Twelfth Grade, Fifth Reporting Period
February 9 – March 25, 2004
World Literature:  Finished reading The Last of the Mohicans, read George Herbert’s “Sacrifice,” a sample of Conrad’s Lord Jim, Theodore Dreiser’s “The Second Choice, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Justice in Massachusetts” and “Passer Mortuus Est.”
Writing:  Turned five original radio dramas into scripts, wrote two more dramas.
World History – Read about America from the Revolutionary War through 1815 (Johnson).  Started reading Freedom at Midnight, by Lapierre and Collins, about India after 1947.  Kept up with current events, such as the Iraq War and Putin’s reelection, by reading World news magazine and listening to talk radio.
Advanced Math
Statistics: Linear regression by method of least squares,  equation of line of best fit, estimated line of best fit, probability of events, sample spaces, rules of probability .  
Fourier Series: Angular velocity, wave addition, fundamental frequencies, Fourier series formula, areas of simple waves, multiplying two waves, finding Fourier coefficients, integration terminology, Fourier coefficients formulas, discrete Fourier expansion, spectrum of vowels, logarithmic graph to show symmetry of vowels, differentiation.
Theoretical Science – Lorentz attractor, chaos, bifurcation diagrams, fractals, Koch curve, Mandelbrot set from Chaos: Making a New Science, by James Gleick.  Infinitesimals, fractal dimension, Feigenbaum constant, non-linear dynamics, and Julia sets, in Introducing Fractal Geometry, by Lesmoir-Gordon, Rood, and Edney.  Attended a Society of Broadcast Engineers meeting whose program was digital video and HDTV.
German – Continued listening and talking with tapes, learned some German songs, read in the German Bible.
Computer - Fixed a bug in a Flash applet on his website, set up hotlinking protection on his website, created two new search plugins for Mozilla Firebird/Firefox and sent them to the Mozilla plugin site, successfully ran the JSP "hello world" program, worked on a Java program that included a window done with Swing, improved his XML knowledge, learned XSL, created a webpage about Dance Dance Revolution.
Violin – Played “The Lord’s Prayer,” by Malotte, for church and  Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 in C for a talent show, learned Veracini Sonata No. 8 in B-flat, 4th movement.
Piano – Bach’s Two-Part Invention No. 8; Chopin’s Prelude Op. 28, No. 20, and Etude Op. 10, No. 12; scales, exercises, and theory.
Mending – Used sewing machine to hem, gather, and make a dart; mended a ripped cushion, hemmed by hand.
P.E. [DDR (Dance Dance Revolution)] – Has the steps down for Max 300.

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