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Maths Methods Exam 1

Posted November 5th, 2014 by

So I have now completed the 2014 Mathematical Methods (CAS) Exam 1 paper. It wasn’t too hard, although I made a stupid mistake on the very last part of the last question – I forgot to subtract 8 from my answer, which means I wrote 25 instead of 17. Oh well, it’s just one mark, and 39/40 is still pretty good.

Tomorrow I have Exam 2, which means I won’t be making any arithmetic errors – having a calculator makes that a lot easier.

We’ll see how it goes. Let’s hope 50 raw is still a possibility (even if it’s a small one)

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Exams

Posted November 4th, 2014 by

So tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday, I’ll be sitting Mathematical Methods (CAS) Exam 1 and Exam 2 respectively – and so will a whole lot of people across the state of Victoria. Today, being Melbourne Cup day, is a public holiday, so I’m able to stay home and presumably do lots more practice exams in preparation for tomorrow.

At least VCAA exams should be a piece of cake compared to the likes of Kilbaha. We’ll see how it goes I suppose.

Oh, and I haven’t yet mentioned that I’m 2015 GWSC Music Captain – or Co-Music Captain, since there are two of us. I wonder if this will be motivation for me to actually put something in the currently empty Music section of this website… Maybe someday soon.

That’s all for now. I’m still writing the next couple of web development tutorials, but as you can imagine, I’m kind of busy at the moment. More blogging to come at a later date.

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School

Posted October 9th, 2014 by

So I haven’t written anything for quite a while, but I will get around to the next part of the web development tutorial eventually. At the moment, however, there’s a lot of stuff going on at school, as well as preparation for 3 & 4 exams. Probability is still the worst part of Maths Methods, but all in all, most practice exams have been reasonably easy (although some of them have some mistakes, which hopefully won’t be the case for the real exams).

I also have a school captain election and the Glenny’s Got Talent competition to deal with (i.e. a lot of clashes), so this term’s going to be a little hectic. Happily, it’s the last one of the year.

That’s all for now. More blogging (and tutorials) to come at a later date.

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Web Development Tutorial Part 4 – Even More HTML

Posted September 18th, 2014 by

So having completed both Part 1 and Part 2 as well as Part 3 of this series of web development tutorials, we can now move on to discuss even more HTML elements. In the next part of this series, we’ll look at CSS, and finally make our webpages pretty.

Embedding Content

Images

The ‘Image’ element <img> allows us to embed images into our webpage. The image source is specified in the same way a link ‘href’ is, but the ‘src’ attribute is used instead:

<img src="image.png" alt="Non visual browsers see this">

The ‘alt’ tag specifies what to show if the image fails to load or cannot be shown. Note that the <img> tag is a void tag, and does not need closing. The images must be in a format readable by the browser, for example PNG, GIF or JPG.

Videos

The ‘Video’ element <video> allows us to embed videos into our webpage. This element acts similarly to the ‘Image’ element, and also has a ‘src’ attribute:

<video src="video.mp4">
    Your browser does not support &lt;video&gt;.
</video>

The ‘alt’ text is simply contained within the element, and will display on browsers that don’t support the element. Embedded videos must encoded in a way that the browser can understand, for example H.264.

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Web Development Tutorial Part 3 – More HTML

Posted September 16th, 2014 by

So having completed both Part 1 and Part 2 of this series of web development tutorials, we can now move on to investigate more interesting HTML elements.

Text-level semantics

Text-level semantic elements allow us to describe the meaning of text content in our document. We can say that some particular words are more important than others, that a line break should go here, that this bit here is a quote, etc. We won’t be discussing all of the elements that can be used, but we’ll cover the most important.

The anchor element

The anchor element is represented by the ‘a’ tag, and is displayed as a hyperlink which can lead to other webpages – creating that web of links you’ve heard that’s world-wide. The anchor element has a ‘href’ attribute which indicates the webpage to link to. It’s used like this:


<a href="someotherpage.html">This link takes you to some other page</a>

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