Monday, July 21, 2008

Random Thoughts from Past and Present Students

Everyone needs space to be random!

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Chalaine said...

Chalaine here.
We all miss you teaching us Science, And as a homeroom teacher at Henderson, Grade 8 is going good, my homeroom teacher is Mr.Chase now. The Science bulletin in the hall just isn't the same!!

ms.bearse said...

Thanks for the message Chalaine. It's nice to keep in touch with you Henderson kids.

Anonymous said...

if next year I'm struggling with something, will this website still be up? and if so can I still ask you questions that I'll probably need help with?

ms.bearse said...

sure :) as long as it's being useful the site will be here.

Anonymous said...

Hey, GUESS WHAT, Ms Bearse?? My mom wants to hire you as a tutor for me in math next year! No joke, she actually does.
Anywho, on another topic, I want to thank you for being an awesome teacher this year. You've helped me understand and master certain topics in math and that was really helpful. PLUS, you also put up with my constant rage in the classroom =). Thanks alot. You truly are a very unique, original and awesome teacher.

- Nick ( I'm so angry all the time ) Arnold

Anonymous said...

how do you always respond so quickly to people's questions?

Anonymous said...

I was about to put this on the math board, but I guess this qualifies as random.
I want to thank you again, Ms Bearse, for being an amazing teacher this semester in math.
I've never seen a teacher so dedicated to helping her students until meeting you.
I still can't believe that you spent an entire day working on math with one student and then still manage to help me at the end of the day with as much enthusiasm and energy as always PLUS you put up with my jokes. That's true brilliance is what that is.
I still have no doubt that you will be a teacher whos students will never forget her.
So, Ms Bearse, thankyou for everything. For your kindness, your genius and your unique way of looking at awful situations.
I hope to be your student, once again, in the future.

Good luck with whatever lies ahead for you.

- Nick Arnold

ms.bearse said...

Thanks Nick. I'm looking forward to seeing your latest movie. Let me know when I can watch it.

Anonymous said...

Let me know if you plan on stopping by the school at some point and I'll make sure I have a copy of the film with me.

- Nick Arnold

ms.bearse said...

I'm planning on being at the school Thursday (feb.9th) after school to watch the basketball game.
I found another award that you might be interested in. It's called TVO kids "agents of change". Check out the site here. I dont know if there is any prize to be won, but maybe you can get a certificate, or something for your resume.

Hilary said...

Hey Ms. Bearse! Not many FSS students have posted here i noticed , well none at all, unless the anonymous was. Anyhoo I wanted to thanks you for being such a great and very helpful teacher, I really miss science now because my new subjects have really boring un-funny teachers from what i can tell of them so far. Oh well maybe you'll be a substitute for one of them sometime! Congrats on getting your new teaching job at LC! I'm sure they'll love having you as their math teacher. Anyway thanks again for all of your help, you were a wonderfull teacher to us all! Come back and visit!
Hilary

P.S.( i'm getting math so far :D)

ms.bearse said...

Hey Hilary, I'm glad you are getting math so far. If you need help, I'd be glad to talk you through some of it. I really like the grade 10 course. Also, I have notes for everything but trigonometry on my site under the MPM2D section.
I'm at KC in the morning, so I'm supplying in the afternoon. I hope to get some time supplying at Frontenac. Let me know when you are curling...is that a spectator sport? I'd come and cheer (and talk about the acceleration of the rock...negative acceleration that is) Thanks for keeping in touch.

Hilary said...

Hey again. We're we're curling in KASSAA on firday from 12-5 and I think, because you're a teacher, that you can come and watch that if you'd like. We curl every tuesday and thurday at Cataraqui golf and country club from 3:30 to 5 ish. Your welcome to come and watch one of those times. Tuesdays are practice days and thursdays are games against other schools.

ms.bearse said...

Thanks for the info Hilary. I may surprise you one day and show up! Best of luck on Friday.

Megan C said...

bonjour Mme Bearse!.. haha comment va le français?... ça ne semble pas être si pire!... je ne suis pas trop certaine se que tu veux que je fasse... je peut réviser vos notes si vous voulez... okay..im going to type in english now... i got into my grade 11 physics class.. and its verry intersting! itz soo sweet.. im understanding things i never really thought to question...and im understanding trig a lot more... i went to toronto for the week we did it in math clas.. but itz all good now!...the kids at KC?(right?) seem to like you!

ms.bearse said...

Hi Megan,
The French is going ok so far. If you spot any French mistakes on my page I'd like to know! I'm still quite rusty, but day by day the words are coming back to me.

I'm glad you are taking physics, I hope you really enjoy it. As always, if you need help with any of it, don't hesitate to send me a message. I miss teaching physics, so I'd love to help out. You'll find trig a very useful tool to have for the physics as well as any further math courses you take. Work hard, and let me know how things are going.

Anonymous said...

Ms Bearse, when did you say you were coming to the school again. I want to make sure I have a copy of the film with me this time.

Also, Science is pretty crazy ... I didn't know that ... I may need some help as the year progresses.

- Nick Arnold

ms.bearse said...

Hi Nick, I'll be at LC on the 22nd (Wednesday) in the afternoon. Science can be a bit tricky to figure out, but it's totally manageable. Check out the notes and stuff I posted for Frontenac's 10 science, they may be helpful. What unit are you starting with? I miss science (not teaching it this term)....I'd be up for a science party for old times sake. Do you think people'd be interested? Anyway, I'll see ya on Wednesday--I might page you at lunch, so don't be scared if you get called to the office.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse.
I'll have the movie ready for you tomorrow.
Yes, I think it would be good if we set up a "Science Party" sometime soon. I didn't do too well on a quiz we just had in Chemistry. It's all the stuff with the elements - I just do not understand it. Anyway, I would greatly appreciate it if we set up a party at some point. It would help immenselly.
I will see you tomorrow

- Nick

ms.bearse said...

Nick, Thanks for the copy of "the unfinished symphony". I just watched it. It's really well done. I'm amazed that you have time to do all of that AND go to science parties.
Thanks for spreading the word about Friday. I got some cookies! See ya then.

ms.bearse said...

Nick, I saw this site about the Kingston film festival, and hope that you know about it.
kingston film festival

How's the chemistry going? Can you name these compounds?
FeO
CaCl2
CuF
Na2(SO4)
Cu3(PO3)2

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse.
Yes I know of the Kingston Film Festival quite well. I've done a couple workshops there.
No, I can't name any of those and I have a unit test a week from today ( Wednesday ). Is there a time you can come in?

- Nick

ms.bearse said...

Any day is fine for me. I could come tomorrow (march 2), or friday if that works for you...just let me know. I have some supply teaching in the afternoon both days, but I don't know if it is last period or not. In any case I can be at LC at 2:45 approx.

Check out the tests and answers that I have up on the SNC2D page, along with review pages...
What will be on your test?

PS...here are the names :)
FeO iron (II) oxide
CaCl2 calcium chloride
CuF copper (I) fluoride
Na2(SO4) sodium sulfate
Cu3(PO3)2 copper (II) phosphite

Anonymous said...

Ms. Bearse
sorry for not replying right away. Could we meet tomorrow for a Science party ( Friday ). Let me know.

- Nick

ms.bearse said...

Nick, I'll see you and all others who are interested in doing some chemistry review after school (2:45ish) tomorrow (Friday). Bring all of your review stuff that you have been given, and we'll get through as much as we can. Spread the word to the others :)

See ya

ms.bearse said...

Nick, this might be useful for you. I made these notes when I taught the 10 applied course 2 years ago. I'm impressed by the work that you are doing. You learned some tough nomenclature today.
Chemistry Notes 2004

The notes that are from this year (10 academic) are posted in .pdf format here
There are quizzes and answers and some review pages there too.

I'll be online sometimes this weekend, if you have a question, send it my way, and I'll do what I can. You can post questions under the science exam review section. Work hard, and I'll see ya Monday.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse.
I'll definatly check those out over the weekend as I get working at Science.
Also, I thought I should let you know, I was accepted in to the top 40 ( in the top 20 under 20 award that you wanted to see me go for ). They will be phoning me at the end of March for a 15 minute phone interview which will be judged for the next part of the selection which narrows it down to the top 20.
Interesting.

Thanks for all your help today. I appreciate it.

- Nick

ms.bearse said...

Congratulations Nick! That's great news about being in the top 40. Let me know how the March interview goes. :)

Hope science is going well this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Science is ... going, I guess. There's alot and I'm not getting very far, but the spots I've looked over, I'm getting. Problem is, I need to time to understand the stuff and there's just too much to learn in little time. I've been working on the little cheet booklet with Acids and Bases, so that I won't have to worry about that. Do you realize that this test is on four whole chapters in the text book?? Something is seriously up with that. anyway, I'll see you Monday.

- Nick

ms.bearse said...

I'm glad you're doing ok Nick. I agree that there is a lot of material to learn, and that it does take time. A strategy that I've used before is to make a cheat sheet for what's going to be on the test (don't use it of course), but the exercise of condensing all the information onto one page makes you pick out the important pieces. I was able to visually remember what was on that page. Don't know if you remember things the same way that I do. A friend of mine used to read the text book or his notes out loud he said he could remember them better when he heard them over and over again. One benefit of doing all 4 chapters at once is that once it's done, it's done :) Fresh start on new material.

