Precalculus

Enter the 7th year of Liger, my math class also advanced to the next level of math, Precalculus. This subject is very hard and fascinating for me. First of all the idea of studying precalculus has always floated my mine since I am an aspiring engineer but it is very hard to fully grasp every lessons and rule in this subject. Many of the formulae had a pattern and it will be easier to solve if you can understand the rule apply to it. For example, the rule for Slant asymptotes(a line which a graph will infinity or negative infinity if it gets near the value): Slant asymptotes look like this,

This graph comes from the division of x^2 + x + 1 and x+1. In the lesson that I have learned stated that if the equation has a greater power in the numerator then there is a possibility that there is a slant asymptote. To find the asymptote you just need to divide the equation until you cannot go any further. Then ignore the remainder if there is any and what you can divide is the line of the slant asymptote. In this case, y=x is the asymptotes because we can only divide x out of x^2+x+1 with a remainder of 1.

Pre-SAT

What a drag! I have to take the SAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test. This international test consists of many varieties of concepts from math and English. The most important goal in taking this test is to show colleges that I am worthy of their scholarship.

One month effort had been put into this test although not many hours every week are spent on it. I have learned many things during the preparation but most importantly, this test is not to measure your abilities rather how good is your test-taking skill.

I have learned many strategies such as quick pattern realization, skip lengthy questions, and fast problem-solving techniques on different topics. I also expand many topics that I review in class but surprisingly more tactics are becoming handier when facing actual SAT questions during practice.

What I cover in class with facilitators and friends far exceed what has mentioned on this texts today. But I just want to express the gratitude toward my math teacher who had taught me so much technique. One that really interests me is pattern realization, it is as said that SAT question often repeat the same concept or the way they ask questions.

Example: The recommended daily calcium intake for a 20-year-old is 1,000 milligrams (mg). One cup of milk contains 299 mg of calcium and one cup of juice contains 261 mg of calcium. Which of the following inequalities represents the possible number of cups of milk m and cups of juice j a 20-year-old could drink in a day to meet or exceed the recommended daily calcium intake from these drinks alone?

This type of question does come often with different context but they’re the same concept, turn the word problems into an equation. Once you noticed it, transform it into an equation won’t be hard and take a long time because the reading itself give sufficient clue to how the equation should form.

Many more methods are put into play I hope to get the best possible result for my future.

Toul Prasat Sen Sok Computer Lab Installation-Solar Pi Project

ON the 19th of May, My team and I journeyed to a school on the outskirt of Phnom Penh called Toul Prasat Sen Sok. Solar Pi project’s goal is to provide technological education to students in the government school. We go to this school to install Raspberry Pi computer lab.

Taking out computer screen, keyboard, mouse and raspberry pi.
Piecing the components together.
Secure the wire, prevent power damage to the computer.
Check the computer, Is it operating? Does it run smoothly? Can it run together at once? Are keyboard and mouse working?
The Pi-Net server we are using to run Edemy program on all the computer.

While my team did the installation of the whole lab the half of the team give lessons to teacher and student about the program Edemy, which is an English teaching program to Cambodians.

Student engagement in the labs a day after the lab was installed.

Although some of the computers and mouses don’t work we consider the trip to be worthwhile and successful in term learning the flaw of the process.

We as a group hope that the students will use this opportunity to their advantage and expand their knowledge to help them prepare for the near future.

Architecture

February 9th, my dreamed architecture project began. I always want to start learning how to plan and study buildings from different cultures. In the beginning, I was a bit lost on what is my long-term plan, so I took the entire first hour of my schedule to find my goal. Finally, I got a solid plan, I am going to design my own house by my own hand and ability. I want to draw it and build a real visual model of it in the future. In the meantime, I found application and website that could possibly be benefiting for me in the process to my goal. There were many but the main one would be Unity, AutoCAD, Homestyler, Inventer…etc. I also found an online course that covers the basic and more of architecture, Edx. This online course helps me better understand architectural ideas and the implementation could be different depending on the culture. While I studied the course I help myself with some Homestyler house design as you can see below.

