## Post 158: April 29th-May 26th – Final Post

Well, it’s been an interesting school year. I’ve covered a ton of different subjects, from Oceanography to English, to Economics and Game Design, From Algebra to art history. It’s been a wild ride, but all rides must come to an end. I’ve completed my essay/research paper, and it will be at the bottom of this post, along with all sources. Be aware that it is mostly unedited, so things may not flow as well as they might otherwise. But hey, it was fun to write. I’m glad I did the research and learned about this stuff, because while it may not be practical knowledge, it was at least enjoyable knowledge.

So, yeah. This was an interesting year, my first and last time doing “proper” home school. I had a lot of control over my own education, and I think it worked out. I do believe that I’m smarter than I was at the start of the year, and have some more perspective on myself before I go to college.

This blog was fun, but all good things have to come to an end, right? So to everyone that read this blog, all 3 of you, good luck with your own learning, and I say, Farewell.

## Post 139: March 30th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about logarithms. They’re complicated. So, in general, the inverse of y = bx is x = by. In x = by, y is called the logarithm of x. Also, it’s usually written as y = logbx, and is read as y equals log base b of x.

Next up, Sociology. I learned about voluntary organizations. Basically, they’re groups where the members join and organize because of a mutual interest. One of the things I find really interesting is that the leadership of such an organization is often a very closed circle. The leaders select the next set specifically, and so on, even when there are supposed “elections” going on.

Finally, Programming. I looked at voltage limitations, and as far as I can tell, you need special equipment to figure it out, or in a lot of stuff the maximum voltage will just be listed.

## Post 138: March 29th, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I learned about coral reef fishes. Interesting, somewhat scary thing, reefs worldwide have a lot of sharks. All the way from nurses to tigers, and even reef sharks. Who would’ve expected reef sharks to live in reefs?

Next, Programming! I looked at how to calculate the electric current draw. To do so, you use the formula P = V * I, where P is power, V is voltage, and I is current.

To find the current, you just divide power by voltage.

Finally, English. I looked at part of a rather long essay on the psychology of immersion in video games, and took notes. I’ll be looking at the rest of it in the future, but what I’ve read so far is interesting. For example, what people think of as being immersed is called spacial presence to be strict, wherein you begin thinking in the context of the world. For example, taking a carriage instead of using a menu to get somewhere.

## Post 137: March 28th, 2017

First order of business today, Algebra. I learned about exponential functions. So, in an exponential function, the base is a constant and the exponent is a variable. There are also exponential equations, which are equations where the variables occur as exponents.

Next up, Programming. I looked at the usage of an LED circuit in some Internet of Things scenarios. For example, you could have a circuit that turns on a light if a signal stops being transmitted. For example, you could have a little, battery powered fan that you want to keep on. If you somehow hooked it up to the internet of things, you could have a light go on if the fan ever goes off.

Finally, Sociology. I learned about bureaucracies, and something I find interesting called the Peter Principle. It’s not true in most cases, but it basically states that people in an organization are promoted based on competence. If they do their job well, they are promoted and given a different job. The problem there, however, lies in the idea that they will continue to be promoted until they are incompetent at their job. Thus, leaving an possibly useful worker in a position where they can’t do much.

## Post 135: March 16th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about classes of functions. So, some of the different kinds of special functions I’ve been studying are constant functions, direct variation functions, identity function, greatest integer functions, absolute value functions, quadratic functions, square root functions, rational functions, and inverse variation functions.

It’s a big list.

Next up, Sociology. I learned about the rationalization of society. Basically, how society evolved to it’s present state, and it actually looked at it from an economic perspective. With the rise of capitalism, a lot of changes came along with it. People are hired to do work, production relationships are based on contracts, and so on. Karl Marx noticed that traditional business practices were gotten rid of in favor of rational, capitalist ideas.

Finally, Programming. I looked at one of the career and technical student organizations at Georgia College, the Association for Information Systems, or AIS. They actually do some cool stuff, like get students more up to date with the ability to use some tech, and meet with recruiters for jobs and such.

