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thoughts on resolution of Fahrenheit 451

I assumed the book would lead me to a more climactic ending, but unfortunately it was all bark and no bite. The chase where Montag was running away from the governments’ agents was more interesting then the actual resolution of the book. I feel as if the idea that the author placed at the end had potential, but he didn’t expand more on the life of Montag in the wilderness with Granger and the other men. I liked the idea of Montag finding solace in the knowledge of books and being safe from the harsh laws of the government, but I feel as if I was cheated from the rest of Montag’s life; where he brings back books into the society and the dystopian world changes to a more utopian society. In other words, the author made the resolution like a taste, a hint of what happened next. I just hoped he would carry on and quench my curiosity by telling me what happened.

 

Bradbury’s thoughts on individuality

Individuality, as a thematic statement in the book of Fahrenheit 451.

The author’s viewpoint on individuality and the characters of the story’s viewpoint contradict each other. The author believes that being different and striking is good, that it is essential even. As different mindsets bring new ideas to the table that allow progress. However, the character Granger has a different perspective as he blatantly states that they “mustn’t be pedants; we are not to feel superior to anyone else in the world. We’re nothing more than dust jackets for books, of no significance otherwise” (Bradbury 155). In other words, he says that feeling superior because of the knowledge and uniqueness they posses is immoral. They instead say that taking part in a higher power or something that is more important is ethical and should be followed. It’s almost as if Bradbury meant that these limits should be the guidelines to guarantee a perfect or almost perfect utopia; that people need to be able to think for themselves but at the same time to have the ability to listen and value others thoughts as well because the broad spectrum is paramount.

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Bibliography:

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. 1953. New York: Random House Publishing Group, 1996. Used with permission from the author.

 

 

To Mr.Beatty,

Mr. Beatty,

I would like to take this time to express my opinions regarding your thoughts on education and political affairs. To be blunt, I thoroughly disagree with them. Allowing a person to think for themselves is what makes each individual in the society unique. Unique people bring profound and substantial ideas to the table and join together to solve problems and innovate solutions to bring new fields and meaning to the world. Cramming people with “noncombustible data” is an inconsistent way to keep the development and progress of the human species going. Instead of steering away from fields that require you to think, I say that the right mindset would be to try to grasp the concept better so there is delight in understanding. Reaching the top of the mountain with a few failures is better than not having the will to trudge at all. If you continue to stand by the saying that, ignorance is bliss, I will have to retort back with my own set of words, that; “naivety gets you nowhere except exploited and unprepared”. Transforming the adults into children who have no regard for conflicts, will leave them helpless. They will not know what to do when they are met face to face with a problem. Understanding and having experience is the key to survival, taking that away is jumping from the frying pan straight into the fire.

Giving people the right to be knowledgable by hearing all perspectives doesn’t always bring melancholy but alliances, intellectuality and a strong will to enhance; make it all better.

A Passionate 8th Grader,

Khush.

Polymer Journal #4 {the end results! success!}

Our plan had it’s ups and downs, but in the end it was successful. I would like to say that the prototypes had many disadvantages but I had great fun and learned a lot about how base polymers can affect the overall use of each polymer and how to create our own for a real world use. Also, to see the main process of our polymer making, see the video attached to this post! To evaluate all the polymers, I will be rating them on the basis of our standard slogan, “the adhesive, waterproof, malleable bandage”.

Red Goop: A few polymer blog posts ago, we developed a gloop that had the basic requirements of our bandage. It was sustainable, but not entirely resourceful as after testing with water, the gauge came off easily which made it obviously not waterproof. Though, other than that it was malleable and could bend around easily to fit around a wound.

Adhesive: A 5, while it didn’t come off that easily, it definitely did when exposed to water, which defeated the purpose.

Waterproof: A 0, as discussed above.

Malleable: A 9, it was sustainable and could bend around any limb of various shape and size.

Nick II: The polymer was made by 50ml PVA Glue, 20ml Cornstarch and 20ml Borax. At the start of the process, it gained a sort of rubbery soft texture as the bottom was not exposed to air while drying but hardened eventually leading it in the end not capable of malleability. While it was waterproof, it turned into a very stiff and dry material, which was not sutiable for applying to wounds.

Adhesive: A 8, it did stick initially but then dried off to become moisture-less.

Waterproof: A 5, it did keep the gauze on and could sustain water force.

Malleable: A 5, the after effects of keeping it out to dry took a number on this one, though it could still bend around a wound.

Ginny: This didn’t turn out the same as I would have expected, we used the same basic procedure with glue, borax and cornstarch to try out more with the same as there were no problems while making it. Though the material turned out to be more easy to break, rather than a secure bandage around your skin. It wasn’t malleable and was strung together loosely, it certainly wasn’t the best end product.

Adhesive: A 1, did not seem strong, could be broken easily.

Waterproof: A 9, was not damaged by water and remained in the same form.

Malleable: A 0, it wasn’t secure and very easy to rip apart to break.

Most effective! Nick II was most effective, as it did meet all the standards and goals in our motto fairly well, as you can see with my ratings and while it was functioning properly, it met all the claims in our commercial (click on that to watch) as well. Nonetheless, changing the ingredients into making it more suitable for use after drying should have been done. I would have liked to add guar gum as it seemed like guar gum kept it in it’s form over an extended period of time. To learn more check out Lilian’s polymer journals!

