Forensic Mysteries

What we have learned so far this year in algebra 1, 8th grade. We had reviewed many things that was learned last year, as making equations, substitution, absolute value, simplifying equations, and also ratio and fractions. Another thing we learned is the way that forensic scientists identify people, just by using the bones, and an equation. By doing that you can find the height of the person.

Forensic Equations are for finding out the height or the closest number to the height of the actual person of which the bone belongs to. Forensic scientist use it to find out the person in a crime scene, or to identify who the bone belongs to.

These equations work well for most situations, because they are based on the information given. Which means that they include the information into the equations. Some possible sources of error might come into focus. For instance the miss measuring the persons height, or calculating something wrong. Another thing is the possibility that the bone is not actually that height, since for some people they’re upper body is larger or longer than they’re lower body.

Scientists and mathematicians could improve the accuracy of the equations by taking the average of every race, and ethnic group in the world in order to have even more specific data, not like many different people into one category since it could range in many different lengths. Like for instance the category Asians, like there could be China, Indian, Philippines, etc. Also another way to improve the accuracy is by putting in age groups. Since in every age people grow differently, as for a child they will continue growing, but for an adult they would not grow as much.

Magical Myths and Legends

 

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In the story The Alchemyst there are many myths and legends that all turn out to be true, all magical beings that are not entirely human, but they were born human. Some are immortal, others are gods. They all have powerful auras which enable them to perform astonishing feats. The main characters in the book are the twins Josh and Sophie. Three thesis statements that I found in the book are all about what the twins learn, or the feelings that they have towards other things.

There is always some truth in a legend or myth.

In every single place there are legends or myths, but in every myth or legend there is a grain of truth. Like for instance Nicholas Flamel is an legend, he was a famous alchemist. He could change stones into gems, etc. Scatty is a vampire, but she doesn’t suck blood, nor does she eat meat. She is also a warrior in many myths, and she would train great heroes. “Indeed they are,” Flamel said. “Wereboars.” (Pg. 107) The wereboars might sound like werewolves but they are not similar, although they are grouped in clans, and are very deadly. “The Goddess with Three Faces,” Scatty added bitterly. (Pg.110) The goddess with three faces is Hecate she is the god of magic, and age or time. She is a god from Greek mythology, which shows that there is always some truth in a myth or legend.

 

Don’t let jealousy or anger define who you are, let your own thoughts flow through you and be yourself.

Josh was jealous of Sophie’s new awakened powers, and was also angry at Nicholas since Nicholas knew that there was a risk of death, and still went on with the awakening. “What I can do is awaken your dormant powers, but the danger–the very danger–is that it will overload your senses.” (Pg. 228) Hekate has agreed to awaken the twins, but she has first warned them of the danger that it could possess. They agree at first, not knowing what could actually happen. “And Flamel knew this could happen?” Josh asked, feeling a great surge of anger in the pit of his stomach. (Pg. 238) The awakening was a very dangerous process, but the twins had agreed to it. But after Sophie had been awakened first she just lay there limp, she was in a coma. Flamel hadn’t told them everything, which lead to many other dangers that would come without them knowing. All he knew was that for the first time in their lives, they were different in ways he could not even begin to comprehend. (Pg. 239) After Sophie had been awakened Josh had felt alone, since he had not gotten to be awakened. For example later in the book, “You have to leave. What I teach is not for the ears of a humani.” Looking around the room, at Flamel and Scatty and finally at his twin sister, Josh had suddenly realized that he was the last pure human in the room. (Pg. 234) Josh was now alone, even his sister was not fully human anymore. He felt a surge of anger and left the room without even looking back. But over all he should push aside the negative thoughts and think posetively. Like how they had survived so far, or how cool it is to see magic in action. But if your jealous or angry at something, calm yourself down since, anger or jealousy doesn’t solve anything.

 

Last and finally my final thesis statement that I had used in the piktochart was that Family and friends would be the first people that would help you during a time of crisis.

For every single time a grenade is dropped on you, or you are the first one to cross the finish line. The people standing around you that are cheering for you are the people that care the most about you. “They’re going into the book shop,” she said into her earpiece. “Is Josh still working there?” Elle immediately asked. (Pg. 5) Sophie had been talking to her old friend every day. Still after a long time they communicate, but in this case Sophie has seen something very unusual and her friend was there to comfort her, and try to help her. “Josh,” Sophie called again, her voice high in desperation. “Josh. Where are you?” (Pg. 350) Josh’s twin sister Sophie had been in the shop with the Witch. Josh being a mortal without powers had to wait outside. Feeling depressed he left to the park. After Sophie gaining new powers, the whole group in the shop was attacked. She frantically ran out and called for her brother. Showing that family or your friends will be there when you need them, or when you need help.

Long live the Magic

The Alchemyst (Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel) By: Michael Scott

 

The book The Alchemyst by Michael Scott, is a book that revolves around a legend, or a prophecy. Two twins would come together to fight, one with the power to save the world, another with the power to destroy. Josh and Sophie work across from each other, Josh worked in a bookstore, whilst Sophie worked in the café across the road from Josh. They had found out about legends and the reality that they actually lived in. How magic and legendary characters were actually real.

