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Victoria Falls
Project Proposal: My initial project was on dream analysis, but I found that I couldn't go as in depth as I would have liked. Then I switched to researching Early European history. I'm starting my research around 2000 BC when civilization were starting to become slightly more developed from simple shacks. Right now I'm focusing on the various groups of people that lived around that time such as the Germanics, and the Celts. I plan to progress through the general timeline of history of Europe. I intend to go more in-depth when I reach the Medieval/ Dark Ages. I'm kind of organizing as I go.
UPDATE: My project so far on ancient Europe.

Project Proposal: Learn about the fundamentals through the more complicated parts of chess using many different resources, but mainly the chess class on Chess Academy.
I'm finishing up Chess Academy, hopefully by the end of this week, and I will show you all of the completed courses. You also have my analisis of one of my games from the IHSA State Chess Tournament, my Knight Proof, and I will be writing another proof for you soon.

Project Proposal: Learn more of the magic of Computer Science through completion of the HarvardX course Introduction to Computer Science CS50X (link). Additional goals will be considered, added, and implemented as the semester develops, but the creation of a digital gamelike object is the intended end goal, and will be developed to fulfill CS50X's Final Project Requirement. Further details and updates to come.

Please write up some details of what you've covered so far in your course and what topics are left to be covered. Propose some sort of project for 4th quarter.

Project Proposal: design and create my own linux distribution. I will be using the book Linux From Scratch to guide me along. I will also be reading this book in order to learn more about how kernels work.

Nice work so far on your cool programs. The boid concept and program is very cool. Please update me on your progress/next project at your convenience.

Project Proposal: Learn more about dinosaurs through an online course called Dino 101 on coursera.
*Week One: the basic anatomy and appearance of dinosaurs, throughout this week we studied the basic anatomy of many dinosaurs as well as received a brief overview of fossilization process. I wrote a paper explaining what I've learned so far. Dinosaur 101
*Week Two: This week I studied the eating habits of many different dinosaurs.

Eating Habits of Dinosaurs
NEW Project Proposal: So I changed my topic to ethnic cleansing and genocides. I will be studying different ethnic cleansing and genocides throughout history as well as occasionally comparing and contrasting them.
*Week One: This week I wrote a brief overview of the difference between genocide and ethnic cleansing.
There Is No Difference
*Week Two: This week I wrote a brief overview as to why genocides occur and included an example.
Why Genocides Occur
*Week Three : This week I wrote a quick description as to why I felt the Rwandan Genocide was different from others.
A Genocide Unlike Another
Week Four: This week I looked a tad bit deeper into how genocides occur and the steps that are taken to get to the place that we all see.
A Deeper Look
Your Dinosaur 101 paper still needs revision. Overall, work output needs to go way up, Zoe Lenee. If you plan to stick with the dinosaur theme, let me know and I'll help you think of some interesting questions to address. If not, let's get a new curriculum in place ASAP.

Claire Dietrich
Project Proposal: I will start the semester with an online Course on Equine Nutrition through Coursera. Before the course starts (January 26th) I plan to begin studying some of the suggested reading material such as Equine Nutrition and Feeding by David Frape (Fourth Edition). This will cover my curriculum up to March 2nd at which point I plan to select a new course when hopefully there will be a few more to choose from.
Chapter 1 Outline: The Digestive System (must be signed in to your urbanasd116 google account to view)
Update: I have enrolled in The Horse Course: Introduction to Basic Care and Management through Coursera, to begin March 16, which will cover most of the rest of the semester following the end of Equine Nutrition.

Nice job getting signed up for a second course. I appreciate your hard work and initiative. Let's talk soon about your experience with the online courses and perhaps consider a small 4th quarter project that interests you.
↑ To answer this, something I have been researching more on my own lately is the high incidence of gastric ulcers in racehorses. This was mentioned briefly in the first course as it is often related to the fact that racehorses are fed a higher proportion of grain to forage than average horses in order to provide enough energy for them to compete. This is something I found particularly interesting about nutrition and I would like to look more into why these higher levels of grains in the diet lead to ulcers and what some possible solutions to the problem are for a possible research paper or other project.

