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"It is clear that the chief end of mathematical study must be to make the students think."—John Wesley

 

Jada Webb, class of 2017 

 

 

 

12-03-18

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 12-07-18  

 

 

HELLO, students and parents!

 

This is the 15th week of school and the 7th week of the 2nd 9-weeks grading period. 

 

A reminder that if any student is absent, they are expected to watch the video of that day’s lecture, found either on the YouTube link on their math page or in the shared google folder, so that they are up to speed when they return.  Also, I am in my classroom each morning at 8:00 AM for tutorials (Wednesday duty, though, at 8:20 AM.)

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"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

 —Vince Lombardi

 

 

 

PreAP Precal

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018

We will:

Work on the Final Exam Review in class

I will:

Prepare for tomorrow’s quiz on 1-11.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018

We will:

Assess the Final Exam Review on 1-11

I will:

Ace the quiz on 1-11 then prepare for the next quiz.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12,  2018

We will:

Assess the Final Exam Review on 12-22

I will:

Ace the quiz on 12-22 then prepare for the next quiz.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018

We will:

Assess the Final Exam Review on 23-33

I will:

Ace the quiz on 23-33 then prepare for the review TEST.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018

We will:

Assess the entire Final Exam Review

I will:

Ace my 20 question TEST over the entire review

 

 

AP Calculus AB

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018

We will:

Find how fast log functions change at a point §2.10

I will:

Calculate a derivative of a logarithmic function.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018

We will:

Find how fast log functions change at a point §2.10

I will:

Calculate a derivative of a logarithmic function.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12,  2018

We will:

Find how fast log functions change at a point §2.10

I will:

Calculate a derivative of a logarithmic function.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018

We will:

Find local and absolute extrema of a function §3.1

I will:

Use a first derivative to find and test critical values.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018

We will:

Find local and absolute extrema of a function §3.1

I will:

Use a first derivative to find and test critical values.

 

 

AP Calculus BC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018

We will:

Approximate differentials using tangent lines §3.7

I will:

Create a tangent line equation at a given point.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018

We will:

Find how rates are related to each other via calculus §3.8

I will:

Determine how fast a quantity is changing using a derivative.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12,  2018

We will:

Find how rates are related to each other via calculus §3.8

I will:

Determine how fast a quantity is changing using a derivative.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018

We will:

Find how rates are related to each other via calculus §3.8

I will:

Determine how fast a quantity is changing using a derivative.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018

We will:

Find how rates are related to each other via calculus §3.8

I will:

Determine how fast a quantity is changing using a derivative.

 

 

 


 

 

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Monday, December 10th

  • Students can begin applying for exam exemptions.
  • Lock Down Drill
  • 8:15 - Department Chair Meeting

 

Tuesday, December 11th

  • 6:30 - FFA Meeting in library
  • 6:30 - Holiday Band Concert in auditorium
  • 7:00 - Girl's Basketball vs. Clemens (away)
  • 7:00 - Boy's Basketball vs. Roosevelt (home)

 

Wednesday, December 12th - Advisory Schedule

  • 4:15 - HOSA Meeting in library
  • 4:30 - EXAM EXEMPTIONS DUE IN THE BACK OFFICE - NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
  • 6:30 - Wrestling vs. Austin Bowie/Vista Ridge at Canyon

 

Thursday, December 13th

  • 4:15 - FCCLA Meeting in library
  • 7:00 - Choir Winter Concert in auditorium

 

Friday, December 14th

  • Wrestling at Pederson Invitational
  • 7:00 - Girl's Basketball vs. Smithson Valley (home)

 

Saturday, December 15th

  • Wrestling at Pederson Invitational
  • 8:00 - Last Saturday School for the semester!!!
  • 9:00 - NB Swim Invitational at Das Rec

 

 

 

 

NBHS Athletics Calendar

 

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MATH FACT:

Poker Probability Paradox

In poker, there is a hierarchy of desirable hands which relate to how unlikely the hand is.

 

For instance, a royal flush is deemed most desirable because it is least likely to arise in play.

 

But what if you allow wild cards?

 

Clearly this creates some new hands (like 5-of-a-kind). Allowing wild cards can also alter the hierarchy, since some hands are now more likely than they were before.

 

But a real surprise (and recent discovery) is that the following thing can occur: no matter what hierarchy is established, the resulting probabilities are incompatible! In other words, with wild cards, there are some hands that can be declared either of two types (such as two-pair or three-of-a-kind). But if you rank one type as more desirable than another, that type will more commonly arise in play, but this means it should have been less desirable!

 

By the way, the probabilities of the particular poker hands occurring is based on the branch of mathematics know as probability theory developed by one of my favorite mathematicians and philosophers, Mr. Blaise Pascal.

 

MATH BIO:

Blaise Pascal (June 19 1623 – August 19, 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, and religious philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a civil servant. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the construction of mechanical calculators (building the first adding machine for his father’s business,) the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli (the unit of barometric pressure called the Pascal is named after him.)

 

Pascal was a mathematician of the first order. He helped create two major new areas of research. He wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of sixteen, and later corresponded with Pierre de Fermat on probability theory.  His famous “triangle” although very useful for binomial expansion, was actually designed to quickly calculate probabilities in gambling where binomial distributions applied. 

 

He also strongly influencing the development of modern economics and social science. Following Galileo and Torricelli, in 1646 he refuted Aristotle's followers who insisted that nature abhors a vacuum. His results caused many disputes before being accepted.

 

Following a mystical experience in late 1654, he had his "second conversion", abandoned his scientific work, and devoted himself to philosophy and theology. His two most famous works date from this period: the Lettres provinciales and the Pensées (both are must reads!).  In this year, he also wrote an important treatise on the arithmetic of triangles. Between 1658 and 1659 he wrote on the cycloid and its use in calculating the volume of solids (integral calculus!!)

 

pascalPascal had poor health throughout his life and his death came just two months after his 39th birthday.

 

Along with Newton, Gauss, Archimedes, and Euler, Pascal is considered among the 5 most brilliant mathematicians of all time.

 

MATH QUOTE:

“The heart has its reasons that reason knows not of.”—Blaise Pascal: Pensées

 

LIMERICK:

Pascal was a smart little joker,

Though not a big drinker or smoker,

With his mind clear and cool,

He invented a tool

To help him win money at poker.

 

 

 

 

Have a great week,

Kevin W. Korpi

 

2005 District Teacher of the Year

2015 Region 13 Teacher of the Year

 

New Braunfels High School

www.korpisworld.com

kkorpi@nbisd.org

 

 

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Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost. Rigour should be a signal to the historian that the maps have been made, and the real explorers have gone elsewhere.--W.S. Anglin

 

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