Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SuperBowl Blog

1. Using the Excel document as your data source, enter the scores of the winning and losing teams into your calculator.  The winning teams’ scores will be entered into L1 and the losing teams’ scores should be entered in L2.  You should check to make sure that your data was entered correctly and check that you have 48 entries for both L1 and L2.

2. Determine the average score for the winners and the average score for the losers.  All scores should be rounded to the nearest integer.
Winner’s average score: 30
Loser’s average score: 16

3. Create a box and whisker chart for both the winners’ and losers’ scores.  How do the median scores compare?  Remember, in order to construct a box and whisker chart, you will need to find the minimum, median, maximum and the 1st and 3rd quartiles.  Make sure that the scales are accurate. Samuel Lashlee updated January 21, 2013 Page 1Super Bowl History.

Losing Team:
Median: 16.5
Minimum: 3
Maximum: 31
Q1: 10
Q3: 20.5

Winning Team:
Median:  30.5
Minimum: 14
Maximum: 55
Q1: 23
Q3: 35

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The losing team’s median score is lower than the winning team’s, and as you can see, it’s also almost double the amount.

4. Compare the Standard Deviations between the winning and losing scores.  How are they similar?  How are they different?  What do they mean?

Winning Standard Deviation: 9.8
Losing standard Deviation: 6.8

Standard Deviation is a measure that is used to quantify the amount of variation of a set of data values according to Google. Not only that, but a standard deviation close to 0 shows that the points tend to be very close to the mean. Due to that, you can see that the winning deviation has a wide variety of different scores. They both don’t have an outlier, and they are different since the loser’s scores are less spread out than the scores from the winning team’s.

5. Could there be a correlation between the Super Bowl number and the score of the game?  Calculate the linear regression between the Super Bowl number and the winning score.  What is the correlation coefficient?  What does that tell us?  Passing numbers have increased over the past few years due to changes in rules.  Has there been an increase in scores over the past few games?  How did you come to that conclusion?

There can be a correlation between the Super Bowl number and the score of the game. The linear regression equation is y = ax + b. From using the calculator, the a would be replaced as 0.2 (correlation coefficient) and the b as 11.2 (y = 0.2x + 11.2). This tells us that there is an increase in scores over the past few games since the slope is positive.

6. Calculate the linear regression between the winning team and the losing team.  What does the correlation coefficient tell us?  Based on your model, if the winning team scores 35 points, how many points will the losing team score?  If the losing team scores 12 points, how many will the winning team score?

y = 0.15x + 11.21

The linear regression would be y = 0.2x + 11.21. The correlation coefficient tells us which direction it moves, so the positive relationship means that the two variables move into the same direction. Based on my equation, if the winning team scores 35 points, the losing team’s score would be 16.46. Not only that, but if they losing team scores 12 points, then the winning team will score 13.01 points.

Analysis - Ancient Pot Replica

The purpose of this assignment was to create a replica of an ancient pot. Not only that, but this project was to see how well you could replicate something you haven’t seen or made before. Furthermore, we had to research the pottery that we chose, and had to use a coil technique in order to make it.

As mentioned before, the criteria of this project was to see how accurate you could make the pot using specific techniques such as the coil. I believe that I have met the criteria due to the countless help of Ms.Ariani’s. While creating it, I had so many problems, and obstacles I had to go through. To start off, some difficulties I had while making this pottery (replica of an ancient pot) was to make it proportional. As mentioned in the previous blog, I required endless help from Ms.Ariani due to the fact that I kept making mistakes. One of the biggest problems leading to this was due to the fact that when I was blending the clay, there wasn’t any support. Because of this, I had to basically re-start everything. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do everything again since she came and did a huge “surgery”. 
What she did was cut the part where it was not proportional and fixed it. In my opinion, the most difficult part of this project was the body of the pot. Even though I tried my best to really make this shape the same as in the picture, it just didn’t come out right every single time. I believe that what stressed me more was the fact that I really wanted to make it perfect, and make it look as identical as the ancient one. Furthermore, when I was looking at my pot, I had everything in mind of how to make it and trusted myself in doing so. Since this is what I believed in, I started out without measuring, but instead eyeballing everything. This caused a big problem because it was so different than what I had expected it to become, and because of this, I restarted everything. Not only that, but the base of the project was not centered, and also, the body part of the project didn’t close fast enough to create that oval shape. To solve this problem, I put the coils almost flat to the other ones and blended it. Moreover, I really wanted to make my project smoothe and all clean. However, in the part of the decorations, it was extremely difficult to smooth it out since the small designs were so small and the gaps between them as well.

The ancient culture I chose to work on was the one that came from China in the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - A.D. 220). These kinds of pots are still well preserved until this modern day. They were colored with copper to produce green or iron to create yellow or brown. These were used as substitutes for valuable possessions. Not to forget that they were usually decorated with simple, colorful designs onto unglazed fired pieces. The design on this piece are all supposed to be very simple, but still having a small design on the sides. I really like how this pot looked simple, yet quite shiny and beautiful at the same time.

