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Friday, October 7, 2011

Harvard Medical School Opportunity, More Linear Programming and Linear Functions

HPREP is a free 9-week program that takes place at the Harvard Medical School campus on Longwood Ave, Boston, on Saturday mornings from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. The program will begin on November 19th, 2011 and end in early February 2012. The application, along with more information, can be found at The application is also attached to this email. Applications are due October 19, 2011 by email to
The pictures above represent a few images from the work of Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt, and Adam G. Riess, the most recent recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics. If you are interested in their work on the accelerating universe, here is a link to an approachable summary on the topic.  Mathematics is at the heart of their discovery and reiterates the central role of math in understanding our world.

 We have yet another short week ahead of us, but I hope that we can really engage the material and deepen our understanding of mathematics.

Algebra II will be examining linear equations within the context of functions and addressing any and all misconceptions about linear relationships.  We will spend these four days solidifying linear equations as a basis for a brief but rigorous investigation of systems of equations as well as the basis of our exploration of polynomials.
Homework is due in two weeks, October 21st.
Slides: Classwork (from eMathInstruction): Homework (from XYZ Custom Plus): Linear Equations Reference Sheet

________________________________________________________________________________________ Precalculus is zeroing in on linear programming. We started our investigation with a modified version of the National Council for Teacher's of Mathematics "Dirt Bike Dilemma" and will continue to explore it over the next six days. Homework is due in two more Fridays!  A great deal of graphing and interpreting is involved so work steady and check-in with me regularly.Here is the link to the chapter from which the problem set came.
Please find the slides related to linear programming here as well and some exemplar problems to help guide you on your way.
Slides: Text Examplars: Homework Reference Material

Video resources:
Brightstorm Videos on solving and graphing inequalities
Khan Academy on graphing inequalities
Youtube Video 1 on Linear Programming
Youtube Video 2 on Linear Programming
________________________________________________________________________________________ Remember, you all have ongoing Khan Academy assignments with the first installment due November 1st, and the ability to practice and get immediate feedback at TenMarks. If you have forgotten your password for TenMarks just e-mail me.

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