Post 46: October 17th, 2016

New week, new day, same general schedule. Today, I started with Marine Biology. The big thing that I learned from this today is that the ocean is big, and the population is not.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some very, very big creatures in the ocean, but overall most organisms are small. The producers are small, and everything has to in some way get energy from them, leading to very little density among ocean organisms. What I mean to say is, there aren’t that many ocean organisms in any one patch of ocean.


Now, on to Don Quixote. What happened can be summed up as follows:

  • Chapter XVIII: Sancho argues with Don Quixote about Don Quixote not coming to help him, while Don Quixote insists that magic was involved, and it wasn’t just his own unwillingness to help. They then encounter 2 herds of sheep and the shepherds of said herds. Don Quixote, convinced that they are two opposed armies, he charges at one of the herds and kills 7 of them. The shepherds, rightfully pissed off, use their slings and knock some of Don Quixote’s teeth out. Frankly, he deserved it.
  • Chapter XIX: Sancho argues with Don Quixote over his being delusional and killing a bunch of innocent sheep, while Don Quixote brushes it off as being an illusion, disguising enemy knights as sheep. Night falls, and then, they encounter a funeral procession, with a bunch of holy men carrying the dead body of a man to where he was born. Don Quixote attacks them and drives them off, including breaking the leg of one priest who is thus unable to run. The priest tells him what’s going on, and Don Quixote refuses to apologize, insisting that being a part of a funeral procession at night, and being dressed as a priest is suspicious, and not only was he perfectly justified in attacking the priest, he was obligated to do so. The priest lets him know that do to attacking a holy man, he is excommunicated from the church. Don Quixote ignores this, and along with Sancho, steals food from one of the donkeys of the procession.
  • Chapter XX: Don Quixote and Sancho are terrified of a noise in the middle of the night, and only end up leaving their campsite in the morning. Turns out it was just some routine hammering from a nearby settlement. Sancho laughs at Don Quixote, repeating some of his brave talk from the previous night, and Don Quixote attacks him with some (luckily) non lethal blows.


Lastly, Algebra. Today, I learned about slope. Now, what is slope? Slope is most easily found through a graph, and the formula goes as such.

m = (y2-y1)/(x2-x1)

What you do is, you take two points on a line which is on a graph, and put them as an ordered pair. Then you make y1 and x1 be the leftmost point, substituting in the y and x values, respectively, and y2 and x2 being the rightmost point, substituting in the appropriate values.

You can use slope to find out further points on the line. For example, a slope of, say, 2/3, means that the line goes up two and over three integers. A value of 2, for example, is expressed as 2/1. This means it goes up two, and over one.

Author: Carl Hall

Brick and mortar school, cyber school, and now home school

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