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Whats in a pitch

So I was having a hard time trying to pick and idea for this project.  But then I just decied to pick something from sports to use because that is what I do most of my projects on.  So i decied to use baseball and how science plays a part in different types of pitches in baseball.  Because in baseball there is like 10 different pitch and each one moves a different way.  But there is a science reason behind why they move a different way.  So I am here to show you.
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What If?–NaQuan Harding

​This is the link to my work.

The point of divergence in my project had John F. Kennedy's attempts to prevent the missiles in Cuba fail. As a result, the missiles are launched at America, putting the entire country in disarray. What follows in the following years would be a post-apocalyptic America where it's either kill or be killed. Not only that, but with the country essentially crippled, Soviet forces would move in on America, looking to take over. In all honesty, I had most fun in making the backstory of this "future" America, because it was always a subject that interested me. Dystopian scenarios always gave me that feeling of desperation, which is what really drove me to choose it as my future America. However, the most challenging was showing that through the medium I chose. I doubt that TVs and laptops would be working forty years after the country gets nuked, so I decided to go with a sort of daily newspaper column led by a mysterious man known only as the Journalist.

I definitely felt as though this project could've been made better if I added some sort of twist to the whole columnist thing, but I kept taking into consideration what this place would really be like in a few decades after being bombarded by several nuclear missiles and the limitations that would come as a result. I guess if I had to do this again, I would've added more pictures of a destitute America, just to really sell the point home. But regardless, I sort of had fun making this thing.
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Early Dismissal - Monday, June 11th

In anticipation of the extreme heat, the School District of Philadelphia has notified us that schools will be closing at 12:00 noon tomorrow June 11th, and all extra-curricular activities are cancelled. However, this does not in any way affect tomorrow's graduation. Graduation rehearsal will still be at 8:00 am and graduation ceremonies will begin at 6:00 pm with all seniors to report to TFI by 4:00 pm. 


Thank you,

Mr. Lehmann

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Art Quarter 4

​This quarter I had played on following through with all of the plans Ms. Hull had for us. So I started on the first project- abstract. I googled abstract and saw this dart board kind of art piece. I liked it and thought I would do something like that. I picked out colored pencils that I liked and began the work. I made circles and circles until the whole paper was full. then I made lines from the middle point that made the circles all have sections. I began to color each section of one circle a different color. Then on the following circle I would color with the same pencils a different section. It took a long time to finish but I really like how it turned out. 

After that project I got this idea which became my second piece. Basically it is a broken teacup sitting on a broken plate in the middle of the paper. Surrounding the teacups I but song lyrics written in a steady pattern around the shape of the teacup. I used Mumford and Sons lyrics, for the words. 

Songs I Used:
Little Lion Man (In this song some of the lyrics are not school appropriate so I changed them to be more appropriate.)
White Blank Page
I Gave You All

Thistle and Weeds
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Book Review

The book “The Physics of Superheroes” by James Kakalios is fantastic. A great read for superhero and physics nerds alike, James is able to go one step further with the idea by thinking in ways no one else would. An example would be his research into the superhero Iron man, James calculates Tony Starks weight with the weight of his suit to figure out the power the his rocket boots would need to exert in order too get Iron man off the ground. Who would think of this? Who would calculate the surface area of the Iron Man suit and figure out how much solar would be able to be absorbed over how long? James Kakalios does.


I started physics with no idea what was going on and stumbled along with C’s. Third quarter I told myself I needed to buckle down and started reading this book, the first few chapters are basic physics and the stuff that I was learning in class, this outside source helped me bring my grade up to a B as I worked and read. I read about the tension in Spiderman’s webs as well as the tension needed to hold up ten pounds. This outside source really helped because I was working hard to read up more on the subject.


This book brings physics and superheroes together. He picks at the truth in the comics but respects them, he makes sure the reader knows that the reason the science is often wrong is because the comics were coming out so fast the writers did not often have time to learn a whole new science for each hero and villain. The reader gets new insight into the world of science and even learns about superheros.


You can tell if you like this book when you get the little jokes. Good reading.

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​A lot of the work I did was randomly thrown away fourth quarter, I do not have many pictures.
The first piece I did was emotional abstract.The emotion I tried to do and get across was anger. I used dark colors such as black, rich reds and dark blue. I tried to make a messy but edgy piece, I used hard edge shapes such as triangles and pentagons to me they are hard edged. 
The next piece which was my favorite was the movement abstract. I decided to do the motion of blood and how it changes colors once oxygen touches it. So I used the colors blue, red and purple. I decided to laminate the entire paper and paint veins on top of it to show the human body so people understood. 
For the rest of the quarter I decided to do iphonetography. I took a bunch of pictures and edited the film. I tried to use different focuses and really understand film. I also tried to only use the natural picture instead of the edits. 
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Q4 Art Projects

Abstract Emotion

In this drawing, I wanted to show jealousy. I used colored pencils and crayons to do this. I wanted to make it so that on one side of the picture there was a lot of bright colors and that it was very happy. Then, on the other side of the picture I wanted it to make a part that is really small and green. The green representing jealousy of how big and bright the other part of the picture is. 
Abstract Motion
Adventure Time; Jake Tile
I worked with Morgan Taylor on this. We wanted to collaborate on a tile that we'd both be happy with. So, we picked our favorite cartoon; Adventure Time with Finn and Jake. We picked Finn the Human because he is bright and happy. And he is the young hero. We were going to have him have on a happy face but, we thought that it would be cooler as a nervous face. The tile is right when you walk in the classroom and we thought that would be funny for the freshman who were nervous when they came in this year. 
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10% Project- Alchemy

For my 10% project, I decided to research alchemy because it is known as the start of chemistry and I like that there is also a lot of fantasy surrounding the topic. At first I was going to write a short story about a alchemist trying to create the Philosopher's Stone, but I could not find much information on the types of ingredients they would use and the things I found were very confusing. In the end, I decided to do a couple of drawings that I think represent alchemy and I wrote a couple paragraphs from the point of view of an alchemist; why he was questing the things he wanted.

