Thursday, May 19, 2011

Maths Performance Task - Personal Reflection

(1)Role of Statistics in Real Life
Statistics refers to the collection, interpretation and organization of data.It is used in planning for surveys and experiments. There are two different types of data, continuous and categorical. Examples of quantitative(countable) data is height and weight while qualitative(categorical) data are data like gender. Different ways of summarizing data include pie chart, histogram, bar chart, frequency table and stem-and-leaf diagram. I learnt data can be summarized by mean, median, mode and they can be split in ranges of numbers eg.12-22. An easier way of doing graphs and preventing careless mistakes is tallying. Frequency is how often a thing occurs eg. If a car comes three times, the frequency is 3. Statistics is used in planning for surveys and experiments. If a company is looking to invest in a product, he can see a pie chart which classifies the preference of the people after a survey and hence invest in that product to reap maximum profits. I noticed my family's usage of electricity, water and gas are charted in the utilities bill. I think it is the government’s way of trying to reduce expenditure on utilities. Eg. If someone spent too much on their utilities, the bill will go up and the graph will slope upwards which is telling others they are spending more and more unnecessary money. Statistics can be used in our daily life. It is most of the time used in science. In different experiments. Every change in variable a  new statistical graph can be made. It is mostly used in physics as physics is very much alike to math which statistics is categorized under. Statistics is mostly used to get different hypothesis. It can be used to counter others points. Eg. The newspapers say that the Singapore Bus Service (SBS) Buses arrive very punctually and a graph was made in our performance task and personally I do not think it can be considered as very punctual as a few buses now and then are late by a very long period of time. In newspapers there are a lot of results tables for different types of sports such as basketball, cricket and most importantly soccer. It is written in the finance section, the different shares and stocks, lowest price, highest price, average price etc. There is also a weather section where they show the average temperature, highest and lowest temperature and it also states the weather condition whether sunny or rainy. A market summary is also in the straits times in a form of a line graph. 
(2)Learning Experience
We all did the work on Kashyap’s computer and discussed how something should be done or not example the format of the graph. My role was calculating the numbers and putting them in the table as my mental calculation was supposedly the best in the group. We did not know how to make the charts at first.. Most of the problems were technical. If I had another project like this I would try to think of the format first before doing not thinking on the spot.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Post Orientation Reflections 2011

1. What were 3 of the highlights of the Orientation and the last 2 weeks?
2. What were 3 of the "low" moments of Orientation and the last 2 weeks
3. What are 3 of my greatest takeways/lessons from the Orientation and the last 2 weeks?
4. What did you learn about yourself in the last 2 weeks?
5. What are you looking forward in 2011?
Ans.1. It was when I was on the high elements, campfire and during the badge ceremony when i finally became part of sst's family.
Ans.2.Doing the chores, sleeping on the hall's hard floor and queuing up for  shower.
Ans.3. I learned to overcome my fear of height and i also gained confidence while doing the high elements.
Ans4. I learned that I can act in performance if i do not think of people staring at me.
Ans.5. I look forward to gaining more knowledge

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Communication - Homework

1. Why is communication important?
2. What is/are your favourite forms of communication? Why?
3. How do you decide which form of communication to use in a situation?
4. What difficulties do you face in communicating with others?
Ans.1. It is important so that people can understand your needs or what you wish to express to others.
Ans.2. I like talking. It is very easy to convey messages that way
Ans.3. I will use it for people that have special needs
Ans.4. I cannot speak confidently in front of a crowd.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 2: End-of-Day Reflection (S1-02)

  1. What have you done today?
  2. How have your grown from today's activities?
  3. How should you behave when doing groupwork?
  4. Why are there differences of opinions?
  5. Why are you happy to be a member of your class?
Ans.1.Today we had an inter class tower building competition. We were given 50 straws, 4 cups, 4 pipe cleaners and 6 rubber bands. We also learnt how to use keynote.

Ans.2.I now know how to work as a group and get work done.

Ans.3.We should work together and listen to everyone's ideas and not pass any negative remark even though you have a better idea.

Ans.4.Different people have different ideas and sometimes when people suggest their idea, others will think theirs is better.

Ans.5.I'm happy to be in my class and contribute to its competitions.

Day 2 Mac Attack 2