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.

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Post 151: April 17th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about geometric sequences. Basically, a geometric sequence is a sequence in which each term after the first is found by multiplying the previous term by a constant called the common ratio. Pretty simple.

 

Next up, English. Finished reading the excerpts from Gilgamesh. I still think that it’s an interesting story, and I find the idea of only being able to live on in memory and fame kind of interesting from a philosophical perspective

Post 147: April 11th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about arithmetic sequences. So, a sequence is a list of numbers in a particular order, each number in the sequence being called a term. An arithmetic sequence is a sequence in which each term after the first is found by adding a constant, called the common difference, to the previous term.

 

As for English, still doing it. Still ordering some things. I don’t know what to say.

Post 146: April 10th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about exponential growth and decay. So, when a quantity decreases by a fix percent over a period of time, the amount y of that quantity after t time is given by:

ya(1 – r)t, where a is the initial amount, and r is the percent of decrease expressed as a decimal. In this case, r can also be called the rate of decay. However, if you change that equation so that the subtraction is instead addition, it is the formula for exponential growth instead of exponential decay. In that case, r is the rate of growth.

 

Next, English. I continued working on my paper, selecting specific topics from my sources to use in my essay.

 

As for other things, I’ve suspended some classes so that I can focus on my english paper.

Post 144: April 6th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about base e and natural logarithms. So, base e is the irrational number 2.71828… , and it pops up often with a certain, rather common expression. The expression is 1(1 + (1/2)n(1), or just 1(1 + (1/2)n. As for natural logarithms, they’re logarithms with base e.

 

Next up, Sociology. I learned about some of the competition and symbiosis between Japanese and U.S. corporations. Interesting thing, they both tried to adopt traits of the other’s corporate structure. However, because of cultural differences, the adaptions had a lot of issues. For example, laying people off wasn’t really a thing in Japanese culture at the beginning.

 

Finally, English. I finished my research on special effects in film before CGI, and I’ll be beginning my essay shortly. Should be interesting. As for what I learned, turns out some early backgrounds were giant painted glass panels, or if they needed to be animated, they played footage of the background on a screen behind the actors, and filmed both at the same time.