Jun 07 2016


Reading Goals

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Reading-Books-Meme

This summer I would try my best to read  more books written by George Orwell. This year I tried two of his books. It was challenging but I also found it interesting. Additionally, I would like to try non-fiction books for a change. I have read too much fiction; therefore, I want to try something new.

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Jun 01 2016


East China as a Media

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This is a magazine Mitchell and I have created. We composed this magazine about different places in China based on our trip to Pingyao and Chinese Ethnic park. Visiting the sites ourselves and learning directly from it had a huge influence on creating our articles and thesis statements. Most of our magazine was made by Pages and Indesign. I have learned many easy to use techniques of Canva from Mitchell. Hope you enjoy!

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May 09 2016


Polymer Journal Entry #4

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Defying the characteristics of each material and how it influenced the product was a huge role in optimizing our polymer. Our very first step in producing our product was identifying a specific goal for our polymer to achieve, which was cleaning glassware and screens. This helped us to make our first prototype, which had a base of gloop (7mL water+ 18.2g glue+ 6mL borax). The inspiration for this model was achieved from the previous observation with normal gloop ingredients—which had 2mL more of borax—and the fact that borax supported making the product less elastic. Our purpose of the first prototype was to develop the form of gloop to become more malleable, which wasn’t the best outcome. The malleability was similar the original product, which wasn’t our main focus. Therefore we decided to decrease the amount of borax to 3mL to increase the malleability. However, this prototype was also unable to satisfy our needs.

Although we had struggles throughout the process of developing or product, polymers made from diverse groups provided examples of the characteristics of each material. Therefore, the base of out polymer changed to boogers. This was a key for enhancing our product to fulfill the goals; unlike the previous gloop-based polymers, the final model was malleable and elastic. Additionally, it was easily molded into various shapes, which was appropriate for using different sides of the polymer to sanitize glass panes.

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Our dream on presentation was an experience that we would never forget. As time passed and our polymer became more exposed to the sunlight and oxygen, our final product became excessively adhesive and was unable to be separated from our hands. Therefore, we had to use our previous polymer instead, which had a strong scent of moldy cheese. Unlike our concern, it was able to mimic nearly all the characteristics of our final product and we were able to run our booth without a problem. I learned from this activity that avoiding your fears won’t make it gone forever, but it will reappear. I avoided looking at our infomercial during class time but I would have to look at it and revise it anyways for this blog post.

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May 04 2016


A Letter to the Garden Full of Decisions

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Your death occured at 2016-05-04 at 12.37.18 AM

I have created a postcard about the book Counting By 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan, to display the idea of how incidents caused Pattie to make decisions. In this media, I saw the changes and decisions from Pattie’s point of view. Since the major decisions in this book were mostly related to and considered by Pattie, she had a more broad view of the decisions she had to make. Although I have mentioned about the

Although I have mentioned about the Eden’s Garden near the start of the letter, she wasn’t Christian but rather Buddhism. The red nail polish in the letter was mentioned in the book as good luck for Pattie. She bought dozens of red tinted ones not because her customers favored the color, but “she cared about everything. She wished all of her customers just wanted red nail polish. Red was lucky.” (Sloan 117). This was a disparate character, which I additionally used to indicate the author was Pattie.

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Apr 29 2016


Science Journal Entry #3

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During the development of 4 different products, we modified the base from gloop to booger. Our first prototype consisted 7mL of water, 18.2g of glue, and 6mL of borax. This contrasted with the original gloop formula by 2mL less amount of borax, which let the elasticity increase. However, it had low malleability and adhesion, which indicated it was unable to strap on the cylinder. Our second prototype decreased 6mL of borax from original gloop formula and added 1.5g of guar gum (18.3g of glue and 7mL water). Unlike what we have predicted, this prototype left residue and it was unnecessarily adhesive. This indicated that guar gum had influence in making the polymers more adhesive since our first prototype didn’t contain any guar gum and was able to stick on dust without leaving a mark or sticking onto the surface.

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Therefore, for our third prototype, we decreased the amount of guar gum to 0.9g and increased to 3mL of borax (18.5g of glue and 7mL of water). This allowed the polymer to be malleable, elastic and able retain its form after rinsing; however, it was still overly adhesive and left some residue. This test clearly supported that guar gum had influence in making the product excessively adhesive and elastic. Our last prototype, unrelated to the other polymers, was composed with booger as the base. Based on the previous tests, gloop naturally had easy-breaking characteristics, so we changed the base into something that is elastic and malleable without applying additional chemicals. However, glue raced in the cup as the lid fell off, giving us 41.6g of glue when only 18.4 was needed. Originally, only 15g of liquid starch solution was needed, but since there were 41.6g of glue, the ratios of glue and liquid starch was needed to be identified.

