Inquiry Post #1

Inquiry Post #1

Inquiry questions: How does fear of rejection stop individuals from expressing their true selves? Why do some people choose to accept their fate while others try to create their own? Why are we afraid of change? How do we learn to see through another’s eyes?

Original Text: The Friday Everything Changed

Secondary sources: 



The Friday Everything Changed – a fight for the right

 Anne Hart’s The Friday Everything Changed is a story about a girl in a school who wonders if girls are allowed to carry the water as well as the boys. After prevailing through conflict, she changes the way girls are viewed. The presumption that girls aren’t as strong as boys is what Alma was fighting against, and that exactly what is being fought for today. The way that the boys are portrayed is how society sees gender roles; using labels for how one should act. The fear of rejection is so strong, that putting those labels aside sometimes isn’t an option. The need to belong is a basic human condition. One may fear rejection because of a low value and opinion of oneself. As a result, things that one would be ashamed of, might be hidden. Yet for Alma, the possibilities of change were greater than her fear of rejection. She boldly stepped into the unknown. As said in The Friday Everything Changed: “For a fleeting moment we had a glimpse of what life might be like” However, the girls who followed suit were also integral in creating their own fate. One person can make a difference, but the first supporter is what creates the movement, power or change. The boys on the other hand, do not want change to happen, and would do whatever it takes to keep their power. Both are fearful, but those who create their own fate, have a greater fear for the status-quo. This motivates them to make a change, despite the fear. The article The Good Wife, reveals the reality of how women were expected to behave, much like how the girls were expected to behave in the story. The boys were in power in the story, and didn’t like the girls questioning them about their role. As The Good Wife states: “Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.” These women in the article promote what society expects of them for fear of losing what they have. On the other hand, there is Andrée Geulen who defies the rules of the Nazi regime during World War II. She bravely helped Jewish children escape the certainty of concentration camps, no matter the consequences. People are hardwired to be empathetic, but Andrée took initiative to help others that were in danger. This inherent empathy is part of the human condition. Through empathy is how we learn to understand others. We need to put ourselves into their situation, to understand why and how they see the world in that way.



Solution Fluency – Detergent Experiment


In Science, Mr. Horton asked us to find out which detergent works the best of four different detergents. We had to test the detergents on a rag with a stain. Each detergent would be tested on the same rag cut into pieces, and the same stain. We also have a control which would be the same rag and stain in water.


First we had to figure out:

Which detergents do we want to test?

All four, to make sure that each one is considered before reaching a final answer. 

What should our stain be?

Something that would be hard to get out but not impossible, soy sauce. 

Do we want to test them in cold or hot water?

Hot water, stains tend to come out better with hot water. 

How long should they soak in the detergent and water?

Long enough that the detergent has time to work, but not too long that they could all get the stain out, around 5 mins. 


When soaking in their beakers, the water mostly looked the same colour, which started to give us a little bit of a hint. We were expecting Woolite to work the best, but in reality, each of the detergents get the job done. When hanging them up to dry at the end of the experiment, still there was no stain to be found. It was interesting to see and guess throughout the experiment, which detergent was working the best.


The experiment went very well, as all of the detergents ended up taking out the stain, including the control, which was just water. Which, for our group proves that all of the detergents effectively work all the same way, and it is not necessary to buy the most expensive one.

For next time, we would probably still test out all four detergents, and in hot water, but we would use a different stain. Soy sauce was a good idea, but we would need to use something that would be harder to get out. Such as mascara, or pen. Over all I think it went really well, and it was a really fun and engaging experiment, I had a great time.

Community Connection

For this project, I interviewed Craig McTavish, a lawyer at my dad’s firm. He works in personal injury, so he deals with clients who have been in car crashs.

  • Why are you passionate about your job?

“I love helping people that have been injured in car accidents”

  • What obstacles have you faced to get to where you are today?

“I faced many obstacles during my schooling as I had to pay for my school alone, and also payed for my living arrangements.”

  • What advice would you pass on to someone interested in what you are doing?

“It is really important to be a good and reactive listener. You really need to know what each person’s needs are.”

  • Would you be open to further contact from Riverside students and if so, how can someone contact you?

“Yes I would be open to further contact from any Riverside students. You can contact me through Emma.”

  • What is your favorite part of your job?

