The Sweet, Sweet Smell Of… Chlorine?

Of course, when we think of things that smell great, we think of roses, fruits, flowers, foods, and other very good-smelling things. Although, in my case, I have to say my favorite smell is the chlorine smell fresh from the pool.

Many of you will be hurling words of disagreement. Go ahead, speak for yourself in the comments. I don’t care. But to explain myself, I need some part of my life.

Starting off when I probably was still in preschool, my parents took me to swim lessons. Of course, I wasn’t the fastest four-year-old swimmer in the world, but it was a start to my love for the pool. I move on and keep taking swim lessons till the day finally comes that I have to pack my bags and move from my hometown; Buffalo, NY; to Bloomsburg, PA.

This move gave me big opportunities and linked me to the swim team. I wasn’t a star my first year, but I still scraped an eighth place and seventh place medal in my division in the individual championships. I kept improving and soon, I could swim 25 yards in under 20 seconds. In my final year in the under-10 division, I got a second place and three fifth place medals (The next year, I missed the individual championships due to a cold or something, who cares, I don’t want to disgust you).

So, representing myself and my story, you can understand why my like of the smell of chlorine is so real. You can’t judge anything with its cover, but you must judge it by the reasons and the way it got here. Maybe the internet should understand that there are many things under the cover, and maybe the internet will stop loathing people about making the wrong move. But you know about maybe’s.

The Sweet, Sweet Smell Of… Chlorine?

Was Math Invented?

Of course, when you see people that claim they’re smart, then the first thing you ask them is probably:

What’s the square root of 196?

What’s the gnarliest thing you know in algebra?

Do you know calculus?

Of course, the stereotype for smart people is clearly being good at math. But looking at math in the past, was it really still there even before people started counting the stars and multiplying algebraic expressions?

Of course, when you claim math is invented, then who invented math? Many people point to the Greeks, Romans, and other old empires. Some people think that Pythagoras, a Greek mathematician, started math as a whole by teaching the Greek society about numbers, and what you can do with them. He is also credited for being the first mathematician. If you look back to the times before Pythagoras, can you really think that you could do anything without numbers?

Ask a Greek, then: What’s the time?

The answer will probably be a face of confusion (because you either spoke the wrong language or time wasn’t a word back then).

Looking at that, maybe math was discovered, not invented.

Image result for spirals in nature

If you know math well, this is Fibonacci in nature. The Fibonacci sequence is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144…

The rule for the Fibonacci sequence is to look back at the previous two numbers and add them up to get the next number (The first to second number is the exception, but the “zeroth” number is technically zero, so, yeah, the second number is one, no matter how you think about it).

There are many examples of the Fibonacci sequence in nature. Just look up “Fibonacci spirals in nature” and you’ll get what I mean.

Going back to how math was discovered, many of the different kinds of sequences and laws existed before they were discovered. Like Newton’s law of gravity, gravity existed before he discovered it. It’s not like the world was anti-gravity until Newton came along (Newton would be hated by kids that want to go to space if that was true. “;)”). This is the same with math. Even if numbers weren’t invented and a kid picked out four peach seeds, then you still have four peach seeds. These, among many reasons, is why

These, among many reasons, is why I and many other mathematicians think that math was discovered, not invented. Sorry, Greeks or whoever invented numbers. The glory of inventing the vast subject of math may be out of your reach.

Was Math Invented?

Fractals and Bumpy Line False Proofs

Say you are in the following situation:

You have an infinite amount of steel and you want to use all of the steel to build a fence that covers the entire house.  You must use all the steel and must not take up the space of the whole world.

Now, you may be thinking that it is impossible because of the fact that you’ll never run out of steel fences.

However, the one solution to this is:

 

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This is a fractal and although you may not think the outsides, or, in this case, the perimeter is infinite, look some fractal-gifs up and they’ll show you why they have an infinite perimeter.

You may argue that a gnarly shape with an infinite perimeter has an infinite area, but a fractal is a special case. It is a shape with an infinite perimeter, yet the area is not infinite. This is because of the fact that some of the lines on the picture are so bumpy that they look like smooth lines. Just look at the right part that looks like a butt. Smooth, right? Wrong.

And going back to bumpy lines, there are also proofs(that are false) that prove that pi can equal four(again, false, do not tell a fifth-grade math teacher). So, take a circle with a diameter of one. Now, put a square on top of it and make its side length 1.

Now, cut the corners of all four of them and repeat forever and you get:

Image result for pi =4 proof

See the outline of the circle? Now, repeat it more and you prove that you have pi = 4? Wrong. The drawing will reach an area of a circle but not a circumference of it. This example can be seen in other ways too, like finding the length of a diagonal for a square.

This also goes back to the fractals. Although the fractal may have the bumpiest lines ever, the area of the bumps is not huge. So listen up, people who want to prove some things that have already been proven are wrong: There are reasons why things are what they are.

Fractals and Bumpy Line False Proofs

How Our Mind Judges Things

Have you ever felt the feeling of some huge feeling when you hold a basketball? What did you do before? You probably held something small for a while. Our mind judges things from what we know and how it compares, which is the reason why a basketball feels gigantic after holding a tennis ball for, like, two hours.

Using the previous example, we know that our mind uses what we know, like when we said that a tennis ball is small. Now, holding a basketball, you can feel how big it is compared to the tennis ball. It goes with other things too, like touching super cold things than having your fingers feel like they’re burning with just some warm water. Surprisingly, this happens a lot, even with people.

Say you’re with a group of judges in a try-out for a baseball team. The first player goes and hits all five balls thrown at him inside the diamond. The player is given a six. The next player misses twice and hits three inside the diamond. Now, knowing that hitting five in the diamond is a six, can you score him higher? The answer is no. You and your group of judges should probably give him a three or a four. On the flipside, if a player hits three beyond the fence and two into the outfield, then you would probably give him a range from eight to ten.