See ya Monday.

FYI: Here is what's expected of you (from the curriculum document) It might be a helpful check list when you are studying
Chemistry: Chemical Processes

Overall Expectations
By the end of this course, students will:
* demonstrate an understanding of chemical reactions, the symbolic systems used to describe them, and the factors affecting their rates;
* design and conduct investigations of chemical reactions, using standard scientific procedures, and communicate the results;
* determine why knowledge of chemical reactions is important in developing consumer products and industrial processes and in addressing environmental concerns.

Specific Expectations
Understanding Basic Concepts
By the end of this course, students will:
* recognize the relationships among chemical formulae, composition, and names;
* explain, using the law of conservation of mass and atomic theory, the rationale for balancing equations;
* describe, using their observations, the reactants and products of a variety of chemical reactions, including synthesis, decomposition, and displacement reactions (e.g., the burning of magnesium, the production of oxygen from hydrogen peroxide, the reaction of iron in copper sulphate);
* describe and explain qualitatively how factors such as energy, concentration, and surface area can affect rates of chemical reactions;
* explain the interrelationships among metals and non-metals, acidic and basic oxides, and acids, bases, and salts;
* describe qualitatively acid-base neutralization through observation of simple acid-base reactions;
* describe how the pH scale is used to identify the acidity of solutions;
* name and write the formulae of common ionic and molecular compounds (e.g., H2SO4, NaNO3, CO2, NaOH), using a periodic table and an IUPAC table of ions.

Developing Skills of Inquiry and Communication
By the end of this course, students will:
* through investigations and applications of basic concepts:
+ select and use appropriate apparatus, and apply WHMIS safety procedures for the handling, storage, disposal, and recycling of laboratory materials (e.g., wear safety goggles and aprons; use proper techniques for the handling, disposal, and recycling of acids, bases, and heavy metal ions; describe procedures to be followed in an emergency);
+ formulate scientific questions about practical problems and issues involving chemical processes (e.g., “How does varying the concentration of a reactant affect the rate of a reaction?”);
+ demonstrate the skills required to plan and conduct an inquiry into chemical processes using a broad range of tools and techniques safely and accurately, and controlling major variables and adapting or extending procedures where required (e.g., neutralize a dilute solution of sodium hydroxide with dilute hydrochloric acid and isolate the sodium chloride produced);
+ select and integrate information from various sources, including electronic and print resources, community resources, and personally collected data, to answer the questions chosen;
+ analyse data and information and evaluate evidence and sources of information, identifying flaws such as errors and bias;
+ describe experimental procedures in the form of a laboratory report (e.g., clearly identify the variable under investigation as well as the variables controlled; clearly describe the procedures followed and the data obtained; write an analysis of what was learned from the data);
+ select and use appropriate vocabulary, SI units, and numeric, symbolic, graphic, and linguistic modes of representation to communicate scientific ideas, plans, results, and conclusions (e.g., descriptions of experimental procedures using the scientific method; data presented in tables);
* represent simple chemical reactions using molecular models, word equations, and balanced chemical equations;
* compare theoretical and empirical values and account for discrepancies when investigating conservation of mass (e.g., measure the mass of a chemical reaction system – such as the reaction of iron (III) nitrate and dilute sodium hydroxide – before and after a change, and account for any discrepancies);
* conduct experiments to identify the acidity and basicity of some common substances (e.g., use acid-base indicators to classify common household substances according to the pH scale);
* conduct experiments on the combustion of metals and non-metals and react the oxides formed with water to produce acidic or basic solutions;
* design an experiment to determine qualitatively the factors that influence chemical reactions (e.g., an experiment to measure the effect of surface area on rate of reaction);
* conduct appropriate chemical tests to identify common gases (e.g., oxygen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide).

Relating Science to Technology, Society, and the Environment
By the end of this course, students will:
* explain how environmental challenges can be addressed through an understanding of chemical substances (e.g. challenges such as the renewal of the Great Lakes, the neutralization of acid spills, the scrubbing of waste gases in smokestacks);
* describe how an understanding of chemical reactions has led to the development of new consumer products and technological processes (e.g., antacids, fire-retardant materials);
* identify everyday examples where the rates of chemical reactions are modified (e.g., the use of kindling to increase surface area in order to start a fire; the refrigeration of food to slow down spoilage);
* describe careers based on technologies that utilize chemical reactions.

ms.bearse said...

Nick and Nick,
I'll be at LC at lunch Tuesday and Wednesday (I'm supplying p.4) I know you mentioned that you've got projects to do, but if you're stuck on any of that chemistry stuff I'll be around.

P.S. I've been thinking about it and word equations may be trickier than they look.

example:
Copper (II) nitrate + Lead (III) hydroxide--> copper(II) hydroxide+Lead(III) nitrate

you may be asked to write it in chemical terms:
Cu(NO3)2+Pb(OH)3-->Cu(OH)2+Pb(NO3)3

now you'd need to balance it

3Cu(NO3)2+2Pb(OH)3-->3Cu(OH)2+2Pb(NO3)3

you could also be asked what kind of reaction it is
(double displacement)
Each step isn't all that hard, but putting them together might be a bit overwhelming.

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse.
Sorry I didn't get your last message until after the test. I recieved a 66 % on the test so I am happy. Thankyou for all your help. Once again, I am blown away at the fact that you STILL come to help us for our tests. That's awesome.

Thankyou. Have an awesome march break.

- Nick

ms.bearse said...

Good for you! I'm glad you could pass by so much. You should be very proud of your hard work.

I really miss teaching science, so I enjoy helping you guys out. I learn a lot from helping you--hopefully the next time I get to explain chemistry I can help people understand better the first time.

Have a good break, and I'll be looking forward to helping you guys out with more science later.

Hilary said...

Hey Ms. Bearse! Ur website is a lifesaver!! well maybe not a lifesaver... but definately a bit of a math mark saver. I realized i was missing a note on some of the graphing stuff we did and i couldn't rember how to do it! Then i remebered ur site and got all i needed to know. Math is going pretty well, better than I thought I would. I reaaaaally like trig and did pretty well on that unit.And I've only had one math panic attack lol. There was a little bit of hyperventilation but its all good now lol. How is the french math going? We miss u being our teacher!! I sit beside Phil in math class and every so often one of us will say " I miss Ms. Bearse!" lol Anyhoo thats all i had to say lol sorry i rambled a bit!
- Hilary

P.S. Come supply at frontenac and visit us! we had a supply in french not too long ago and i wish it had been u, instead it was Mr. Marshal!!! remeber him? the milkshake guy? lol he's pretty darn weird lol he told us to simmer down and wrote my name in russian on the board lol. OK NOW I'm done! :)

ms.bearse said...

Hi Hilary! Glad that the site could help you out. I was at Frontenac last week to get my ticket to the school play. Are you in that? I'll be there to supply in the afternoon on April 6th for Mr. Kerford's classes, and then I'm going to the performance that night also. It will be a good day of Frontenac fun.

French math is going well. My class is great! I'm busy helping with soccer and the math league team, and maybe science olympics too! Fun fun fun :)

Maybe I'll see you on the 6th.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse
Wanted to invite you out to a couple of things. May 18th at 7:00 pm at LCVI is Shave 4 A Cure a fun, powerful and emotional show that features performances from Calvin Park and LCVI with a finale that features people shaving their heads bald all to raise money for cancer research. You should definatly come. It's hosted by Kelly Dear so it's sure to be an awesome show.
Also, June 6th is a fundraising show for my feature length film at LCVI. It's a chance for the community to get a sneak peak of what we're doing so it should be neat too. That starts at 7 as well.

Anyway, hope you can come to those.

- Nick

ms.bearse said...

Hey Nick! Thanks for the info, I'll do my best to be there. I saw you in the paper--you're getting to be quite a famous guy.

Any word on the top 20 under 20 thing?

How's your science going? I had a math party with Yi-Shan today after school...It's fun to be back at LC every now and then. :)

(Can I recommend to you another very powerful performance?? Cantabile is celebrating its 10th anniversary with concerts on the 26th and 27th of may--it's going to be good. Info available here )

Have a good weekend, and let me know if you need help with science any time soon.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse.
Other then the fact that I was accepted into the Top 40, I haven't heard anything so I'm assuming that's it. But still, top 40 is pretty good. Science is going good. My mark is up at a 70. At the moment it's just been Ecology and Weather so just memorizing stuff really. I'm assuming once Physics rolls in, I'll need some assistance.
I'll check out the Cantabile Choir and see if I'm available.

Have a great weekend.

- Nick

ms.bearse said...

Nicole, writing the test later is no problem. I hope you are feeling ok, and I'm glad that you found out what was going on. Friday is the blast-off if the weather cooperates with us. Take it easy kiddo!

ms.bearse said...

Nick, if you read this, I'd like to thank you for letting me know about the "shave for a cure" show at LC. WOW, what an amazing night--such a moving experience! You kids at LC are an inspiration.