“My favorite part of my job is the satisfaction after helping someone truly in need, there is no feeling quite like it.

  • What is your least favorite part of your job?

“My least favorite part about my job is when you can’t help people sometimes for whatever the reason. It is very difficult to deal with.”

I chose to interview Craig because I am interested in my dad’s job, so I went a little further and found someone that I hadn’t had very many previous interactions with, to get a different point of view.

I learned that there is nothing more fulfilling than helping someone just for that smile. Helping someone truly in need really is amazing. This relates to me because when I grow up, I would like to be a surgeon. But I would like to travel around the world helping others who really need it, and be a part of an organization called Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.

After doing this interview it has really helped me open up to new opportunities by connecting with my dad’s firm. I am able to contact them if needed, and could learn so much more about being a lawyer.


Math Midterm Review

Unit 1 : Integers 

Adding and Subtracting :

When adding and subtracting integers, use these three rules for each equation:

  • Add a positive integer by moving to the right on the number line
  • Add a negative integer by moving to the left on the number line
  • Subtract an integer by adding it’s opposite

Ex: (-3) + 6 – 4

= – 1

Multiplying and Dividing :

When multiplying and diving integers, to figure out if the answer will be positive or negative, you use this trick, which is true every time.

If the signs are the same, the answer will be = Positive 

Ex: 3 x 5 = 15     ex: (-2) x (-4) = 8  

Count the negatives, if there is an even amount, the answer will be = Positive

Ex: (-1) (-1) (1) (-1) (-1) = 1  

If the signs are opposite, the answer will be = Negative

Ex: -3 x 4 = -12  ex: 5 x (-2) = -10  

Count the negatives, if there is an odd amount, the answer will be = Negative 

Ex: (-1) (1) (-1) (-1) = -1  

BEDMAS (Order of Operations) :

When evaluating an equation, always use the order of operations, BEDMAS. Brackets, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition and finally Subtraction.

Ex: – 23 + 6  (-3)

= -23 – 18

= – 41

As you can see, I started with multiplication = (6) (-3)

Next I added -23 and – 18

to finally get the answer of – 41

Unit 2 : Rational Numbers

Rational Vs. Irrational Numbers :

A Rational Number : is a number that either terminates or repeats 

What is an example of a rational number?

Ex: 9, -17.6, 0

An Irrational Number : is a number that either non-terminating or non-repeating

What is an example of a irrational number?

Ex: 1.417365…

Equivalent/ Opposite/ Reciprocal fractions:

Equivalent fractions are two fractions that may have different numbers but when simplified are worth the same amount.

Ex: 5 ⁄ 6 and 10 ⁄ 12

Opposite fractions are the when two fractions have the same numbers, but are on the opposite sides of the number line.

Ex: -7 ⁄ 20 and 7 ⁄ 20

Reciprocal fractions are when the two fractions have the same numbers, but the numerator and the denominator are reversed.

Ex: 4 ⁄ 2 and 2 ⁄ 4

Comparing and Ordering fractions and Decimals :

To compare and order fractions and decimals, you have to convert one to be the same as the other. Then, you can put them in order. When dealing with positive numbers =, which ever number is biggest is higher. With negative numbers, which ever number is lower is higher, as it is closest to 0.

Ex: -5.0 = – 5 ⁄ 1

– 1 ⁄ 4 = – 0.25

– 0.25 being the highest number, and -5.0 being the lower number.

Square roots, Perfect squares :

A square root is when a number is multiplied by itself. Finding that number is the answer.

A perfect square is when the square root of a number equals two whole numbers.

Ex: √25

= 5^2

A square root isn’t always a perfect square though, it can be a decimal number as well.

Unit 3 : Exponents

Product Law : When we multiply powers with the same base, we ____  the exponents

Answer: add

EX: x^2 x x^3

= x^5

Quotient Law: When dividing powers with the same base, we ______ the exponents

Answer: subtract

Ex: x^6 ÷ x^3

= x^3

Power of a Power Law : When an exponent is raised to another exponent, we _____ the exponents

Answer : multiply

Ex: (10^2 )^3

= 10^6

Zero Law : Any number to the power of 0 equals ___

Answer : 1

Ex: x^0

= 1

Unit 4 : Polynomials 

Simplifying and Collecting like Terms :

Like Terms: Terms that have the same variables, raised to the same exponents.

