## Weekly Updates for Algebra I...

## Week 39: Sent May 24, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 10-11 & then continued reviewing Chapters 8-13.

Tuesday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 12-13 & then continued reviewing Chapters 8-13.

Wednesday -- No Algebra I.

Thursday -- After answering any final questions regarding the exam & handing out class awards, the students spent the remainder of the hour watching & discussing material on testing their brains, specifically in the area of memory. Very appropriate for exam week, we tested our memory & looked at some of the brain's most fascinating functions that affect us every day. The students enjoyed the easy-to-digest scientific explanations of those functions. Did you know that competitive memorizers often try to remember the irrational number pi (3.1415926…etc). Lu Chao set the current world record by memorizing 67,890 digits!!! Surely, we see Psalm 139:14,

Friday -- Students took the FINAL EXAM!

It has been a great year in Algebra! The students have been a joy, have worked hard, & have learned a lot!

Have a wonderful summer!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 10-11 & then continued reviewing Chapters 8-13.

Tuesday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 12-13 & then continued reviewing Chapters 8-13.

Wednesday -- No Algebra I.

Thursday -- After answering any final questions regarding the exam & handing out class awards, the students spent the remainder of the hour watching & discussing material on testing their brains, specifically in the area of memory. Very appropriate for exam week, we tested our memory & looked at some of the brain's most fascinating functions that affect us every day. The students enjoyed the easy-to-digest scientific explanations of those functions. Did you know that competitive memorizers often try to remember the irrational number pi (3.1415926…etc). Lu Chao set the current world record by memorizing 67,890 digits!!! Surely, we see Psalm 139:14,

*"**I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."*Friday -- Students took the FINAL EXAM!

It has been a great year in Algebra! The students have been a joy, have worked hard, & have learned a lot!

Have a wonderful summer!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 38: Sent May 17, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Students reviewed for Test 13.

Tuesday -- Students took Test 13.

Wednesday -- Students received their Study Packets for the final exam. We began reviewing Chapters 8 & 9.

Thursday -- Students reviewed Chapters 10 & part of 11.

Friday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 8 & 9. We continued reviewing Chapters 11 & 12.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Students reviewed for Test 13.

Tuesday -- Students took Test 13.

Wednesday -- Students received their Study Packets for the final exam. We began reviewing Chapters 8 & 9.

Thursday -- Students reviewed Chapters 10 & part of 11.

Friday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 8 & 9. We continued reviewing Chapters 11 & 12.

**REVIEW FOR EXAM QUIZ SCHEDULE:****FRIDAY, MAY 17: QUIZ CHAPTERS 8-9****MONDAY, MAY 20: QUIZ CHAPTERS 10-11****TUESDAY, MAY 21, QUIZ CHAPTERS 12-13**

**FINAL EXAM OVER CHAPTERS 8-13: FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 37: Sent May 10, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 13.6a Solving Rational Equations: Students learned how to solve rational equations.

Tuesday -- Lesson 13.6b Solving Rational Equations: Students continued working on learning how to solve rational equations.

Wednesday -- Technology Corner Chapter 14: Students learned how to graph rational functions on a TI Calculator.

Thursday -- Lesson 13.7 Applying Rational Equations: Students learned how to solve motion problems involving rational equations & also how to solve work problems.

Friday -- Lesson 13.8 Graphing Rational Functions: Students learned how to graph simple rational functions as well as how to identify the center & asymptotes for the graph of a simple rational function.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 13.6a Solving Rational Equations: Students learned how to solve rational equations.

Tuesday -- Lesson 13.6b Solving Rational Equations: Students continued working on learning how to solve rational equations.

Wednesday -- Technology Corner Chapter 14: Students learned how to graph rational functions on a TI Calculator.

Thursday -- Lesson 13.7 Applying Rational Equations: Students learned how to solve motion problems involving rational equations & also how to solve work problems.

Friday -- Lesson 13.8 Graphing Rational Functions: Students learned how to graph simple rational functions as well as how to identify the center & asymptotes for the graph of a simple rational function.

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, MAY 14.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 36: Sent May 3, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 13.2 Multiplying & Dividing Rational Expressions: Students learned how to multiply and divide rational expressions.

Tuesday -- Lesson 13.3 Adding & Subtracting Expressions with Common Denominators: Students learned how to add & subtract rational expressions with common denominators.

Wednesday -- Substitute: Dr. Dolvin used teachings from the Bible (such as Matthew 6:24, 25:15, I Timothy 6:6-8, & Luke 4:28) to discuss our role as stewards of the resources God has provided. With this in mind, the class focused on the role of a budget in personal finance. In particular, the class discussed the factors that affect average incomes, the role taxes play on take-home pay, & what categories of expenses a budget would have. The goal was to help students start thinking about living within their means.

Thursday -- Lesson 13.4 Adding & Subtracting Expressions with Different Denominators: Students learned how to add & subtract rational expressions with different denominators.

Friday -- Lesson 13.5 Complex & Mixed Expressions: Students learned how to simplify mixed & complex rational expressions.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 13.2 Multiplying & Dividing Rational Expressions: Students learned how to multiply and divide rational expressions.

