During the Healthy Population section of this semester, we learned about how health insurance can help you, or how you can waste tons of money on it. We made characters, and found their age, name, gender, and what they had a risk for. The options for that were diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease. And Organ Transplant. We learned a lot about chance and making predictions. For example, we would get a problem about dice and have to make a prediction of what number you would get, and then we would roll the dice and see how many times we got that number. The central problem of this section was “What is a fair price to charge for health insurance?” I think that people should have to pay a fifth of what they make each year. This would be fair because of someone pays $10,000 each year for health care, but someone else only has to pay $2,000 a year it’s not exactly fair. So if you divided both by 5, you would get $2,000 and $400. This would also be good because then if you don’t make as much money as you would like, you can still afford health insurance.
In this unit, we learned many things. They included the graph families (square root family, quadratic family, absolute value family, and the cubic family), parent and child functions, in/out tables, sigma, calculator programing, graphing, variable expressions, and patterns. I feel like most of the things we “learned” were things I already knew and learned last year, but it actually made it’s way into my brain this time. For example, when I learned different graphing things last year I was always confused and it made me unmotivated to try harder because I didn’t think I could get my grade up. This year I have a better student-teacher relationship so I work better with her which helps more than I thought it would. I really liked learning about patterns because it was really fun. For example, on some of the POW’s we did, we had to find patterns in order to find the answers. Even though it was challenging at times, I know it’s going to help me in the future, and we learned them in engaging ways that will definitely stick in my head. I think that math is really important to learn even if it doesn’t have a “big” role in your career or anything because it is important to know. I think the way we are learning it at Animas is really good because I actually remember the things we learn and I am doing much better on test this year than I have in the past two years.