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The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops is a science fiction dystopian short story by E.M. Forster. It describes a world in which almost all humans have lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual lives in isolation in a cell with all bodily and spiritual needs met by The Machine which is globally omnipotent. Most humans welcome this as they have become fearful of first-hand experience. The people have all but forgotten that humans created The Machine and regard it as a mystical entity whose will necessarily supersede their own. Those who do not accept the quasi-deification of The Machine are viewed as "unmechanical" and are threatened with "homelessness" which equates to death. Eventually, the Machine apocalyptically collapses and the civilization of The Machine comes to an end.

Click here to download the PDF or Kindle Version of E.M. Forster's The Machine Stops

The Sea and the Little Fishes

Mr. Hutchinson's favorite author is Terry Pratchett. He particularly loves his Discworld  Series.

The Sea and Little Fishes is a short story by Terry Pratchett, written in 1998. It is set in his Discworld universe, and features Lancre witches Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg.


A coalition of witches, led by self-appointed organiser Lettice Earwig, asks Granny Weatherwax not to participate in the annual Lancre Witch Trials, on account of her always winning. She agrees, becoming disconcertingly nice. This is because Granny has made it clear in the Tiffany Aching series that she does not approve of Lettice Earwig's methods, and admitting that a rival is correct at the time of her own choosing is the greatest and most calculated insult Granny can possibly deliver to another witch, essentially having agreed with Lettice Earwig's own unwitting 'admission' that she cannot beat Granny.

It is based on the "ancient phrase" The big sea does not care which way the little fishes swim, which Pratchett made up at some point before the story, and finally used in Night Watch.

Click here for an online text of "The Sea and the Little Fishes"



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"Though this be madness, yet there is method in't."

-=-William Shakespeare-=-

“The difference between the poet and the mathematician is that the poet tries to get his head into the heavens while the mathematician tries to get the heavens into his head.”
-=-G.K. Chesterson-=-

Recommended Calculators



"Loaner Calculators" are not available on demand in class, and students may not "share" a calculator. Please make sure to obtain a calculator from the school library or otherwise outside of class time otherwise one may have to function without the assistance of a calculator.


Calculators are required for all levels. While students may check out a calculator from the AHS Library, many students prefer to have their own. Mr. Hutchinson will engrave identification on personal calculators for students and recommends the following if you chose to purchase one for yourself.

Algebra and Geometry: Though any scientific calculator is acceptable, Mr. Hutchinson recommends the following:

Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS

Texas Instruments TI-30XS MultiView


Algebra II and PreCalculus: Any graphing calculator is acceptable, but Mr. Hutchinson recommends the  Texas Instruments TI-30 Plus or later model. Note Well: The TI-30 Plus is usually available used on sites like eBay or Craig's List for around $50 or less. The TI-30 Plus is absolutely acceptable for Mr. Hutchinson's Algebra II and PreCalculus class. If a student plans to take Statistics eventually or concurrently, s/he should check with the current AHS Statistics teacher to see what particular graphing calculator the instructor expects which will be acceptable for Mr. Hutchinson's classes as well.

Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus

Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus



Courses (2018-2019)

Period 1: PreCalculus

Period 2: Geometry

Period 3: Geometry

Period 4: Geometry

Period 5: PreCalculus

Period 6: Preparation Period

Period 7: Non-Contractual Period

The Elegant Universe

Eleven dimensions, parallel universes, and a world made out of strings. It's not science fiction, it's string theory!

Watch a documentary about how we know these things here:




Nature By Number