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Unread postby Bei Long » Thu Dec 18, 2003 11:38 pm

It's for english, though. That looks like psychology or something. Thanks anyway. :wink:
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Unread postby Rurouni Kenshin » Sun Jan 11, 2004 4:33 am

I need to do a report on a poet. I'm trying to find a decent poet but I'm stumped. Plus EE Cummings is taken.

Who is a good American Poet that submitted a poem between 1900 and 1940?
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Unread postby JCC » Sun Jan 11, 2004 5:16 am

The Amazing Jake Jeckel wrote:I need to do a report on a poet. I'm trying to find a decent poet but I'm stumped. Plus EE Cummings is taken.

Who is a good American Poet that submitted a poem between 1900 and 1940?

Robert Frost is excellent, and relatively well-known. You can find a short biography about him here, and links to his poems are listed below the biography.
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the shu poetry

Unread postby Mikesch » Wed Mar 24, 2004 5:28 am

I was wondering if anyone could break this poem down in parts and tell me about its content, and tone. Im having huge problems understanding any of this!
Content - What is the subject matter of the poem? what physical situation is occuring?
Who is the speaker or the characters involved? What is setting in place and time?
Tone - What is the poet's attitude toward his/her subject matter? Which words or images employed by the poet allowed you to make this decision?
(This is narrative poem so you know)

I have this so far:
Content:
China – 150-250AD
Kingdom of shu – the three brothers
Kingdom of wei – Cao cao

3 brothers by oath – Zhang fei, guan yu, liu bei
- they swore to rid the Empire of all rebels
Scarves – rebel group, threatening the hans
They were defeated, and things were ok for awhile, until…

Dong zhuo took the throne of the hans, and cao cao attacked with soldiers uner Yuan Shaos command (i think this last part is wrong)
any help on this would be appreciative!!

The Shu

Three to-be heroes, sworn brothers by oath,
Rose up to confront higher denizens.
The Hans prophesized crumbling, and end,
Forced people into chaos, brethren fighting brethren.
In the end, the scarves (Yellow scarves) were routed,
And peace came again, for short.
Dong Zhuo took power, retribution doubted
Until Cao Cao rallied talented officers under Yuan Shao.

Three brothers, Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei,
Offered their help and fought the chaotic tide.
Finally, at Luo Yang’s Hu Lao gate,
The mighty Lu Bu would no longer hide.
He charged out and in battle, he met the brothers three,
First Zhang Fei, then Guan Yu, and finally Liu Bei.
This was one spectacle worth while to see,
Lu Bu, eventually fatigued, was required to fly.

Thus ending the war, with the 400 year-old Han crumbling,
Ended, and Gongsun, Yuan, Ms, and he disappeared into time.
Cao Cao showed his true colors, and usurped the throne
By Zhuge Liangs advice, they left Cao Cao, a brilliant mind.
Liu Bei, was followed by peasants young and old,
Which made easy pursuit for Cao Cao, Liu Bei’s son lost.
Zhao Yun, officer talented, took for him, ride bold,
Carved a path, killed many officers, Zhao returned safely

The army in Zhao’s pursuit, met Zhang Fei aline at steep slope bridge,
He issued a challenge to any and all to duel him.
The host halted and would not accept.
Instead, turned and fled, foreseeing their future dim.
As Liu Bei settled in the river lands, calling themselves,
Shy-Han, Wei and Wu Rose to power, beginning again.
Three Kingdoms were established, each damning the others to hell,
Fought massive battles as Yi Ling, He Fei, Chi Bi, and Jie Ting.

More talented generals flocked to Lie Bei’s banner,
Gaining Ma Dai, Ma Chao, while losing Pang Tong.
Huang Zhong, Wei Yan, Zhao Cong as well,
Zhang Fei and Guan Yu’s sons did not choose wrong.
Later Jiang Wei, Yue Ying and Pang De would side,
An army this talented would stand even to Cao Cao’s.
Any to attack them, their time they did bide,
As Shu attacked Wu, Wu attacked Wei, and Wei attacked Shu.

Finally, at Fan, Guan Yu, head of the five Tigers of Shu,
Was pincer-ed by Lu Meng and Cao Ren, and fled to Mai.
And there he was captured and executed, a glorious day for Wu,
Took Guan Yu’s head and sent it to Cao Cao.
At Lu Meng’s appreciation feast, he was killed, spiritually,
By lord Guan Yu, who possessed him and slain him internally.
Now, everyone grew fearful and next guan killed Cao, fearfully,
Which Guan is known to date as the god of war.