Tuesday -- Lesson 13.3 Adding & Subtracting Expressions with Common Denominators: Students learned how to add & subtract rational expressions with common denominators.

Wednesday -- Substitute: Dr. Dolvin used teachings from the Bible (such as Matthew 6:24, 25:15, I Timothy 6:6-8, & Luke 4:28) to discuss our role as stewards of the resources God has provided. With this in mind, the class focused on the role of a budget in personal finance. In particular, the class discussed the factors that affect average incomes, the role taxes play on take-home pay, & what categories of expenses a budget would have. The goal was to help students start thinking about living within their means.

Thursday -- Lesson 13.4 Adding & Subtracting Expressions with Different Denominators: Students learned how to add & subtract rational expressions with different denominators.

Friday -- Lesson 13.5 Complex & Mixed Expressions: Students learned how to simplify mixed & complex rational expressions.

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, MAY 14.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 35: Sent April 26, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 12.9 Zeros of a Function: Students learned how to find the y-intercept & zeros of quadratic functions.

Tuesday -- Reviewed for Test 12.

Wednesday -- Students took Test 12.

Thursday -- Lesson 13.1 Simplifying Rational Expressions: Students learned how to determine values for which a rational expression is undefined & how to simplify rational expressions.

Friday -- No class (FABA)

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 12.9 Zeros of a Function: Students learned how to find the y-intercept & zeros of quadratic functions.

Tuesday -- Reviewed for Test 12.

Wednesday -- Students took Test 12.

Thursday -- Lesson 13.1 Simplifying Rational Expressions: Students learned how to determine values for which a rational expression is undefined & how to simplify rational expressions.

Friday -- No class (FABA)

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, MAY 14.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 34: Sent April 19, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 12.6 More Quadratic Equations: Students learned how to evaluate the discriminant, D, for a quadratic equation & then to describe the solutions based on D. Students also worked on solving quadratic equations by the most efficient method.

Tuesday -- Lesson 12.7 Quadratic Functions f(x)=ax^2+c: Students learned how to graph quadratic functions of the form f(x)=ax^2+c & how to determine the effect of a & c on the graph of a quadratic function.

Wednesday -- Math in History (John von Neumann) & Sequences (Quadratic Arithmetic Sums): Students learned how to recognize von Neumann's role in both the atomic & computer ages & how to identify von Neumann's belief in God's existence based on the complex design of the human body. We concluded the hour with a discussion of deductive & inductive reasoning as well as a look at arithmetic partial-sum formulas for arithmetic sequences.

Thursday -- Lesson 12.8a Quadratic Functions f(x)=a(x-h)^2+k: Students learned how to graph quadratic functions of the form f(x)=a(x-h)^2+k & how to find the vertex of a quadratic function.

Friday -- Lesson 12.8b Quadratic Functions f(x)=a(x-h)^2+k: Students reviewed 12.8, graphing quadratic functions.

Mrs. Dolvin

**Thank you for your prompt response regarding your student's Progress Reports. These were e-mailed on Thursday.**Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 12.6 More Quadratic Equations: Students learned how to evaluate the discriminant, D, for a quadratic equation & then to describe the solutions based on D. Students also worked on solving quadratic equations by the most efficient method.

Tuesday -- Lesson 12.7 Quadratic Functions f(x)=ax^2+c: Students learned how to graph quadratic functions of the form f(x)=ax^2+c & how to determine the effect of a & c on the graph of a quadratic function.

Wednesday -- Math in History (John von Neumann) & Sequences (Quadratic Arithmetic Sums): Students learned how to recognize von Neumann's role in both the atomic & computer ages & how to identify von Neumann's belief in God's existence based on the complex design of the human body. We concluded the hour with a discussion of deductive & inductive reasoning as well as a look at arithmetic partial-sum formulas for arithmetic sequences.

Thursday -- Lesson 12.8a Quadratic Functions f(x)=a(x-h)^2+k: Students learned how to graph quadratic functions of the form f(x)=a(x-h)^2+k & how to find the vertex of a quadratic function.

Friday -- Lesson 12.8b Quadratic Functions f(x)=a(x-h)^2+k: Students reviewed 12.8, graphing quadratic functions.

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 33: Sent April 12, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 12.3 Completing the Square: Students learned how to complete the square for expressions for the form x^2 + bx and how to solve quadratic equations of the form x^2 + bx + c = 0 by completing the square.

Tuesday -- Lesson 12.4 Completing the Square with Leading Coefficients: Students learned how to solve quadratic equations of the form ax^2 + bx + c = 0 by completing the square and how to model the height of a projectile affected by gravity using a quadratic function.

Wednesday -- Technology Corner Chapter 12: Students learned how to solve radicals on their Texas Instruments calculators.

Thursday -- Lesson 12.5 The Quadratic Formula: Students learned how to derive the quadratic formula and how to solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula. A "guest" came to the class by way of a video to help the students learn this formula. (Click the Quadratic Formula button below to view.)