I'll be there on June 6th for your next event. Keep up the great work.

p.s. do you like physics yet? it's phun :)

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse.
Just reading your message now. Yes, Shave For A Cure was a huge success. Did you stay for the whole show? Quite moving, you're right.
Yes, just wanted to remind you about Tuesday night. Movie Fundraiser. Get a sneak peak on the film ( 28 days till we shoot ) and meet my awesome cast, Nancy Slater of K-Rock included. Should be good. Much shorter then Shave For A Cure - less fancy too, but good.

...I hate physics. but I'm gettign through it.

Nick

ms.bearse said...

thanks for the reminder Nick...I have the date on my calendar. I'll be there for sure.

Don't hate physics, ok? Physics is phun :) I'm glad you are getting through it. Don't hesitate to send questions my way...or you can check out the exam review stuff I made for my grade 10 science class, there's old tests and solutions, notes etc. I'd be glad to help you if you need it.

Anonymous said...

Do I count as a past student? Even more importantly, do I count as random? It doesn't really matter I suppose, because I'm about to tell you how awesome you are! It all started on that February day in law class when you let us watch curling. Those were the days! Oh man, physics is phun? Wow, just wow... Okay, that's all!

Your favourite student ever!

ms.bearse said...

:) Thanks for the comment--yes, you can count as random...and I guess as a past student too, I've been in your class quite a few times!

ms.bearse said...

Josh, Nick and Nick: I spoke to Josh today, and he mentioned meeting on Friday (23rd) at 1:00 at LCVI for science help. See you guys there.

P.S. I think the message/comment you posted didn't ever really get sent--or it got lost somewhere, I never received it.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse.
Unfortunatly, I won't be able to make it. I've got another exam that day and then I'm gone for the afternoon. I'm doing okay, catching up with it though. I'll be sure to message you with questions.

Nick...Arnold

ms.bearse said...

Ok, thanks for letting me know. Can you pass the word on to Nick that I'll be there on Friday? Best of luck on your exams. I'd be glad to help with any questions...

I hope you are able to stay focussed--I know you must be really wanting to concentrate on your countdown.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse. I'm multi-tasking. That's what I do.

Also, I want to invite you out early Tuesday morning to the Rotary Club at 7:00 am. I'm guest-speaking there about my life and receiving an award. They're giving me 25 minutes. Breakfast costs $10. If you're interested, I can get you details. ... It's early.

ms.bearse said...

I'm not sure if I'll be up that early...but just in case, send me the information. You're a good speaker, I'm sure you'll do well! I hope I can wake up that early to go hear you, and cheer you on.

Anonymous said...

Okay, Ms Bearse. Here are the details :

It's at the Cataraqui Golf Club just off of King St. near St. Lawrence.

Breakfast and the meeting starts at 7:00. I won't speak till about 7:55. The meeting is then adjourned at 8:30 sharp.

I'm being presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship award which is the highest award anyone can receive from the Rotary Club and I'm one of the youngest to ever receive it.

Basically, I'll be talking about my life - my fundraising efforts, my films, The Vicious Circle, my dream ... etc... So, come if you can. Breakfast is $10. Should be good.

ms.bearse said...

Nick Kiran and others:
Hope the science exam went well! Have a fantastic summer.

Anonymous said...

meh. it was ... like the math exam really.

Yes, thanks for all of your support this year with everything, Ms Bearse. It means alot. Keep in touch.

and now ... I make a movie.

- Nick

ms.bearse said...

Have fun with your movie Nick. I know it will be fantastic. I may have to snoop around LC sometime this summer to see what's going on...

Take care,
-ms.bearse

Anonymous said...

Just a quick update, Ms Bearse. Started shooting yesterday. Went amazingly well. Already it's coming together. I'm getting ready to work with Nancy Slater on her scenes tomorrow.

- nick

ms.bearse said...

You must feel so happy that things went well! It's the first step on a long journey. I hope it continues to go so well. Keep me posted :)

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse,
Another update :

It's gotten harder. More challenges. Starting to get tired. Yesterday was bad for that. The shooting went well but it was a day that many people ( COGECO ) thought wouldn't be possible to complete. I decided I would shoot three scenes in three different locations yesterday. They said it wasn't possible to do. Too hard. Well, we pulled it off. It was tiring but we did it. We worked from 6:00 AM to 11:45 PM. We were very tired at today's shoot but got through it. I let my lead star sleep throughout the day. He needs it. He's doing well. Shot the scenes with Nancy Slater yesterday too. That was fun. I'll regain my energy this afternoon. Tomorrow is a very easy day. Just a few shots. No dialogue. We'll get it done fast and have the rest of the day off.

Talk to you later.

Nick

ms.bearse said...

How long will you be involved with the filming? Will it take all summer? (Is there a way to calculate how long it takes based on the finished length of the movie? There's gotta be math in there somewhere! OH, budget...that's math right? I could use that info for my summer school class)

Summer school started today. It was good, but a whole day of math! Even I have trouble with doing math for the whole day.

Be sure that you are taking some time to enjoy your vacation. Oh, I picked up a copy of Tuesdays with Morrie--a little birdie told me it's a good read.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have my friend Shelby Arnold working out the budgit. $35000 budgit, eh? No lie. We teamed up with COGECO and that's what they're supplying.
Yes, we're shooting over the two months. I have a nice full-day break on Sunday and a full weekend break the following weekend. So it's pretty much sort of like that. 47 days for 53 scenes. We've shot six so far in 3 shooting days.
I vomit at the thought of a day of math. Not for me, Ms Bearse. I would become angry all the time. Honestly, straight up, I can't do it.
Have you finished Tuesdays with Morrie? Clearly you got to the "little bird on my shoulder" part. It's an incredibly book. I also recommend "The Five People you Meet in Heaven", by Mitch Albom, long after Morrie died. It takes his lessons into an actual story. Not as good but it does question the afterlife. There are also incredible TV movies of both. You can find them at the libraries. Really powerful stuff.

Nick

ms.bearse said...

Nick,
I finished Tuesdays with Morrie last night. I read the book in 2 days! I think summer school is increasing my attention span or something. What a great book though. I think it would be one that's easier to read as a younger person. Thanks for recommending the other book too. I'll check it out later this summer--a good holiday from the math :)

I'm impressed with the big budget for your movie! You guys have certainly worked very hard with your publicity and fund raising efforts.

Belisle90 said...

okay, this is Jordan from your grade 10 science class at Frontenac, you know, the kid who pulled off decent marks despite not paying any attention. Anyways, i was wondering, me and Amanda are having a science debate, and who is more likely to be right, me or Amanda?

ms.bearse said...

Totally depends on the debate :) What are you guys trying to figure out? Glad you're doing science in the summer!

Anonymous said...

Hi, it's Amanda. Um, I guess Jordan never actually asked the question...Do your pupils get bigger or smaller when there's more light? I say they get smaller when it's brighter. He thinks I'm wrong.

Thanks for the help, hope you had an awesome summer

ms.bearse said...

your pupils would get smaller when there is more light. They open up when it is dim to let more light in.

:)

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse.
Not sure if you'd be able to help here, but I need tons and tons of teenage extras for a big dance scene we're filming on Monday and Tuesday ( August 21st and 22nd ) from 9:00 am till like 3:00 pm at LCVI. It's huge. We need so many people. Accctually, you could also be an extra as a teacher supervisor ... we need some of those. anyway, if there's any people you know of and are able to get ahold of that would be great.

Hope the summer's going great.

Nick

ms.bearse said...

I'll see what I can do. I'll see ya tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse.
Just wanted to let you know we've rescheduled the Dance Scene for this Sunday. Come if you are still interested.

Mr Nicholas Arnold

ms.bearse said...

Hello Mr. Nicholas Arnold :)
Thanks for letting me know about the change in schedule. I hope it goes well. I'm not able to be there, but I hope you get lots of extras. Call everyone from math class.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse.
Just to let you know, I have my last math ever this semester. We have a nice ol' arrangement, where I'm taking a College math because all the film universities that I plan on applying to and more don't even look at math. So, I'm taking what I need to graduate and taking the College level so I can hopefully up the grade. I'll be sure to call on you with any questions. Right now we're doing review and I seem to be remembering everything quite easily so I'm off to a good start. Not a tough semester either but I will get busy with it once I start editing the film.

How are things going for you with your new teaching job?

Nick

ms.bearse said...

Hi Nick, I saw you on TV not so long ago--is all the filming done now? You must be ready for a vacation!

The college math is new this year, you guys will be the guinea pigs I guess. I have some notes on my site from the 2 times that I taught the old course--some of it may still apply to what you will be doing, have a look under MBF3C and see what's there. I hope it goes well for you. I know that you can do a good job!

Napanee is good so far. I really like my classes. I've got a math-free semester though, so if you need help, I'd appreciate the chance to keep up my skills :)

Amber said...

