Students in Advanced Mathematics I successfully completed their first unit with a project, where they had to demonstrate everything they learned about Linear Functions and Systems of Linear Equations/Inequalities by creating their own real-life examples. These were represented by systems of linear equations and inequalities, matching graphs and domains and ranges that satisfied their scenarios. Currently, we are in the midst of the second unit, which is an in depth study of Quadratics, specifically the transformations of the parent function.
Students in Advanced Mathematics II closed their first unit with designing their own projects where they demonstrated the knowledge of all parent functions and their transformations. From there we transitioned into Quadratic Functions, extending students’ knowledge from Advanced Math I and learned more advanced methods for factoring and used these to graph the function from all different forms. They also used their knowledge of writing linear and non-linear equations to solve real-life problems. Currently, students are learning about function composition and they will be using it to prove whether or not functions are inverses of each other.
Students in Consumer Math have been focused on getting down to ‘business’! They are in the midst of completing the second unit by creating their own business scenarios and solving their problems using knowledge of all their computational skills (unit one), as well as their knowledge of linear equations (unit two). From there we will proceed into the study of percentages and their many uses in business.
Students in Physical Science have been working hard on developing their science skills and they clearly mastered this unit by designing their own investigations and executing them with a great deal of science, technology and social skills. They learnt a lot from each other during their presentations and blew me away with the quality of their work!! Currently, students are studying the Properties of Matter and the States of Matter.
Students in Physics class have been mastering the concept of Motion in One and Two Dimensions. Students performed vector operations to describe the relative motion in terms of displacement and velocity. Currently, students are gaining knowledge of free body diagrams as a tool to analyze forces on moving objects. First and Second Newton’s law have been introduced and are going to be used to study the relationships between net force, mass and acceleration, as well as to discuss action-reaction pairs. We will conduct lab activities where students will test Newton’s theories by accelerating small carts using different amounts of force and determining the resulting acceleration.