Tag Archives: Distance Learning 2.0

InCA Lesson 6.5 – Law of Cosine

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This Week’s Assignments

Optional Viewing/Additional Practice

Office Hours

The results of the weekend’s check-in poll indicated that you would prefer a combination of appointments and open drop-in time for office hours, with a heavier preference towards the latter. Please review the schedule posted here to sign up for a session.

Drop-in Hours:

  • Wednesday from 10:00 am to noon and from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Friday from 10:00 am to noon

Official Scheduled Hours: 

  • Thursday from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
  • Friday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

I may be available at other times this week as well. Let me know when you’d like to meet!

Past Assignments + Additional Practice

InCA Lesson 6.4 – Law of Sines Part 2 – Ambiguous Case

As you are aware by now, schools have been shut down for the remainder of the school year. This means that we will be continuing with this distance learning model until June. I don’t currently know exactly when the last date of instruction will be, but will be sure to let you know as soon as I find out.

I am shifting our schedule slightly for the remainder of the academic year. The first part of our lesson will be posted on Tuesday, with the video and Problem Set 1 due on Friday. The Desmos assignment and Problem Set 2 will be due the following Tuesday. Full details of the new schedule are here.

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Monday Update

Last week’s Problem Set 2 and Desmos assignment were due today. You can view a video of the solutions to Problem Set 2 here.

Tuesday Update

You have two videos to watch this week. Please watch both.

You should watch both videos, but if you can only watch one, prioritize the first video featuring Miss Alexander

PROBLEM SET 1 is posted here (with answers here). Print or copy your work into your notebook, then send me a picture.

Completion of the video/notes in edPuzzle and submission of Problem Set 1 are worth 4 points each in SchoolTool. They are due by 2:00 on Friday, 5/8. Send a picture or scan of your completed work (I recommend the app TurboScan) to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us

From 1:00 to 2:00 today, I will host a virtual classroom session on Zoom. Students who attend this session are excused from watching the lesson videos above, as I will be covering that content in our classroom session. I still strongly encourage you to watch the videos however.

Wednesday Update

There will be no new assignments posted today. Sign up for an Office Hours session to ask questions and get extra help

Thursday Update

Your next graded DESMOS ASSIGNMENTcan be found here (student code 2G9GP6). Sign in with GoogleBe sure to click the Sign in with Google button to connect your answers to your ICSD account. Pay attention to the feedback the activity gives you, and I’ll leave you some feedback as well.

Completing this activity is due on Tuesday, 5/12 at 2:00 pm, and will be worth 10 points.

Friday Update

Tuesday’s video+notes and Problem Set 1 are due at 2:00 on Friday, 5/8.

Problem Set 2 will also be posted today. It will be due on Tuesday, 5/12

There is another Office Hours session today. Sign up for an Office Hours session to ask questions and get extra help.

Tuesday’s Notes + Video and Problem Set 1 are due at 2:00 today (4 points each). Send a picture or scan of your completed work (I recommend the app TurboScan) to bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us

PROBLEM SET 2 for this week can be found here (as a Google Form) or here (as a PDF download). Submit your answers to this and to your Desmos activity by Tuesday, 5/12 at 2:00 pm. You must obtain a target score of 4 out of 6 points to earn credit for this assignment, but your grade will not be based on how many points you get (just whether or not you made that cutoff). If you submit via the Google Form, the form will tell you which answers were right or wrong, however once you finish the problem set, I will need to access your responses and evaluate for explanations to finalize your score.

Reaching the target score on this assignment worth 8 points in SchoolTool. Submitting the work but not reaching the target score is worth 6 points.

Past Assignments + Additional Practice


Per Governor Cuomo’s latest executive order, schools will remain closed until May 15 at the earliest. Furthermore, he has ordered that all New York State residents are required to “wear masks or face coverings in public whenever social distancing is not possible” including “on a bus or subway, on a crowded sidewalk, or inside a grocery store.”

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AP Statistics Assignment for Week of 4/13

Update (4/17): In addition to the Google Form Worksheet and Desmos activity listed below, please complete this updated poll about your preferences regarding Zoom vs Google Meet, as well as your thoughts about how Distance Learning 2.0 is going for this class.

Welcome to Distance Learning 2.0 for AP Statistics! We are going to spend the next two weeks learning about and practicing with statistical inference procedures (confidence intervals and hypothesis tests) for means, which is the last major content area potentially covered on the upcoming modified AP Statistics exam. I will be using Units 6 and 7 in Stats Medic as our primary source of initial information, which I will supplement with some additional videos and virtual classroom sessions (Thursdays at 10:00 am!)

In order to use our virtual class time most efficiently, I will expect that you have completed most of the following work BEFORE our virtual class time on Thursday.