Hey Ms.Bearse, it's Amber;P Just wondering...are we going to learn about all the periodic table stuff again? Like, the chemical formulas? Do you explain isotopes more? I'm still confused about them from last year. Why don't they follow the rules in the one theory (I'm not sure which one...particle or something) But, it states that an element always weighs the same or something like that, otherwise it's not the same element...it's just absolutely mind boggling!!!!! Ms. Abramczuk told me about it a thousand times but always ended in "the scientists haven't figured that out yet" or something like that. Anyways, just so you know, I'm not so good at labs. Actually, I'm not very fond of them at all! I think that writing the reports afterward ruins everything. Oh, and NEVER make me do a presentation or read aloud! I will die=( Um, do we do electricity at all in grade 10? How bout space? Space is sort of talked about in weather, right? Kinda? Well, see ya on monday=) Have an awesome weekend=)

ms.bearse said...

Hi Amber, Yes we will learn about the periodic table, but we will go farther than you did last year. So, don't worry, there will be time to review the basics before we learn more.

Isotopes are a little confusing...The first thing you need to know is that the number of protons is what determines what the element is. For example, if an element has 3 protons it is going to be Lithium, it will have an atomic number of 3, and it is the 3rd element in the periodic table. If an element is not an ion, that means that it has no overall electric charge. Protons are positively charged, so if lithium has 3 protons, it must also have 3 electrons (negatively charged) to balance and make it neutral. We know that electrons orbit around outside the nucleus. So, now for the neutrons...which have no charge...we can have different numbers of neutrons inside the nucleus without changing the charge or the type of element that it is. Neutrons have mass, so if you have more neutrons your element will be heavier, and if you have fewer neutrons your element will be lighter. So, elements can have different weights because of the different numbers of neutrons inside the nucleus. Scientists are always still researching to determine the average mass for a particular element.

Thanks for all the tips you've given me...I can't promise that I'll follow all of them though.

Electricity happens again in grade 11 physics, space doesnt really happen again, we talk a little about the atmosphere in our weather unit.

Thanks for all the questions!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. Bearse!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's Hilary. How was your summer?? Mine was awesome. I was sitting in my biology class today (which happens to be the same classroom as last year) and we happened to be watching the WORST movie in science history. I'm not exaggerating, they we talking about cell difusion and they played ear peircing alien music that sounded like a 5 year old with a synthesizer! It was actually physically painful! lol. And then while almost passing out from the horridness of the movie I thought of last years science and said to my friend, Ms. Bearse would never make us watch this. lol And then I remebered your website and I got this idea to send you a message! I have Mrs. ----- for Biology this semster. I don't know if you remeber her. She's semi-cool form what i can tell of her now. She does use a microphone which I think is pretty cool lol. And next semester I have chemistry with Ms. ------. Notice I didn't take physics :P. However I did end up with an 80% in math last year. I was so excited. That was the best math mark I have ever gotten in my life:) hehe yah. So Biology is interesting this year. Certainly not as interesting as last year. No snake's skin or wolf habitats or anything like that.:( but maybe it will get better. I think this year will be great I'm looking forward to it.I might even host a student from France for 10 days in April!Oh and curling is starting up again soon ! :) yay! and this year I'm curling in a mixed team with the Tester family lol that should be interesting. How are you doing? Where/ what are you teaching now? Are you doing any supply teaching? Well whatever you're doing I hope you are enjoying it and that you will not show any of your student horrible videos with old people and annoying alien sounds that never end. My suggestion is to show the cool whale/fish flinging one. remeber that? when the whale flung the fish into the air? ohh good times.

Hilary.

ms.bearse said...

Hi Hilary, Thanks for the long and very random message! I thrive on randomness. I'm glad you are continuing in 2 sciences, maybe you'll take physics another time.

I'm doing well, I have 2 classes in Napanee, one of which is grade 10 science! We've watched a few movies, but I haven't shown that particular one yet. I can't show all the cool things in the first month! :)

I'm really proud of how well you did in math! That's an awesome accomplishment.

Have a good time this semester. Keep me posted with Frontenac's news!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ms Bearse.
Letting you know of the upcoming, NEW LC Musical : "Little Shop of Horrors". It happens November 23rd, 24th and 25th. This year, I'll be taking on the creepy role of the sadistic dentist, but the cast is absolutly awesome and it's going to be a really great show. you should plan to come.

Nick

ms.bearse said...

I'll put it on my calendar, and definitely be there. Thanks for letting me know. Is all your filming done now?

Anonymous said...

Hey Ms. Bearse!

I took your advice and looked up your Gr. 10 math notes seeing as I have a Unit Test on Linear Systems next week- they were very useful so many thanks. Oh and I just had to laugh as your notes on solving by subsitution are almost word for word what we copied down in class today. :) Random....ish
-Nicole

ms.bearse said...

glad they could be of use to you! Feel free to let others know about them. I don't think my class has had time to realize what's up there yet.
Thanks for the randomness! Oh, the book title that I suggested for you (maybe in a few years if not now) is "Six Easy Pieces" by Richard Feynman. It discusses physics concepts...the "six not so easy pieces" is a follow up on that, and I'm working my way through that book currently.

Anonymous said...

Grazie Ms. Bearse! I'd completely forgotten the author. I shall look into tracking a copy down.

Library perhaps?

Boa noite!
I'm feeling very multi-lingual today! That's Italian, Portuguese and English in one post. :D

-Nicole(tta)

ms.bearse said...

:)

Rosie said...

Dear mme. bearse,
I'm trying to do my geography homework but I don't understand the chapter I have to read in french. I was wondering, since you have been through late immersion, if you would have any tips for me. There are too many words for me to look all of them up in the dictionary!!
Rosie

ms.bearse said...

Hey, when you are trying to read in French, or even in complicated English texts, it is important to have some strategies. If you come across a confusing word, try reading on a bit, and maybe you can get the general meaning of it from the context of the sentence. Read through and underline the confusing words...maybe you will find that looking up one word (that's repeated a lot) will help you. Check the glossary in the back of the book. Check margins and side notes that some texts have...there might be clues there about tricky words.

It's not going to be a quick fix though, just like solving math problems, increasing your understanding of a new language takes a great deal of practice. I'd suggest chatting with your geography teacher, maybe they'll have good ideas to help you out.

Good luck.

Rosie said...

Thanks for your help!! It was actually really easy to read once I got going! I think it was more me dreading it then anything else! Thanks!
Rosie

Rosie said...

Hello Mme Bearse,

I have a quick question that is really random. Do you have any pets?
I myself have a cat, called Koshka (which means cat in Russian) and a turtle, called Timmy!
Yours,
Rosie
P.S. What is the woman's choir signing for the Christmas concert this year?
P.P.S. Thanks for answering my random question!

ms.bearse said...

Hello, that's quite a bit of randomness... :)

I have no pets. We used to have fish when I was growing up.

The women's choir is still figuring out what we are doing for Christmas...We've been practicing Candlelight carol, and also Auld Lang Syne. I know we are going to be doing more than that, but right now I can't remember the titles.

I'm sure it will be a fantastic concert. Tickets are going really fast already.

I'm glad you got your reading done. Things often seem scary until you get started...you just have to dive right in and give it a try, even if you are dreading it! Some people dread math...it's a hard thing to overcome.

Thanks for your randomness. Have a good night.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I hope your holydays go wonderfully. I'm sad I missed the holiday show, but that just means I can spend more time with my dad up here in Ottawa =). Here's a little something for humor (it's funny, and less pg rated then numb3rs, being rated like ages 10+). Enjoy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmH5K9SI--0

Steven

ms.bearse said...

Hi Steven, I'm glad you got to Ottawa. The holiday show was good, but you will have more chances to see holiday shows in the coming years. Thanks for the interesting choice of video clips to share...

have a great holiday!

Amber said...

Hey Ms. Bearse!

I miss you at LC! This year I had Mrs. Swaine as a teacher and she reminded me of you. Haha, but yeah... I had math last semester so I don't need any help this semester... I was so sad when I heard that you and Nick had math parties without me!

-- Amber

Ms.Bearse said...

Hi Amber, good to hear from you. I miss you guys from LC too. I'm at KC this semester for 3 classes so I'll be busy. How was math? Nick told me that you would have wanted to go to the math party. If you are taking physics...we could have a physics party :)

Let me know if anything exciting is going on at LC

Anonymous said...

Dear Mme. Bearse,

I miss math class!! At the beginning of the semester I never would have thought I would say such I thing but I guess things have changed!! I have business now in second period and in my opinion it's not as fun!

Anyways, I wanted to ask you a question about soccer. I know the season is far away but I really want to know how many people tried out last year? And how many people make the team (the number of teammates)?
Thank you for answering my randomish question!

Rosie

Anonymous said...

Dear Mme. Bearse,

Hello it is me again...you probably guessed and are thinking: "Sigh...it's Rosemary!!". Sorry to bother you...again but I just wanted to fill you in on some good news!

You know how I'm going to go on that exchange for 2 weeks to France? Well it has been finalized and I'm going there in early July!
The girl, who I'm doing the exchange with, name is Bertile and I found out that she rides horses! So we already have a thing in commun!!! She also has a twin sister and lives just outside of Paris!
I am really excited about it! See you tomorrow!
Rosie
P.S. Thank you for putting up with my many random questions! Thanks!

Ms.Bearse said...

Hi Rosemary, I encourage randomness :)
About soccer, we kept 18 players I think, and maybe 25 tried out, but some didn't attend all of the try-outs. It's lots of fun. Good to try these things in grade 9-you can find out if you like it.

