Transformations... It wasn't that bad although my quizes don't show it that much. I could have aced today's quiz, but I made such silly mistakes =(

The problem for me is how to apply everything we've learned into the problems we are given. I understand the basic concepts of what we've learned, but when faced with a problem on the board, I don't even know where to begin. Even now, I'm having trouble trying to figure out what it is that I don't know!

I guess I'll start with a "moment of clarity" I had. When we first started off reciprocal graphs, everyone was using terms like, "Biggering, Smallering, Biggering Negatively, Smallering Negatively." I was so confused! They were doing all these things to these poor graphs and I didn't understand what was going on. At first it was hard for me to remember what it was that I had to do first, but practicing some helped a lot and I figured out what steps to take to draw a reciprocal graph. I really can't explain it now, but I understand it. While my study buddy was helping me out ( I really appreciate it) I also figured out what "biggering negatively" meant. The negative numbers are getting larger! That was truly my "ah-hah!" moment. Yes, I'm a dork, but I was excited that I figured out what it meant. I mean, they were using such strange terms.

One question: When is it that I leave out the asymptote on a graph? I vaguely remember him saying that on a test we should erase something because we shouldn't have it on the graph when writing the graph.

Okay, my biggest issue ever is facing a test. I panic and blank. I think I know what I'm doing the night before and then I mess up on the test. That's an issue for me especially in math. It's math anxiety...

Another question: Why is the is the reciprocal of tan graph like that? Why does the point at y=1 connected to y= -1? (I'm so bad at explaining) I thought I understood it when Alvin explained it in his post, but then I lost it.

So I guess my troubles in pre-cal, pre-math test are the word problems. That's what I'm worried for most about for the test. The graph I can draw, although I sometimes have troubles with finding the period. Again, I don't apply what it is I need to properly. Sometimes I forget to substitute information into the equation when finding things like time and height. That is my fatal mistake. I understood the group question I had to post on the blog, but everything else seems more difficult. I grasp it slightly, but working it all out is kind of difficult espcially when you've made a mistake earlier on and the rest of your work is wrong.

I fear making mistakes badly so when I do have a correct answer, but it seems wrong I change it and lose my marks.

Those are all my woes pre-math test. At least the ones I can think of as of now.

## Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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Hi Lina,

This is an excellent BOB! Your troubles wiht reciprocal graphs and finding the period of a trig function are shared with many of your classmates. I'm going to talk about that in class today.

The comment you shared about being anxious when wrtting tests leaped out at me. Check out the new link we've got in the [Links] list in the sidebar of our blog. ;-)

Cheers!

Mr. K.

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