Here's the Alchemist's POV:
"There is so much death. We, as humans, are weak and succumb to our mortal illnesses. We are kept in the dark that is our ignorance, but we need to make our path towards enlightenment. Until we reach albedo and ultimately rubedo, we shall be kept in that dark. If we don’t triumph over our ignorance, we shall stay there forever. If  panacea and prima materia are not unveiled by discovery, we will never find our way out of this abyss. 

So, now I begin my work. Many of us are unknowledgeable to the facts of life and the development of spiritual objects that will lead to the revolution of Gnostic Anthropos, the perfect being. I, however, have educated myself. I know of what needs to be done. Though it is the process that worries me. The paths that I take, the recipes I create and the decisions I make can ultimately impact mankind. I will not only improve life, but I will also rid the world of the fear of death, by illness and old age." 

(Note: Albedo and Rubedo are basically the sunrise.)
Some of the background information I presented:
Blackness: symbolizes the initial state of chaos; prima materia.
Prima Materia: Prime matter; the Philosopher's Stone (lapis philosophorum). Everything is believed to come from prima materia.
Theory of Conjunction: the union of things, such as opposites.
Gnostic Anthropos: the divine man; considered to be Adam.
Water: everything is just water and everything is contained in water. Philosophical water is different from ordinary water, but real water can be philosophical water.
Fire: believed to play the same role as water. Resides in the Hermetic Vessel, which must be round, yet egg-shaped. The roundness is to symbolize the cosmos, so that the stars would influence a successful operation.

Prima materia or the philosopher's stone is considered a "hermaphrodite" because it can contain both philosophical gold and golden glass or malleable glass. It was also thought that prima materia contained one or two parts water and fire (theory of conjunction). These are antagonists, but many believe they are one in the same, that they were definitely in the stone and that they were needed to bring about transformation.

The following drawing is my representation of the vessel for philosophical fire.
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10% Project - Electricity

For the 10% project, I decided to focus on electric current. We use electric current daily, but most people don't understand how it works. It's easy for us because we just plug it into an outlet and magical things happen. The point of this was just to tell people the basics about electricity. Not the history behind it, but more about currents and resistance. I explained the different things like the currents and the resistance. I compared it to being water flowing in a river and there's a dam resisting the flow in order for things to settle down. 

For the presentation (speed dating) part of the project, I had an ammeter, lights, and a battery to demonstrate how things worked. There wasn't really much on my Keynote because it was easier to explain with the actual project than in words on a slide. 
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Rshaw Español Proyecto

Yo éra muy interestar, y màs o menos intelegente. Yo muy gustaba mi familia. Mi familia es muy importante, y muy intererasante. Mi amigos éran David Pratt, Sean Kennedy, y Kevin Griffin, nosotros jugámos mucho.  Yo portaba mi libros. Yo pensaba mi profesión seré científico.

Yo es muy interesante en ingeniero y en científico. Mi personalidad es muy bien, y yo es optimista. Yo asisto escuela y jugo “Ultimate”. Yo porto mi computadora y mi diario de escuela. Yo tomo ingeniero, español, biochemica, matemáticas, inglés, y historia. Mi personalidad ahora es bien, y pesimista.

Yo seré muy interesante, y muy inteligente. Yo vivé en Alaska. Yo haré profesión de ingeniero, y yo haré responsabilidad mucho. ¡Yo estaré muy contento! Mi mundo es muy mejor porque mi acciones.

Spanish Stuff
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Rugeiatu Bah

This book name is House Of The Scorpion. I recommended this book to up coming freshman in high school.  It's very interesting and it allows you to think more about certain things and how others think and take thing.
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Quantum Field Theory Website (InTheMaking)

Copy and paste the link below to see my informational website about quantum field theory!

My website is still in the making as I want to keep building it throughout the summer but the main essence of my project was two aspects combined into one. The two aspects are Computer Science (Coding) and Quantum Field Theory. I made this website to briefly explain these main components of quantum field theory, "Equations", "Helpful Resources", "Father's of Quantum Physics". Furthermore, even though I do not understand multivariable calculus and other concepts to comprehend quantum field theory fully, I still explained the gist of the theory.

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Art Blog Post Q4 By: Morgan Taylor

I have worked hard all year. I have made many art projects and 2 tiles that are on the wall. I love advanced art and I wish to do it next year. I work hard on all of my art projects and I can't wait to do more with photoshop. I did most of my work on photoshop this quarter and one tile. I worked really hard on all of these projects and I think they worked out really well.
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