Friday -- Review Lessons 12.1-12.5: Students reviewed the entire chapter so far. They are doing very well learning how to solve quadratic equations.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 12.3 Completing the Square: Students learned how to complete the square for expressions for the form x^2 + bx and how to solve quadratic equations of the form x^2 + bx + c = 0 by completing the square.

Tuesday -- Lesson 12.4 Completing the Square with Leading Coefficients: Students learned how to solve quadratic equations of the form ax^2 + bx + c = 0 by completing the square and how to model the height of a projectile affected by gravity using a quadratic function.

Wednesday -- Technology Corner Chapter 12: Students learned how to solve radicals on their Texas Instruments calculators.

Thursday -- Lesson 12.5 The Quadratic Formula: Students learned how to derive the quadratic formula and how to solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula. A "guest" came to the class by way of a video to help the students learn this formula. (Click the Quadratic Formula button below to view.)

Friday -- Review Lessons 12.1-12.5: Students reviewed the entire chapter so far. They are doing very well learning how to solve quadratic equations.

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 32: Sent April 5, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra this week:

Monday -- No Class (SAT)

Tuesday -- No Class (SAT)

Wednesday -- No Class (SAT)

Thursday -- Review Lesson 12.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring: Students reviewed how to solve quadratic equations by applying the Zero Product Property & how to solve quadratic equations by factoring.

Friday -- Lesson 12.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Taking Roots: Students learned how to solve equations of the form ax^2 - c = 0 by taking roots & how to solve quadratic equations of the form (x-b)^2 = c by taking roots.

Mrs. Dolvin

**THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS WHO TOOK THE FABA MATH TEST:****Stephen****Trevor****Caleb****Luke****Kylee****Lauren****Michael****Nastia**

Here is an update for Algebra this week:

Monday -- No Class (SAT)

Tuesday -- No Class (SAT)

Wednesday -- No Class (SAT)

Thursday -- Review Lesson 12.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring: Students reviewed how to solve quadratic equations by applying the Zero Product Property & how to solve quadratic equations by factoring.

Friday -- Lesson 12.2 Solving Quadratic Equations by Taking Roots: Students learned how to solve equations of the form ax^2 - c = 0 by taking roots & how to solve quadratic equations of the form (x-b)^2 = c by taking roots.

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 31: Sent March 29, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra this week:

Monday -- No School.

Tuesday -- Lesson 11.9 Radical Functions: Students learned how to graph simple radical functions & how to describe the translations & reflections of radical functions.

Wednesday -- Students reviewed for Test 11.

Thursday -- Students took Test 11.

Friday -- Lesson 12.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring: Students learned how to solve quadratic equations by applying the Zero Product Property & how to solve quadratic equations by factoring.

Mrs. Dolvin

**FABA TESTING IS NEXT WEEK! THANK YOU TO THOSE STUDENTS WHO HAVE PREPARED WELL FOR THIS TEST!**Here is an update for Algebra this week:

Monday -- No School.

Tuesday -- Lesson 11.9 Radical Functions: Students learned how to graph simple radical functions & how to describe the translations & reflections of radical functions.

Wednesday -- Students reviewed for Test 11.

Thursday -- Students took Test 11.

Friday -- Lesson 12.1 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring: Students learned how to solve quadratic equations by applying the Zero Product Property & how to solve quadratic equations by factoring.

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 30: Sent March 14, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 11.7 Multiplying & Dividing Radical Expressions: Students learned to multiply radicals using the FOIL method & how to divide radical expressions using conjugates.

Tuesday -- Lesson 11.8 Radical Expressions: Students learned how to solve radical expressions.

Wednesday -- Careers in Math (Chemical Engineer) & Sequences (Sigma Notation): Students learned how to define several careers in chemistry & how to identify Christian service opportunities in math-related fields. At the end of the hour, students learned how to find partial sums using sigma notation. They were amazed at how quickly this can be done!

Thursday -- Pi Day!!! Students learned more about the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle, calculated their age in "pi years," learned more about the history of pi, learned about pi in the Bible, worked with circumference & diameter using their cardboard & string, sang a pi song (click button below to hear the Freshmen enjoying Pi Day!), & listened to a mathematical adventure involving Sir Cumference. The students seemed to enjoy Pi Day, 2013!

Have a great break!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 11.7 Multiplying & Dividing Radical Expressions: Students learned to multiply radicals using the FOIL method & how to divide radical expressions using conjugates.

Tuesday -- Lesson 11.8 Radical Expressions: Students learned how to solve radical expressions.

Wednesday -- Careers in Math (Chemical Engineer) & Sequences (Sigma Notation): Students learned how to define several careers in chemistry & how to identify Christian service opportunities in math-related fields. At the end of the hour, students learned how to find partial sums using sigma notation. They were amazed at how quickly this can be done!

Thursday -- Pi Day!!! Students learned more about the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle, calculated their age in "pi years," learned more about the history of pi, learned about pi in the Bible, worked with circumference & diameter using their cardboard & string, sang a pi song (click button below to hear the Freshmen enjoying Pi Day!), & listened to a mathematical adventure involving Sir Cumference. The students seemed to enjoy Pi Day, 2013!