I'm glad you liked math. It was a fun and pretty busy class. Don't worry, there's lots more math you can take in the future, so you can enjoy it again next year, and the next and the next.

I'm glad you have finalized the exchange, you must be getting excited. That will help give you confidence with your french. Hope the semester is good. See ya, and remember to bring your knitting on Friday.

Anonymous said...

Randomness is key in life. Actually it’s a scientifically determined fact that there is a certain percent of randomness in nature. Random

Anyhow (and by now Rosemary there is the *sigh* “it’s Nicole” feeling here…J I swear the two of us combined bug her more that all her other students put together. We are amazing. ) I had a point somewhere…

Yes the soccer (Football!) I think last year we took more that 18 last year maybe ish….but heck what do I know!? I just cared about who was trying out for keeper, and trying to kick the ball more than two feet off the ground. Speaking of which when do try-outs start? Jr. Girls tryouts anyway, I’m so excited! *does happy dance* I’m soccer-deprived now, barely living off English Premiership games and my little pre-season training (it’s hard to practise goal kicks in the snow eh?) And that’s my random story.

I miss math class. And science class. I have 11 Chemistry to keep my mind plenty busy though- it’s SOO hard! Quantum model of the atom equation spectrum something. I have no idea, anyhow I better get back to writing up my pre-lab for tomorrow which is kinda what I’m suppose to be doing now-ish. Hurray for reacting potassium and water! Though the safe precautions and hazards are kind of frightening particularly when I don’t really know what I’m doing…so if I’m not at knitters- I’ve blown off some fingers :)
(JOKE, that was joke… just for reference)

What a longwinded note. You’ll let me know about tryouts yes?

-Nicole

Ms.Bearse said...

my oh my nicole....quite random!

I haven't heard much about soccer yet. I don't think we started until the snow melted....maybe later on in march, or april? I can't remember the details now, but I'll let you know when I find out.

Good luck with keeping your fingers intact. I'll see ya at knitters. I've got more show and tell :)

Jordan Hallin said...

omg, i searched "nicholas arnold" and "vicious circle" on google and there was just one page, this one!

lol, mrs bearse

well, ttyl in science and math

Ms.Bearse said...

That's quite funny :)
see ya in class

Amber said...

but Ms. Bearse! I did Physics last term too! This term I have English, Computers, Intro to Anthro, Sociology, Psychology and Photography...

and did you know about the change they've done to the math curiculum? [oh lord I can't spell.]

In grade 12 there's no longer Algebra and you have to take Advanced Functions in order to take Calculus... =(

Ms.Bearse said...

hello again,
sounds like you have a busy semester...good job taking physics! Did you have fun? I like physics :)

I have heard about the math changes. What are you planning on doing in your future schooling...some programs don't require the calculus, although, I would recommend taking it just because it is fun :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Mme. Bearse!

I am just finishing up my science lab and I seem to be having some difficulty with slope.

The experiment is called mystery block and it involves finding the densities of different blocks of wood and then finding the density of this mystery block. I found that two of the most dense woods (ash and oak) have very low slopes of only 1.1 and 0.44. Also one of the least dense woods (cedar) has a higher slope of 17.1. What does that mean? Do you think that there was a major error in the experiment?

Thanks for your help!
Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

Density is defined as mass/volume. If you are graphing, and using the slope to find the density you should check your axes...be sure the vertical axis is mass, and the horizontal is volume. Then the slope, rise/run will be mass/volume and represent density.

I think your axes might be reversed
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Huhza! Hoary! Whoopee! It worked!!My first three woods had their axis mixed up! You were right!
Thank you so much for your help and responding to my question so quickly.
Thanks again,
Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

no problem :) glad it worked.

Anonymous said...

Hello Mme. Bearse,

I'm sorry to bother you but I'm having difficulties with astronomy unit in science. We had a substitute today and I don't understand a few questions! I'm especially confused with the question:

How high in the sky would Polaris (the north star), be as seen from:
(I found the answer to a)
b) the equator
c) an observer on Alberta's Canada-US border?

The textbook has hardly any information on this subject at all. I guess were just suppose to know the answers.

Thanks for your help. Sorry to bother you.

Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

Hello, I found this website that might be helpful

Becca Smith said...

hahahaha. 'everyone needs space to be random'. that reminds me of math class, and carrie. :P. hope you are having a good march break!.
-bee

Ms.Bearse said...

march break is awesome. I've been decorating Easter eggs (I know it's early). I'll put some pictures up on the knitting page when I've done a few more.

Have a good week... and thanks for being random.
:)

Rosemary said...

Hello Mme Bearse,

I'm just wondering if it may be possible to meet at lunch for a grade nine science party tomorrow. I know it's a bit last minute and feel free to say no if you have a previous engagement or just feel like a lunch hour without a pesky student like me!

Thanks so much,
Rosie
P.S. Can't wait for soccer tomorrow!

Ms.Bearse said...

Sure, room 204 at lunch tomorrow...I'll be helping my students too (if they show up).

see ya

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much Mme! My teacher is having a question period at lunch but I understand things better when you explain them!
Have a good night,
Rosie

Anonymous said...

Hello Mme. Bearse,

Sorry to bother you for the 31st time (I counted how many messages I have sent you and the count is up to 31 including this one!)but I just have a question about soccer. Will there be a tryout this Thursday, April 5 ? We also have one this Tuesday from 5-6 at the dome, right? Thanks so much and my socks are going well, so far!
Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

Soccer is on Tuesday at the dome. That's all for this week. Thursday is the last day of school this week, so we're not going to practice...it gives you a nice longer weekend. Good work on the sock. I turned heel #2. I want to wear them to knitter's on Thursday...ambitious goal eh?

Rosie said...

Hi Mme. Bearse!
I hope you are having a wonderful Easter! My class is really noisy and I can hardly ever hear the announcements because of the commotion. However, I do believe I heard that the tryout for soccer on Tuesday has been moved to Wednesday. Am I right? Is it at 3-4:30? The only problem is that if the tryout has been moved, I have choir and Model UN that night! Will you please let me know the change in schedule?
Thanks so much!
Rosie
P.S. Some people were saying that there was a run on Thursday for people trying out...I didn't hear anything about it. Thanks! Have a happy Easter!

Ms.Bearse said...

I heard the announcement as well. There is no practice on Tuesday. Check down at the gym on Tuesday. I think there is a schedule posted there.

Have a good weekend

Anonymous said...

Hello Mme,

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I heard the concert was fabulous, I'm sorry I missed it!
I was just wondering if it would be possible to have a science party at lunch tomorrow? I have a quiz tomorrow and a test on Tuesday. It's on current electricity and I'm rather confused with the diagrams.:)

Thanks so much,
Rosie :)

Ms.Bearse said...

Sure thing. Check for me in one of the classrooms in the "math hall" (2nd floor). I'll be helping some of my science students too (hopefully). You're welcome to join in.

in the mean time, check through the SNC1D stuff on my site here, you might find something that can help you.

Anonymous said...

Monkeys and bananas! It’s all about the monkeys and bananas Rosemary! It also gives the opportunity to make terrible banana split jokes in class…. Like mole jokes. And velocity jokes.

“With the assumption that we have soccer after school, (we DO have soccer after school right?) are we meeting SOMEWHERE and going SOMEWHERE else? (And you know- if so where?) I never know where I am supposed to be. Ever. You know this. (why am I asking this tonight at this hour? …oh whatever.)

On a related note come to Urinetown! April 25-28th ! Huzzah!

-Nicole

P.S. Thanks for the chem. Help/room to work in that’s not overpopulation with loud squaking people. It is because of you I will get more than 5 hours sleep tonight. Huzzah!

Ms.Bearse said...

We DO have soccer after school...YOU have soccer that is (I will be driving to Belleville). Meet Mr. Carriere by the gym after school. I think you may be running, but don't quote me. The schedule is posted (with scribbled corrections etc) on the gym office door. That'd be where to check.

This hour is a good hour to ask questions...random questions...
I'm glad you get to sleep tonight. Good luck with chemistry stuff, and remember...it's really all about the monkeys.

Math team tomorrow at lunch!

Anonymous said...

Hello Mme!

Would it be possible to have another science party at lunch tomorrow? My test got moved to Friday and those silly monkey's and bananas are messing with my brain!! Thanks so much for all your help so far with Science, every meeting we have I learn so much! Thanks!
Rosie
P.S. My braces are hurting! I don't think I can get a mouth-guard for tomorrow's tryout but maybe I'll use my wax on the pointy brackets! I'm a really verbal player so I'm a little hesitant to get a mouth-guard. Should I? Thanks!

Ms.Bearse said...

lunch tomorrow room 206 (end of the hall). I have encouraged some other students to come too, so I hope there will be lots of us. Bring any friends who want to know about monkeys and bananas.

See ya

Anonymous said...

Sorry to bother you Mme. Bearse but I have a question about soccer. I know Mr. Carrier said that we had an exhibition game on Monday and another try-out on Tuesday but do we have anything tomorrow (Friday)? If so is it an exhibition game or try-out? Sorry that I keep messaging you! Thanks for help today with monkeys and bananas!
Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

Nothing on Friday for soccer. Maybe we'll find out about what's going to happen about the game on monday.