And now, a little notice. There won’t be any new posts tomorrow, or next week. I will return the following week however. That is all.

## Post 134: March 15th, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I started learning about coral reefs, another pretty big lesson. I find it interesting how reefs are alive in a way, and yet also serve as an environment for a bunch of other animals.

Next up, English. I did some writing today. Creative writing. Basically, the question of what a dog thinks of an owner that has it fixed. I did not come up with this idea, it was simply the best choice out of the ones I was presented.

Finally, Programming. I learned about Z-Wave, a wireless communications protocol. Aside from the cool name, it boasts a pretty good range, of 100 meters. It’s mainly used for home automation, and can interact with the internet so as long as you have an internet connection, you can do things with your home.

## Post 133: March 14th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about direct, joint, and inverse variation. Kind of interesting stuff, here’s a summary;

A direct variation can be expressed in the form y=kx, where the k is a constant, called the constant of variation. Y varies directly as x if there is some nonzero constant k, such that y=kx.

Joint and inverse variation are similar. In joint variation, y varies jointly as x and z if there is some number k such that y=kxz, where k, x, and z are not 0. For inverse variation, y varies inversely as x if there is some nonzero constant k such that xy = k, or y = k/x.

Next up, Sociology. I learned about groupthink, which is basically the principle that in a group, people tend to present themselves as thinking alike with the rest of the group, in order to avoid conflict. It can have really bad consequences, like the widespread belief that the United States could never be attacked at Pearl Harbor.

Finally, Programming. I learned about Zigbee. It’s a technical standard for wireless communication, mainly used for small scale projects. Fun fact, the name is actually based on the waggle dances of honey bees. I just find that interesting.

## Post 130: March 9th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about adding and subtracting rational expressions. Basic summary of it, you need to find the least common multiple of both, and then work with that.

Next up, Sociology. I learned about leadership. Something I found pretty interesting from it was that there are two different types of leaders. The instrumental leader is the one that keeps the group focused, while the expressive leader is the one that keeps morale up.

Finally, Programming. I learned about BLE, or Bluetooth Low Energy. Basically, network technology meant to function more or less the same as Bluetooth, but consume less energy. Something interesting I learned was that a “mesh” effect was able to be done with BLE, where you could do a lot of stuff with one command. For example, turning all the lights off in a building with your phone.

## Post 129: March 8th, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I continued with the big lesson on intertidal communities. I find the creatures that live at different levels somewhat interesting in how they adapt. For example, the lower intertidal has a wide of plants and animals that are only exposed to air for a short time.

Next up, English. I learned about ultimate reality from the Christian perspective. Something I found interesting with it was that God is presented in 3 distinct forms, The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but those themselves are not god. It is a singular god, that only comes to being in those three aspects.

Finally, Programming. I learned about Bluetooth, which is basically a programming standard for wireless communication. It’s actually surprisingly old, first beginning development in about 1989. It’s name is also a version of the epithet of a Scandinavian king that united tribes. So that’s kind of cool.

## Post 128: March 7th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about rational expressions. A ratio of two polynomial expressions such as (8+x) / (13+x) is called a rational expression. Because variables in algebra represent real numbers, operations with rational numbers and rational expressions are simple. In fact, to simplify a rational expression, you divide the numerator and denominator by their greatest common factor, just like how you simplify a normal fraction.

Next up, Sociology. I learned about group dynamics. Generally as a rule, the larger a group gets, the less intimacy the group has, but the more stable it is. In a two person group, if one person loses interest it falls apart. In a 100 person group, if a person loses interest then it’s not that big of a deal.

The size of a group can also affect attitude and behavior. Scientists have done experiments that showed that in larger groups, people are less likely to raise an alarm if a person has trouble. In smaller groups, people are far more likely to do so.

Finally, Programming. I learned about floating point numbers today. It’s basically a method of arithmetic that uses a formulaic representation of real numbers, trading precision for range. Put simply, it trades some of the accuracy for being able to display a lot more numbers.