In my opinion, I wouldn’t say that this was the best project I’ve ever made. After going through endless of problems, challenges, I really disliked my project and felt like giving up. Comparing to my first project, I definitely thought that this one was harder because we needed to have specific measurements, and also had to calculate. Not only that, but the other project was more like our own design where we could do anything and wouldn’t be wrong. Whereas for this piece, we had to be accurate. Lastly, what I have learned with this project was all the mistakes I’ve made when making it. Even though I went through a lot of difficulties and felt like crying and destroying my project, I learned so much from it. First of all, I learned that working with ceramics could be a little bit stressing when it doesn’t go the way I want to, and also, sometimes, a big surgery can really change your project a lot. Not to forget all the mistakes I’ve done really helped out on getting to know this project well, and generally about ceramics. Overall, I still enjoyed working on this project, and hope to use what I have learned in my other projects!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Process - Ancient Pot Replica

In order to make this replica, the steps that were necessary to achieve the final result was to keep measuring the project with the calculation so that we could see if we were on track. What I did was multiplied the length from the image by 2.
In the beginning, I didn’t measure it properly, and just “eyeballed” it, believing that my eyes would be accurate. However, later on, Ms.Ariani noticed that it was off, and too big. Because of that, I had to start the base again by 12cm. At first, it was turning out fine. Yet, when time kept going on, and when I kept blending it, the shape went off. During that time, I didn’t notice what the problem was. Later on, when I was almost done with the project, the teacher pointed out that when I was blending, I wasn’t putting my hands on the other side to secure it, and that was why the project was coming out in weird shapes, forms. This wasn’t the biggest problem, but because of this, it led to making the project off centered. Basically meaning that the bottom/base wasn’t in the center but instead on the side.
This created a huge problem, and we had to do a big “surgery” on the project. Ms.Ariani helped me out a lot, and what she did was she cut off the base with a needle tool, and placed the clay between her legs. After that, she put it on the center, and blend it a little. Furthermore, this was hard for me because when I placed it between my legs, I tried to do it gentle as possible, however, the shape kept on breaking. Due to that, I was very stressed with my project and thought of re-starting everything. Yet, because I knew I had no time, I just had to keep with it.
Additionally, there was another problem I came upon which was the round shape of the project. When it kept nearly to the neck, the shape was off again because I didn’t close the circle as soon as possible. Instead, I kept going in little by little which seemed weird. Again, I had to cut out that part, and with Ms.Ariani’s help, she was able to shape it rounder, and closing it faster. (Phew~).
Now, it was time to work on the neck. At first, it was coming out well, and it seemed pretty much the same as the picture. However, I noticed that the neck was too thin. Thus, I had to cut out that part, and make it again, blending it with my hands on the opposite side to secure the shape.
As you can see, I had countless of mistakes, and required a lot of help during the process of making this replica of an ancient pot. It was way harder, difficult than what I had expected it to be, and it was because I wasn’t using the correct technique. At times, when things just didn’t go the way I wanted it to go, I just felt like destroying my pot, and just starting it all over again. I even felt myself sweating sometimes! Yet, through all these endless mistakes, I learned from all of them. Hopefully in the next project, I’ll be able to use what I have learned, and make it better and improve!

(Finished Product!) 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Math Core Values

Balanced: They understand the importance of a well-rounded education that incorporates academics, arts, athletics, and community service.
I believe that in this semester, I worked hard to be balanced. I’ve done several many after schools, and outside of school too, and still managed to work on homework, and keep everything organized. However, if I weren’t to be responsible, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this core value because this really involved time management and whether I could fit some things to do others. Sometimes, I did get stressed of the work overloaded of many different classes, after schools, classes outside of school, etc. However, I was able to work it out and I hope that if I keep trying to be balanced starting from now, it would be a great preparation for high school and for life! Overall, these are the reasons why I thought that the core value that I worked on was being balanced.

Communicators: They value the importance of clarity in communication across multiple languages and through a variety of digitally collaborative venues.
A core value that I still need to work on during Math class would be communicator because what I noticed was I would just try to do everything on my own when solving problems, and never ask the teacher. A habit that I have is that, sometimes, even if the math problem is very hard, I try very hard to solve it on my own, and not ask the teacher. This results to not being able to communicate with others when solving, or asking to the teacher or classmates. However, as math gets harder every grade, I think I should work on this skill so that later on, when I really come up to a hard question, I wouldn’t make my mind explode, but instead, ask people and solve it together by communicating.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Introduction - Ancient Pot Replica

For our second project in Art Ceramics I  class, we had to create a replica of an ancient pot. Basically, we need to find an ancient pot that we like, then print a copy so that we could find the correct measurements. For my ancient pot, I decided to do this one. It’s round, and has a small detail on the sides. It originally came from China in the Han dynasty (206 B.C. - A.D. 220). This kind of pot is still preserved until now-a-days. China at that time was known for organized ceramic production, and developed lead glazing. They were colored with copper to produce green, or iron to create yellow or brown. Furthermore, they continued the production of high-fired stoneware. Additionally, they were used as substitutes for valuable possessions. Through the Han Dynasty and beyond, these were often decorated with simple, colorful designs directly onto unglazed fired pieces. Overall, I’m very excited to see how this project will turn out!