Anonymous said...

Ma’am

I'm not supposed to be at the soccer game on Monday. I have back-to-back dress rehearsals for Urinetown, seeing as it's the day before we open. I really am trying to get around this, (Talia will throttle me, shhhhhhh) don’t know if that's going to work out yet.

If we split the game (talking playing time here) can I play first and then leave to go back to rehearsal?

-Nicole

Ms.Bearse said...

Ma'am? hmmm....

That sounds like a reasonable plan for soccer. I'll email M. Carriere to let him know of your potential conflict. I'll post what he says, when he replies.

Stay calm, stay organized, and get some sleep. This is a busy time for you guys!

Anonymous said...

Hello!
Do we have soccer practice on Tuesday after school?
Thanks,
Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

Yes, Tuesday is at McCullough field (near LCVI sort of). We are taking a bus there. I think every Tuesday will be at that field.

Anonymous said...

You,

Sounds like a plan, thanks for letting M. Carriere know. It's kinda nice to, you know, keep him in the communication loop.

Calm. Sleeping.(only thanks to Rosie calling and INSISTING) Mostly organized sort of, maybe.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Nicole

Ms.Bearse said...

Nicole, you can play the first half. We're playing at Lasalle, so you should find a way back to the school for your rehearsal. I found a chemistry book that you are welcome to borrow...I don't know if it will be of any use, but I'll bring it to school and you can let me know.

Anonymous said...

Hello Mme.,

Just wanted to thank you for the spectacular game today. I think everyone played really well! Poor Victoria! Do you know if she's alright?
Unfortunately I won't be able to make the Math Contest tomorrow (it is tomorrow, right?) because in order to make the soccer practice tomorrow, I have to move my clarinet lesson to 7:30. Sorry, I hope it isn't any trouble!
I have so much on at the moment with soccer, clarinet, piano, ridding, choir, French and homework, I'm almost as stressed as Nicole (but not as!).
Have a brilliant night,
Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

You played really well tonight. Good work. We'll find out about Victoria tomorrow, I hope she is ok. Don't worry about the math tomorrow night. I know everyone is really busy, and it's hard to fit everything into your schedule.
Have a good night.

Anonymous said...

Almost as stressed out as Nicole? Hey! I'm not sure if I should glare at you or be proud of myself.

Awful to hear Victoria hurt herself today, I hope she feels better! Glad to hear the 2nd half went well otherwise.

*ahem* I actually did have a question- do we have a math meeting/final practise tomorrow at lunch?

In an (un)RELATED note- Everyone come to Urinetown! April 25th-28th 10$ for students/seniors 15$ for other people. Show starts at 7pm be early! (Thank you Ms B for allowing this shameless plugging for our show)

-Nicole

Ms.Bearse said...

brief meeting at lunch tomorrow...just to remind people of what's going on.

:) hope the stress is subsiding!

go to sleep!

Anonymous said...

oh! I just remembered I won't be there, I've have a 11am call time. Never mind I'll find someone to fill me in.

I will go to sleep! I just have another prelab to finsh and a history essay thing. Then I'll go to sleep I promise.

-Nicole

Anonymous said...

Hello!

Nicole and I were just wondering if we're having Knitter's tomorrow since Friday is a PA day.
Thanks,
Rosie
P.S. Are you coming to Urine Town?

Ms.Bearse said...

Hi, I just got back from seeing Sears in Perth....uhh, about knitters, I'll be leaving for Belleville during lunch, so you are welcome to meet and knit, tomorrow....I won't be there for it.

I think I'll be going to Urinetown on Friday or Saturday...haven't decided yet. Is it good?

Anonymous said...

I just saw Urinetown! It is really, really good! Everyone was fantastic! I'm going again tomorrow and I'm excited for it!
We didn't have knitter's today, Nicole and Catherine were doing other things. I hung around with my friend Laura.
Have a fabulous weekend!
-Rosie

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm glad you came and saw Urinetown and I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed it! We had so much fun putting it on, it's going to be weird to have my life back...

What is our soccer situation this week? Is this the week Victoria can't be there on Monday and I have to for sure be there? If so where are we playing? I can't come on Wed because of choir recording.

I promise to start figuring this out ahead of time for myself once I get my life back in a logical order. Which will be soon. Really.

Cheers, and thanks again everyone for coming to see the show!

-Nicole

Ms.Bearse said...

For soccer this week we play on Monday and Wednesday, I don't know which game Victoria is going to. At one point she mentioned that she might have to miss this game, but I never heard the final outcome...I guess we figure that out at school. Tuesday's practice is at McCullough after school. Thursday is a tournament all day at Lasalle, and Friday is off.

The show was awesome. I had to go twice :)
Good luck getting back to "regular life"...you'll have so much more time on your hands.

See you tomorrow

Anonymous said...

(I sent this message before but I don't think it worked, if you get both: please post this one instead because its better!)
I'm sorry I send you so many messages! I love your website because it not only helps me with my homework, it also makes me so happy to see a teacher so dedicated to her job and so willing to help her students!:)
My ears hurt so much and I have two big blisters on them from the sunburn!:( I never knew you could get blisters on your ears! You learn something new everyday!
I also have three projects, all due next week and I don't think I will get them finished in time!:(
I have refrained from using the word "depressed", it has been replaced by gloomy.
Thanks so much Mme. Bearse so much for everything (so far!)! And a big thank you for putting up with my random messages!
-Rosie

Anonymous said...

'ello,

I have a question about your favourite kind of chemistry.

I have this equation:

CuSO4(aq) + Fe(s) rtp FeSO4(aq) + Cu(s)

What is the mass of teh CuSO4.5H2O is required if you use 0.75g of Fe and require a 10% excess of CuSO4.H2O?

I think I calculate the mass of the minimum required CuSo4 and then add the extra 10% later but I don't know how to find the mass of the CuSO4. Any ideas?

Thanks muchly!

-Nicole

Ms.Bearse said...

1 mol CuSO4 reacts with 1 mol Fe
1 mol CuSO4 is (63.55+32.07+(4x16))=159.62g
1 mol Fe is 55.85g

55.85g Fe-----------159.62g CuSO4
.75g Fe---(0.75*159.62÷55.85)=2.143g CuSO4
we need 10% extra so we multiply the mass of CuSO4 by 1.10
2.143*1.10=2.36 g CuSO4

Is that right?
I like this stuff :) Thanks for the question.

Anonymous said...

I wrote the equation with the assumption that CuSo4(aq) would be interpeted the same as CuSo4.5H2O, sorry. It doesn't change the process much though, I justfactored in the extra 5 water molecules into the molar mass which is turned out right.

So yes you were right.

Thank you so much, my lab makes much more sense now!

-Nicole

Ms.Bearse said...

ok, sorry...forgot about the water!
glad it worked for ya.

get some sleep.

Anonymous said...

Are you going to be in room 206 tomorrow at lunch? I really need to study for my science test! I'm going to fail. :( I should have studied earlier. I'm so tired that I can't focus so I'm going to bed. Thanks for waiting with me until my dad came to pick me up! I hope you weren't too late for choir!
Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

I'll either be there, or helping out with academic detention (rm.101). See ya there...
you're not going to fail
have a good night

Anonymous said...

You were right! I didn't fail! Thank you so much for giving up your time to sit with me at lunch and for helping me study. My appointed for my nose is tomorrow at 10:45 so I won't be able to make knitters. Is there a soccer meeting tomorrow at lunch to discuss what is happening with the game? I'm worried I'll get back from my appointment and find out you guys have left for a re-game!! Thanks again.
-Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

I hope your nose is ok tomorrow :)
I think we're trying to push the regi overtime to as late as possible because some girls are playing in a tennis tournament. We may be getting out of last period early, but you'll be back for that. We'll be playing at holy cross, maybe at 2:30 or 3...I'll put something up under the soccer heading when I'm more sure.

I'm glad you didn't fail....
Dont worry about knitters...we're all a bit occupied I think.
see you tomorrow

Anonymous said...

Do you like getting these comments? Be honest!

Ms.Bearse said...

Don't mind one way or the other. It's a good way to help people who want to ask for help, but don't want to admit that they want help.

Anonymous said...

everyone needs a space to be random.. i like that hehe. So i can't sleep and i decided to work on science but then my mind began to wonder and somehow i'm here.. so random question that's been on my mind. You know how one person likes the taste of something but others don't? Are they tasting the same thing and one person just likes it or are they tasting different things?

Just a thought..
-Popsicle

Ms.Bearse said...

Here, I found a neat page of taste disorders...so I guess people don't all taste things the same way.
check it out here

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm sorry to bother you and my question is rather long to answer, but I was wondering if you could tell me the 6 different stages of an animal and plant cell (you know like interphase and metaphase). I looked in my science text book and all I found was four stages but the sheet I have to fill in says I have to know six. It would be great if you could help me and tell me what happens at each stage!
Thanks so much Mme. Bearse,
Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

Here ya go, try this link:
mitosis 6 stages

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mme! You have saved my life, yet again! I have a quiz on this tomorrow and I'm going on the french trip today. I better go the bus is leaving at 7:45!
Bye,
Rosie
P.S. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Do you know where you will be teaching next year?