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013**Have a great break!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 29: Sent March 8, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 11.3 Multiplying Radicals: Students learned how to multiply numerical radicals as well as how to multiply radicals with variable radicands.

Tuesday -- Lesson 11.4 Students learned how to divide numerical radicals, how to divide radials with variable radicands, & how to rationalize a denominator containing a radical.

Wednesday -- Chapter 11 Technology Corner: Students learned how to solve root problems on their Texas Instruments Calculators.

Thursday -- Lesson 11.5 Adding & Subtracting Radicals: Students learned how to add & subtract numerical radicals as well as how to add & subtract radicals with variable radicands.

Friday -- Lesson 11.6 The Pythagorean Theorem: Students learned how to use the Pythagorean theorem to find a missing side of a right triangle, how to use the converse of the Pythagorean theorem to determine whether a triangle is a right triangle, & how to develop & apply the distance & midpoint formulas.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

Mrs. Dolvin

**Thursday, March 14 is National Pi Day! Students are encouraged to dress like mathematicians & bring string & cardboard. Students will be participating in pi related activities in class.**Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 11.3 Multiplying Radicals: Students learned how to multiply numerical radicals as well as how to multiply radicals with variable radicands.

Tuesday -- Lesson 11.4 Students learned how to divide numerical radicals, how to divide radials with variable radicands, & how to rationalize a denominator containing a radical.

Wednesday -- Chapter 11 Technology Corner: Students learned how to solve root problems on their Texas Instruments Calculators.

Thursday -- Lesson 11.5 Adding & Subtracting Radicals: Students learned how to add & subtract numerical radicals as well as how to add & subtract radicals with variable radicands.

Friday -- Lesson 11.6 The Pythagorean Theorem: Students learned how to use the Pythagorean theorem to find a missing side of a right triangle, how to use the converse of the Pythagorean theorem to determine whether a triangle is a right triangle, & how to develop & apply the distance & midpoint formulas.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27!**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 28: Sent March 1, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Students Reviewed for Test 10..

Tuesday -- Students took Test 10.

Wednesday -- Technology Corner Chapter 10 & Lesson 11.1a: Students learned how to factor using their TI Calculators & students learned how to evaluate or approximate the value of the root of a number and how to convert between radical form and exponential form.

Thursday -- Lesson 11.1b & 11.2: After reviewing Lesson 11.1, students learned how to simplify numerical radicals and how to simplify radicals with variable radicands.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Students Reviewed for Test 10..

Tuesday -- Students took Test 10.

Wednesday -- Technology Corner Chapter 10 & Lesson 11.1a: Students learned how to factor using their TI Calculators & students learned how to evaluate or approximate the value of the root of a number and how to convert between radical form and exponential form.

Thursday -- Lesson 11.1b & 11.2: After reviewing Lesson 11.1, students learned how to simplify numerical radicals and how to simplify radicals with variable radicands.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27!**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 27: Sent February 22, 2013

Hello!

Attached is a classroom activity that we will be doing in March!

Here is an update for Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 10.3 Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax2 + bx + c: Students learned how to factor a trinomial of the form ax2 + bx + c or ax2 + bxy + cy2.

Tuesday -- Lesson 10.4a Special Patterns: Students worked on factoring a difference of squares & perfect square trinomials.

Wednesday -- Chapter 10 Math in History (Grace Hopper) & Chapter 10 Sequences (Factorial Sequences): Students learned how to identify Grace Hopper as a faithful servant to her country. We also discussed being faithful in service to God. Students also learned how to write a factorial expression as a product of factors and how to write a special product of factors in factorial form.

Thursday -- Lesson 10.4b Special Patterns & 10.5a Factoring Completely: Students continued to work on factoring the difference of squares & perfect square trinomials. Students also worked on completely factoring binomials & trinomials as well as factoring polynomials with 4 terms by grouping.

Friday -- Lesson 10.5b Factoring Completely: Students worked on factoring, factoring, factoring... & more factoring!

FABA students, keep up the great work!

Mrs. Dolvin

Attached is a classroom activity that we will be doing in March!

Here is an update for Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 10.3 Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax2 + bx + c: Students learned how to factor a trinomial of the form ax2 + bx + c or ax2 + bxy + cy2.

Tuesday -- Lesson 10.4a Special Patterns: Students worked on factoring a difference of squares & perfect square trinomials.

Wednesday -- Chapter 10 Math in History (Grace Hopper) & Chapter 10 Sequences (Factorial Sequences): Students learned how to identify Grace Hopper as a faithful servant to her country. We also discussed being faithful in service to God. Students also learned how to write a factorial expression as a product of factors and how to write a special product of factors in factorial form.

Thursday -- Lesson 10.4b Special Patterns & 10.5a Factoring Completely: Students continued to work on factoring the difference of squares & perfect square trinomials. Students also worked on completely factoring binomials & trinomials as well as factoring polynomials with 4 terms by grouping.

Friday -- Lesson 10.5b Factoring Completely: Students worked on factoring, factoring, factoring... & more factoring!

