"It is clear that the chief
end of mathematical study must be to make the students
think."—John Wesley
Jada Webb, class of 2017 
120318
to
120718

HELLO, students and parents!
This is the 15^{th} week of
school and the 7^{th} week of the 2^{nd}
9weeks 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.)
Caring Achievers Reach
Excellence
"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 111.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018
We will:
Assess the Final Exam Review on 111
I will:
Ace the quiz on 111 then prepare
for the next quiz.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2018
We will:
Assess the Final Exam Review on
1222
I will:
Ace the quiz on 1222 then prepare
for the next quiz.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018
We will:
Assess the Final Exam Review on
2333
I will:
Ace the quiz on 2333 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 

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 5ofakind). 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 twopair or threeofakind). 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!!)
Pascal
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
