PHYSICS: Loved how you began deriving formulas today!! We had an audio crash though, so I’m posting the lesson from last year – which is similar. I think you’ll come to find these problems are a ton better than some of the velocity problems you did. List what you are given and what you’re looking for – don’t forget things like “starts from rest” and “came to a stop.” Easy peazy! Okay, maybe not that easy! 😉

This week I triumphed with the velocity and constant acceleration problems. I took the time to understand how these equations worked and fit into each other, and this allowed me to quickly determine which formula or formulas are needed for each unique problem and use it to solve for what find what is asked. Additionally, I succeeded in rearranging formulas quickly and accurately. This is because I practiced this skill and gave it the time it needed for me to succeed.

This week I struggled in physics, when it came to getting my work done and understanding what I was doing. I have found myself procrastinating often this week such as waiting to turn in my lab report until a couple hours before it was due. I’ve also struggled when it came to understanding the new problems we learned how to do involving displacement, velocity, and so on. Im going to fix this by making myself put my phone up, so that I will get straight to doing my homework, and don’t wait until the last second. I also intend to continue working more of the problems we’ve been doing so that I’ll have a better understanding for the test next week.

This week I have struggled with taking adequate notes. So far, I have understood the problems with acceleration, velocity, time, and displacement; however, I still need to be taking notes on practice problems we work on. Even if I understand a concept, writing it down will just better my understanding. I can fix this struggle by taking notes on everything, even if I already understand it. I also need to watch the videos on the lectures, so I can review the things I did not write down.

My triumph for this week is the acceleration problems! I was able to correctly understand what the problems were asking for, rearrange the formulas, and calculate the acceleration or its components with whatever data was given. I have done much better on these problems than on the velocity problems so far. Since we first began working on the velocity problems, I have been able shift my mindset and think outside of the box when working through the calculations! Practicing this in class and on homework was very helpful in this process, and I know that continuing to practice these problems will also be the key to my success!

This week, I have triumphed in the fact that I have been able to easily apply the skills we have learned in our lesson over acceleration to our homework. I was able to complete the homework with very few questions, and I got the correct answers on the problems without difficulty. This has been a relief because I normally struggle with setting up problems after I have just recently learned them, but this week, that was not the case! I believe I can owe this to being fully attentive in class and making sure I understood what we were learning as it was being taught.

This past week, I struggled with getting my work done. I didn’t do my webpost, and I didn’t do a few homework assignments. Not doing the homework assignments has negatively impacted my understanding of the topics we are learning since I have deprived myself of the practice I needed. I can fix this struggle of not understanding problems by completing my assigned tasks to the best of my ability to make myself better. I will do this by setting aside time each night to complete my work, which will be difficult because I get home between 7-9 pm on weekdays.

This week my triumph was understanding the acceleration problems. I spent time trying to figure them out rather than just giving up. The velocity problems from last week were very helpful for these because I was able to apply similar principles to the acceleration problems.

A- Application

This week we learned how to approach a problem by identifying what you are given, identifying what needs to be found, and the steps to how to solve the problem. Solving the problem was what I call a touch and go process. Sometimes I would start with a formula that would end up having two unknowns. I would then rewind and try to find another formula with only one unknown. Similar to how we have to try and start again in the physics classroom, life adopts these same principles. I have days when I did not leave time for my devotion or I try as best I can to complete all my homework at home, but I fail. It is necessary for me to step back, take a breathe, and try again the next day. Every day is a blank canvas. I will make mistakes with the paint, but it is my choice to turn those mistakes into a beautiful work of art.

I would rate myself a 3.5/5 this week. I am still struggling on most of the problems. Yet i am proud of my self for getting sorta far before getting stuck.

This week I have struggled a bit with the new material. I have done far better with the acceleration problems than I did with the hard distance and velocity problems such as the tortoise and hare problems; however, some of the homework problems have also been difficult. There have also been a few problems which I have entirely given up on which disappoints me. I will commit to trying my best on every problem to get better and conquer them.

This week I struggled with managing my time properly which resulted in me struggling to meet deadlines and doing poorly on the work I did complete. I am starting a daily agenda to organize and manage my time so that I always know what I should be doing.

The poem, the Juggler, describes a juggler who performs admirably by juggling multiple balls at the same time. The author relates the juggler to a man who balances his life very well and people admire him for it. I am not that man. This week was a whirlwind of up and downs, but I think by the end of the week, unfortunately, the balls fell to the floor. It has been a struggle for me to get the answers right on my homework. But that’s ok, because how do you learn to juggle? You try and fail over and over again until you can do it consistently. In the same way I need to try and fail until I can work these problems consistently.