FABA students, keep up the great work!

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26!**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 26: Sent February 15, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Students reviewed for Test 9.

Tuesday -- Students took Test 9.

Wednesday -- Chapter 9 Technology Corner: Students learned how to graph polynomials on their calculator. We also spent a short amount of time working on a few Algebra II concepts regarding graphing polynomials.

Thursday -- Lesson 10.1 Factoring Common Monomials: Students learned how to define factoring of polynomials and how to factor a common monomial or binomial from a polynomial.

Friday -- Lesson 10.2 Factoring Trinomials: Students learned how to factor trinomials in the form x2 + bx + c and how to identify prime trinomials.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Students reviewed for Test 9.

Tuesday -- Students took Test 9.

Wednesday -- Chapter 9 Technology Corner: Students learned how to graph polynomials on their calculator. We also spent a short amount of time working on a few Algebra II concepts regarding graphing polynomials.

Thursday -- Lesson 10.1 Factoring Common Monomials: Students learned how to define factoring of polynomials and how to factor a common monomial or binomial from a polynomial.

Friday -- Lesson 10.2 Factoring Trinomials: Students learned how to factor trinomials in the form x2 + bx + c and how to identify prime trinomials.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 25: Sent February 8, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 9.4 Multiplying Polynomials using FOIL: Students learned how to use the FOIL method to multiply binomials.

Tuesday -- Lesson 9.1-9.4: Students reviewed all of these lessons.

Wednesday -- Chapter 9 Careers in Math (Engineer) & Chapter 9 Sequences (Sums of Perfect Squares & Cubes): Students learned to identify various careers in engineering & how to recognize engineering tasks as opportunities to fulfill God’s command to manage His creation. Students ended the hour looking at how to use substitution to verify partial-sum formulas for specific n values.

Thursday -- Lesson 9.5 Special Products: Students learned how to find the square of a sum or difference & how to find the product of conjugates.

Friday -- Lesson 9.6 Dividing Polynomials: Students learned how to divide a polynomial by a monomial (this was fairly easy for them) & how to divide a polynomial by a polynomial (this was a challenge for some.. they claim they understand while working problems with the teacher, but alone is different.... we will look over this again on Monday).

A few of the students have shown a desire to take the Mathematics portion of FABA in April. I am thrilled regarding this & am also so pleased with the effort these students have put forth so far this week. I am asking that they work for 10 minutes, 3 times per week (total = 30 min. per week). All of this practice time is to be recorded in a Practice Log. They are doing a superb job!!!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 9.4 Multiplying Polynomials using FOIL: Students learned how to use the FOIL method to multiply binomials.

Tuesday -- Lesson 9.1-9.4: Students reviewed all of these lessons.

Wednesday -- Chapter 9 Careers in Math (Engineer) & Chapter 9 Sequences (Sums of Perfect Squares & Cubes): Students learned to identify various careers in engineering & how to recognize engineering tasks as opportunities to fulfill God’s command to manage His creation. Students ended the hour looking at how to use substitution to verify partial-sum formulas for specific n values.

Thursday -- Lesson 9.5 Special Products: Students learned how to find the square of a sum or difference & how to find the product of conjugates.

Friday -- Lesson 9.6 Dividing Polynomials: Students learned how to divide a polynomial by a monomial (this was fairly easy for them) & how to divide a polynomial by a polynomial (this was a challenge for some.. they claim they understand while working problems with the teacher, but alone is different.... we will look over this again on Monday).

A few of the students have shown a desire to take the Mathematics portion of FABA in April. I am thrilled regarding this & am also so pleased with the effort these students have put forth so far this week. I am asking that they work for 10 minutes, 3 times per week (total = 30 min. per week). All of this practice time is to be recorded in a Practice Log. They are doing a superb job!!!

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 24: Sent February 1, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday: Students reviewed all of Chapter 8.

Tuesday -- Students took Test 8.

Wednesday -- Lesson 9.1 Classifying & Evaluating Polynomials: Students learned how to classify polynomials by the number of terms & degrees as well as how to evaluate a polynomial using given values for the variables.

Thursday -- Lesson 9.2 Adding & Subtracting Polynomials: Students learned how to add & subtract polynomials.

Friday -- Lesson 9.3 Multiplying Polynomials: Students learned how to multiply a polynomial by a monomial as well as how to multiply any 2 polynomials.

The students are doing very well with this chapter so far. As a result, we are actually working a day ahead at this point. We will likely slow down & pick up an extra day of review towards the end of the chapter. Right now, we will progress ahead as long as they are grasping the concepts.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday: Students reviewed all of Chapter 8.

Tuesday -- Students took Test 8.

Wednesday -- Lesson 9.1 Classifying & Evaluating Polynomials: Students learned how to classify polynomials by the number of terms & degrees as well as how to evaluate a polynomial using given values for the variables.

Thursday -- Lesson 9.2 Adding & Subtracting Polynomials: Students learned how to add & subtract polynomials.

Friday -- Lesson 9.3 Multiplying Polynomials: Students learned how to multiply a polynomial by a monomial as well as how to multiply any 2 polynomials.

The students are doing very well with this chapter so far. As a result, we are actually working a day ahead at this point. We will likely slow down & pick up an extra day of review towards the end of the chapter. Right now, we will progress ahead as long as they are grasping the concepts.

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 23: Sent January 25, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Tuesday -- Lesson 8.4 Translating Power Functions: Students learned to recognize the basic shape of a power function as well as how to describe the translation of a power function in words or with a rule.

Wednesday -- Chapter 8 Math in History & Chapter 8 Sequences: Students learned to identify Gauss as one of the greatest mathematicians of all times, how to recognize some of the contributions Gauss made to the development of algebra, & about the progression & purpose of degrees (undergrad, masters, & Ph.D.). We ended the hours looking at how to find the sum of infinite geometric sequences.

Thursday -- Lesson 8.5 Exponential Functions: Students learned how to evaluate exponential functions, how to graph exponential functions, & how to describe consecutive enlargements & reductions exponentially.

Friday -- Lesson 8.6 Exponential Growth & Decay: Students learned how to identify the growth rate & growth factor of an exponential growth or decay function as well as how to write functions modeling real-life exponential growth & decay.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Tuesday -- Lesson 8.4 Translating Power Functions: Students learned to recognize the basic shape of a power function as well as how to describe the translation of a power function in words or with a rule.

Wednesday -- Chapter 8 Math in History & Chapter 8 Sequences: Students learned to identify Gauss as one of the greatest mathematicians of all times, how to recognize some of the contributions Gauss made to the development of algebra, & about the progression & purpose of degrees (undergrad, masters, & Ph.D.). We ended the hours looking at how to find the sum of infinite geometric sequences.

Thursday -- Lesson 8.5 Exponential Functions: Students learned how to evaluate exponential functions, how to graph exponential functions, & how to describe consecutive enlargements & reductions exponentially.

Friday -- Lesson 8.6 Exponential Growth & Decay: Students learned how to identify the growth rate & growth factor of an exponential growth or decay function as well as how to write functions modeling real-life exponential growth & decay.

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, JANUARY 29.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 22: Sent January 18, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 8.1 Products & Powers: Students learned how to multiply powers with like basis and how to raise a power to a power.

Tuesday -- Lesson 8.2 Quotients: Students learned how to divide powers with like basis and how to simplify algebraic expressions with negative exponents.

Wednesday -- Review Lessons 8.1-8.2: Because these lessons were so important, we took an extra day to review the 4 rules.

Thursday -- Lesson 8.3 Scientific Notation: Students learned how to convert numbers between standard and scientific notation as well as how to find products, powers, quotients, sums, and differences of numbers in scientific notation. At the end of the hour, we watched The Powers of Ten and were once again amazed at the power of God & how this can be seen in mathematics!

Friday -- Technology Corner Chapter 9: Students learned how to graph exponential functions on their Texas Instruments Calculators.

NEXT TEST: TEST 9 TUESDAY, JANUARY 29.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

**Lessons 8.1 & 8.2 introduced 4 very important rules in Algebra. As you get a chance, please ask your student to explain these 4 rules to you... “in their own words” will be fine:**

1. Product Property: To multiply powers with like bases, add the exponents. (8.1)

2. Power Property: To raise a power to a power, multiply the exponents. (8.1)

3. Quotient Property: To divide with like basis, subtract the exponents. (8.2)

4. Negative Exponents: A quantity with a negative exponent is equal to the reciprocal of that power with a positive exponent. (8.2)1. Product Property: To multiply powers with like bases, add the exponents. (8.1)

2. Power Property: To raise a power to a power, multiply the exponents. (8.1)

3. Quotient Property: To divide with like basis, subtract the exponents. (8.2)

4. Negative Exponents: A quantity with a negative exponent is equal to the reciprocal of that power with a positive exponent. (8.2)

Monday -- Lesson 8.1 Products & Powers: Students learned how to multiply powers with like basis and how to raise a power to a power.

Tuesday -- Lesson 8.2 Quotients: Students learned how to divide powers with like basis and how to simplify algebraic expressions with negative exponents.

Wednesday -- Review Lessons 8.1-8.2: Because these lessons were so important, we took an extra day to review the 4 rules.

Thursday -- Lesson 8.3 Scientific Notation: Students learned how to convert numbers between standard and scientific notation as well as how to find products, powers, quotients, sums, and differences of numbers in scientific notation. At the end of the hour, we watched The Powers of Ten and were once again amazed at the power of God & how this can be seen in mathematics!

Friday -- Technology Corner Chapter 9: Students learned how to graph exponential functions on their Texas Instruments Calculators.

NEXT TEST: TEST 9 TUESDAY, JANUARY 29.

**Beginning next week, there will be an optional Algebra Help Class for students to attend on Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 9:00 during first hour study hall. If your student has prior commitments, please do not be concerned that anything will be missed. This is primarily for those students needing extra help outside of regular class time. Once again, this is optional.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 21: Sent January 11, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 7.6 Motion Problems: Students learned how to solve motion problems using a system of linear equations.

