We had a quiz in class today, and your homework tonight is a pair of puzzle sheets (one about a Donkey, the other about Hawaii). You must do one side for a homework credit, and you can choose which one you do. But if you do both, we’ll give you an extra credit point on your quiz.
Your main priority tonight is to familiarize yourself with your first Investigative Task about Race and the Death Penalty. Do not start yet. Just read it over and come in with any questions you might have to understand the task.
See here for some additional reading about Simpson’s Paradox. You should also take a look at questions 41 and 42 from page 42 of the text.
Finish the Four 4’s puzzle you started in class: Using four 4’s and any combination of operations, write ten expressions that each evaluate to the numbers 1 through 10 (and 11 through 15 if you’re interested in a challenge!). You must use exactly four 4’s (no more and no fewer!) and you may not use any other numbers than fours (so no powers of two or three).
At the start of class today, you were asked to fill out this Student Information Survey. If you didn’t finish it, please do so this weekend.
Also, take some time to read over the Course Expectations for this class. There will be a brief Kahoot! quiz on Monday, with a prize for the winner!
Finally, we will be starting in on Unit 1 on Monday, so please obtain and bring the 3-ring binder and spiral notebook or bound journal as detailed in the Course Expectations. You will need both on Monday!
Finish the Paper Folding Task that we started in class. Step 5 in particular is a little tricky!
Also, please be sure to bring your Chromebook to class tomorrow. We’ll be reviewing course information and filling out a brief student survey.
Welcome to my website! I designed this site to be a simple and useful means for me to communicate with you outside of class. How will this site be useful to you?
GETTING ASSIGNMENTS/MISSED NOTES
I will post the daily homework assignments (and daily notes whenever possible) here on this site by the end of the school day. If you are absent from class, either from illness or some other reason, you are expected to come to this site to find out any homework assignments you may have missed. You will receive extra time to complete them as I discussed in class, but this way you can stay caught up without even coming in!
ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT HOMEWORK
The comments for every homework post are open and anonymous. If you ever have questions about any aspect of the homework, come here and make a quick post. I will check the site often and answer your question as quick as I can. You don’t need to give your actual name when you post, so don’t feel embarassed about asking! Besides, I’ve never seen the case where only one person had a particular question; if you’re wondering, somebody else is probably wondering too.
If you want to come get some extra help during the day, see the Class Information page at the top!
FINDING OUT WHEN TESTS ARE BEFORE ANYBODY ELSE
That’s right! I will always announce an upcoming test or quiz here on this blog before I announce it in class! Visit the blog every day so you can plan out your studying and preparation.
GETTING REMINDERS ABOUT PROJECTS
In my Statistics class in particular, but occasionally in Intermediate Algebra, we will do a few projects over the course of the year. Any details about these projects that I give in class I will also post here. If you forget when a part of a project is due, visit the site and check the post about it!
PREPARING FOR FINALS
Introduction to College Algebra and AP Statistics both have a major end-of-year test (Fractals and Chaos does not). Over the course of the year, I will post links, advice, and test taking strategies to help you prepare for these tests.
INCREASING YOUR MATH AWARENESS
Finally, any time I come across something interesting about the field of mathematics, I’ll post it here. It could be a news article, a nifty website, or just something I heard. The world of math is constantly changing and evolving, despite what you may think. New strategies of solving puzzles are found, old puzzles are being solved, and those solutions are leading to new puzzles every day!
I hope you will visit this site often, and I look forward to working with all of you this coming year. Thanks for coming and I’ll see you in class! Oh, and incidentally, my favorite color is green.