Complete by Thursday at 10:00 am

  • Required: Watch Videos 6.1 and 6.2 in Unit 6: Confidence Intervals on Stats Medic.
  • Required: Read the notes that I have left with each video (click theNotes Icon (Stats Medic)icon) for additional information, answers to anticipated questions, and tips about using the calculator
    • In particular, watch the additional videos linked in the “Why is it called a t-interval” note
  • Optional: Ask a question, answer somebody else’s question, or answer one of my “discussion question” prompts
  • Optional: Read pages 574-586 and 605-613 in your text. These sections cover more of the background about the t-distribution and the assumptions/conditions and procedure of the 1-sample t-interval and 2-sample t-interval
  • Optional: Watch the Confidence Intervals for Means video from CollegeBoard’s live AP Statistics streams.
  • Optional (strongly recommended): Complete 2017 Free Response Question #2 and score it using the video
    • This question is from the actual AP exam in 2017, and is similar to what you could expect to see on our exam this year. I very strongly recommend you write an answer as thoroughly as you would if it appeared on the actual exam, then score yourself using the rubric video. You can expect that your AP exam questions will be scored in a similar way.
    • If you do work on it, spend no more than 15 minutes completing it. Time yourself!
  • Required: Complete the Unit 6 Practice Multiple Choice in Stats Medic


  • Ask questions! I will be available to answer questions by email or phone phone/virtual meeting. All you have to do is email me with questions, or to set up a time to meet.

Thursday Zoom Meeting

On Thursday, 4/16 at 10:00 am, I will host a virtual classroom, again using Zoom (click here for the Chrome app if you’re using your Chromebooks, otherwise I recommend the downloaded version). I’ll post the link to join here and send it out by email when that goes live. I will be starting precisely at 10:00, so log in early! Come by and say hello and ask some questions. I look forward to seeing you!

Planned agenda:

  • Welcome/check in
  • Questions about 1-sample t-interval and/or 2-sample t-interval (or about the t-distribution in general)
  • Questions about Unit 6 Practice Multiple Choice Questions
  • Collaborative work on Unit 6 Practice Free Response Question + Scoring

After Thursday Zoom Meeting, due by Monday, April 20 at 2:00 pm

Ongoing additional work

  • PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENTS: Find past assignments by clicking the AP Statistics Assignment link above. I’m not checking in on these assignments as often any more, so if you do complete them now and you want me to take a look, send me an email and let me know.
  • AP VIDEO STREAMS: I highly recommend you watch the Statistics AP Live! videos run on YouTube every day from 2:00 to 2:45 pm (see this page for the full schedule for all courses). This week’s topics: Analyzing univariate and bivariate data, and designing experiments and surveys.
  • OTHER STATS MEDIC UNITS: I encourage you to review Units 1-4 in Stats Medic as well. I do not currently have plans to assign any content from these units, but there is very useful review to be found there, and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about that content. Just send me an email!
  • ONLINE MATH PRACTICE: All AP Statistics students have been granted access to IXL, an online math practice tool. There are skill practice modules for math content all the way from Kindergarten through Calculus, and there’s even some decent AP Statistics content. You will have to log in via Clever (instructions are here), click the IXL button on the page that loads, and then navigate to the Pre Calculus section. Any of the modules in sections X: Probability, Y: Probability Distributions, or Z: Statistics would be worthwhile practice for you!
  • EXAM UPDATES: Keep an eye on CollegeBoard’s Coronavirus page for AP courses for more information about how our (and all) exam will look. The majority of you stated you plan to take whatever test CollegeBoard puts together, and the rest said you’d wait and see what they come up with for their plan.

COVID-19 Closure Week 5 – Distance Learning 2.0 (Regents Exams Cancelled)

Starting on April 13th, the Ithaca City School District has moved to the next phase of our COVID-19 closure: Distance Learning 2.0. Click the link to go to the District’s comprehensive page for this new phase of our learning adventure.

You should have received two emails from Mr. Trumble or the IHS administration (if you missed then, you can find the 4/8 letter here, and the 4/10 letter here). From Mr. Trumble:

  • Starting on Monday April 13th, work assigned by teachers will be mandatory, graded, and will be used in order for our students to continue to earn course credit. 
  • While state Regents exams are cancelled in all subjects, students will need to successfully complete their course of study in order to be granted a waiver for the corresponding exam. Frequently asked questions can be found here
  • To maximize school-home communication we are strongly encouraging students to check their district email and Google Classroom at least once each day.  Details for each specific class will be available Google classroom (or equivalent). 
  • If students don’t understand the assignments or material, students are encouraged to reach out to their teacher for support during the posted office hours, email or additional communication pathway determined by the teacher.  Additional supports are offered through our student services department, our Deans of Students and our Academic Intervention staff.  

Details of what InCA and AP Statistics students should be doing now can be found in the relevant posts.

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