What are some examples of like terms?

Ex: x^2 and 5 x^2 or 7 y^3 and 2 y^3

In each equation, you would find each of the pairs of like terms, and add them together to it’s most simplified answer.

Adding and Subtracting Polynomials :

To add polynomials, you add together the like terms.

EX: (x^2 – 5 + 2x) + (-3x – 2 x^2 + 1)

(x^2 – 5 + 2x) + (-3x – 2 x^2 + 1)

= -x^2 – x – 4

To subtract polynomials, you add the opposite terms and then simplify.

When subtracting polynomials, the second term in the equation changes to it’s opposite (ex: -3 becomes 3)

EX: (2 x^2 – x + 3) – ( $latex x^2 – x + 2)

= (2 x^2 – x + 3) + ( $latex -x^2 + x – 2)

= x^2 + 1

Multiplying and Dividing Polynomials :

When multiplying polynomials, you multiply each term by each other.

Ex: (-2) (2x)

= -4x

When dividing polynomials, you divide each like term by each other.

Ex: -15 x^2 ÷ 5 x

= -3 x

As you can see, you would divide -15 by 5 to get -3

And after you would divide x^2 by x to get x. The way that works is by using the exponent law, the quotient law, and subtract the exponents in each power. Which would really be 2 – 1.

Multiplying and Dividing Polynomials by Monomials :

When multiplying polynomials by monomials, you multiply the monomial by each term in the polynomial.

Ex: (x ) (-2x + 3)

= – 2 x^2 + 3x

Surface Area :

The way I like to think about it, surface area is like the wrapping paper over your shape. You want to find out how much wrapping paper you will need.

Each formula is different for each shape, but you will end up finding the area of each side, and adding them all together to find the total surface area.

Polynomials – What I Have Learned

There are some things that you should know when learning about the polynomials unit.

  1. The terminology, and their importance

a) Like Terms: Terms that have the same variables raised to the same exponents, but can have different coefficients.

EX: 6n and n, or 5 x^2 and 2 x^2

b) Zero Pairs: Numbers that have a combined value of zero.

EX:  5^2 and -5^2 = 0,  or -7yx and 7yx = 0

c) Degree of a Term: The sum of the exponents on the variables in a single term (monomials)

d) Degree of a Polynomial: The degree of the highest-degree term in a polynomial.

2. Different types of polynomials

a) Monomial: is a polynomial with 1 term

EX: 4^3, 6y and -2xy

b) Binomial: is a polynomial with 2 terms

EX: x + 3, y-x and ab-xy

c) Trinomial: is a polynomial with 3 terms

EX: (x + 2x + 3), (6xyab – x – y)

3. When subtracting a polynomial by a polynomial, you must reverse the numbers to their opposites.

EX: (3x + y) – (-5x – 2y)

3x + y + 5x + 2y

8x + 3y

What I Have Learned in the Exponent Unit (Math 9)

These three rules are the most important ones to remember about exponents according to me. There are more things to remember other than these rules, but to me you will do the best with exponents if you primarily keep these three in mind.

1. The Laws

a) Product Law: when we multiply exponents with the same base, we add exponents

b) Quotient Law: when dividing exponents with the same base, we subtract the exponents

c) Power of a Power Law: when an exponent is raised to another exponent, we multiply the exponent

2. Follow the Order of Operations (BEDMAS) when evaluating expressions involving powers

  • Brackets
  • Exponents
  • Divide & Multiply in order from left to right
  • Add & Subtract in order from left to right

3. The multiplication rule for negative number powers 

  • (-base) even exponent = Positive

EX: (-5)^2 = 25

  • (-base) odd exponent = Negative

EX: (-5)^3 = – 125

  • -base even exponent = Negative

EX: -5^2= – 25

  • -base odd exponent = Negative

EX: -5^3 = – 125

TOKTW 2017

Name of host: Rory Morgan

Relationship to you: Dad

The Interview:

  1. What is your job title?

Personal Injury Lawyer, and Head of Personal Injury department.

    2. What is your job description?

Personal injury lawyer.

    3. What are the duties and/or tasks you perform at your job?

I meet with people, review documents, manage staff, negotiate with insurance companies, go to court.

    4. What qualifications do you have for this job in the following areas: 

   a) Training?

On the job training.

   b) Education?

Four years – BA (bachelor of arts) and Three years – LLB (bachelor of laws) and one year practicum (articling).

   c) Experience?

I have 17 years of experience.

   d) Skills and attributes (personal qualities)?

Interpersonal skills, managing people.

  1. What are some of the things you like about this job?

I like dealing with and helping people when they are hurt, everyday is different which is very interesting, it is intellectually challenging, fast-paced and there is always something to do, I have to be proactive building a case for my clients, so I’m always having to look forward strategically.

 6. What are some the things you dislike about this job?

I don’t like that it is very stressful, sometimes I have to deliver bad news to people and I can’t always help everybody.

     7. How do you anticipate this job changing in the next 5 years or so?

Increased technology, and if the government changes the law, it could totally change how I do my job.

My Reflection

  1. Give three reasons why you would like this job.

a) Because I think that it would be fun and interesting to be a lawyer and try to figure out what arguments that would make the case better and stronger. What to say to make your clients point, and what not to say.

b) Because it would also be very cool to see and hear about all the different cases  that I would be involved in. There are some crazy stories that my dad has told me about his clients with a wide variety of severity and craziness. There has been some crazy clients that he has had with very crazy injuries.

c) Because I think that reviewing files and documents, such as police reports and medical files would be interesting as well. While I was there, I got to learn how to read some of the documents and it was quite fun. You can learn the whole story from only one police report.

     2. Give three reasons why you would not like this job:

a) With this job, you would have a whole staff to be in charge of. I don’t think that I would like having  the responsibility for their productivity, work and results. That would just add even more stress to the already very heavy workload.

b) As I mentioned for a reason why I would like this job, reading and reviewing documents and files can be bring as well. I was only there for one day, and by the end of the day, it was starting to get a little bit boring. It can get a little overwhelming with the page filled fully with complicated lawyer words.

c) For the last reason why I would not like this job would be that there is a lot of paperwork to be done. Not just reviewing files and documents like I have mentioned many times, but also scanning all the information, filing everything in to many different categories and subcategories, filing all the cost memos, etc. It was quite a lot of work even to do and I barely did anything.

 3. Is this job for you? 

Being a lawyer is not my focus for my future job. But, it isn’t completely off my radar. At this point I want to do something in the medical field. But I’m only in grade nine, and I have a few more years to decide what I want to do in the future. So it isn’t my first choice as of now, but still could a possibility.

     4. Explain the value of the TOKTW experience in relation to your ideas about your post    secondary (after high school) plans (education? training? travel? work?).

For me it was such a great experience. I definitely got a good look in to what work really is like, and what it entails. It is very stressful, and full of many responsibilities. I know that when I do decide what I want to pursue, to make sure it is something I will be able to handle in the long run. Not too much stress, and not too time consuming. I also learned that it takes a lot of planning that goes into every single thing. Things don’t just happen magically people put hard work into everything.


Une Révolution

Une révolution est un grand mot à décrire. Mais en commençant, une révolution est quand un groupe de personnes sont mécontents de comment ils sont traités et de leur situation, alors ils veulent un nouveau système. Ces personnes sont probablement prêtes pour mourir pour leur cause. La plupart des révolutions sont dirigées par des personnes et des groupes inspirés par l’espoir, l’idéalisme et les rêves pour une société meilleure. Pour moi c’est exactement cela, une cause en quoi vous croyez en assez que vous êtes prêtes à faire le maximum que vous pouvez pour le prouver.

Les personnes dans ces révolutions ont fait exactement cela. Ils ont défendu leurs causes. Par exemple: dans la Révolution française, il y avait la Marche sur Versailles, la Prise de Bastille et les exécutions des monarques. Ils savaient le changement qui voulaient et comment ils pouvaient l’obtenir.

Pendant la Guerre Civile, il y avait aussi des personnes qui défendaient leurs causes. Par exemple: quand Oliver Cromwell a envahi le Parlement et a expulsé les députés ou quand le Parlement a invité Marie et Guillaume d’Orange pour régner.

Dans tous ces cas, les gens voulaient seulement défendre ce qu’ils pensaient. Alors, nous avons le monde que nous avons aujourd’hui parce que ces gens n’avaient pas peur de commencer une Révolution.

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