Ms.Bearse said...

nope, not yet

Anonymous said...

when will you know about teaching next year then?

Ms.Bearse said...

I wont know until they tell me :) I might know before the end of school, it might be in the summer that I'll find out.

Anonymous said...

Two quick questions:

1. For monkeys and bananas, where do the resistors fit in? I know the monkeys go around and drop off there bananas at the voltmeters and they have to use up all their bananas before they get to the battery. but I'm confused with resistors!!
2. Do we have knitter's tomorrow?
Thanks Ms. Bearse!!
-Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

Resistors are loads in the circuit, similar to light bulbs. With the analogy of monkeys and bananas, the monkeys drop off some bananas at each load. The number of bananas represent the potential difference (voltage drop) across each load (bulb/resistor etc). They don't drop things off at the voltmeter, but the voltmeter could be seen as a "Banana meter" to see how many bananas were dropped off at the resistor or the bulb. Voltmeters always measure the difference in potential (or banana quantity) between two places in a circuit.

I'm in room 206 at lunch, if you want to come knit, feel free. I think people are busy studying though. How is the blanket coming?

Anonymous said...

We agreed that the blanket will be finished for exam return day. Therefore I'm planning on sewing it after exams. I just can't do it right now. I'm asking about Monkey's and Bananas because my bell-ringer exam is tomorrow! Is it hard????? (Please respond)
Thanks for your help,
Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

Bell ringers are fun :)

If you are confused about any particular question, write it down on your page so you can think it over and answer it later. Sometimes you'll have more time later in the bellringer, and you could go back and fill in more blanks (if you remember what the original question is). You'll do fine.

Can we have a knitters meeting on Exam return day then? I want to get a picture of us with the blanket before we donate it. If you need help with putting it together I'll lend a hand, just let me know. I don't want to weigh you down with knitting responsibilities :)

Have a good sleep tonight!

Anonymous said...

“Bell ringers are fun :)”

*Nicole sputters coffee ALL over the keyboard*

Sure Ms Bearse, sure they are.

ANYWAYS

I took the evening off because you SAID to not study tooo hard all weekend. A whole evening off for improv practise and crazy downtown street improv scenes. I think we scared/made-strangers-stare-at-us-because-of-our-intense-arguments. Joanna and I yelled at each other in Confederation Park all about how she doesn’t respect the consequences of her actions (ie- illegal graffiti) on the people who care for her (ie- me). People seemed to find us interesting. And I totally wrecked my jaw again hurray!! (Except…not. Don’t tell my mommy please) And now Saturday has come and I can get cracking on work.

Sorry, tangent. My bad.

I had a chemistry question. Obviously.

10.00mL of vinegar is just neutralized by 27.00mL of 0.200 mol/L NaOH. Vinegar is dilute CH3COOH. Calculate the concentration of the vinegar and the mass percent concentration.

Equation given was this: NaOH + CH3COOH rtp Na+ and CH3COO- and H20

Huh? I have noooooo idea. Do you?

If you’re up reading this I hope you are (a) already had a 3 hour after school nap AND (b) NOT marking, translating exams or other teachery-school-exam-stuff. IF you are- here is a distraction. You’re welcome. Not.

Sorry about the tangent. It’s what happens when talking is limited. This is like the longest post ever. You are the best-est.

-Nicole

Anonymous said...

What causes summer solstice?

Ms.Bearse said...

Ok....the neutralization happens when the H+ from the vinegar joins with the OH- from the NaOH to make water.

Start with the 27mL of NaOH...you know the concentration, so you can find the mols of NaOH, which gives the mols of OH- which you use to find the mols of H+ (they have to be equal), so you know the mols of vinegar....
then you use the mols of vinegar/10mL to get concentration
and the mass percent concentration you can do with molar mass
:)
how's that

P.S. I got a shetland sheep fleece today that is goldish brown...soooo soft...it's waiting for me to finish exam translations...and then I can start to wash it, and spin it! :)

Have fun with studying!

Ms.Bearse said...

summer solstice is the longest day, shortest night (for us in the northern hemisphere)

The earth's axis of rotation is tilted. The earth is spinning around the axis once per 24 hour period (that's where we get the measure of a day).

The earth is also orbiting around the sun, once per 365 day period (that's where we measure years)

The tilted axis affects the areas of the earth that receive direct sunlight. In one extreme case, the north pole is in total darkness, and in another extreme case, the north pole is in total daylight.

The summer solstice is day with the most daylight hours in the northern hemisphere. The farther north you go, the more daylight there will be on this day. At the north pole it is 24 hour daylight.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, another quick question!! Ionic Compounds become stable by the attraction of ionic bond. But I thought the atoms didn't join and stay together (that's molecular compounds). Am I right?
Thanks,
Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

ionic compounds stick together because the ions have opposite charges (positive/negative). The electrons have been transferred (that's what makes the charge). You need a metal and a non-metal to get positive and negative ions.

Molecular compounds form when non metals share electrons between them.

Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

hi ms.bearse i was wondering if you could explain "amnio acids" to me. I don't understand what they are. So if you could tell me that would be very helpful.

Thank you,
Feli

katie jehanne and nicole said...

hey ms bearsie. we are posting this in "randoms" because you wouldn't let us post it in the gr. 10 science thingy. anyways, WHEN are you going to put up the pictures on your website. math ones, science and ice cream ones, soccer ones etc. anyways, we had science exam today, so yah, we know will be leaving. hurry and put them on your site please!!!!!
byebye,
Natie, Jicole and Kehanne

Ms.Bearse said...

Check out the PHOTO link at the bottom of the first page. That's where they will be momentarily.

:) Hope you are studying math now....

Anonymous said...

Another quick question!! Exam is tomorrow so I'm kind of worried about Chemistry part!! What are the names of the periods and how do you count them?
Thanks,
-Rosie

Ms.Bearse said...

amino acids are molecules that form proteins...you learn more about them much later in highschool/university chem or bio.

do you have a more specific questions?

Ms.Bearse said...

Periods on the periodic table are the rows (numbered from the top...)
Groups are the columns (alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, blah blah blah, halogens, noble gases)

The periods tell you how many electron shells there are. The groups tell you how many electrons are in the outer shell. Cool eh?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info about the groups and periods!! Now, I think I have one last question:
What is a transition metal?

I've tried looking it up but I can't find any information on it that is understandable. Thanks!
-Rosie

Anonymous said...

Ms Bearse I can not for the life of me figure out the difference (distiction?) between polar covalent bonds and regular covelent ones. ??

-Nicole

P.S.- Studying in the park was a great idea, thanks.

Ms.Bearse said...

transition metals are the ones that are inset from the others...(element 21 is the start) They are more complicated (you'll see in grade 10) sometimes they have one charge, and sometimes they'll have another....so their ions are not so easy to predict. In grade 11 you'll find out about orbitals and other fun stuff--ask nicole!

Ms.Bearse said...

Nicole, check this site It seems to be a straight forward explanation. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Dear Ms Marker-of-long-and-tedious-math-exams

If 1.00g of a hydrocarbon undergoes complete combustion to produce 2.75g of CO2 and 2.25g of H2O how do you caluclate the hydrocarbons simplist formuala? I know the hydrocarbon has a C and an H in it. Other than that I'm lost at where to even begin.

- The asker of Chem questions at odd hours (9 o clock isn't bad...)

Chelsea said...

hey i was going over some math stuff and i'm getting stuck on how to start the word problems. i was just wondering if you're going to be around school tomorrow and if so if you could maybe just remind me how to start them?
Thanks!

Ms.Bearse said...

I'm in room 204 or the math office tomorrow...I'd be happy to help with word problems

see ya tomorrow

Ms.Bearse said...

Nicole....
it's not completely like I wrote earlier...(The water has 2 Hs, so the balancing part was wrong...
here is the right one....i hope

CxHy + O2 --> CO2+H2O
the x and y are the subscripts for C and H
I'm gonna balance it now...just for fun...
CxHy +((2x+y)/2) O2 --> x CO2 + (y/2) H2O
now I can ignore the oxygen gas (although i know the molar mass is 32g/mol hahaha)

1 g mystery hydrocarbon reacts to make 2.75g CO2
we know that CO2 is 44g/mol so we have 0.0625 mol CO2...so x=0.0625

1 g mystery hydrocarbon reacts to make 2.25g H2O
we know that H2O is 18g/mol so we have 0.125mol H2O...so (y/2)=0.125
which means that y=0.25

This means that the ratio of C to H in our mystery hydrocarbon is 0.0625 to 0.25 (which is the same thing as 1:4)
That means you have four times as many hydrogens as carbons...
CH4 is the mystery hydrocarbon!

Anonymous said...

Are you right? Well it makes sense to me but the book says CH4.

I tried to do what you did by figure out the # of moles of C in CO2 and the # of moles in H of H2O then compare them. Either that was the completely wrong train of thought or my calculations are off (quite possible)

I think the book is rotten and wrong. If you don't have any shocking revelations about it while reading this (and please don't spend much more time then you already have, it's not worth it I'm sure you have exams to mark.) it's fine, I'll come back to it after the exam.

