Newton Vehicle #3

I have contributed to the design process of the first and second vehicle design, but unfortunately they did not work successfully. Since I was away during the final design stage, I have little to know about the final design. From the first two designs, I have learned that every single detail from the material of the wheels to the type of coke we needed in order to have the best mileage.  If I was to do the project again, I would test the design at home in advance, such as igniting the mentos with coke to observe how much thrust it outputs, etc. I learned that newton’s laws are implemented all objects, such as transportation vehicles. (Automobiles, Aircraft, Locomotives) If I was to do the project again, I would keep the coke and mentos idea to the very last. I believe with the right amount of coke, we CAN power the vehicle to reach the 1.5 meter mark and beyond. If I had a chance to do another project related to our last one, I would extend the project by making the vehicle fly. I would like to make a coke and mentos rocket, which flies straight up for at least 10 seconds. I would need to completely redesign the chassis to make a more aerodynamic, lightweight...

Newton Vehicle #2

Our newton vehicle incorporated all three laws of motion. Newton’s 1st Law stated that an object will keep moving or stay at rest unless an outside force is acted upon it. We applied the law to our vehicle by adding weight and friction to the tires. Our rover would have to eventually stop moving, since the friction formed by rough tires drag the vehicle. We planed to control our vehicle by adding a few mentos in the bottle of coke when we want it to accelerate. For Newton’s 2nd Law, it states that an object’s mass and amount of force being applied determines the object’s acceleration. In our original model, we put together a base, made out of large popsicle sticks. But we were afraid the weight of the bottle of coke would only be stable with the popsicle base. But, eventually we realized the bottle of coke was already too heavy, to go very far. As a result, we had to get rid of some weight, by scrapping the popsicle base plan. We revised and edited our vehicle design, and decided to use a vfresh orange juice box as our base instead. The large juice box was a much lighter alternative, and we hoped the vehicle would be the bulls-eye weight for maximum distance. (output) Newton’s 3rd Law indicated that for every exerted force, in exchange an equal amount of force will be exerted back in the opposite direction. When we would place the mentos in the coke, the coke will explode out into one direction and move the whole chassis the opposite...

Newton Vehicle #1

So far, I have learned a lot of things in Physics unit. One of the things was gravity. Gravity is the force that attracts or pulls objects towards each other. Every object in the universe has some sort of gravitational force effecting each other. The variables that affect how strong the gravitational force are mass and distance. The reason why we’re standing here on earth is because earth has a big mass and it’s pulling us on it. The moon, for example is small mass-wise, so we don’t fly into it. Another vocab we learned was friction. Friction is the resistance of two force when it exerts at each other. When you rub your hands together, you can feel something resisting your movement, that is friction. The result of friction could be heat. Another key vocabulary I learned this unit was Inertia. Inertia is when an object would stay still or keep moving at constant speed and direction unless an outside force is acting on it. Last of all, we have learned about the 3 laws of motion by Newton. The first law is that objects will not move unless there’s a force that is acting upon it. For example, a car wouldn’t move unless you are putting force by creating combustion in the combustion engine. The second law states that an object’s acceleration depends on its mass and the force exerted onto the object. For example, a shopping cart filled with bricks and a shopping cart that is empty, the cart that is empty will go significantly further, even if both carts are pushed at the same force. While the shopping cart fill with bricks will require more force to move the same distance. The third law states that if the first object exerts force on the second object, the second object will exert the same amount of force onto the first...