It was first Guan Yu to break the brotherly oath,
Next was the mighty Zhang Fei, murdered in his sleep.
By Cowards, his own vassals, for he went insane,
To avenge Guan YU’s death, for whom he did weep.
The five Tigers were now down to three,
Zhao Yun, Ma Chao, Huang Zhong accepted Wei Yan.
Now four generals there had been,
To the end, at Wu Zhang Plains.

Liu Bei passed away, sealing the oath of the three brothers,
Left Zhuge Liang in charge of the Shu-Han.
Zhuge Liang, already old, chose a successor of all others,
Jiang Wei, and taught all he knew of war and politics.
At Wu Zhang Plains, Zhuge passed away,
And Wei’s Sima Yi sprang on the opportunity.
Zhuge left one last trick, to make Sima’s forces to flee that day,
A true mastermind, none have been smarter then he.

Jiang Wei was now in chage, he did show his zeal,
But for naught, for the Jin dynasty appeared.
Jiang still fought and was the last dynasty,
And with stood being crushed by the Jin, rightly feared.
This marked the end of the Shu, Wu and Wei,
Jin conquered all, and united the land.
This completed the cycle as they say,
A land, long united, must divide. A land, long divided, must unite.
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Unread postby Ranbir » Fri Mar 26, 2004 5:09 pm

Coefficient of friction

I'm doing math courseworks (one of two I have to do in 4 weeks!)
It's a mechanics module, based on whether wooden blocks will slide or topple on certain surfaces whilst increasing the gradient.

To compare the experimental results with the theoretical ones, I need to find the 'Coefficient of friction ' between sandpaper and wood.

If anyone can offer a link that might give information like this would be great.

Thanks in advance.
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Unread postby Seven at One Stroke » Sat Mar 27, 2004 12:10 am

Ranbir wrote:Coefficient of friction

I'm doing math courseworks (one of two I have to do in 4 weeks!)
It's a mechanics module, based on whether wooden blocks will slide or topple on certain surfaces whilst increasing the gradient.

To compare the experimental results with the theoretical ones, I need to find the 'Coefficient of friction ' between sandpaper and wood.

I think you can find something useful here:
http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/frictioncoeff.htm

By the way, could you explain the experiment? Especially, a gradient of what?
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Unread postby Ranbir » Sat Mar 27, 2004 10:33 am

Thanks for the site, but sadly it doesn't give me the values for the materials I need. I might have to make them up.

Anyway, about the experiment.

Like in the link you gave, a wooden block is to be inclined on a ramp. The surface of the ramp will be something like sandpaper. (and will be changed). I will increase the gradient of the ramp, until the block either slides or topples down the ramp. I'll use differen't combination of blocks, size, tall, wide etc. on different surfaces.

This will give me my experimental data. I will then use the theory behind this. (the link you gave) to find at which angle the blocks should slide or topple theoretticaly. Then compare it with the experimental data.
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Unread postby Harimau » Sun Mar 28, 2004 5:01 am

I should start turning up to lectures...

f(x) = (x^3-6x^2+11x-6)/(x-a)

This is not continiuous at x = a. For what values of a is the discontinuity removable?
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Unread postby Seven at One Stroke » Sun Mar 28, 2004 9:59 pm

Harimau wrote:I should start turning up to lectures...

f(x) = (x^3-6x^2+11x-6)/(x-a)

This is not continiuous at x = a. For what values of a is the discontinuity removable?

Hmm...I'm not sure if my answer is correct so check with the answer book (haven't done math in a long time).

To have a point discontinuity, then the limit of the function approaching the discontinuity needs to be the same, i.e. it cannot be asymptotic (I had to look this up on the web, sad). Since the denominator is x-a, then towards the discontinuity, there's going to be a sign shift of the value of the function as x->a. So we have to make sure that the discontinuity the function approaches to from the left and the right is a point even though the two values next to the discontinuity has opposite signs, then it makes sense that the discontinuity should be at lim(a->0)=0, which is at the x-intercepts. Then you have that at a=1,2 or 3, the funciton has a point discontinuity. (Honestly, I got the graph of the function first, and formulated my reasoning second, so there's a huge chance that this is wrong, so do think it through yourself). :)
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Unread postby Ranbir » Sun Mar 28, 2004 10:22 pm

Yay, maths. You're using unfamiliar language to me, but no matter, america in winning in the math language department, so I guess I should get to know it. We've already accepted the american billion as being 'the billion'

I agree with Seven. :D
I also plotted the graph, and set a=x. It automatically set it as 0. Therefore a must be equal or greater than 1.

God I hope thats right...my credibility as a mathematician is on the line...
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