Friday, March 13, 2015

"All Men Are Created Equal"

The Constitution allowed slavery to continue even though the Declaration of Independence claimed that “all men are created equal” because by all men, they meant whites. The darker-skinned were considered and treated as properties, and used them for everything that the whites didn’t do. As Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, which was the nation’s most treasured symbol of liberty, many people yet disagreed with his view of slaves. When the Constitution permitted slavery to continue, it was because they didn’t even look at slaves as people, but instead as objects, and properties mentioned above. If they did stop slavery, the Southern states would have economic problems due to the fact that they used a lot of slaves. However, later on, the Constitution recognized and protected slavery, and without these plans, the southern part wouldn’t support the new Constitution. The Provisions made southern states to count slaves as 3/5 persons in Congress (even though the slaves couldn’t vote), and prohibited the importation of slaves.

Monday, March 9, 2015


By: Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The meaning of my poem is that there is two roads diverged in a forest. However, it is having a hard time choosing which path to take. Later on, it says that it took the other path, because it was grassy, however, both of them had worn them about the same. Yet, knowing how way leads on to way, it doubted if it should ever come back. At the end, it says that it took the one less traveled by, which has made all the difference. Basically, why I really liked this poem was because it felt like it was telling us to take where it had no path, but leaving a trail. Which could also mean, to follow our dreams, and never think that something is impossible but just follow your heart, and leave a path.

By: Runita R Menezes

Just follow your heart,
And follow your dreams,
Don't be afraid to re-start,
Even though it means going down stream.

Often advisors may say
Do this or take on that
But its best when you follow your own way,
By doing just what your good at.

Since, to realise what you want,
Is an impossible feat
But emptiness continues to haunt,
Until you choose that which makes you complete.

In time the right path will be revealed
And you will begin to understand your part.
But you've got to have the courage to believe,
And continue to, ' Follow your Heart'

Compare and Contrast
I tried to find a poem that was similar to never giving up, keeping up with the dream, and following up with your heart. As I said above in the meaning of the poem “The Road Not Taken”, I wrote that I believed the poem was talking about how you had to trust in yourself in choosing the right path. Also, instead of choosing the road that has been taken, it chose the one less traveled by. In this poem where it says, “But emptiness continues to haunt, Until you choose that which makes you complete” was a very powerful line because it talked about even though there is emptiness, it’s just a shift in your mind that you can change it. Overall, as you can see, this poem leads to another, and is very similar in terms of teaching us about life which is following your heart, and making your dream possible.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Art Ceramics I - Analysis

To start off, the purpose of this project was to create our own ceramics using the coil technique and our creativity. Making our own creative object was quite hard to brainstorm. Due to that, I started out by just drawing macarons, some cute characters, and a swan. At the end of the first class, I was in doubt whether I should make the macaron or the swan due to that, I asked Ms.Ariani, and she responded that it would be better if I made a swan since it has more movements. Not only that, but I figured out that there were many ideas and sculptures of swan. Due to that, I was in doubt whether I should keep with this, or try to make it my “own”. Because of this idea, I tried to put designs such as crowns, necklaces, and thought about making the wings with different shapes. However, because I ran out of time in the end, my swan that I imagined was a little bit different. The wings were made quite differently thanks to the help of our teacher, because she had the idea to put a coil and blend it.
Moving on, what needed to be included was different textures as well as movements instead of just plain creation. Due to that, I tried make the movements in the wings, as well as the neck (which is kind of shaped like the number 2). When you just see it by itself, my project may seem plain without much movements or textures, however, it was quite difficult to make the neck. Thus, some challenges I have encountered while working on this project was especially the neck. It was a very fragile thin part, due to that, I had to make a base that was strong. Not only that, but mentioned in my previous blogs, I have discussed about how my base was circular rather than oval. Due to that, in the middle of making the body of the swan, I had to re-shape it by using my hands. Getting back to topic about the neck part, as you can see in the pictures on the bottom, the first creation of the neck was very bent and didn’t look much like a swan. At first, it was hard to notice because I was working right in front of the project, however, when I backed up some steps and looked from far, it seemed very weird. That’s when I noticed that I needed to do some fixing. At first, I tried to shape it with my hands. This wasn’t such a great idea because it started to break, and have cracks. Yet, after some time and much patience, I was able to shape it into something I wanted it to look like. Because this part of the project was so weak, and wouldn’t stay in shape, I needed to use the sponges in order to make it stay like that.
Furthermore, I also had to make my own coils nearly at the end instead of using the extruder because the thickness had to be quite thin instead of thick. When making the wings, it came out differently than what I expected. I was imagining to put in more textures and add another slab with shape. Sadly, I didn’t have enough time, and used a coil to blend it. Overall, even though this final product wasn’t something I was imagining, I still really liked how it turned out. It felt very simple, but at the same time, it had a movement which looked very “modern”. If I would do this project again, I would definitely work faster, and add a lot more details. In conclusion, it was a very fun yet challenging project, and I would love to do something like this again! :)