Much thanks

-Nicole

Anonymous said...

we have 0.0625 mol of CO2. lovely. so why does that = x?

Yes, you're right this time. but why?

Ms.Bearse said...

Ok, I just used x and y arbitrarily so I'd have something to use with the parallel statements.
The grams of CO2 (given) are used to calculate the mols of CO2 (and hence the mols of C in the mystery hydrocarbon)
The grams of H2O (given) are used to calculate the mols of H2O (and hence twice the number of mols of H in the mystery hydrocarbon)

I calculated the number of mols using mass/molar mass for each (water and CO2). Then I compared the ratio of C to H

hope this is understandable.

Anonymous said...

It was. I actually understand what you did now.

*tosses Ms Bearse virtual Diet Coke*

That's for the help. THANK YOU.

I can go to sleep in peace now, without pondering it all night. (I will however have nightmares about the molar mass of O2. haha)

I'm going to sleep I think, I might wake up around 2 and find something else to question but if I get as far as posting something- ignore it. Go to sleep. Oh right you cut me off anyways...never mind...I'm rambling again...have a good evening.

you're are the best-est. again.

-Nicole

Ms.Bearse said...

Have a good sleep. Come see me tomorrow when you're done. It will be fine, ok? Just know that you can do it...write your steps...calculate molar masses correctly ;) ...remember the units of R...when in doubt, write out a formula, and shove things into it. (always works for me!)

See ya tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to bother you but I have one last comment for the school year. I just want to say, thank you, Mme. Bearse for all the help you've given me this year. I am so glad you are returning next year! You were always willing to give a student help, whether it be at lunch, after school, or on your forum at 2 in the morning! I'll never forget when you waiting with me for my parents to come and pick me up, after a soccer game and how you gave me a quick chemistry review as we sat on the steps leading to the field.
Thanks Mme. Bearse for your generosity and kindness. I will remember those days when you helped me and always told me to do my best. I appreciate all the work you do as a teacher. If I become a teacher, I hope I'm as generous and as good at my job as you!
HAVE A TERRIFIC SUMMER!
Thanks,
Rosie

Anonymous said...

haha! You have no idea how happy I am that you're coming back semester 2. Well actually you likely do...whatever.

This may seem kind of out-of-the-blue-random but it's terribly important. Really.

YOU drink crystal light- in that big water bottle of yours right? Do you dilute it and use 1 single for 1L instead of 500mL?
(c1*v1=c2*v2 haha)Well?

-Nicole

Ms.Bearse said...

Hi Nicole, still doing chemistry? Yes, I do dilute that stuff, it's kinda strong still actually. I found out that I'm at KC in the mornings for semester 1, and I'll be there for 1 class (as far as I know) for semester 2. As far as I know, I can be at KC for lunch too... :) We'll be able to finish our blanket in September! Oh, I also will be back in Cantabile this year, the letter came in the mail this week.
Just thought I'd share my news!
Have a good summer, don't do too much chemistry at camp!

Anonymous said...

Hiya!

How are you? Nicole and I had a discussion about your Crystal Light addiction a few day ago! I see Crystal Light has made itself apparent in another conversation. (Look at previous post)

I'm off to France tomorrow! I'm soooo excited/scared/nervous/happy/joyful
...I could go on but I won't. I just hope everything will go okay!

What classes are you teaching next year?
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!
Thanks!
-I really should be packing (Rosie)

Anonymous said...

Ms Bearse you have lovely news! Good stuff on the blanket, now I don't have to carry it around next semester! :) and the choir to of course is good to.

I'll try not to do too much chemistry on trip- the Killarney lake ecosystem has been destroyed by the sulfur from the Sudbury smokestacks. That's my chem, bio and geography right there. :) No really I get 1 1/2 school credits for knowing this stuff and I get to teach lessons! (The topic of our learning time today was a “lesson on giving lessons” haha I have the enjoyable topic of hypo and hyperthermia to teach.)

Thanks for the note on the juice- it cuts down on the # of them I need to bring. I get to wake up before the sun tomorrow for an 8 hour bus ride to Killarney. :( I don’t think it will be as fun as our midnight-improv-bus ride- no knitting or diet coke or red bull and such. :)

And that was my news, just thought I’d share, Hey how’re the summer travel plans shaping up?

-Nicole

Ms.Bearse said...

Have a great time in France Rosie! I'll be looking forward to stories and pictures in the fall. Everything should be fine...

I'm currently slated to teach grade 9 communications tech, and grade 10 careers/civics (french for both)...you might be stuck with me again Rosie!!!

Ms.Bearse said...

I don't know that you'll see this before you go, but my summer plans are looking pretty exciting. I'm going to buy tickets tomorrow for my adventure to Japan and Korea. I'm in touch with some of my past students, and I'm going to visit as many as I can. I'll bring pictures to school in sept.

Chelsea said...

Oh wow back for both semesters thats awesome! (I am very happy... although personally I think you should be teaching 11 physics but w/e :P). So I decided to take three sciences in grade 11 and I started the other day in summer school by taking 11 bio.. crazy I know I'm packing almost five months worth of information into 18 days. The only sad thing is no dissection :( but yeah I thought I should tell someone because I still can't believe I'm doing this.. I've only done two days thus far but my brain has taken in ridiculous amounts of information so I'll see how it goes. I don't know if I like it but we're doing chemistry type stuff and I already know the formula for glucose! hehe. Anyways just thought I would share. Hope you're having a great summer and have an awesome time in Japan and Korea!

See you next year!
Chelsea

Ms.Bearse said...

Wow, that's fun for you this summer! I did summer school last year, and it was so hot and the A/C didn't work in my portable....I hope that your experience is more climate controlled :) Good luck with the condensed curriculum, I know you can do it though, and you'll develop fantastic study skills in the process. I'm around until the end of July so let me know how things are going (if you ever get the urge to just tell someone again hahaha)
anyway, if I don't hear from you, I'll see ya in september, with great tales of adventure!

Anonymous said...

Hiya!

It's Rosie from France! I miss my parents! Do you have any suggestions to get over homesickness?

Ms.Bearse said...

Hiya, I saw your mom downtown the other day, I was glad to hear that you arrived safely.

As for homesickness...it is perfectly normal to miss home, it happens to everyone! Remember though that you are making memories that you will keep for the rest of your life. Keep busy, do as much as you can, absorb the culture and language.

You might experience culture shock (you will be confused about what's going on, and notice everything that is different, and if you are feeling particularly negative, you will see all the differences as bad) If you realize culture shock for what it is, you can get through it faster I've found.

A trick that I use (that a wise old friend told me) is that I'll find a nicely shaped pebble that fits well in my hand--smoothed by the water or erosion is best--and I'll just keep that in my pocket. If I need to remember my friend/family/feel a connection to home, I'll just put my hand in my pocket, and hold on to the pebble. It sounds silly but I kept a pebble in my pocket through a difficult summer at camp. Be careful though, if you go rolling down any hills you'll get a pebble shaped bruise on your leg! Also, people wonder what's wrong with their laundry when the pebble gets loose in the wash, so keep it safe on laundry day :)

-keep a travel journal, take pictures, explore, (find a wool store hahaha....feed your addiction) I checked and I can bring needles on my air canada flight to Japan :)


Just know that people are missing you too, and when you come back you will both be so happy--and they will want to know all about all the fun things that you did. I will want to see pictures too...ok? We'll have to meet at lunch in september and do a show and tell session.

Anonymous said...

oki random science question which I should know.. if something becomes more viscous does that mean it becomes thinner/runnier? I'm writing up a lab and trying desperately to sound smart but I'm forgetting what my science words mean which is not so good. Hehe. Sorry to make you think about science in the summer. That's all I've been doing but school's going really well, I'm learning a lot and so far doing well in the course. We just started genetics and it's pretty interesting.

Just a though.. if you're bored this Wednesday we're playing at McCullough 6:30 and the same next week. I'm sure certain students would love to see you..no pressure though.

Anyways hope you're having a very relaxing summer!

-Chelsea

p.s. it's FREEZING in school I have to wear pants and a sweater just so I don't start to shiver.

Ms.Bearse said...

more viscous means that it is harder to pour, less viscous means that it is runnier.

I'm glad school is going well, I really liked biology when I took it in high school, it's really easy to apply to your life--you thought you were seeing parabolas everywhere--just wait until you start thinking biology all the time!

I may stop by McCullough we'll see.

Enjoy the freezing school...I'm trying to get used to the heat and humidity...here the humidity is only 60%. in Japan and Korea (where I'll be in 2 weeks) it is hotter than this, AND 85% humidity. Oh dear!

Anonymous said...

You left before I could say hi! But thank-you for coming and I'm sorry that it was a terrible game and that no one was there... I hope you didn't miss anything important but thank-you for coming :)

-Chelsea

Ms.Bearse said...

Hi Chelsea, you sure were aggressive at the game! Good stuff. It must have been hard to play with no subs. I left so soon because I had to go meet my family to watch Harry Potter (one of the old ones). Gotta catch up so the new one will make sense!

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