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 Article posted June 14, 2012 at 05:47 PM GMT • comment • Reads 154 1. Do not clog the hallways 2. Befriend Mrs. Adams, she will help you so much! 3. Check your planbook and update it 4. Bring in soap for the girls locker room 5. Honor Muffin Monday in english class 6. Bring in food for your teachers. 7. Check Ms. J's blog often, sometimes you'll find answers to extra credit questions on tests! 8. Always wear shoes, even after school. 9. Be careful for the doorways, if you aren't looking you'll run into the pole things in the center. 10. STUDY FOR ALL FINALS AND MIDTERMS! Article posted June 14, 2012 at 05:47 PM GMT • comment • Reads 154
 Article posted June 11, 2012 at 12:04 AM GMT • comment • Reads 190 It seems like just yesterday that we were beginning our weekly blogs, and now we are writing our last ones. This is the week of finals, and after this week, we only have one day left of school. I cannot believe that school went by this fast. I would have to say that this school year was filled with learning, and fun! On another note, we still must remain serious. We still have our final exam on Monday, and that requires a gracious amount of studying. To study for the exam, I have come up with a few review guides that will help me go over anything that I have been struggling with. One thing that I have had a bit of trouble with is vectors. Therefore, I picked out a problem about vectors from my book and worked out the answer to it. The problem was "describe each vector as an ordered pair". To do so, you had to first figure out the sine ratio as well as the cosine ratio. Then, you would order them so that they describe the vector. It took some practice to understand, but eventually, I got it! I now feel prepared for this final exam! Article posted June 11, 2012 at 12:04 AM GMT • comment • Reads 190
 Article posted May 24, 2012 at 02:22 AM GMT • comment • Reads 34 WOW! This year has flown by us. I can't believe that we have less than three weeks of school left! This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, which is the mark of the beginning of the summer season. This weekend, I am headed to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for a soccer tournament. I am very excited, but sad at the same time because this is one of our last tournaments of this year. It is always sad when a season that you have enjoyed ends. On a separate note, we have started our trigonometry unit in class. This unit deals with sines, cosines, and tangents. Sine is opposite/hypotenuse, cosine is adjacent/hypotenuse, and tangent is opposite/adjacent. This may seem hard to remember, however there is an easier way; just think of SOH CAH TOA. This is an abbreviation for remembering these forumlas. Personally, I find this very helpful. It can sometimes be hard for me to remember formulas, so putting then into an abbreviation kind of format, it can be easier to remember. How do you remember things when you are studying? Article posted May 24, 2012 at 02:22 AM GMT • comment • Reads 34
 Article posted May 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM GMT • comment • Reads 20 Hello mathematicians! It seems that the weather has taken a pleasant turn. It went from being rainy and sad, to sunny and beautiful out. I am very happy about this, because it means that we are even closer to summer! Even though summer is on my mind, I am stil beginning to plan for the final exams. I have already gotten a few study guides in some classes, as well as the assignment for a project that will be our final. Although I will be nervous, I will be even more excited to finish my exams and head to the beach for sun and fun. The unit that we are currently learning about in geometry is areas. We have refreshed our memory on the classic base times height formula, as well as learn new formulas for trapezoids, triangles, rhombi, kites and other regular polygons. My favorite area so far is the kite area formula. This is because I never knew how to calculate the area of a kite. Once I learned the formula (A=1/2(Diagonal1*diagonal2)), I realized that it was much easier than I thought. Also, I never knew that the measure of a diagonal could give you the area of a figure. I hope to learn more cool forumlas like this one in the future. Article posted May 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM GMT • comment • Reads 20
 Article posted May 9, 2012 at 10:38 PM GMT • comment • Reads 19 Hello everyone! We are finally starting to get back into the groove of things after our vacation is over. Since many of us are participating in spring sports, I feel that it is a shame that we have been dealt such a bad hand of weather. It has been raining almost all week at practice and poured during one of our games. All that aside, in geometry class we are currently learning about circles. Frankly, I have always loved circles because they are so different from every other shape. We are learning things such as arcs, centers, arc length and measure, and the regular circumference of a circle. Since I haven't worked with circles in so long, it is great to finally be able to learn more about them. Another thing I would like to add is that the anticipation of summer is finally starting to affect me. After this week, there will only be 5 weeks left, and I cannot wait. This summer, I plan to work, go to the beach, play tennis, hang out with friends, and above all, have fun! Article posted May 9, 2012 at 10:38 PM GMT • comment • Reads 19
