Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Solving Radical Equations Assessment on Friday.

  2. Watch and complete the Pythagorean Theorem Video.

  3. Fun GIF.

  4. If you want, watch this:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Simplifying Radical Expressions Assessment Key (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  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. Complete the Solving Radical Equations Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Openers (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Watch this video on Solving Radical Equations. Then go to the Moodle and submit your free response.

  2. Prepare for the Simplifying Radical Expressions Assessment tomorrow.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Graphing Square Root Functions Assessment Key (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  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. We'll move the assessment over Simplifying Radical Expressions to Tuesday. So this weekend review what we went over today and do between 2 and 22 problems (as much as you think you need) to practice.

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Graphing Square Root Functions Assessment.
  2. Complete the Simplify Radicals Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.
  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Piecewise Functions Assessment Key (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  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. Complete Graphing Square Root Functions Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  3. Watch and Complete the Simplifying Radical Expressions video.

  4. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for your Graphing Piecewise Functions Assessment tomorrow.
  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.
  3. Please bring registration cards to class on Friday for me to sign.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Spend some time reviewing piecewise functions and square root functions.
  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What Will Your Verse Be?

I'm sometimes (okay, often) not very good at expressing myself. Thankfully, I have other folks I can turn to that can perhaps convey what I was trying to say better than I did today in class. Case in point: Walt Whitman.
O Me! O Life?
By Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass, 1892)
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?  
Answer.  
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
This is what I was trying to get at today in class (albeit very poorly). My hope for you is that you may contribute a verse.

The following is a commercial for a product, and it pulls dialog from a movie, but I still think it's powerful.



From Dead Poets Society (1989) 
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, 'O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless--of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?' Answer. That you are here--that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be? 
Tom Schulman from "Dead Poets Society"

What will your verse be?

2014 U.S. Federal Income Tax Brackets

Per our discussion in class today, here are the tax brackets for the 2014 tax year. (Note that this is for the current year, not for the taxes that your parents just paid - that was the 2013 tax year.)





These are just the tax brackets. Notice that it refers to "taxable income" which is not the same thing as total income (there are lots of deductions and credits that get factored in), plus some types of income (for example, capital gains, which you might get from selling a stock) are taxed at a different rate than the brackets.

If you look at any one of these categories, you should be able to clearly see how these are examples of piecewise functions.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cubic Functions Assessment Key (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  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. Complete Piecewise Functions Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Cubic Functions Assessment tomorrow. Study. Please.

  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Inverse Functions Assessment Key (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  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. Look back over today's lesson and think about it!

  3. Complete the Cubic Functions Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  4. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

  5. I will not be available after school on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this week.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Inverse Functions Assessment on Monday.
  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

We took the Transformations Common Assessment (not posting the key since it's a Common Assessment).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  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. Complete the Inverse Functions Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for the Transformations Assessment tomorrow (remember, just focusing on Quadratics).

  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Complete the Transformations Pre-Assessment on the Moodle.
  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Solving and Graphing Absolute Value Inequalities Assessment Key (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  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. Spend 5 to 15 minutes thinking about stretching and reflecting transformations.
  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Opener (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  1. Prepare for Solving and Graphing Absolute Value Inequalities Assessment on Friday.

  2. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Solving Absolute Value Equations Assessment Key (pdf).

Lesson (pdf).

Your homework for tonight is:
  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. Complete the Pre-Assessment over Solving and Graphing Absolute Value Inequalities on the Moodle.

  3. Don't forget Braingenie for more practice.