Polymer Journal #3 {prototypes wooooo!}

Before I get into the science of the polymers, and how we made them I’d just like to take a moment to appreciate how awesome it is to be able to have the chance of creating polymers in our daily science class.

~~~~takes a moment of deep appreciation~~~~

~~~~breaks out of reverie and smacks on lab glasses and coat~~~

Now on with the science! (Also if you, my dear reader, are interested in learning more about polymers, this video made by the Dartmouth College, would be delighted to help you out. ) I’m going to be breaking down the science of each polymer we experimented with in chronological order.

Day One.

We experimented with the base polymer of Super Slime; keeping the ingredients of PVA Glue, Borax and then branching out to other added alternatives. Super Slime has the capability of keeping the material sturdy and adhesive (which is one of our required physical properties), and using Borax for it’s renounced use in other products such as ceramics and glass. Obviously, we hadn’t realized that leaving the material out to dry for a while made it harden a great deal, but more on that later.

Both of us tried a different added alternative to save time. My partner; Lilian used gelatin for it’s soft and comfortable texture that should be ideal for a bandage. If you take a trip down to her blog, you’ll be able to view the process of creating the polymer with some added pictures. As for me, I worked in solid cornstarch(10g) to thicken the polymer. The results weren’t exactly what we were hoping for, as you can see in the collage attachment of prototype #1.

Day Two.

Our Gelatin polymer was still squishy after 24 hours, but didn’t have the right consistency and if used, it would slip right off your hand. Our Cornstarch polymer, we couldn’t find because it’s probably hidden in the abyss of polymers in the classroom, but the Gelatin was a no-no, so we created a similar cornstarch polymer, which combined about 50ml of PVA Glue, 20ml of Liquid Cornstarch and 10ml of Borax. Initially, a really stringy substance was formed, that didn’t bond together, it could be pulled apart easily, but after a while it settled and we decided to use it {see prototype #2 collage, for before and after}.

gosh-darn-thats-disgusiting! (Prototype #1 Collage)

(More explanations and pictures of prototypes being added soon.)

Polymer Journal #2 {grand-aid is the best bandage}

Undoubtedly, we’ve started our journey into creating polymers.

Our goal is to create a synthetic bandage, that can be used even underwater. This innovation helps to keep the infected area clean and dry allowing it to heal. The polymer will be durable, malleable, hygienic and long lasting. The key target audience are kids who are prone to getting scratches and cuts as they are more active, but it can be used universally for anyone who gets hurt. Universal brands that make band-aids use different polymers such as PVC, polyethylene or polyurethane. Adhesive band aids like Curad, Elastoplast and Nexcare all use these polymers in their bandages. In this case, polyurethane will be the best option, as it stretches easily and is waterproof.

Kids aged six to twelve would be the target audience, the adhesive tape will be easy to use and apply so that the kids can put it on themselves without hassle. During the design process, we will take the opinion of the parents to cater to their specific needs such as; appropriate size, sticking ability, impermeability.

Grand-Aid, a true friend of kids. (generic advertiser gives a generic thumbs up)

 Hear it sing in this jingle. (i’ve added the lyrics, if you’d like to follow along to the disastrous singing.)

~if you ever find yourself bleeding from your right knee

i’ll do my best to help you

or if you ever play around and fall to the ground and bleed

i’ll be one beside you

find out what we’re made of

polymer, cotton and a dab of antiseptic.

you can count on me like ouch, it bleeds

i’ll be there

and i know when i need it i can count on you like

our friendship’s true.

cuz i’ll be there

cuz that’s what friends are supposed to do

oh yeah.

Polymer Journal #1 [woah, its science time]

{from here and now, there’s going to be science on this blog too!} it’s so exciting. 

Experimenting with different slimes made me feel like a four year old kid, entering a toy shop on my birthday. It made me feel absolutely giddy, but the science behind it is interesting too.

We start with two types of substances; Natural resources and synthetic materials. Natural resources are substances that occur naturally in the environment. For example; coal, petroleum, forests, minerals etc. Synthetic polymers, are man-made fibers that are made up of plastic. Polymers are substances made of a huge number of small molecules (monomers) that have been combined into large numbers of repeating units. Joining these monomers together is called the process of Polymerization. Polymerization is used to make all kinds of plastics, such as Nylon (to make cloth), Melamine (plates and dishes), Lycra (stretchy material), Polystyrene (clothes) etc.

A popular example is Polythene (formed when ethene is heated at very high temperature, used for making plastic bags. It is a plastic that is easy to shape and is quite strong. Another one is Dacron, that is used in creating astronaut suits. Whereas, wool, cotton, hair and silk are natural fibres (as shown in mind map below).

Some unusual polymers consist of!

Viscose: made from wood pulp, wood contains cellulose (a natural polymer).

Carbon Fibre: made by heating a synthetic fibre such as viscose at very high temperature, in absence of air, it chars away until what’s left is just carbon. Used for making carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic for tennis rackets and golf clubs as it has very high tensile strength.

 

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{the process journals (posts) will be continuing the events of this project, tune in~}

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Bibliography:

Gallagher, R, P Ingram, and Peter Whitehead. Chemistry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. Print.

“Polymers – Crash Course Chemistry #45”. YouTube. N.p., 2016. Web. 6 Nov. 2016.