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Monday, September 27, 2010

Week 7

As of Thursday of week 6 both classes have transitioned to new topics. I'll post answers to the exams as soon as I have created an answer file for them. Please put your emotions behind you and try to embrace the next set of topics with renewed fervor.

A special shout-out to the high performers from the junior class. Here are the top four scorers.
Daniel Manning
Roy Ramnarain
Elizabeth Walsh
Marylin Joyce

Algebra II is going to spend three weeks on linear equations beginning with 7 days of pure skills review followed by 7 days of applying linear equations. It is crucial that we focus on mastering the basic skills relating to lines, because they will serve as a basis or at least reference point for all that follows. Please find video links, our class notes (for the first seven days), and the homework below.
Video Links:
Slope-Intercept Form
Point-Slope Form
Standard Form
Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
Class Notes:

Online Practice with Parallel and Perpendicular Lines:
Parallel Lines
Perpendicular Lines


Precalculus will also be turning to linear equations, but in the context of systems. We will review the basic mechanics around solving systems of equations both algebraically and graphically, but will quickly move onto matrices.

Video Links:
Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables
Class Notes:


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Week 6

Exam this week! Algebra II courses will have their exam on Tuesday, September 28 and Precalculus will have their exam on Wednesday, September 29th!. Please review all of the notes and problem sets you have accrued.

Algebra II:
Here are a set of videos that review some of the basic concepts on the upcoming exam. Let me know if they help! In addition, please find a copy of the entire set of notes we completed together in class here*:

Please find the homework embedded below!

Click on the topics below to reach the video:
Domain and Range
Function Notation
Composition of Functions

Algebra II Homework:

I have also included some review videos for precalculus and your homework for the week is located below.

Click on the topics below to reach the video:
Parent Functions Overview
Transformations part 1
Transformations Part 2
Transformations part 3
Piecewise Functions

Precalculus Homework:

*These notes are from the University of Houston, which has a proactive math department that provides students with great mathematical tools and supports!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Week 5

Greetings all. You all recently received a report about your grades and how you are doing thus far in your classes. If you have any questions at all please e-mail me below or at my school address!

Precalculus will be doing a rather sizable packet as homework; it has been taken directly from a college algebra course. I will sight the source of the document after it is turned-in and provide a link to answers for it.

There will be no new powerpoints, but we will look at piecewise functions again so here is that presentation one more time:

Algebra II will be fine tuning their ability to interpret and apply function notation alongside of a more intense focus on interpretation of graphs with an emphasis on domain and range.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Week 4

Believe it or not, we have already been in school for a month!

This Wednesday there will not be class, becuase of the college-prep day; take the practice SAT seriously and get a legitimate sense of where you are.

Algebra II has two powerpoints this week covering inverse functions and an overview of the set functions we will be covering throughout the year.

Algebra II Classwork (with Answers):

Algebra II Homework:

Pre-Calculus will continue to work on transformations and becoming increasingly more comfortable intepreting a variety of functions, specifically piecewise functions. Our baseline model will deal primarily with funections defined by "position, velocity, and acceleration."

Friday, September 3, 2010

Week 3

This post will change over the next couple of days, so please continue to check for updates until about Tuesday evening. This is going to be a quick week and will require hard work over the short time we have together.

Pre-Calc Powerpoint:

Pre-Calc Homework:

Algebra 2 Powerpoint:

Algebra 2 Classwork with Answers:

Algebra 2 Homework: