## Friday, May 20, 2011

### Week 37-38

Our build up to radical functions continues with an exploration of operations with radical expressions as well as how to solve radical equations algebraically. Please find a copy of the guided notes as well as the current smartboard snapshots of the completed notes. IF anybody can tell me what this picture is demonstrating I will give you mega bonus!

Blank Guided Notes (special thanks to CCS):

Reference Sheet:

Videos:
*Brightstorm Videos
Roots and Radicals (set of videos)

Homework:

 Global Studies Layered Assessment LOGO Contest Help: http://skyje.com/2010/03/drawing-tools/

Scratch Project:
 Reference Guide Project Outline

## Sunday, May 15, 2011

### Week 36

Algebra II embarks on a new and what will be our final function, the radical function. It is another example of a function with a restricted domain as well as a different pattern of growth than our family of polynomials. We will work this week on our exponent rules and try to solidify your ability to accurately perform operations with expressions that contain rational exponents. Please find guided notes below as well as relevant videos and online resources. For online practice or general resources please check the tabs at the top of the screen entitled, "online practice" and "online resources". Every week until June 17th, I will post the Scratch project guidelines and a link to a scratch reference guide. This project is available to all juniors for bonus.

Blank Guided Notes (special thanks to CCS):

Reference Sheet:

Videos:

Homework:

Scratch Project:
 Reference Guide Project Outline

Precalculus is reviewing for finals and getting geared up for a strong finish. The link below are some self-practice tests on the topics we covered this year. There are alse paper and pencil tests that have keys as well if you don't want to stay online to take the web-based exams. Also, don't forget about Khan Academy--a good place to review those basic skills.

Practice Exams, 1
Practice Exams, 2
Practice Exams, 3

## Friday, May 6, 2011

### Week 35

Algebra II will be doing some exploration of rational functions from The College Board. One is intended to review their prior knowledge of rational functions and apply it to solve a problem. The other is a review of polynomials applied to running a business and analyzing profit, revenue, and cost. I hope they enjoy it!! See the graph at right from the Rodale Institute explanation of effective pricing.

As promised, I have included a fourth quarter bonus project that allows interested students to get credit as well as learn some of the basics of computer programming using MIT's Scratch. Here is a on all aspects of the program as well as a wiki hosted by scratch that contains examples for blocks of code. Please find the project outline attached below. If you have any further questions just e-mail me!

Algebra II and Precalculus both have exams on Monday!!! Please take some time this weekend to prepare. Use the information on the blog from previous posts to help guide your studies.

Algebra II review packet:

The homework for this week is solving rational equations, which will help you review all the basic operations involved with rational expressions as well as solve them.

Precalculus is reviewing for finals and getting geared up for a strong finish. The link below are some self-practice tests on the topics we covered this year. There are alse paper and pencil tests that have keys as well if you don't want to stay online to take the web-based exams.

Practice Exams, 1
Practice Exams, 2
Practice Exams, 3

Here are two previous exams from early in the year to start reviewing!