average that is 5x better than Mr Jones’ class, but the truth is that Ms. Smith’s class and Mr. Jones’ class have a low average and they are both bad. OK I’m just kidding, It shows with the numbers that Ms Smith’s class only has a 0.8% higher average. Because they both start and a high number and whoever made this added as many values in between 73.0 and 74.0 to make it seem as if Ms. Smith’s class is 5x better than Mr. Jones’ class.

Thoughts on Data Analysis 2018

1) I believe that statistics are very important in our society because it is the base of many facts, and of course facts are important because it (should be) is the truth. So statistics are a big part of how we find out about our world.

2) I learned that about 24% of statistics are mathematically flawed because when numbers are involved, the question of authority of that stat is usually not questioned. (Writing this after 3) I also learned that my made up statistic about statistics being made up on the spot was actually correct. Or so I have now read.

3) The problems with statistics is that they can be made up when told, did you know that 86% of statistics are made up on the spot? OK you probably got that that was made up but I think you understand my point. As well as when the study is being done, it is not done properly and there is a biased answer. Like if we asked only Winnipeg fans who they wanted to win the cup and our final outcome was that everybody wants Winnipeg to win.

My cell story – information fluency

Hello, I am a leukocyte, but I usually go by my nickname; white blood cell. I have a brother named erythrocyte, but he usually goes by his nickname; red blood cell. As you can probably guess, I am very pale compared to my brother who is quite redder in the face. I .am less popular within my host. With about only 1% of blood is made up of things like me, but that doesn’t mean I am not important, I have a very important job; to protect my host from any danger or possible threats. I do that by circulating around my host to make sure everything is okay. If there is something bad that happens, my and my friends all rush in to help defeat the intruder and prevent any further harm. I don’t know where I was born, but it was in some weird soft stuff inside a large tube.

There are about 5 different social groups within the leukocytes like me. There are the Monocytes, the Lymphocytes, the Neutrophils, the Eosinophils and the Basophils. They all play different parts, but they all help in the process of protecting our home. I myself am part of the Neutrophils, I kill and digest bacteria and fungi. We are the largest social group and we also are always the first ones when there is an intruder.

My day usually consists of roaming around my host looking for intruders, more often than not we successfully defend against the substance. Sadly though, there are moments that we fail, and our host develops something from it. We call it sickness. We are devastated when that happens because we failed our only job and it was too strong for us. About 2 or 3 days after our defenses have been broken through, our host will get symptoms. It usually affects our hosts for about a week. But sometimes it will last two.

I usually enjoy my role but one day everything changed. More people like me were being born but the thing was, they were very weirdly shaped and I didn’t know why. They were coming from the long tube where we normally are made. They were coming at an alarming rate and it started to scare us all. It was at an uncontrollable rate. The bursts of leukocyte production meant one thing. My patient had something call Leukemia; which is a kind of cancer.

If you recall, I talked about how cells like my brother (the red blood cell) completely outnumber cells like me by a large margin. But at this point, there were so many that we outnumbered the red blood cells! If you do not know already, my brothers job is to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide through the host. After this though, the were overwhelmed and it made their job easier. But to add to that, they also messed with the function of my third cousin twice removed; thrombocyte. (or platelet)

All of this was like a dream, I had no idea was I was going to do, I worked as hard as I could until… I died.

 

Questions (Ask):

What is a Leukocyte?

What is a Erythrocyte

What does a Leukocyte do?

Where is a Leukocyte found?

What does a Leukocyte look like?

Why does a human need Leukocytes?

What is Leukemia?

What is the life span of a Leukocyte?

What did I do to get the answers? (Acquire)

I used google as a search engine to find some questions, mostly the ones about Leukocytes. I tried using EBSCO host but I couldn’t find anything useful. I did however use Gale engaged learning to read about Leukemia. Also, I used a citation machine to cite my sources.

Did I find anything helpful? Cite it (Analyze)

I did find information that answered my questions perfectly.

“What Are White Blood Cells?” Content – Health Encyclopedia – University of Rochester Medical Center, 2018, www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=160.
Hammar, Lawrence. “Leukemia.” The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, edited by K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, 5th ed., Gale, 2014. Science In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CV2644031301/SCIC?u=43riss&sid=SCIC&xid=8d4177ba. Accessed 26 Apr. 2018.

How did it go? (Assess)

I believe that it went well. It was my first time doing something like this so it was all very new to me. I think I followed the steps properly and that it all went smoothly for the time that I had. Improvements that could be made will probably be found out when I receive my mark.

 

Collaboration Fluency

Our assignment was to create something that demonstrates how to read/show that we know how to read resistors. My partner Jake and I decided to make a PowerPoint. (Can be found below). We had a title page, a page with the formula for calculating the resistance and then 8 slides with resistors labeled A-G. We came up with a format that would demonstrate how we calculated it and then we made it. I took resistors A,C,E and G and he took B,D and F which I didn’t realize meant that he was doing less until the moment I am writing this. He phrased it as “You start at A and I’ll start at B and we will do every 2nd letter.” So in the moment I was like “OK sounds fair.” We completed the project just fine and it worked out until… Here is where we get to the “Examine” part. We did not communicate after school so we both thought that the other one sent it in. Resulting in it being too late and we ended up getting a 0 so we will make sure to do better next time.

Thanks for reading this,

Caed

PowerPoint – Resistors 101