Ball Of Flame

I cannot believe my eyes. I just came back from school. It is already 10:00  o’clock. My parents are already asleep. Rain is pouring. It all started on my way back from school. On the way home, I stopped by at a bakery. I bought two Pumpernickels to eat on the way home. I found a bench in the park, and ate the loaves of bread. As soon as I took a bite, the pavement made polkadots. It started to rain. Thunder roared across the sky like lions. All of a sudden, a line of light struck the roof of a chapel nearby. The boom came with no delay. I quickly dashed to a nearby barn for cover. In the corner of my eye, I catched an orange dot soaring across the sky. As I looked more closely at the fireball, It seemed as if it was falling straight towards me. I lost conscious after the mysterious occurrence. I woke up in a pile of hay. The bell rang outside. I counted the chimes one by one. Seven o’clock. I passed out for more than 3 hours. I quickly got up from the hay and dashed outside. It seemed awfully bright for 7 o’clock. I peeked outside to see what the matter was. The whole field was on fire. Then I heard a voice moaning in pain. It came from the second floor of the barn. It was English. “I am from an unknown world, up in the skies.” said the voice. “I am here to learn about earth beings belief systems.” The voice sounded far too high pitched to be a human voice. I was right.  Then came a chrome, horse-looking creature. I was horrified. “I bring you no harm” said the creature. “I am from outer space.“ “May I ask you, a simple question?”  asked alien politely. “Sure ask me anything” I said without hesitation. My whole brain felt numb. As if I got a frostbite. “Why are you and your parents Protestants, but you grandparents are Catholic.” It was an unexpected question. I thought for a while on how to put it in the right words. “A daredevil priest named Martin Luther started the reformation of Catholicism. My grandparents were already adults by then, and they chose not to change religion. On the other hand, my parents thought Martin Luther’s opinions of indulgences were rightfully true, and decided to go on the more protestant side.” The alien made a brief grunt of satisfaction, and disappeared into thin...

This year’s running Challenge.

This year, we participated in a challenge to run as much as possible in a given time. My goal for the 7 minute challenge was to reach the Gold achievement of 10 km in total. At first, I thought it was unlikely to achieve it. It took some time get used to the environment we had to run on. We had to run in harsh conditions of roughly 40 degrees, on marshy wet surfaces. For 7 MINUTES. I eventually got used to it, but the heat killed me. Overall I really enjoyed the 7 minute run, even though it was really hard, I liked working together with my friends to achieving goals together. As a result, I got to the 10km gold which was my goal for the quarter. In total, I got 11.18 km. I am happy for what I got. Running 73 BPM Running 120 Running 118 Running 115 Running 122...

Yearbook Quarter 1 Reflection

Quarter 1 has been a long-stressful time, adjusting to new timetables, getting to know new friends and most of all, keeping the grades at top marks. Luckily, Yearbook class was the least stressful out of all my classes. Yearbook class makes me relief the stress that I had carried from the last classes. Useful skills were also put into my noggin. How to use the essential software needed to make the yearbook. How to access the photos in the SSIS server file. More specifically, we learned how to use two adobe software. Photoshop and InDesign. For example, we learned many ways on how to cut photos out of their backgrounds, adjust color of photos to make them actually worth viewing. All in Photoshop. On the other hand, we learned how to place photos in page templates and add other media on them. All in InDesign. I believe I would need to incorporate my past knowledge of photo shooting with the new knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop to start creating pages for the yearbook. Which is exactly what we would be doing the rest of the...

Time for the Next Yearbook

We have learned essential skills for photo shooting and directing the past couple weeks. We have brainstormed for yearbook theme ideas, as well as changing light exposure to make objects more vivid or less distracting. These are just only some of the skills we have learned since the beginning of the school year. One skill I acquired over the past couple of weeks would have been changing the ISO. Altering the ISO settings changes the lens sensitivity to light dramatically. Lowering ISO makes the image darker (good for the outdoors) and increasing it would lighten up the photo. (useful for dark indoor rooms or overcast skies) Another vital skill I learned was to use a 3 by 3 rectangular prism to guide viewers to the most interesting points in an image. It is called “the rule of thirds.” No yearbook would be exciting to read if all the images were taken in a same prospective. Ms. Mckinnon taught us to take photos from all angles. Top, bottom, anywhere. By changing perspectives, you can make a good photo to an AWESOME photo, easy as pie! The last and most useful skill I learned so far was how to direct and take group photos. With this skill, I can take team photos, as well as class photos. This skill seems pretty easy, but it is harder than you could possibly think. The main task would be to align people perfectly, with good posture. Just 1 student can ruin the whole entire photo.  You also must look for distractions in the background, which could pull the attention away from the people taken. ISO is also a major factor in taking group photos. This is why I believe group photos are the hardest skill we learned so far, in 2014-15...

Ball Handling Routine

For PE class, we created a video of our group handling basketballs. We had to have over 6 ball handling tricks in the video we created. We had to record numerous times, since our video had to be over 1 minute. We kept ending at 59 seconds.  It was very frustrating. Here is the video.