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.
This week, the grade 9 math class continued their study of money, exploring the intricacies of compound interest. Students learned about converting between nominal and effective interest rates, calculating changing compounding periods, as well as instantaneous compounding. They will soon go on to study logarithms.
Escape room games are interactive puzzle-solving activities enjoyed by many TOPS students. This week, Marc Garneau’s Escape Room Club organized the school’s first escape room. Using hints scattered across the room, participants raced to solve a series of locks and puzzles in under 15 minutes.
This week, the grade 9 English class continued their study of comics. Students drew their own comics, creatively exploring the different styles of panel-to-panel transitions and expressing the advantages and drawbacks of the transitioning style. They will soon go on to study Greek Mythology.