Tuesday -- Lesson 7.7 Mixture Problems: Students learned how to solve mixture problems using a system of linear equations.

Wednesday -- Lesson 7.8 Solving Systems of Inequalities: Students learned how to solve systems of inequalities by graphing and how to solve word problems by graphing systems of inequalities.

Thursday -- Review for Test 7: Students prepared for their test!

Friday -- Test 7: Students took test 7 (they are over halfway finished with Algebra I!)

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, JANUARY 29!

I have started a new program in math class which works similar to the “Discipline Information Report Forms” students receive. The major difference with this new program is that students receive “Conduct Information Report Forms” for positive reasons. When students receive a Conduct Information Report Form in my class, they will sign it & it will be posted on our Wall of Good Conduct. Even secondary students enjoy praise!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday -- Lesson 7.6 Motion Problems: Students learned how to solve motion problems using a system of linear equations.

Tuesday -- Lesson 7.7 Mixture Problems: Students learned how to solve mixture problems using a system of linear equations.

Wednesday -- Lesson 7.8 Solving Systems of Inequalities: Students learned how to solve systems of inequalities by graphing and how to solve word problems by graphing systems of inequalities.

Thursday -- Review for Test 7: Students prepared for their test!

Friday -- Test 7: Students took test 7 (they are over halfway finished with Algebra I!)

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, JANUARY 29!

I have started a new program in math class which works similar to the “Discipline Information Report Forms” students receive. The major difference with this new program is that students receive “Conduct Information Report Forms” for positive reasons. When students receive a Conduct Information Report Form in my class, they will sign it & it will be posted on our Wall of Good Conduct. Even secondary students enjoy praise!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 20: Sent January 4, 2013

Hello!

On Thursday, students received a Tentative Schedule for the semester. Feel free to access the schedule anytime on the course website under “Schedules.”

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Thursday -- Review Lessons 7.1-7.4: Students reviewed 3 methods for solving systems of equations. The first method built on student’s previous knowledge of graphing linear equations from Chapter 6. The 2 other algebraic methods, substitution & elimination through addition or subtraction, were reviewed as well.

Friday -- Lesson 7.5 Special Systems: Students learned to determine the best method for solving a linear system, how to classify linear systems as consistent, independent, consistent dependent, or inconsistent, and how to recognize the relationships between the lines’ slopes & y-intercepts within types of linear systems.

NEXT TEST: FRIDAY, JANUARY 11.

Mrs. Dolvi

On Thursday, students received a Tentative Schedule for the semester. Feel free to access the schedule anytime on the course website under “Schedules.”

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Thursday -- Review Lessons 7.1-7.4: Students reviewed 3 methods for solving systems of equations. The first method built on student’s previous knowledge of graphing linear equations from Chapter 6. The 2 other algebraic methods, substitution & elimination through addition or subtraction, were reviewed as well.

Friday -- Lesson 7.5 Special Systems: Students learned to determine the best method for solving a linear system, how to classify linear systems as consistent, independent, consistent dependent, or inconsistent, and how to recognize the relationships between the lines’ slopes & y-intercepts within types of linear systems.

NEXT TEST: FRIDAY, JANUARY 11.

Mrs. Dolvi

## Week 19: Sent December 19, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Reviewed Chapters 6-7.

Tuesday – So that I could attend a field trip with my son’s 1st grade class, my husband taught for me. FYI, Steve is a finance professor at Butler University (http://blue.butler.edu/~sdolvin/). He used Proverbs 22:7 to explain the relationship between borrowers & lenders. He discussed compound interest & the role it plays in saving for retirement (lender), as well as its impact on home mortgages (borrowers).

Wednesday – Students took Semester 1 Exam.

Your students have worked hard this semester. They are ready for a break! Have a Merry Christmas & I am looking forward to next semester!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Reviewed Chapters 6-7.

Tuesday – So that I could attend a field trip with my son’s 1st grade class, my husband taught for me. FYI, Steve is a finance professor at Butler University (http://blue.butler.edu/~sdolvin/). He used Proverbs 22:7 to explain the relationship between borrowers & lenders. He discussed compound interest & the role it plays in saving for retirement (lender), as well as its impact on home mortgages (borrowers).

Wednesday – Students took Semester 1 Exam.

Your students have worked hard this semester. They are ready for a break! Have a Merry Christmas & I am looking forward to next semester!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 18: Sent December 14, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 7.3 Solving Advanced Systems by Substitution: Students learned how to solve advanced systems of linear equations by the substitution & how to solve word problems using a system of equations & the substitution method.

Tuesday – Lesson 7.4 Solving Systems by Elimination: After teaching students the more difficult ways to solve systems of linear equations, we worked on learning how to solve systems by the elimination method. Often, this method is easier for students. Actually, the class found it unbelievable that I was holding out on them in that I did not teach them this method until after the others. :) Students also learned how to solve word problems using a system of equations & the elimination method.

