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Discovery Projects for Chapter 1

Banner

I made this banner in Photoshop. The dragon came from here.

Chinese Zodiac Banner

Buttons

I made these buttons with transparent backgrounds so they can be placed on top of any color background in the future.

Home Page Site Layout Control Structures
String Functions Web Forms Midterm Assessment
State Information User Templates Final Project

Icons

These gorgeous images come from this poster made by MangaFox156 (Laura) on DeviantArt.

Rat
Rat
Ox
Ox
Tiger
Tiger
Rabbit
Rabbit
Dragon
Dragon
Snake
Snake
Horse
Horse
Ram
Ram
Monkey
Monkey
Rooster
Rooster
Dog
Dog
Pig
Pig

Information

The word Zodiac comes from a Greek word that means "circle of animals." There are several forms of zodiacs that garner attention in various places around the world. The western zodiac, which is based on constellations of stars in the sky, includes several animals (ram, bull, crab, lion, scorpion, goat, fish) but not all of the signs are animals. The year is divided into 12 months, and each month is signified by one of the constellations.

The Chinese zodiac, which has wide currency in China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan, has a time cycle divided into twelve years, and each year is signified by an animal. The animals of the Chinese zodiac are not associated with any stars or constellations.

The zodiac traditionally starts with the year of the Rat, followed by Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

There are also animal signs assigned by month, day, and hour. Those signs need not be the same as the year sign or any of the other signs.

In addition, there is a 10-year cycle of five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water). This makes possible 103,680 possible combinations of all animals and elements.

(5 elements x 12 years x 12 months x 12 days x 12 hours)

The year 2012 is the year of the Dragon. I myself was born in the year of the Monkey. I'll leave it up to you to figure out exactly what year that was. My wife was born in the year of the Dragon. This is supposed to make us very compatible.

This information was obtained from several articles on Wikipedia.