Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 2/6

Your quiz on Unit 5, the final assessment of the unit, will be tomorrow. Work on the Unit 5 review you got in class, work on some additional IXL review modules, and review the lesson videos posted below.

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Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 2/5

Our quiz on Unit 5 will be on Thursday, February 7. Your last Powers Quiz opportunity will be tomorrow.

We spent today working on IXL review. Of the modules linked below, your assignment is to work on M.1, R.4, and S.4, all to a score of at least an 80. Remember that any score beyond 80 will count as extra credit in your homework grade!

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Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 2/4

The last topic from this unit is an introduction to the concept of logarithms, which is a pretty big part of the full Algebra 2 curriculum, but not one that has a lot of focus for us in Intermediate Algebra.

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Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 2/1

Today’s lesson was about solving equations when the variable is in the exponent. The trick is to get both sides of the equation to be in terms of the same base, which is why having a good familiarity with various powers of bases 2-10 is so useful (and why I’ve been quizzing you on these daily).

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Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/30

We expanded on the use of rational exponents today, this time in the context of using them to solve equations.

A reminder: because I want you to be able to work through this chapter without relying on the calculator, we will have a daily Powers Quiz. I will choose 10 powers from the table you made on HW 5.1 and ask you to evaluate them without using the calculator in a brief, timed quiz. We will do this every day through the unit, and only  your highest grade on any one quiz will be the one used in your Unit 5 grade.

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Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/29

More work with rational exponents today, including evaluating expressions that include them.

A reminder: because I want you to be able to work through this chapter without relying on the calculator, we will have a daily Powers Quiz. I will choose 10 powers from the table you made on HW 5.1 and ask you to evaluate them without using the calculator in a brief, timed quiz. We will do this every day through the unit, and only  your highest grade on any one quiz will be the one used in your Unit 5 grade.

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Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/28

We’ve started a new unit, this one on rules of exponents. Today was a review of pre-existing shortcuts, along with an introduction of some new ones.

Finally, because I want you to be able to work through this chapter without relying on the calculator, we will have a daily Powers Quiz. I will choose 10 powers from the powers reference sheet you make in today’s homework. I will ask you to evaluate them without using the calculator in a brief, timed quiz. We will do this every day through the rest of the unit, and only your highest grade on any one quiz will be the one used in your Unit 5 grade.

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    Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/17

    Your Unit 4 test is tomorrow. To prepare, consider the following:

    Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/16

    Our test is on Friday, January 18th and today we started reviewing.

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    Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/15

    We revisited solving quadratic equations today, now with the capability of evaluating negative radicands!

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    Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/14, plus Test Warning

    As we continue to explore the use of i to represent the square root of -1, and the consequences that such a definition involves, we revisited the topic of rationalizing today, and noted that since i is a square root, the rules of Simplest Radical Form require that we not leave i in the denominator of a fraction.

    Our test on Unit 4 will be on Friday, January 18th. Please do not be absent on that day! If you know for some reason that you will be absent on that day, please arrange a time before the 18th to take the test! Otherwise, we will have to schedule a time for you to take the test during exam week.

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    Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/11

    More work with imaginary numbers today, in particular simplifying expressions that involve multiplying them or with higher powers. We saw in the videos we watched yesterday that powers of i don’t increase like other real numbers, but instead cycle through the numbers 1, i, -1, -i, and then back to 1 again.

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    Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/10

    We’ve started the second section of Unit 4, learning about complex and imaginary numbers. This is a new category of number, much like irrational or negative numbers, that mathematicians developed to handle equations that they previously had no ability to solve. We watched two videos to introduce this topic, but I recommend you watch the full story found here.

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    Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/8

    Due to the two-hour delay, I have postponed the Simplifying Radicals Quiz to tomorrow, Wednesday, January 9th.

    Today in class, you are expected to complete one of the IXL modules linked below to a score of at least an 80. Any additional IXL module linked below you complete to a score of at least an 80 will count as a bonus homework credit applied to a prior missed homework assignment in your record.

    In addition, there is a second review sheet for homework tonight. This will be collected before the quiz tomorrow.

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    Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/7

    First, a reminder of the homework protocol.

    • Homework is assigned every day and due the following day. Homework is assigned every day and due the following day.
    • Late assignments will be accepted ONE day late for half-credit.
    • If you are ABSENT FROM CLASS, you are expected to turn in the assignment you would have submitted on that day on the day that you return. You will be given one additional day per day of absence to turn in the assignments you missed.
      • For example: Goofus is present on Monday and absent on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he must turn in Monday’s homework, and he has until Thursday to turn in Tuesday’s assignment. He gets no extra time on Wednesday’s assignment; that is due Thursday also.
    • If you are having difficulty with an assignment, it is your responsibility to arrange extra help. We usually have time to discuss one or two topics in class, but if that’s not enough please come and see me!
    • New for 2019: Any student who has 3 or more unexcused missing assignments will be assigned a lunch or after school detention to make up the missing work. This work will or will not be accepted for credit based on my discretion!

    Your quiz on the first part of Unit 4, all about rewriting radical expressions in Simplest Radical Form, is tomorrow. We made a study guide today, linked below, and got a review sheet that will be collected for homework tomorrow. The solutions are posted below as well.

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    Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/4, plus Quiz Warning

    Still more work with simplifying radical expressions today, now with expressions that include variable components. The method of dealing with these terms, fortunately, is fairly straightforward.

    We will have a quiz on our work in this unit so far on Tuesday, January 8th.

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    Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/3

    Radical expressions aren’t just for undoing powers of two, there are in fact roots for every conceivable power you might use as an exponent. Our lesson today was evaluating “n-th” (pronounced “ennth”) roots.

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    Intermediate Algebra Assignment for 1/2

    We expanded on the specifics of Simplest Radical Form today by adding the requirement that expression written in SRF have no radical expressions in their denominator. The process of tweaking expressions to accomplish this is called rationalizing.

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