Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Solving Proportions and Percents Assessment Key (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

1. Check the portal for the results of your assessment and make a plan for retake (if necessary), including making an appointment online. You have to score at least a 4.5 out of 5 to be considered proficient. If you score less than a 4.5, then you'll need to come in and re-assess. (If you score a 4.5, you can also choose to come in and re-assess to try to get the 5 - I highly encourage that, but don't require it). If you score below a 3.5, then it will show in the grade book as "missing" (which counts like a 0) until you come in and re-assess at least one time. (It's really important to master these skills as we go along, which is why I put it as missing to make sure you come in and re-assess.)

2. Braingenie if you want more practice with Dimensional Analysis.

3. Complete Journey to the Bus Stop handout by Friday.

4. By Monday: Install or link to both Geogebra and Desmos on your laptop. We'll be using these multiple times this year and you may find it helpful in your science classes as well.

Geogebra: Two ways to do this.

a) You can install the Geogebra application on your computer (Mac, Windows and Linux versions). It's safe, but it's always a good idea to talk with your parents before installing software.

b) Or install the Chrome App version of Geogebra. You have to be in the Chrome web browser to install this (if you don't have Chrome, you can install that as well), then go to this link and install the app. Again, it's safe, but it's always good to clear things like this with your parents.

Desmos: Also two ways.

a) Simply bookmark the Desmos website.

b) Install the Desmos Chrome App.

This is not due until Monday, but I would highly recommend doing this tonight so that if you need help you can stop by on Thursday or Friday and I can help you.

5. By Monday: Create a blog post on your Algebra Reflective Blog titled Sample Math Notation that includes an expression that looks like this, only with your first name on top and 2013 on the bottom:

Here are a variety of options you can use to create math notation. I highly recommend using Option 1 (Daum Equation Editor in Chrome), but explore them a bit and pick one that works for you. You are going to need to create math notation many times in the future, so spend a little bit of time now to make sure you know how to do it.
This is not due until Monday, but do not wait until the last minute. I would highly recommend doing it tonight so if you need help you can stop by and see me on Thursday or Friday.