 

“I will not go down without a fight. For I am the immortal Nicholas Flamel.” Pg. 1

Nicholas Flamel is a legend that has lived until today; he cannot die, and was born on the year 1330. He had many jobs and has been many things in his lifetime. He has been a physician, cook, bookseller and a soldier, a teacher of languages and chemistry, and both an officer of the law and a thief. But before all of these jobs, he was alchemist, considered as the greatest alchemist of all. He has been summoned by many great people, kings, queens, and popes, he was able to make metal into gold. He could change many things into valuable things. He had also discovered the secret of eternal life hidden deep in a book of ancient magic. But the book has been taken from him, without it he and his wife would die. So he would fight until he has gotten the book back.

 

“They’re going into the book shop,” she said into her earpiece. “Is Josh still working there?” Elle immediately asked. Pg. 5

Sophie and Josh are twins. They have gotten a job right across from each other for a few months so far. Sophie has seen a couple of men walking out of a black car, heading towards the book shop where her brother works. But while she is watching she finds that those people are not actually human. They were Golems and John Dee. They were finding the Codex, a book that has kept the Flamels alive for this long. Sophie and Josh find out that the Flamels are actually really old and are legends running from John Dee.

 

“I’m sorry,” Flamel explained. “That’s an aftereffect or the . . . well, what you would call magic. My aura—the electrical field that surrounds my body—is still charged. Pg. 40

The aura is the magical force that surrounds your body; every single person has a different aura. With the aura there are a variety of different smells colors and powers included within your aura.

 

“I would like to introduce you to Scathach. She’ll probably not tell you much about herself, so I’ll tell you that she is of the Elder Race and has trained every warrior and hero of legend for the past two thousand years. In mythology she is known as the Warrior Maid, the Shadow, the Daemon Slayer, the King Maker, the—“” “Oh just call me Scatty,” the young women said, her cheeks turning the same color as her hair.       Pg. 59

Scathach is also a legend, and has lived for a long time. She is older than Nicholas Flamel and is a next generation Elder. Nicholas has brought the twins to Scathach so that they could be trained to protect themselves. Scathach lives in a dojo, and wants to live a peaceful life without much war. She didn’t like having Nicholas bringing the twins and also trouble. There were birds and rats following them, they were being controlled by Dee, he could see through they’re eyes, what they hear, smell, and even taste.

 

Scatty waved the square of paper at the twins. “Every magical creature is kept animated by either in or on its body. All you have to do is remove it to break the spell. Remember that.” Pg. 72 

Scatty has began to teach the twins, Flamel, and Scatty are being attacked by Dee and his creations. She begins with the most simplest of magic’s, when a creature is made you would have to take out the square piece of paper that is connect inside or outside of the creature to destroy it.

 

Hekate sighed. “It’s been a long time . . . a very long time since I took a student.” She turned to look at Scathach. “And that didn’t turn out too well.” “This is different. This time you would be working with raw talent, pure, untainted power. And we don’t have a lot of time.” Pg. 122

Flamel has brought Scatty and the twins to Hekate for protection and also for her to awaken there full potentials. The human’s senses have lowered over the years due to the fact that there was less danger every single day. She is an Elder and is able to do that kind of magic in order to make there senses stronger.

 

Scathach ignored it. “I want you to remember that everything you know—or think you know—about myth and legend is not necessarily false, nor is it entirely true. At the heart of every legend there is a grain of truth.” Pg. 134

In the book every single myth legend has a grain of truth in them, as they are true, the character, place, or even the events. As it is already proved, because of Nicholas and Scatty’s presence, Nicholas was a famous Alchemist, while Scatty was a legendary warrior.

 

Pernelle smiled. “Well, there is one thing . . . . Perhaps you could get a message to my husband.” Pg. 144

Perenelle was captured and taken by Dee, she was in a prison, but she didn’t know where she was. She then remembers things from her long life. She could see and talk to ghosts, but then put up a defensive wall. She made a defensive wall by changing her aura into purple, yellow, etc. But then she had lowered her defenses and spoke to a ghost, the guard that used to work at the prison. She agreed to free his connection from the prison if he carried a message to Nicholas.

 

He knew that there were houses like this scattered across the world, homes to those few Dark Elders who liked to walk in the world of men, usually creating mischief. Pg. 188

The Dark Elders are the same as the Elders, they are the ones that want to change the world into the past where they would be more powerful, and where people worshipped them. They were the oldest of all living organisms to walk the earth. Many of them fleed the world, or hid, but others liked to walk amongst the humans.

 

The more powerful the aura, the greater the magic. You two have extraordinary potential within you. The Alchemyst is correct: you could be the greatest magicians the world has ever known. Pg. 228

Hekate had talked to the Alchemyst, Scatty, The Witch, and many more. All talking about the power that the twins have and how pure their auras are and also how much power they would have if they knew how to use and master the different magics.