Final Presentation

Project proposal: My overall goal is to discover why large Empires fall. To do this I will examine a series of empires and their falls Towards the end of the semester, I will analyze these Empires and their falls together, and make a presentation. I will use various books and online resources, such as Jack Weatherford's book Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. My online resources will include Crash Course and Extra History, two online history series.

Here's a thing:
The Mongols!
Why they succeeded and who they were:
  1. Above all else, Genghis Khan was responsible for the rise of the Mongol Empire. In his 25 years of rule, his empire gained nearly 25 million square KM, about twice the size that Rome ever conquered in over 16 times as long. Genghis (other spellings apply, but spell check is xenophobic) Khan united the mongols after his wife was kidnapped. He won the war by winning loyalties. He did this in two ways: he promoted people for merit, rather than marriage or family. Second, Genghis accepted the poor of other tribes into his own tribe, and dispossessed the rich. The poor loved him, but the rich hated him. Fortunately for Genghis, he had cleverly taken all their stuff, so they were just snobby poor people.
  2. The Mongols were incredible soldiers. Better fed, better trained, better equipped, better propagandists, and better tacticians. The mongol bow out ranged and out-rate-of-fired their enemies, the mongols were faster, more disciplined, and more intelligent than their foes. In the end, their greatest advantage was their philosophy. The mongols weren’t tied down by the notions of honor that others had. This meant that the mongols would willingly massacre whole towns, then spread the rumor that they’d just massacred a city of 10 times the size. They would also never try to die in a blaze of glory. For the mongols, the only honor of war was in BOTH winning and surviving. The mongols’ strategic philosophy resulted in a bad decision rate of nearly zero.
Why they fell:
  1. Simply put, the mongols never were an empire. Empires arise slowly, which allows them to culturally integrate with their new territories. The Mongols moved so fast that they never had a chance to ingratiate themselves with their conquered subjects enough to be seen as their natural rulers.
  2. Military failures: These were rare for obvious reasons, but they did experience a few notable defeats. The Mongols’ biggest threat was weather. Several times they tried to take Japan, but they were repulsed every time by bad weather. They had trouble with the Baltics (yeah, you read that right) due to the highly moist and cold air, which messed with their bow strings, just like India’s hot, muggy weather.

You clearly have a passion for history, Chirish. I respect that. Let's think about an interesting topic for a research paper for 4th quarter, as well as a book to read/analyze. Another possibility would be for you to make a history related website.


Project: I will study aerodynamics through the course Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering through edX.
I have created a powerpoint detailing some of the basics of aerodynamics here.

Let's meet for an update on your online course, Corvus, and discuss a project for you for 4th quarter. Perhaps you could team up with one of the programmers and do something related to aeronautical engineering. Or, you could think of an interesting question to investigate. Give it some thought and let me know what you think.

Project Proposal: Learn audio recording through the program Cubase. I will look up tutorials online on subjects like mixing, mastering, and using microphones to record. For my first project I tested out different methods of recording a drum set. I explain it in this Powerpoint
I did another recording explained in this Powerpoint
I liked your recording in your Powerpoint. Overall, though, the work output needs to increase substantially. Please give me specifics as to what your 4th quarter curriculum will consist of, including what projects you will be doing.

T Gor & Jakob:
Why do I still not see an entry on this page for you guys? I'm glad you guys are doing astronomy courses online, even though they may not be ideal. Let's think about individual projects for you two for 4th quarter. Please give that some thought and propose something specific by Friday, April 3. I'm still waiting for you two to address the celestial coordinates question. Below are a few others for you to consider in the coming weeks. Research them one at a time and be prepared to explain them to me in person, perhaps one each week, convincing me that you understand them. Of course, let me know if you need help in preparing.

  • Celestial coordinates...ready to go?
  • Tides: what causes them; tidal heating; black hole "spaghettification"
  • Axial tilt: seasons; precession; extreme examples in solar system
  • Constellations: why they change throughout the year; why some are only visible in certain locations; why they remain constant
  • Stellar evolution: main sequence stars; red giants; white dwarfs; red giants; neutron stars; black holes