Monthly Archives: January 2012

Surface tension

Surface tension is a thin layer of minerals and molecules that bunch up together to make a convex dome.  That’s what I learned today basically.  We took a penny and tried to drop as many drops on the penny as possible.  Our group’s highest was 33 drops.  Another group’s highest was 72 drops!  Then we tried 15 drops of tap water with soap water.  We put 2 drops of soapy water and the dome collapsed.  That’s because the soap makes minerals stick to it.  The movement of the minerals brings along some water that destroys the surface tension. Salt water didn’t do anything that we observed.  Ms. Hamlin didn’t put the photos on yet so I can’t use them.  Oh well.  Bye until I put the celebration of learning blog post up!


Lexical Ambiguity

You’re probably wondering about the title.  Well, lexical ambiguity is this.  these sentences are actually grammatically correct!

Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

Buffalo can mean 3 things.  A city in New York, an animal, and a synonym for the verb bully.  If you replace buffalo with New York, bison, and bully, this is what it would look like.

New York bison bully New York bison.

That should be easier to understand.  If you don’t understand, pretend there are 2 groups of buffaloes that all come from Buffalo, New York.  There is a first group and a second group of buffaloes from Buffalo, New York and the first group bullies the second group.

James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher.

A good way to understand this is to punctuate it correctly.

James, while John had had “had”, had had “had had”; “had had” had had a better effect on the teacher.

Let’s say, for example, James and John had to write a sentence that told the teacher that a man had had a bad cold.  John wrote, “The man had a bad cold.”  So that means John did have the “had” in his sentence.  However, James wrote, “The man had had a bad cold.”  That means James did have the “had had” in his sentence.  To simplify it further, “the man had a bad cold” could be made into “The man did have a bad cold.”  John concentrated it into one “had”, which is incorrect.  The last part says that James’ “had had” did have a better effect on the teacher.  That is because since James’ “had had” is grammatically correct, the teacher was more impressed with James’ work than John’s work.

Do you feel like this?

by Guudmorning

If you do then you should probably not see the last one.  If you don’t then read on.

Let’s say someone has a “Fish And Chips” sign.  He says, “I want to put a hyphen(-) between Fish and And, and And and Chips.

Someone can then say, “Wouldn’t it be easier to put quotation marks before Fish and after Chips, and between Fish and and, and and and And,  and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and Chips?

The person could say that, right?

Social Studies Mindmap

Hello!  We have been learning about influences in Social Studies and we have also been making a mind map about it.  Just follow the arrows, finish at the tip, and you’ll be fine.  Of course, the first part is quite difficult.  If you get lost, use your common sense to try and find out where that arrow was heading.  Okay?

Hopefully you can read it if you concentrate hard enough!  I’m trying to make it bigger but it always returns to its original size.  Oh well.  Do you like it?  What do you think about it?