 

The Yggdrasill was dying. Huge slabs of bark sheared off, like icebergs breaking away from an ice camp, and crashed to the ground, littering the beautiful Shadowrealm landscape with shards of razor-sharp ice. Pg. 268

Yggdrasill was one of the two trees that had grown from the old days before the flood that had taken over destroyed the elders land. All the elders had gotten a seed from the tree, but only two of the elders, Hekate, and Odin, had been able to use magic and fully grow the tree. The tree was connected to Hekates power and life force, so after Dee had shoved Excalibur into the tree, it began to weaken, and as it weakened, Hekate weakened with it. The tree was connected to her life force and used her own as well as any other type energy, to sustain its own life. That is why it had drained the cars battery, and both the twins phone battery. But after the tree was dying it started to try to take some of Hekates energy to heal its self. Which explains why Hekate was draining energy, and also dying.

 

“This is a terrifying gift I have given you. Within you now is a lifetime—a very long lifetime—of experience. I hope some will be of use to you in the dire days ahead.”   Pg. 330

The witch is Scatty’s grandmother, she is one of the wind elemental, but usually she would have more time to teach the skills to students. But in this case she just gave her memories and experience to Sophie so that she may use the powers for good. She would also have to learn how to control her powers, in order to keep everyone safe.

 

“It is ending, Immortal” the sphinx whispered. Perenelle’s smile was terrifying. “On the contrary,” she replied. “It is now only just beginning.” Pg. 369

The final sentences of the book are quoted above. Perenelle is being held hostage in Alcatraz, and a sphinx is guarding her. The sphinx drains all magical energy, so that Perenelle wouldn’t be able to escape, or do anything tricky. Perenelle is saying that the present is just the beginning, telling us that there is more to come. That way we would want to read on, and also those they will stop at nothing to succeed.

 

This book is a cliff-hanging book as it changes your mood throughout the book. Anger, Jealousy, and leaves you staring at the book not wanting to stop. The book would make you believe and want to emerge into the world of magic.

Living Up To Your Dreams

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The sweat dripping down your face, your face flushed red. Working. Towards your goal, wanting to become great! The song has the meaning of working hard to succeed in your dreams. Since everyone has a dream, it is a very inspiring song, because if you work hard you can become one of the greats. Everyone will look up to you, and love the game, the same game that you love.

One of the Thesis Statements that I had written was Hard work will make you successful.

Constantly working past your goals is necessary to make you great and successful, that way you can achieve your goals and also live past them. You can become great if you put in the effort, and actually try! “Dedicate yourself and you gon’ find yourself” Line 13. Work past your breaking point and succeed mentally and as well as in life. “Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke” Line 24. As long as you try that is what matters.

 

Another was that being resilient is necessary to make you successful.

If you are resilient is means that you are quick to get back up on your feet after difficult times or parts. You will spring back with power and learn as well as become more stronger from your experience. “‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah)” Line 16. This line represents the will and craving you want and need for your goals. “Don’t wait for luck” Line 83. This line shows that you shouldn’t wait for a time to get up, and that you should Just Do It (Nike). You just have to will yourself to try and worked the hardest so that you may become great and live up to your dreams.

 

The last and final one that I had used was the one that I thought was the best Hard Work and constantly working past your best can or will make you successful, don’t let other peoples thoughts push you down.

Listening, bobbing your head to the song Hall of Fame, by The Script. It is a song that will motivate you to try your hardest to succeed in your dreams. It will make you try your hardest and give you more confidence in your abilities as an athlete or an artist or just in daily life. It will also tell you about the struggles and risks you need to take to be successful in the future of your dreams. some lines that I had quoted from the song that I thought that related to this made a lot of sense to me as the main topic is about trying and giving your effort. “Yeah, do it for your people Do it for your pride How are you ever gonna know if you never even try?” (Line 25,26,27). I think that this line shows that if you will attempt to actually try something you would understand the feelings and thoughts that every person will have to face one day in their lives. “You can walk straight through hell with a smile” (Line 21) this sentence shows that all though you might have doubts or struggles you can still make it through the hard times and still be happy at the same time! You will land on some hardships and some struggles. But you will make it out happy and free! “You can beat the clock (yeah) ‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah)” (Line 8,16). The words you can beat the clock indicate that you may succeed where others have failed. Or you may beat time in a battle that will constantly over throw you. The other words burn with the brightest flame. It shows that you have the heart, and the will to try your best and also that you would stop at nothing to achieve your goals, you are hungry and crave your goals and want to feel it during or on the moment. You will succeed but it all depends on how you work towards your goal, and it is not always the outcome that matters, it is sometimes the way you work up to become great, it is what you want to be remembered for.
I think that for a connection I could connect to this since the song is talking about everyone who has a dream. Then also the sacrifices that people are willing to make to achieve their dreams. I am an athlete and I would like to grow up to play in the NBA, but to be able to play in the NBA  I would first have to work hard and practice so that I will achieve my goal by being drafted. For others it might be to go to the Olympics, but you wont see the outcome without working hard. One quote that moves me and wills me to keep on going is a quote by Chris Paul, (Point Guard for LA Clippers). Keep practicing. Never let somebody tell you that you’re too small or too slow – Chris Paul. If you work towards your goals and work past your limit everyday, you may one day achieve your highest point.