Our mind uses the first item to compare the next, and uses the first as a guideline for comparison. We use the guideline to say what is good and bad. This is why it is important to give the first person in a trial the most accurate score you can because it will be a good guide for the rest of the tryouts. If you, perhaps, are the one trying out, then go near the beginning, but not first. This allows you to get a good advantage of what is good and what is bad performance-wise, so you can adjust yourself and get ready to do even better by analyzing the mistakes that the people before you made.

Although in your language arts class you have to write exhaustingly long essays about comparing characters and judging their ethics, our mind judges in a very special way. It differs from many different creatures and is unique.

How Our Mind Judges Things

Epilogue

Two weeks later…

After hours of getting the public back to their homes and defusing the bomb and reporting a situation to the police, the game was done. The group had finally cleared all danger from the land.

Trevor, after numerous days went by, was arrested for the daunting things he had done. Now, the six went back to their bases.

“It’s funny how this only lasted four months,” Wesley said.

“Yeah, and how it all began with a crash of the car!” Tyler exclaimed.

The two bases were talking on video chat in their respective offices. The whole story about them was finally revealed in a book Paige published called “The Eye.”

“Imagine what our lives would be without the hookup,” George replied.

“It’s crazy how we even got here!” Leonard yelled out loud.

“Oh yeah, anyways, we need to start an actual business now that fighting crime is officially over. Hopefully, we can earn some money and build ourselves a business.” Lily said with a smile.

“We’re planning that right now, as we’re getting in the stock market right now,” Paige responded. “Over here in the HQ, we’re getting into making technology and selling them for good money. Like our device that gave us the ability to teleport. However, we are going to make the device limited and the people who use it have to have a teleportation license.”

“That’s a good start. What else can we do?” asked George.

“Well, I don’t know yet, but when the time comes, we will let you know, like, fast,” Paige replied. “It all started with a storm and a spirit, now didn’t it?”

“Yes it did, Paige, yes it did,” responded Wesley as he started to drift off into his own thoughts for a while. It was hectic.

 

 

 

Epilogue

How To Algebra

An eighth grader, when you ask them the most complex thing they have learned so far, the most common answer will probably be their algebra class. However, I believe that this doesn’t have to be this way. Using simple questions, the equations and formulas will be much easier to explain.

Now first we go to graphing linear equations. Now, say you’re graphing the following equation:

y=x-5

Anybody under 12 would freak out if they had to graph this. However, it is not that hard. Before I can go deep into explaining, let’s go to programming.

In programming, there is a very common statement many coders use to verify things, called the “if statement.” It says that if something happens, then do this. Coders use this statement when, for example, in a tapper game you want to buy an upgrade that costs you some “coins.” If the player has enough coins, they can buy the upgrade. If they can’t then nothing happens.

Now, back to algebra. Use the same formula above and think, if “y” equals 0, the what does “x” equal?

0 = x – 5

0 = 5 – 5

x = 5

Using the following values, knowing, x equals 5 and y equal 0, then we can make a coordinate (5, 0). If you repeat this process, then you get a row of points lining up and you get your graph, which looks like this:

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The same can be said with any other equation, like a quadratic or a cubic equation.

For example, let’s say we have this equation:

y = x^2 + 4

Now, let’s do the same thing, but, to make it easier, we switch the variable it equals.

If x equals 0…

y = 0^2 + 4

y = 4

A point! (0, 4).

If x equals 1…

y = 1^2 + 4

y = 1 + 4

y = 5

Point: (1, 5)

The same must be for -1 because -1^2 is the same as 1^2, so we know the y-value is still 5.

If x equals 2…

y = 2^2 + 4

y = 4 + 4

y = 8

Point: (2, 8)

Again, the same must be for the negative 2 because -2^2 and 2^2 are the same expression. Here’s the graph:

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Even though algebra may have a bad vibe about it, we still learn and know it. Using a simple explanation, this subject may become easier to learn. Do not fright, eighth graders of the world. Maybe a different view will change your minds about a subject so vast.

How To Algebra

Interlude

Leonard is on his phone ready to report the things the crew has done in Russia in the past few hours to his coworker in the HQ. 

TO: Nicholas Smith

FROM: Leonard Smith

Subject: We Did It!

The nuke that could have destroyed our base has been saved. This is just another day in Russia. Now we have to file a report to the Russian Police and get the citizens to move from the suburbs to the urban part.

George looks at Leonard’s phone and says, “You forgot, we need to also disarm, defuse and remove the bomb, which we should have a group of scientists handle that.”

Also, we need to disarm the bomb and remove the bomb to remove any risk of Trevor setting it off AGAIN. That, my friend, would be awfully painful. [wink emoji place here]

He decides to walk towards Paige and says in a relaxed voice, “We need to restore the environment around the city to make it liveable in the Russian capital. Imagine if this city becomes a ghost town.”

Hopefully, our plan works and the citizens’ traumas about the nuke will disappear. However, we are not sure about that just yet. We may be in the city for an extended amount of time. So, I put you in charge of the base for now. Tell them the information and-

Leonard asks Tyler, “Should we call for reinforcements? We may need help getting this task done quickly.”

Tyler responds, “Only five or so people should come. We don’t want a load of people hounding over what they want us to do.”

Leonard quickly finishes his sentence.

-grab some reinforcements. Five is an okay number for us, but no more than seven and no less than four. Hopefully, we can complete it in time so I can go celebrate your birthday a fortnight from now. If I can’t, then being in charge for two weeks plus is your reward.

Hope you have a good time being boss for a while,

-Leonard Smith

Interlude