Reflection Sept, 24, 2018 (Socials 10)

Last week we learned about poverty and different methods of measuring it.

In our poverty lesson we learned about different ways of measuring poverty and we watched a documentary about people living on the street trying to get out of poverty. One way of measuring poverty that we learned is seeing if someone earns more than $2.48 Canadian a day. This is bad because in places with lots of resources things are really expensive making $2.48 Canadian not nearly enough to afford a living. Another way is to compare standards of living which is self-explanatory. This also doesn’t work if you compare to richer areas because one city must look really poor compared to another but for the poor city, that’s how everyone lives so they’re not in poverty, while the richer area must think this other area is in poverty.
In conclusion, I think the best way to measure poverty for Canada is to use the relative poverty method of comparing a person’s total income and spending to the average most people spend. I think this is the best way because this would find people living on the street or barely affording housing and that can’t afford the basic necessities. To measure poverty for the world I think it would be wise to look at the food, shelter and water needs of the area and see if they are being met. If not, then they are in poverty. In the documentary about helping the homeless, it brought up various other problems those who live on the street have such as drug addiction, not being able to find a place to spend the night and being too tired to do anything about it. Eventually after many months most of the people were able to get housed but one of them died of his crippling drug addiction. This documentary showed me how tough it really is to get off the streets and how it’s sometimes impossible for some people because of mental health issues or drug addictions.

Reflection Sept, 12, 2018 (Socials 10)

Last week we were asked to research political Ideologies. The ideology research included socialism, communism, fascism, conservatism and liberalism.

Communism and socialism are two similar Ideologies that I researched. Socialism is all about giving everyone an equal playing field and working with democracy to gain equality and fairness. In socialism the government also controls production and distribution of goods. Now communism is basically a more extreme version of this where they are not ok with just everyone being about equal, no, they want everyone to be treated exactly the same. With the same health care, same education, etc. Also in marxism communism it begins with the working class revolting against the upper class to create a dictatorship that slowly moves towards true communism. But I think this is slightly flawed because every time it has been tried, it has failed because the dictator has stayed in power
Fascism I found was all about having one dictator and included lots of nationalism and authoritarianism, meaning that the nation is the most important and having strict laws that restrict freedom. Out of all of these Ideologies I think that Fascism is the worst because it promotes hate and military aggression.
Now, liberalism is my favourite ideology because they are all about advocating freedom and liberty. They agree in competition in the economy and they want a system that gives government power to protect Individual’s liberty but also prevents politicians from abusing power.
Lastly, conservatism is one of my least favourites because they want to have traditional government and sometimes even try to undo political changes. The reason they want politics to stay the way it was traditionally is because it has slowly evolved through the years. I also don’t like conservatism because they have no trust in humanity thinking that people would constantly fight if there was no government and they even like to follow religious beliefs in government.

Exponents PLO (I swear I did this in grade 9)

(The following are 10 questions from the exponents PLO that I have to explain.)

1. Represent repeated multiplication with exponents.

2. Describe how powers represent repeated multiplication.

3. Demonstrate the difference between the exponent, and the base by building models of a given power.

4. Demonstrate the difference between two given powers in which the exponent and the base are interchanged by using repeated multiplication.

5. Evaluate powers with integral bases and whole number exponents.

6. Explain the role of parenthesis by evaluating a given set of powers.

7. Explain the exponent laws for multiplying and dividing powers with the same base.

8. explain the law for powers with an exponent of 0.

9. I can apply the laws of exponents.

10. I use the order of operations on expressions with powers.

1-2-3-4 puzzle problem

Problem Statement

This problem is to make expressions for the numbers 1-25 using only the numbers 1-2-3-4 with the following rules:

  1. Your expression has to use each number once and cannot use each number more than once.
  2. You can only use the following operations: Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction, Square root, Brackets and Factorial.
  3. You can use exponents 1-2-3-4 but it counts as one of your numbers. For example, one squared would count as using one and two.
  4. You can put 2 of your numbers together to make a 2 digit number. For example, 12 would count as using one and two, but you couldn’t make 10 this way seeing as how you don’t have 0.

Expressions and Process

To solve this problem and get what I got above, I started out trying different expressions in numerical order. When I got a number I wasn’t looking for at the time I moved it to a number I did need. A few tricks that I found worked really well were: saving the one on prime numbers to use it for addition or subtraction, throwing away the one by using it for multiplication and throwing away numbers by putting them as an exponent on one because one times itself is always one. When I got stuck I moved to a different number I needed, but if I was really stuck I traded an expression I had for one Ethan had.


Overall this was a fun challenge and I learned how to use different operations in combination with others to get passed restrictions like you have to use 1-2-3-4  once each. I found this slightly challenging and might want to try something a little more difficult. This problem reminds me of a game we played in 6th grade with my math teacher where we were given ordered numbers and had to find what operations to put between them. We played this game in teams and the challenge was to get it before the other team.