Throwing a ball

 I learned how to use logger pro in a real-life situation. It relates to the functions and quadratics that we learned about, mostly m3 and m4. We did very well in adapting to our situation since it was very hard. Some challenges we faced was the technical difficulties we had, especially when Richard cannot get the videos on airdrop. We could improve the quality of the work by working more efficiently. We could make it more high quality by adding more attention to detail and work more collaboratively.  

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Polymer Journal #3


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Polymer Journal #5

Our most successful prototype is the final prototype, which is the third one.

After two attempts of failures due to insufficient knowledge and having some period of time wandering around, we were able to succeed. During our testing process, our observations with the prototype were that aesthetically pleasing, without being oily, and no disgusting smells, and most importantly, it can use to be gripped perfectly. And these are our goals as well. As each of our tests revolved around these aspects, we carefully examined each prototype to enable us to develop the best possible polymer. To test the grip element of our handle, we simply held a cup with the grip as well as without it to observe if the grip had improved, whether if it is stable or not. Sometimes it will become molded and fall off, until our last prototype. Unlike the gloop and guar gum mixture, the gelatin and water mixture was oil and smell free, which indeed achieved our goal. We also added food coloring to make further accomplishments especially making the product aesthetically appealing. Another added benefit of our mug handle was that its ingredients, water, and gelatin, are both environmentally friendly, recyclable, and biodegradable put more emphasis on the effectiveness of this recipe.

After achieving our goal, I think our group has accomplished the purpose of the polymer. And we were able to pursue the outcomes just in three prototypes. I think there is definitely one problem that I would like to point out. It is the ineffectiveness of our working process as we have limited knowledge at first, though we have improved in the end as we worked with more focus, there is a huge amount of time that we might save and create a polymer with higher quality that will make the customers satisfied with the product.

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Robot Petting Zoo

“This is the work outcome of Jamie and me. This is a pokemon named Piplup. (it indeed doesn’t look like it) First, my biggest success is to be able to create an actual animal using cardboard and actually being able to make it function. Second, my biggest obstacle is getting Arduino to function appropriately, which counts as technical problems. Last, if I did this again, one thing I would do differently is to work on it after school.

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The Real Quandary

I choose to write a poem about Lord of the Flies specifically about the impasse of Ralph and Piggy when they start off with challenges. They were unaware of their surroundings and have no idea if they are able to survive and get rescued. I write about the perspective of Ralph having no idea about the world on the island.

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Will and Struggle for Survival

Despair. The plane was shot during the war and they were thrown in an uncharted and unknown island, the boys- Ralph and Piggy, had no idea about how to escape and could only maintain the expectation that they would be rescued eventually, but no one was exactly sure when. There were other boys meeting each other, but they all felt extremely discouraged. Ralph was a young but responsible boy since he was being supportive of others who also had the same issue. As he was elected for the leader for the crew, he took a huge amount of responsibilities. In the book “Lord of the Flies”, authored by William Golding, it showed human nature and Civilization specifically the weak and the strong as for the themes.

To begin with, William Golding once said that in writing Lord of the Flies he aimed to have Ralph to trace society’s flaws back to their source in human nature. Leaving a group of English schoolboys to fend for themselves on a remote jungle island, Ralph definitely showed a kind of human nature laboratory in order to examine what happens when the constraints of civilization vanish and raw human nature takes over. In Lord of the Flies, Ralph argues that human nature, free from the constraints of society, draws people away from reason toward savagery. “Aren’t there any grownups at all?” “I don’t think so.” The fair boy said this solemnly; but then the delight of a realized ambition overcame him. In the middle of the scar, he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy. “No grownups!” (Golding, 9) The makeshift civilization the boys form in Lord of the Flies collapses under the weight of their innate savagery: rather than follow rules and work hard, they pursue fun, succumb to fear, and fall to violence. Ralph underlying argument is that human beings are savage by nature, and are moved by primal urges toward selfishness, brutality, and dominance over others. Though the boys think the beast lives in the jungle, Ralph makes it clear that it lurks only in their hearts.

Furthermore, civilization had accounted for in this book for more times than any others, specifically talking about the savages and weak with the strong. Within the larger battle of civilization and savagery ravaging the boys’ community on the island, The book Lord of the flies indeed depicts in great detail the relationships and power dynamics between the boys and how Ralph and Piggy could be some people that are still holding their last hope, mostly Ralph the leader. In particular, the book shows how Ralph with other boys on the uncharted island fight to survive the challenges and how Ralph was respected in multiple aspects. “His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too. And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” (323) In addition, there was one boy that was weaker than any other people so he was abused vocally and physically, but stronger boys are able to maintain their position and get onto what was right and find their only way to be rescued.

A connection I would like to make is between The Lord of the flies with The Hatchet by Gary Poulson. In Lord of the flies, it was conch that was about speaking something important while holding the conch. In the Hatchet, as the book title stated, the hatchet was the thing that was keeping the boy- Brain Robeson’s last hope when he was the only alive person when the plane crashed in the forest. The hatchet was made by Brain’s mom. “‘So.’ He almost jumped with the word, spoken aloud, considering the hatchet. It seemed so out of place, the sound. He tried it again. “So. So. So here I am.” And there it is, he thought. For the first time since the crash his mind started to work, his brain triggered and he began thinking.” (Poulson, 98) Also, the whole plot in Lord of the flies was mainly about meeting other hopeless boys and solve the problems together while The Hatchet was Brain, who make friends with Jim, Jake, and Terry. They come along well and eventually find the way to the exit at the end of the book.

This is the book, Lord of the flies, talking about how human is actually acting around the world and the civilization of the boys- Ralph and the others, are able to be rescued due to their last but little hope.

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Reflection of the Astounding Tour to Pingyao

  • List three things you learned during the two train rides (not necessarily about the train)

I learned how to endure time

I learned that mobile data is very bad during tunnels.

I learned that waitresses are very nice and they help you pick up trash.

  • What are two things you learned by the end of this trip?

I learned that Pingyao’s food is very good

I learned that always have my phone and make it fully charged.

  • What were the successful aspects of the Pingyao Challenge for your group?

We got to experience some great food such as Pingyao beef and chicken.

  • The funniest moment on the trip was:

The funniest moment was that Richard was dancing to the funny song by one random guy in Chinese.

  • What was the most challenging aspect of the trip? How did you deal with this challenge?

To find the way back to the hotel, and I asked for help and they are very nice and show me the navigation.

  • · Describe the most memorable experience you had in Pingyao.

Hanging out with friends.

  • What recommendations would you make for the

Ensure security for students and make sure they are with someone.

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Polymer project journal #2


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Severe Avarice- The Domination of Greed

Andy Mulligan, the supreme author of Trash, demonstrated great writing skills and described the plot authentically. The book Trash sets in the Philippines and written in the first-person perspective, it mainly describes three dumpsite boys- Raphael Fernandez, Gardo, and Rat, Raphael being the main protagonist, picking trash and hoping to discover more valuables. Days are lighthearted and normal, until when Raphael find a wallet with a great number of pesos

Raphael is the main protagonist in the book. Everything starts when Raphael discovers the wallet from the dumpsite. Raphael is a 14 years old dumpsite boy living in Behala. He is very poor due to the loss of his parents, he was taken care of by his aunt. “Rubber is good. Just last week we got a freak delivery of old tires from somewhere.” (Mulligan, 6) The wallet leads him to become a mystery as he never exposes the information. “People say to me ‘I guess you just never know what you’ll find, sifting through rubbish! Today could be your lucky day.” I say to them: ‘Friend, I think I know what I find.’” (3)  Raphael with Rat visited senator Zapanta and tell about the crime of Jose Angelico.  Afterward, he, along with good friends- Gardo and Rat, Gardo being the best friend of Raphael, that is what he thinks. Raphael has transformed tremendously throughout the book, from a shy extraordinary trash boy to a tough, brave extraordinary boy.

In the book Trash, money is over obligation and avarice is becoming the main theme of this book. Nothing is achievable if you are consumed by greed. Senator Regis Zapanta is a very greedy man in Trash. “Senator Regis Zapanta keeps millions of dollars of cash in his home suggests that he is part of the corruption of another world.” (189) It seems that Zapanta is unwilling to give up on the cash. “Senator Zapanta stopped nation in its track. He stopped our country making progress… For the millions he took, how many millions did he prevent even being offered?” (224) In addition, there could be another theme of equality. In Trash, there is no equality between the one with power and the one without power.

The setting of the book resembles the Philippines. First, they share the same currency, which refers to pesos as mentioned in the book Trash. “On a good day. I’ll make 200 pesos.” (6) Picking trash has taken up Raphael’s majority of the time. Second, both the Philippines and the third world country have dumpsites. This place is called the Smokey Mountains in reality, but a different name in the book Trash.

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Fearless Rebels French Revolution

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