This semester during math course, we learned a lot about algebra and and how it is used in geometry. One of the topics that particularly stood out to me was the concept of quadratics. It that was completely new to me and I had a hard time understanding it. Even after watching the instruction videos multiple times I had a difficult time solving the problems and many of them didn't make sense to me.
To overcome this challenge, I asked my friends who were able to understand the quadratics lesson to explain it to me. After several examples I was able to solve problems on my own, and although I didn't get a perfect score on the unit I did much better than I would have without getting additional help. I learned what the quadratic formula is and how it is written, used, and solved. A School-Wide Learning Outcome (SLO) I demonstrated in this course was representing self, school and community through personal responsibility and global citizenship by taking responsibility of my academics and reaching out for help when I needed it. My struggle to understand this lesson shows that I sometimes need additional help on a concept that is new to me. Having another person explain the problems was a successful strategy that helped me learn. In conclusion, taking responsibility and asking for help was the right thing to do. Without a clearer explanation from my peers I would have struggled to understand the concept and it would have taken me a longer time to grasp it.
Semester Two ROL
This semester we have learned more about geometry and algebra. One of the most important things I have learned this year that was completely new to me is trigonometry. The Trigonometric Identities are equations that are true for Right Angled Triangles. The three main functions in trigonometry are Sine, Cosine and Tangent, also known as sin, cos, and tan.
This was completely new concept was pretty hard for me to understand and learn. In order to overcome this challenge I took detailed notes on the topic. I also participated in class discussions and reviews. With this, I finally came to understand the trigonometric equations and how they are used to find angle measures and side lengths of right triangles. A School-Wide Learning Outcome (SLO) I demonstrated in this course was being a self directed learner who communicates effectively. I demonstrated that by participating when we solved trigonometry problems together as a class. This helped me understand the concept better as well as helped other students who didn't understand the concept yet and were able to see examples of how trigonometric equations are solved.
In conclusion, I showed hard work with this concept as it was completely new and therefore harder for me to understand. I took responsibility by taking my time to write notes that would help me learn better and by participating in class. With this I successfully learned the concept.