About Benjamin Kirk

I am a New York State Master Teacher in Mathematics at Ithaca High School. I have been teaching at Ithaca High School since 2007.

Algebra 1 Assignment for 5/24

We finished our review of sequences today, and if you missed any part of it you can find the completed notes here. I would also recommend you watch this video to catch up on some of the important parts of what you missed.

Your homework is Topical Review – Sequences (HW). This is a collection of actual Regents questions that have come up about arithmetic and geometric sequences, so it should give you a good idea of what you need to be able to do. Remember that this homework assignment is worth two credits!

 

Algebra 1 Final Exam Information

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The Algebra I (Common Core) Regents examination, given Tuesday, June 13, will be your final exam for the course, worth 20% of your overall final grade. For more information about the exam itself, logistics for taking it, and advice, please see the Final Exam Information handout given/emailed on the first day of review.  Check the Exam Review Calendar for a breakdown of what we will be doing to review for the exam.

Completion of daily review assignments will be crucial to your success on the test. As a result, all review homework assignments count double towards your 4th marking period HW grade. The first credit will count as a new HW credit, and the second will be used to replace a missed HW from earlier in the marking period (or, if there are none, as an extra HW credit for the review).

Fractals & Chaos Assignment for 5/22

We discussed in class that a fractional value of T will (eventually) result in a number of spokes equal to the denominator of T. If T = 1/3, for example, then every third iteration ends up exactly where you started, only closer (if you’re attracting with a value of R<1) or farther (if R > 1). But this spoke-like behavior doesn’t always appear immediately; sometimes you’ll see spirals before you see spokes. Our next question is to explore why, but first, please finish the front of the Complex Paint Worksheet. For each of these, start with R of .9, then gradually slow it down (R = .95, R = .99, R = .995, etc) so you can watch the different spiral/spoke patterns emerge. The last two can be entered as PI and PHI directly into Complex Paint.

Algebra 1 Assignment for 5/22

Today, we completed a field test as required by New York State. If you were not in class, you do not have to make this up. We will start to review for the Regents exam on Tuesday.

Tonight, please finish the Pre-Review HW Assignment (Are You an Algebra Ace?) that you got in class on Friday. Note that all of the answers you find should add up to exactly 100. I’ll also tell you that the answer to the last question, number 14, is 27.

Algebra 1 Assignment for 5/18

Study for your Unit 11 test tomorrow. Refer to the Unit 11 Test Review (and the Review Solutions) as your primary source of studying. You can also use the review in your textbook (starting on page 499). You should of course also review your Function Transformations notes.

Any missing homework is due with the test tomorrow and will need to be turned in to Dr. Yerky.

IXL Review Modules for Unit 11 (modules relevant to today’s lesson are in bold)

AP Statistics Assignment for 5/17

We finished the lesson on ANalysis Of VAriance (ANOVA) today, and you have a short assignment to complete based on it.  Please note that you really don’t need to do most calculations by hand; you can do them on the calculator.  The assignment will count towards your marking period grade.

  • ANOVA Powerpoint – the slide show I used in class (the link to the site with the practice tables is here)
  • ANOVA Homework – Due on Monday, 5/22
  • F-table – for running the Scheffe Test.  Note that if you need a df that is not on the table explicitly, you should use the next lowest value (e.g., there is no 35, so use 30).

Algebra 1 Assignment for 5/16

We went back to Lesson 4 – Another Look at Linear and Exponential Models today. The homework, though, is a separate worksheet: Model Interpretation Practice.

IXL Review Modules for Unit 11 (modules relevant to today’s lesson are in bold)

Algebra 1 Assignment for 5/15

We continued with Unit 11 today, skipping ahead to Lesson 6 – Piecewise Linear Functions. Work on the homework problems found on p 489-490. We will also have a second attempt at the function transformations quiz tomorrow (with a third attempt later in the week), so review your notes for that!

IXL Review Modules for Unit 11 (modules relevant to today’s lesson are in bold)

AP Statistics Final Project Information

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All project information can be found online here. Note the following due dates:

  • May 25 – Proposals due (though you are certainly welcome to turn your proposals in before this date
  • May 31 – Data collection complete. You should be done with your data collection by here.
  • June 5 – Presentations complete. The schedule will be announced on Tuesday, so all groups should be ready to present immediately.
  • June 9 – Written reports due. These will be submitted online. Details on what these should look like will be posted soon.

Inspiration for project ideas

  • NPR Hidden Brain – a podcast by NPR Social Science correspondent Shankar Vedantam. Contains descriptions of interesting social and psychological experiments.
  • Freakonomics – a series of popular microeconomics books by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner that includes interesting research on exploring the motivations behind cheating teachers and sumo wrestlers, bizarre baby names, and crack-selling mama’s boys. The books are a fascinating read, and the blog adds a lot of interesting ideas.
  • Mythbusters – a Discovery Channel show that tried to take on common myths and misconceptions and test whether their veracity.

Algebra 1 Assignment for 5/12

We did some more practice with function transformations in class today. At the start of class on Monday, we will have a short mini-quiz on these transformations. You’ll have 3-4 attempts on this quiz, and your highest grade will be the one saved.

This weekend, practice some more with transformations using IXL modules P.2 and P.4, both from the Algebra 2 tab (linked below)

IXL Review Modules for Unit 11 (modules relevant to today’s lesson are in bold)

Algebra 1 Assignment for 5/11

Tonight, complete the homework for Lesson 2 of Unit 11 – Horizontal Stretching of Functions, pages 473-474. You may omit question 4.

IXL Review Modules for Unit 11 (modules relevant to today’s lesson are in bold)

Algebra 1 Assignment for 5/10

We have started our last unit before we start reviewing for our final exam in June. This is a very short one (see the calendar and unit information here), so it is very important for you to stay on top of things this unit as there won’t be much time to catch up if you fall behind.

We started with Unit 11, Lesson 1 – Function Transformations. The homework is pages 469-470

IXL Review Modules for Unit 11 (modules relevant to today’s lesson are in bold)