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According to the picture above, the quantity of liquid starch needed was 34.2g. The two liquids were put in the same cup, stirred and molded. The final product was highly malleable and elastic. Using boogers as the base greatly enhanced malleability that wasn’t so proficient using gloop. This method additionally helped us understand that all these numbers were more than just random numbers and rather concepts of ratios.

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Apr 26 2016


Polymer Journal Entry #2

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To produce a polymer that would most likely fit our goals, gloop was considered for the base of the polymer. Super slime had a low malleability and it was hard to maintain its form after a short time period. Booger had enough malleability but it was unnecessarily elastic and adhesive. Gloop had very less malleability but had enough adhesion to stick to small particles and dust. Additionally, oobleck had similar characteristics as booger, but the form of the polymer changed when pressure was applied and not applied. Most of these characteristics were inappropriate for ‘adding the polymer on a cylinder’ part of our goal. Therefore, gloop was reasonable for the base of our final product. Gloop had enough adhesion to cling on dust and small particles; also, it was able to maintain its original form when washed. In order to make the polymer more malleable, it would be reasonable to decrease the amount of borax and adding more PVA solution or guar gum. PVA solution will make the polymer adhesive and stretchy, guar gum will make the polymer more elastic. These characters of each reactant will generate an enhanced product.

For the prototypes, we would test the basics of the polymer by using the slime test sheet. However, the bouncy test is unnecessary so we would replace it with easy wash test. Since part of our goal was to make it reusable, we would also need to test if the polymer retains its forms even after washing it. These tests will help us filter out the dispensable polymers and factors.

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Apr 20 2016


The Flaws of Perfect

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In psychology, genius is a term for a person with extraordinary intellectual power. In the past, IQ tests determined the knowledge and any potential ability of a person. However these days, we would classify anyone with profound knowledge of his or her field, a genius. Although these geniuses might have covered one specific stage, life consists infinite mastery to achieve. In the book counting by 7s, the protagonist, who we would consider a genius, confronts many problems that were exclusive from her field of knowledge. Holly Sloan conducted a clear introduction of a conflict through the behaviors of the protagonist.

Willow, an excessively clever middle school student, didn’t always get the favor and relationship as other students would. Although she had a profound knowledge of science and gardening, she had no awareness of the society that treats her intelligence something repulsive. Eventually, this led Willow into having more personal behavior and heavily rely on her parents for company. She never had a chance to communicate with her teachers ever since she was marked “weirdo” during her first grade class. To obtain a new environment for Willow to get used to, Mr. and Mrs. Chance moves into a new village and supports Willow to get to know what students are. She misunderstands the point of acknowledging friendship and “[Willow] studied teenagers, which was interesting because I was becoming one…one area of real interest. Teenage friendship” (Sloan 25).  This passage clearly forewarns that Willow will confront numerous difficulties with friendship throughout the story. The author took advantage of the characteristics of the protagonist and ambiguously framed it as if intelligent people have more flaws. Additionally, this introduction made the rest of the conflict was pitiful and unfortunate rather than tense. The other conflict was shown in a rather straightforward manner than friendship. While Willow was handling with the problems at her school, Mr. and Mrs. Chance listens carefully as the doctor explains how Mrs. Chance was diagnosed with tumor. On they way home, Mr. Chance lets her relax and comforts her, which made it impossible to spot the ambulance that was hurdling towards their car. They were T-boned by the massive ambulance and “the only piece of metal not mangled or burned by the collision was the yellow triangle and black lettering” (104). This passage shows the loss of someone significant in the protagonist’s life, which were her parents. It also obviously informs that her attitude of her life will change after losing her parents two times and this will be the major conflict that she has to overcome throughout the whole story, since her parents were the biggest part of her life.

Overall, I found the conflicts shared in the introduction each presented in a unique method. Additionally, textbooks might be the method schools are recommended to teach, but it might not be the best method to learn every single action or behavior.

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Bibliography:

“Flaws.” Blog Post. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.

