Science Polymer Project Journal 1

Polymers are truly marvels of the 21st century. Although being exposed to many different polymers in this world, I never took time to further analyze how this could be possible. So, what are polymers? In  a nutshell, a polymer is a large molecule composed of many repeated parts. There are two groups of polymers, synthetic and natural. Synthetic products are Manmade artificial products, while natural polymers occur in the wild. Some examples for the synthetic polymers are Plastic and Kevlar, and Natural polymers are Oil and Cellulose. Plastics are used as construction materials and Cellulose is used in paper.

The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. The best-known silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity.

 

Polymers are formed of many monomers, which are short repeated parts of a polymer. Polymerization is the process in which monomers chain up to form Polymers.

 

http://www.explainthatstuff.com/nylon.html

https://www.chemours.com/Teflon/en_US/products/safety/what_is_it.html

http://www.explainthatstuff.com/kevlar.html

 

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/explainer-what-are-polymers

https://www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com/about-plastics/types-of-plastics/what-are-plastics/

http://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_synthetic_polymers

https://study.com/academy/lesson/synthetic-polymers-definition-examples.html

https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-polymerization-definition-types-process-reactions.html

 

http://www.explainthatstuff.com/nylon.html

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Revolutionary Voices Journal: publication time

With week of research and hard work, I have created three journal entries regarding the American Revolution.
The three separate journal entries are written in a perspective of an American Colonist. The choice to make this a perspective of a colonist is the simple fact that they were the ones affected by the most. The colonists were taxed and infuriated, resulting in the revolution. The greed of the British empire lead them to give up the land in America.

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Red Madness-Nonfiction Writing piece

Milk, and meat, things we take for granted in the modern world. But how about in the past? Has types of food we eat always affect us? What did we do to improve the food we eat? What happened to force us to adapt? Turns out, survival was grim back then, malnutrition, and plagues roaming in poor areas. Because back then, the citizen did not have clean food, as it was considered for the wealthier people and peasants did not find a reason to keep their food sanitary.

 

In 1914, a peasant farmer walked into the hospital, describing that a mysterious disease that got more intense as his life goes, and drove him insane every spring with the constant rashes, peeling skin and diarrhea. Pellagra was a rare disease, so doctors were surprised to know that the percentage of people with pellagra grew as time passed, not even knowing what has caused the disease. First speculation was about infected corn, and how they contained a virus that infects humans. So, after the rise of the pellagra in the regions, the hospitals gave the patients a well-balanced meal absent of corn, to test out the speculation that they have thought of. The treatment was effective, and the peasants would return to their normal everyday life. Seems like a happy ending, but after the treatment, the patients kept coming back with the same symptoms, but now with the rashes a bit alleviated. This time, the doctors were sure that corns were not the ones to blame.

 

Second theory, malnutrition. This theory made a lot more sense than the one listed above, as it explained why the more upper-class citizen did not get pellagra. Just as a reminder, meat and milk these days were a luxury, and only the rich possessed them, eating them at their leisure. The doctors gathered the patients for a test that will hopefully distinguish the main cause of the problem. After the test results came out, the researchers found something interesting. every patient who had pellagra showed at least minor symptoms of malnutrition, and was lacking vitamin B12, also known as niacin, which are found abundant in meat. These we do not need a lot of since the human body takes care and creates most niacin, but as time passes, the body produces less, and the body needs more, thus adding to the pain that the patient is facing. The peasants did not need much of an assistance, at least 1 slice per month or so will be fine, but they couldn’t get any. This needed to change as soon as possible, and the red cross was just ready to roll.

 

“It came to the red cross’ mind, and they promised milk and meat to be more available.” Gail, p.68

This whole madness’ solution was simple enough, but nobody argued that they will start to help the children because they needed their money for their survival, and besides, they felt like it was wasting money. Since the red cross’ proposal, the pellagra rate dropped significantly, now that proper nutrition is reaching the proper organs and functioning just as predicted, a group with 1 less madness, and to the world with 1 less madness.

 

Pellagra

 

War on Pellagra

 

Dietary Ideals in America

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The Book Thief- Resolution

The book The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, portrays several emotions using vivid imageries and through thought or dialogue. One of such writing techniques are used at the epilogue of the book, where the main character dies, knowing that she had survived war, with all the support from her loved ones.

First, let’s talk about how this novel portrays the theme of love.
“From the toolbox the boy took out, of all things, a teddy bear. He reached in through the torn windshield and placed it on the pilot’s chest.”
Although we do not get information on who this boy is, his name is Ruby, at this scene in the book, he has dedicated himself to acts of love, either small or large. Unfortunately, this type of plane, where the pilot is barely even alive, is the one that bombs the Himmel Street, ending his life.

“They hugged and cried and fell on the floor.”
This quote comes near the end of the novel, signifying that they have reunited, seeing that they have survived the horrible times of war with each other, the only thing that kept them alive were the bonds of the things that the protagonist loved.

This novel not only portrays the theme of love, but some can argue that this novel portrays the theme of war. War has not really changed over the course of millions of years, war has revolved around the same idea. Taking over a portion of land/society to further benefit the society they live in. This act usually resulted in genocide and killing of civilians. That is why there is an old saying: War, War never changes.

“The last time I saw her was red. The sky was like soup, boiling and stirring. In some places, it was burned. There were black crumbs and pepper, streaked across the redness.”