Living room
Bedroom
Kitchen

Beach Frisbee Ultimate

Such a good day, I was invited to this amazing event at the beach, Kep, on 23 to 24 of December 2017. It was the first Cambodia Beach Frisbee Ultimate. This sport is about spirit, the spirit to enjoy the game, make friends and give it your all to the game no matter the outcome. We played so hard but the sand made it impossible to move freely. It was a trouble but a good obstacle to face. People on the beach no matter the age range come and watch the game, some of the crowd even participate in one but not a good result for them, of course, to be expected. It was a thrilling experience to share the fun spirit with the people who come to the sea festival. We really have a good time I hope there are more Beach Frisbee Ultimate.

The White building at Meta House

On the 9 of November, I and my friend hosted our project, the White Building, at meta house to share with other citizens the after effect of the white building. This project encompasses 9 people and each of us has a different product to show. In the event, I showed my own original Bassac riverfront complex derived from the Vann Molyvann Bassac riverfront complex. In the complex, there are many problems to address such as traffics, education access, cultural regression, economic growth, and preparation for future needs of the city. I also show the documentary which was written by me but edited by my friend Soliday. From that, I hope the people participate in the events could share the white building tales that we put up with the rest of the country. I hope it could influence others to also see that community is really important not just small or big. But do remember change is inadvisable and cannot be controlled by any whom.

White building song 

All together for the final ending of the events.

Leading Extension

This year Theara, Rattanak, Davith and I are involved with the new students in After School Extension (ASE). We are teaching them basketball skill and technique to play well on there own and to compete with other schools. So far we have not contact any challenges for them yet because they are still too young but in the near future for sure they will face other schools.

Literacy

Such beautiful day, nothing can be compared to learning something new. This time there is a new facilitator and new lesson she prepared. Cara, the new facilitator, teaches me and my classmates many new subject and technique all through a project to write about the rite of passage. This project back to the past of how did I obtain maturity. This is a piece of my life that I’ll never forget because it is how I am me today. If you want to know more about me read the story below.

 

Comming of Age 

“The difference in strength, what about it? You think I should give up just because you are stronger than me.” The words of Ichigo Kurosaki have changed my life forever. Throughout life I faced many difficulties but without them my life has no meaning. When I figured out ways to overcome those problems, that is when my life story gets more interesting. When I am down sometimes, I felt weak, I felt useless, I felt the urge to give up, but my goal was too precious that kept me from giving in to those challenges. I have always been weak to handle struggles that everybody else would avoid, but doing so made me stronger, it made my life worth living as who I am today. Just like when I was six at the Siem Reap province, grandfather said, “I never give up on my immense dream, so along the way to reach it, I find something or someone to motivate me along the way.” So I pick up his word and pave my own path to succession, by working hard anybody can make the impossible possible.

 

When I was three, a fight broke out between me and my cousin over the precious jewel given to me by my grandmother. I could not defeat my cousin because he was more muscular, and taller, but this time I have to otherwise everything I own will belong to him. I took the beating as usual but something is off, there are voices kept telling me to get up, to stand up and return my cousin a favor. That is when everything went black, I no longer give conscious to kindness, love, weakness, pain, or suffering. In my core is only kill-time, “I gotta fight him, I’ll make him suffer, I will bring him to the ground” voices whispered in my mind. My vision got blurr but I could make out a fist coming for my eye, suddenly everything became slower almost as if time stop. Yet I could feel the wind gushing from his slow strike, instead of dodging the punch I kicked his leg instantaneously he was on the ground crying in pain. I did not stop there, never once in that fight felt a thing only darkness, the only thing in mind is “the killer instinct”. I rush toward him surprisingly I was on top of his stomach, I smash his face without a thought of what I had done. My grandfather, my neighbor, and my uncle thought it was fine, the kid is just playing around, but after they see what’s left on my cousin’s face they came to stop me. But the beast inside of me is raging one person wasn’t enough to stop my wrath, I kept my fist tight and keep throwing jab. It took three people to stop me when they did I nearly faint of all the blood. It’s like a demon possessed me in the fight blocking my emotion. When I look back of what I had done, part of me felt regrets, part of me felt tired, but part of me felt satisfied with the result. He was lying on the ground with blood all over his face, mainly from his broken nose. Even though I am weak but when I go on a rampage, I can surpass anything even those ten time stronger than me. Strength comes from the will to continue fighting even all seem lost, it is the courage to face your fear that create your inner strength.

