This week, the grade 10 students continued their unit on solving linear systems with an exploration of matrices. They learned how to simplify matrices with Gauss-Jordan Elimination, as well as how to calculate and apply determinants to solve matrices with Cramer’s Rule. Next week, they will continue their study of matrices by examining their applications for other unique systems.
The AP Physics students worked on their first experiment of the year: an investigation of the behaviours of cans of soup with various consistencies, when rolled down ramps of varying inclinations. Students explored lab equipment such as sonic rangers to optimize the collection of data, which they will analyze to study the cans’ energy and fluid dynamics.
This week, the grade 10 computer science class began writing programs using Java. Students learned the basics of the computer language through programming on the “Ready to Program” application. They utilized their knowledge to create a variety of programs and will continue to further their knowledge in weeks to come.
The grade 11 calculus classes began their first unit: a review on functions. They blazed through transformations, composite functions, piecewise functions, and function families, reviewing everything they had learned in math last year in just two weeks. Students will write one final test on these concepts before their next unit on limits and continuity.
For their science summatives, the grade 10 students presented their findings from the Algonquin expedition. Each group analyzed a specific aspect of the park; examples of topics included dissolved oxygen, soil type, water pH, birds, mammals, trees, soil pH, water ions and others. They communicated their findings through a formal scientific paper and a 15-minute presentation to the class in …