The vivid emphasis of color in this quote really does hold up Death’s personality(?). This passage clearly shows that the sky has turned red, steaming, like something has set everything ablaze. The first sentence, “The last time I saw her was red.”, symbolizes that the supposed character that Death sees, is covered in blood. Now it is because of this passage that delivers that war is very cruel and disgusting that it should be discontinued for the peace of our future world.

“That was one war started, Liesel would soon be in another.”

This given passage refers to the invasion of Poland, crossing with her bad day at school, where she was beaten multiple times by her teacher, and then the teacher went on to beat two other kids by herself. Now obviously this situation in school must be stressful. Which is why this day is compared to a war. This shows how civilians get mentally stressed in the course of war, and could be mentally scarring for some. This also contributes to the theme as it’s ulterior meaning is that war scars people not only physically, but mentally as well.

At the end of the day, war leaves tons of population scarred, both mentally and physically. However, our protagonist in the novel The Book Thief, stays sane with the support of her loved ones. Without these kinds of support, she would have been never able to see the light of day. Which is why, the theme of the novel The Book Thief, is War and Love.

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Strokes, Kicks and Drills.


Before


After

This blog post is about Aquatics, a Physical Education unit in 8th grade.It was about swimming and water polo. We got to play water polo and it was great fun. In the swimming side, we did HIIT, which stands for High Intensity Interval Training, which exhausted me out.

In the beginning, I set my self a SMART Goal, which was to improve the time in the breast stroke. SMART goal is a Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and timely goal that was set in the beginning of the unit. I focused on my kicks and strokes and timings of kicks and strokes. I think I have improved on timing of kicks and strokes, because I became fluent with the cycle of the breast stroke. I assume that I also improved in strength of my kicks and strokes because each stroke carried me farther and farther. I would say that the biggest change was the timing of the kicks. Before, I would always have a small kick after the initial kick, which wasn’t really good to look. After the unit, I became aware of that and reduced the number of times that I kicked after the initial kick. If I did this longer, I would try to get rid of the small kick and put more power into the kick rather than my strokes.

At first, I didn’t really know what to do to improve my breast stroke speed. I asked coaches for assistance, and they provided me with plenty of drills I could do to improve my kicks, timing of my kicks, and arm strokes. I made sure to include at least 1 of them to my plan whenever I was asked to write the plan for the class. Slowly, I began to swim faster in breast stroke.

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Boxer Rebellion

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Multimedia: rising Action/Climax

The Colorado Daily

My Multimedia project is a Newspaper about the rising action and the climax of the novel Deep Waters.

In the newspaper, I have included a story of the protagonist getting caught in the scene while he was swimming the drug through the Mexican border into Colorado. I quickly made up the price (Although the price was listed in the book) and the consequences they will suffer to make it seem like it was a real event. I have included an image of a busted bag of drugs to further support that this was a real event.

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Label of the New Era

Loud clang, clashing of machinery,
The scent of oil, reeking throughout;
Although majestic, not appealing to snout;
The colossal machines, adorning the scenery

Mark of a new dawning era,
Revolution of the generation,
The world in awe, impressing the media
A masterpiece of innovation

Effective workers; productive and solid
As a shining emblem of the modern world
The problems of the past rid.
Time to welcome the new world.

Our workers, of steel and efficiency
Producer of might, the guardians of commodity.

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Milkweed Exposition Paragraph: Describing the setting

The book Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli is a novel based on WWII (1934) in Poland.
“The soldier smiled down at me. He mussed my hair and pinched my cheek. “Tiny little Jew,” he said. “Happy to see us, are you?””, Milkweed pg.19, This text evidence shows that the soldiers had a little respect to Jews at the time, which means that this book likely happened in a time when Jews were envied or disrespected, thus putting this book in a very specific time period, in WWII during the holocaust. Since not a lot of German speaking people appear in this book, that means it is very likely that this novel is not set in Germany, but in a country that they have invaded. Now since the book shows the soldiers aren’t seen slaughtering nor wounding civilians, it should be in early World War II as Germany obeyed the respectful laws of war, not hurting civilians when they are not involved. Now since the only country that Germany invaded was Poland (To go around France’s defense line), it is certain that this is set in Poland. The more specific time frame would be 1934-1945 because that is when Nazi Germany occupied Poland.

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Found Poem

The found poem of “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs is a free verse poem about the father’s guilt of killing his own son for a certain amount of money. This poem takes place after the events of “The Monkey’s Paw”. The word choices and the background picture I used were mostly negative words to fill the mood with darkness and depression. The first repetitive word that I had to use multiple times was the word “hurt”. This was used to emphasize the feeling of guilt, like he was constantly getting reminded how he killed his own son.
 
Even though he knows (at least he thinks) that he just murdered his son, he blames it on the paw, and tries to not think about it much. The reason I started off with the poem with the way it did was to introduce the plot a little bit and tell the reader what happened and why the son died. Why does the father see a monkey in the fire? (no he is not the monkey after all), in his current state of mind, he is so filled with guilt that he corrupts his vision himself, and sees a distorted version of himself( or in this case, a monkey).
 
After being shown that  how much of a monster he is for not admitting he killed his son, he finally accepts that he was wrong about blaming the paw, and accepts that he is the killer of his own son. In this poem, we got a conflict of person vs. self going on here because part of his mind wants to deny the fact that he killed his son and other thinks that he in fact did kill his own son.

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