 

In my past, difficulties led me to one great mystery of my life “purpose”. Only then that I have the guts to tell everyone my name “I am Seyha”. One obstacle in my life made me realize I had potential beyond normal. It was when I enter Khmer primary school in my late 6 years old. When I realize how far behind I was in my studies, I sunk like a rock thrown deep into the ocean. I was always tailing of others until my grandfather enlightens me with beautiful word of motivation. I studied day and night and tried to overcome any lack of understanding of the material. I even created a more efficient way to study. Unlike my older cousin who was tempting to play the game and I do all his work include mine as well, this gives me the opportunity to understand even further about the lesson in school. Even if I was not the best student in the class, but I studied so hard and surpass everyone one by one.

 

“If miracle happens, it only happens once, then what are they called the second time?” pointed out Ichigo Kurosaki. The studying and training paid off, and in the fourth grade, I received a huge opportunity. As teacher Darath and other teachers from the Liger Leadership academy walked in, I saw a gleam of light shining on him, he was like a god who comes to give me a push toward a successful future. When he and other teachers walked in, the first thing he said was, “Any of you who are 10 or younger please come up to me as I explain everyone what are we here for.” When I heard his words my thought was clear, let’s go up and follow him because he looked like a bright guy. But I found myself unable to move because of the hesitation that I bear, what if they want to kidnap children? Or what if they want my kidney? After he explained everything, I feel a little more comfortable and relax, that is when I first approached him. First he led everyone of us to read the Khmer alphabets and vowels, only five of my classmates got pass all the alphabets and vowels. Then there are tests on different subjects (math, literacy, science, and social study), I was the first to finish the tests, so Navin, staff of Liger Leadership Academy, interviewed me about my past and present life. Even though I was rushing and did not answer every questions, I was still the highest scorer of all the testers. That is the first miracle that happen to me is the opportunity to get to me to somewhere and I can speed up my life’s studies. After everyone finished, Liger announced that they will tell the school director when the second test held and the 4 students that passed the test will take the test on that day. Two days passed and Liger returned to the school but the I was not there. I was at home helping my uncle to fix the electrical system in the household. It was really a sudden shock to find a van stopped in front of my uncle’s house. The first person comes to sight was my three best friend walked out of the van guiding Mary (the academy’s social worker) into my house. I was really surprised to see their love and emotion for me.

Those divine words kept me fight to find the meaning of my life. There are many struggles that prevented me from reach my dream but those words made my will stronger than anything I could account for. Everyday I am living life with only one purpose to find the meaning of life lie beyond my reach and fight through all those difficulties that is preventing me. As long as I have my friend next to me, I have all the support I need to goes through hard work and difficulties. Life is not easy as people say, but if you think about it an easy life is a lame story to tell, everyone should find their place in an adventure to live a good life.

Khmer

I can’t wait to go back home and enjoy the holiday of the pchum ban. Tradition holiday of Cambodia where every family member comes together to pray for our ancestor to rise to heaven. Traditionally it is a ceremony to ensure the wellbeing of our ancestor souls. Before I go back to Kandal on September 16, 2017, facilitator Sokha would like to understand the past of the ritual. My team consist of 6 people unravel the past and the ritual pattern changes in the ceremony. Which we then clustered it down into a report on the history of the Pchum ban itself. Click on the link below to view the writing (WARNING: The text is written in Khmer).

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Physic

On 19 October 2017, we did an experiment to drive deeper into force of the object. Forces is an important part of physic because it helps us understand the phenomenon happen every day. There are four main forces; strong force(Sf), electromagnetic force (EM), weak force(W), gravitational force(g). All this force happen on a small scale so it hard to really study about them. It is simpler to cover it up with new names. Like when you push a block of wood down a ramp your hand EM push the wood block Em and your foot push the ground EM, this type of force called applied force in short. We did an experiment on the roughness of the ramp vs what angle paperclip box slide from the top. In physic, even the roughness of object is defined in number in order to solve for friction. Reversely this experiment is to use the angle of friction to find the roughness of the object.

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