## Friday, August 26, 2011

### Linear Functions, Equations, and Inequalities for ALL

Numbers are a great place to begin the school year.  For Algebra II honors we are going over the number system and thinking through the implications this has for our work this year.  In precalculus we are thinking of these numbers as different values that give each function its peculiar meaning.  As we move forward we will broaden our ideas of the number system to help us explain mathematical statements that require a new set of numbers to include the complex numbers.
I look forward to a great year as we see what we can do with numbers.  Please find a flowchart of the number system below as well as a reference sheet on exponent rules:

Precalculus
Please find the Powerpoint slides provided for week 1 below (start with the tab ending with ppt1).

These slides are slightly modified versions of a 2007 Pearson Precalculus text.

Homework due Friday 2, 2011:
pp. 8-12, #1-57 odds, pp. 23-25, 1-39 evens, pp. 27-31, #1-29, evens, pp. 35-37 #1-34 evens
(approximately 70 problems)

Algebra II H

These slides are slightly modified versions of a 2007 Pearson College Algebra text.

Homework due Friday 2, 2011:
pp. 8-10, #1-66 evens, pp. 14-18, #1-86 evens, pp. 24-25 #1-89 evens

Please post or e-mail me any questions you might have.

## Tuesday, August 23, 2011

### 2011-2012 School Year Begins!

 Methodology Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 2 years of experience; mid-career have 15 years. See full methodology for more.

Welcome to week one of the 2011-2012 school year. This opening graphic is intended to show the promise of mathematics for all students in two specific ways:

1. It shows that math is useful--people are employed day-in and day-out to solve real-world problems.
2. Mathematics, and math related-fields, provide the highest compensation for the work people do.

I hope that this promise of mathematics does not go unrecognized by you and that over the course of the year we are able to actually see and experience the usefulness of mathematics and gain a great appreciation for all the careers that involve mathematics.

The homework for this opening week involves three things.
1. Setting up a gmail account.
2. Fill out the form below:

3. Adding me as a coach at Khan Academy. In order to add me as coach you need to enter my Coach ID, which is my e-mail darren.burris@gmail.com!

I look forward to a great year!

Here are a couple more graphics on earnings and education from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University (click on them to make them larger).