Blog 5 – Trinomials

This week in pre-calc we learned how to factor using trinomials.

There are a couple steps to figuring this out, but once you have figured it out it is very simple.

  1. identify a,b, and c in the trinomial ax2+bx+c.
  2. write down all factor pairs of c.
  3. identify which factor pair from the previous step sums up to b.
  4. Substitute factor pairs into two binomials.


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Blog 6 – quadratic equation

This week in Ms burtons pre calc class we learnt how do solve using the quadratic equation.




To solve this it’s easiest to determine was terms are A,B, and C. Once these variables are determined substitute these variables for the numbers from the equation. Use bedmas to solve for X



First Nation Mascots and Logos


Racism has been one of the deepest social problems in history, it affects millions of people worldwide. What happens when racism and sports collide? Sports teams should not be allowed to use First Nation’s logos or mascots to represent their team. Sport was made to bring people together, not tear them apart. Hundreds of years ago the olympics were formed to bring nations together.

Schools and professional teams have been using First nation’s logos, mascots, and names for many years. According to American Indian Cultural Support, nearly 2,500 schools across the United States still use Aboriginal-themed team names, logos, and/or mascots. By using First Nations logos and mascots it can be seen as discriminating towards the First Nations community. In fact, they encourage and reinforce negative stereotypes that put down their people and culture. Many sports teams claim that they are honouring the First Nation peoples. Don Marks an editor of Grassroots News, Manitoba’s oldest and largest indigenous newspaper says differently, “You have to hope that they educate themselves and catch up with their leadership” (Marks told Susan G. Cole, Lose those First Nations Logos, Sports teams have a major influence on many children and adults in the world. Jesse Wente a Toronto based-based pop culture critic told CBC, “I do think indigenous logos are racist, because they’re a by product ultimately of colonialism,” CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.

Racism and stereotypes are everywhere. Can we keep them away from something that should bring us together? It can be a fine line between what is offensive and what is sympathetic. By changing the names of these teams allows the perspective and stereotypes of First Nations people to change.




“Aboriginal Images in Team Logos & Mascots.” Aboriginal Images in Team Logos & Mascots -, 2012,

Cole, Susan G. “Lose those First Nations logos.” NOW Magazine, 24 Feb. 2016,

News, CBC. “Should the sports world ban indigenous team names and logos?” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 12 Mar. 2016,

Newtons Law

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Newtons 1st law:

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. In this video it demonstrates this law; when the ball is moving is continues moving until a force (the hockey stick) is forced  against it.


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Newtons 2nd law:

Newton’s second law of motion shows that acceleration happens when a unbalanced force is applied. When the force is stronger then the friction or force against the object accelerates.  In this video it shows how when the same force is applied to a lighter weighted object it goes faster. The more mass the object has, the slower it will go with the same unbalanced applied force.


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Newtons 3rd law:

Newton’s third law is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object. In this video it shows when a force from the ball is applied to the ground an equal force is applied to the ball making it bounce back.

Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Energy 

As or today, nuclear energy is one of the most environmentally friendly sources of energy. Nuclear energy produces very few greenhouse gasses compared to other traditional sources like coal power plants. There is little effect on water, nature, and animals when using a nuclear power plant.

Not only is nuclear energy a healthier and friendly choice, it is also cheaper. Nuclear power plants run on a chemical element called uranium. Uranium is a very heavy metal which has been used as an abundant source of concentrated energy for years. The cost of uranium is very low meaning the cost of running a nuclear energy plant would be low. Even though setting up a nuclear power plant is high, the impact on the cost of power will be that much lower.

Thirdly, a nuclear power plant is very reliable. It is estimated we have about 80 years of uranium. Other energy sources may be reliable on wind, sun, and rain. Nuclear powers plants can run uninterrupted for years. It is believed that uranium will last us much longer than fossil fuels. The best is that the engr. has persistent supply.

Another huge point of interest in Nuclear power plants is that the energy is more proficient; meaning we get more bang for out buck. A lower amount of uranium can still result in a larger supply of energy. Energy released by nuclear fission is approximately ten million times greater than the amount of angry released by a fossil fuel atom.

One many argue that a nuclear energy plant may be dangerous for the civilians around the energy plant, but if you compare the benefits that you are getting to the small risk of a nuclear accident it is not even a question. Nuclear power could solve many health issues just from polluting less.

These are just some of the numerous reasons that multiple nations are putting their resources into creating nuclear power. Some of the greatest benefits of nuclear power are; does not rely on fossil fuels, better for the environment, and is more reliable.

“Dead Poet’s Society” Reflection and Connection

1. Reflect on the meaning of the movie and its connection to “Tomorrow”

Dead Poet’s Society is about a group of boys that go to a private school. While all these boys are very bright, most of them are forced to go to this school by their parents. When the main character Neil finds his real passion of acting he is forced to quit. I believe the meaning of this movie is that you will always be happy when perusing the thing that you love; as well as, life is to short to be protected in your own bubble.  This connects to the poem “Tomorrow” is the area that both the movie and poem are explaining how life is very short, so you don’t want to waste your time.


2. Your personal thoughts about the movie

My thoughts on the movie is that it was an all around good movie. I missed the first day of the film, but I was able to pick up on the message. The movie did a very good job at illustrating how doing something you love can change how you act and how you feel.


3. Image from the movie