"Circus Act" Problem
In the "circus act" problem, a circus performer is dropped from a moving Ferris Wheel into a cart of water. The cart is moving below the Ferris Wheel. We have to determine when, exactly, the performer can be dropped so that she lands in the moving cart.
Throughout my whole senior year in math, I struggled to believe that I was being challenged. That what we were doing was going to help me in college. Both through this problem and through zero period calculus, I am a little (LITTLE) more at ease. This problem helped to correlate the more complex problems that I learned in calculus to the "Real World." Though I did push myself by trying to learn integrals and by trying to identify values with an equation rather than the numeric value, I found this problem tedious and stretched. I don't believe I learned anything in math class this year (with the exception of calculus). I think that this problem pushed me to use concepts I already learned but it did not prepare me for what math will look like next year and for 5 more years to come.
I think that because I felt the way I did about math this year, I was not motivated to do the problem. At the beginning of the problem, I was optimistic ... but that didn't last long. Though I felt this way about the problem, I think that my work still reflects my love for math. Even though it took some a whole week to get one equation, I tried my best to help my peers out by pushing them in the right direction but not giving them the answers. I think this is where I have grown the most. Freshman year I never spoke. Mr. I and Aurmon had to force me to talk to my peers, go up to the front of the class and even would force my peers to ask me questions. Gradually, helping my peers is getting easier. For me, this was evident when the whole class had to share their ideas on the whiteboards and then randomly an individual would be picked to share their groups ideas. This forced me to ensure that everyone fully understood the problem and our solution.