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Apr 18 2016


Polymer Journal Entry #1

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The goal of our product is to specifically focus on solving the difficulty of cleaning glass panes, TV screens, and other panes. So we decided to make a polymer that is capable of making glassware immaculate without leaving any colors or scratches. Making our product, we will be able to clean screens or panes without making watermarks, which was one element that was hard to get rid of. Additionally, it will be necessary to be a flattened rectangular shape, so it can be detachable on a huge roller. Using the roller will help clean products in a more efficient way. We are targeting adults since a number of adults seem to care about their personal space. Using our product will let them maintain their room tidy and sanitary at an inexpensive cost. Also, this polymer will be appropriate for schools and companies. They can provide a positive learning, working environments for students and teachers and produce affirmative impressions to partnering companies.
For these functions to be qualified, our polymer needs to have the basic characteristics of the booger and super slime. The sticky characteristic will let dust and particles easier to stick on and also fit into small gaps. The characteristic of the super slime will make the polymer easy to tear off from the rollers (that were used to clean) and capable of clutching grime in small gaps or scratches. However, these characters have to be less shown in the final product, since it might leave particles or color. Additionally, we will have to reuse our polymer by making it easy to rinse and at the same time enough adhesion so it doesn’t get washed away. These are the main focuses of our polymer in order to clearly understand and make our product.

 

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Mar 22 2016


How To Enjoy Using a Parabola

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Your death occured at 2016-03-21 at 10.35.19 PM

Math is something that we can find in our everyday life. The speed of trains, a ball rolling down a steep hill, and even the lock on your front door contains very simple, to complicated mathematical information. Especially, the parabolic movement is something that is very easy to spot. For example, the movement of water from the water fountain, the vibration of a string, or the path of a basketball throw. My evidence of it was about the parabolic movement of a ping pong ball. There were two methods to show my evidence, standard form of the motion and vertex form of the motion. Both equation had a domain of {0<x<6}, and {0.6\<y\<1.03}. The ‘a‘ and ‘b‘ of the standard form depended on the force that was applied to the ball and the angle it was hit. Since the power determined both ‘a‘ and ‘b’, we can state that the control of power is the key to playing most sports However, there was a mistake in my equations, the y-coordinate of the vertex was too huge. The net on the table is nearly 15cm and the highest point of the ball went over it only by 5 or 6 centimeters, but the y-coordinate, the height, was 1.03 meters high. This might have happened due to the wrong angle of the camera, or a miscalculation of the scale. It is interesting how you can entertain yourself with sports in many different ways, and there is no one ‘correct’ method to enjoy it.

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Mar 19 2016


A Puppet in The Hands of Communism

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My name is Wang Fei, a 17 year old girl and I live at shunyi. I live at a decent farm and I attend Shunyi high school. I have a little problem with getting along with my friends, but I have a great friend called Mei Lin. She would always invite me to her house to read comic books and support me to get along with others. This revolution won’t even be able to separate me and Mei Lin!

The Chinese Cultural Revolution was a great turning point in history, which created many changes but also had some parts of the society remain the same. Most changes included negative contents and the most significant one was the long term of economic depression. During the revolution, Mao had shut down all the functions of industrialization. Factories, offices were all closed and barely any supplies were made. Therefore, later he attempts to use red guards to restore the damage that was already deeply infected into the Chinese policy. Concentrating too much on restoring the damages, Mao closed all colleges, schools and made students work on farms in the countryside. It was mentioned in the story, where Wang Fei received the order to leave to the countryside and she packed a heavy bag. Like it was mentioned in the journal, this led to the destruction of educational systems and reduced the value of knowledge. Moreover, many people had insufficient education and a shortage of supplies. Citizens during that period lacked with education and grew in harsh conditions. On the bright side, China took its first few steps of getting into contact with foreign countries and became more flexible with communication. Eventually, China started changing its perspective, so the rights of women turned out better. As new political ideas, such as Marxism and capitalism, came into china, it totally changed the Chinese politics. Capitalism was considered old and communism became the brand new TV, which held the majority’s attention. On the other hand, Mao’s actions remained influential to China even after the revolution. In 1959 during the great leap forward, Mao Zedong has controlled the movement and demonstrated great power. Leading to after the revolution, his quotes have been widely used throughout China and influenced future choices of Chinese policies. Although most people refer this revolution as the years of shame, it became a helping resource for future generations to use and most importantly, it provided a solid base for Chinese society to build on and become what it is now.

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