 Article posted May 8, 2012 at 05:33 PM GMT • comment • Reads 53 Hello everyone! This year has flown by so fast. In fact, there are only 6 weeks left of school. It seems like just yesterday that we were all entering as freshman. Looking back at this year, I feel that I have learned a lot. Each class that I have taken has expanded my previous knowledge, and I feel ready to enter into sophomore year. On another note, we are currently finishing up our year in geometry learning about the area's of different polygons. We have learned many new formulas that help us to easily calculate the area. However, sometimes we are missing certain essential pieces. Luckily, if we are given a right triangle, we can almost always calculate each side of the triangle within the polygon, usually giving us some essential information. The two special right triangles are 45-45-90 and 60-30-90. Each triangle has it's own properties. For example, in the 45-45-90 triangle, the legs are congruent. To remember the length of the hypotenuse, just remember that there are two legs, so you multiply one of the legs by the square root of two. In a 60-30-90 triangle, the short side is half the hypotenuse. To remember the long side, just think that there are three different measurements, so you multiply the short side by the square root of 3. I hope everyone has a great week! Article posted May 8, 2012 at 05:33 PM GMT • comment • Reads 53
 Article posted April 24, 2012 at 05:26 PM GMT • comment • Reads 41 We recently got back from April vacation, which is our last break before we summer vacation. Although I am sad that it went by so quickly, I am looking forward to the countdown until summer. This summer, I plan to spend plenty of time at the beach. I will surf, swim, and dig sand castles with my little sister like I usually do. On another note, we are currently learning about transformations in class. We have a 'quest' on Wednesday that will test us on reflections, dilations, rotations, and translations. So far, I have enjoyed doing transformations. They are very fun to do because they are very simple, yet at the same time you must be precise in order to do it correctly. When we were younger, we did transformations as well, however they were much simpler and did not require as much knowledge. I think that learning about transformations has given me more insight into the topic and has helped me to understand how to do them more easily. Another thing that we are learning about is radicals. We briefly touched upon this subject last year in algebra. I think it is important that we go more in depth on the subject because for many people, it can be confusing. The more practice we get with radicals, the better we will become at solving them! Article posted April 24, 2012 at 05:26 PM GMT • comment • Reads 41
 Article posted April 11, 2012 at 05:15 PM GMT • comment • Reads 26 Hello everyone! The weather still appears to be a bit cold this week. I am hoping that it will become much warmer over April vacation. This vacation, I am traveling to Montreal for a few days to visit some family members. I am very excited, since I haven't been in a very long time due to my rigorous soccer schedule. One of my favorite places to travel is Old Montreal. It is a truly beautiful part of the city and very European-like. I also love visiting all of the delicious restaurants in Downtown Montreal and shopping at Carrefour Laval, one of my favorite malls! On another note, we are currently learning about rotations in geometry. A rotation is very self explanatory; it is when you rotate the pre-image to get the image. To rotate, you need a pre-image, and angle of rotation, and a point of rotation. Although rotations seem very simple, they are, in my opinion, much harder than some of the other transformations that we are doing. Hopefully they will make more sense as I practice more and more. I hope every one enjoys their vacation, gets plenty of sun, and enjoys the warm weather! Article posted April 11, 2012 at 05:15 PM GMT • comment • Reads 26
 Article posted April 6, 2012 at 10:40 PM GMT • comment • Reads 27 Good evening everyone! It is almost time for one of my favorite holiday's (after Christmas, that is). I love Easter not only because of the candy, but because of the magnificent food and spending time with family. I love our annual Easter brunches, and this year I may try to replicate my mother's homemade pies. I don't feel that I will be too successful. On another note, in geometry we are currently learning about transformations. It has been a while since we have done these. I remember doing a very basic unit on translations in elementary school, but I feel that it is great that we are able to learn how to do it geometrically. One of my favorite translations so far is the reflection. To create a reflection, you need a line of reflection and a pre-image. This is easy to remember reflections; just think about looking at yourself in a mirror. If you are the pre-image, and the line of reflection is the mirror, than that is almost exactly what you are doing. I hope that everyone is enjoying their long weekend. Hopefully you don't eat too much chocolate and become sick (as I did last year). Also, wish me luck in my cooking endeavors! Article posted April 6, 2012 at 10:40 PM GMT • comment • Reads 27
 Article posted March 30, 2012 at 05:55 PM GMT • comment • Reads 47 Hello everyone! As you all may know, we are at the end of the third semester. It's hard to believe that we are already 3/4's of the way through the year. It seemed like just yesterday that we entered the halls of YHS for the first time. A lot has changed since then. We have all become much more accustomed to life in the high school, and many of us have fallen into our daily grooves and no longer feel lost in the large hallways. One thing that I am looking forward to about fourth semester is the spring sports! Lacrosse has just started, and I am very excited to play. I feel that we have a very good team this year, and that will lead us to many victories and a very successful season. As the semester ends, we are also wrapping up our unit on quadrilaterals. I really enjoyed this unit, because the theorems and definitions that we learned really helped me to gain a much better understanding of quadrilaterals. Although we may not use them very much as we progress in our mathematical journey, it will still always be an important thing to understand and good knowledge to have. I hope that everyone is enjoying their last semester as well as the warm weather that spring will bring us (hopefully)! Article posted March 30, 2012 at 05:55 PM GMT • comment • Reads 47
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