Wednesday – Chapter 7 Careers in Math ~ Computer Programmer/Software Engineer & Chapter 7 Sequences ~ Limit of a Sequence:Students learned how to distinguish between the responsibilities of computer programmers & software engineers as well as to recognize the necessity of a strong mathematical foundation for computer science careers. We spent time looking at some of the specific math courses required in college for these areas. We ended the hour learning about limits on converging sequences, a main concept of calculus.

Thursday – Reviewed Chapters 1-3.

Friday – Reviewed Chapters 4-5.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 7.3 Solving Advanced Systems by Substitution: Students learned how to solve advanced systems of linear equations by the substitution & how to solve word problems using a system of equations & the substitution method.

Tuesday – Lesson 7.4 Solving Systems by Elimination: After teaching students the more difficult ways to solve systems of linear equations, we worked on learning how to solve systems by the elimination method. Often, this method is easier for students. Actually, the class found it unbelievable that I was holding out on them in that I did not teach them this method until after the others. :) Students also learned how to solve word problems using a system of equations & the elimination method.

Wednesday – Chapter 7 Careers in Math ~ Computer Programmer/Software Engineer & Chapter 7 Sequences ~ Limit of a Sequence:Students learned how to distinguish between the responsibilities of computer programmers & software engineers as well as to recognize the necessity of a strong mathematical foundation for computer science careers. We spent time looking at some of the specific math courses required in college for these areas. We ended the hour learning about limits on converging sequences, a main concept of calculus.

Thursday – Reviewed Chapters 1-3.

Friday – Reviewed Chapters 4-5.

**NEXT TEST: SEMESTER 1 EXAM = WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19!**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 17: Sent December 7, 2012

Hello!

As we progress deeper into Algebra, you will begin noticing your student utilizing their graphing calculators more. It has been a joy to help the students as they add to their pencil-and-paper skills the proper usage of a tool such as the graphing calculator. The graphing calculator is an excellent tool to help students understand some of the realistic application of mathematics. I am excited to see the students connect math applications in this way. Additionally, if you would like to know some of the concepts your student has worked on regarding the graphing calculator, you may go to http://kdolvin.weebly.com/texas-instrument.html which will show you just a little of what we have done this year.

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Reviewed for Test 6.

Tuesday – Students took Test 6.

Wednesday – Chapter 7 Technology Corner: Students learned how to graph systems of linear equations on their graphing calculators. We ended the hour by reading & discussing the mathematical folktale, One Grain of Rice.

Thursday – Lesson 7.1 Graphing Systems of Equations: Students learned how to solve systems of linear equations by the graphing method (something they also learned Wednesday on the graphing calculator), and how to recognize three possible types of solutions for a system of two linear equations. I have tried to relate many of these concepts to athletics (a look at the “Princeton Offense”) as this is the “language” to which many of these students relate!

Friday – Lesson 7.2 Solving Simple Systems by Substitution: Students learned how to solve simple systems of linear equations by the substitution method, and how to solve word problems involving two unknowns using a system of equations and the substitution method.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

As we progress deeper into Algebra, you will begin noticing your student utilizing their graphing calculators more. It has been a joy to help the students as they add to their pencil-and-paper skills the proper usage of a tool such as the graphing calculator. The graphing calculator is an excellent tool to help students understand some of the realistic application of mathematics. I am excited to see the students connect math applications in this way. Additionally, if you would like to know some of the concepts your student has worked on regarding the graphing calculator, you may go to http://kdolvin.weebly.com/texas-instrument.html which will show you just a little of what we have done this year.

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Reviewed for Test 6.

Tuesday – Students took Test 6.

Wednesday – Chapter 7 Technology Corner: Students learned how to graph systems of linear equations on their graphing calculators. We ended the hour by reading & discussing the mathematical folktale, One Grain of Rice.

Thursday – Lesson 7.1 Graphing Systems of Equations: Students learned how to solve systems of linear equations by the graphing method (something they also learned Wednesday on the graphing calculator), and how to recognize three possible types of solutions for a system of two linear equations. I have tried to relate many of these concepts to athletics (a look at the “Princeton Offense”) as this is the “language” to which many of these students relate!

Friday – Lesson 7.2 Solving Simple Systems by Substitution: Students learned how to solve simple systems of linear equations by the substitution method, and how to solve word problems involving two unknowns using a system of equations and the substitution method.

**NEXT TEST: SEMESTER 1 EXAM = WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19!**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 16: Sent November 30, 2012

Hello!

Because good learning starts with questions, not answers, we are are really working hard in Algebra I to develop inquisitive minds. For this reason, students have been required to complete their online assignments with submitting an “I wonder....” question. I have been extremely pleased with the excellent questions I have been receiving. As I am seeking to develop a rigorous, inquiry-based classroom, I have noticed that these student-generated questions are driving instruction and encouraging engagement. It has been very helpful for me to allow these students to ask questions to show me what that they are thinking and to help me to know how to best answer the questions during the instruction time (because the videos they watch are a preview to the next day’s lesson, they should have questions!) I am excited as this will continue to keep students engaged, will help students develop their curiosity, and will also help students forge paths to new thinking (which will lead to learning!) It has been a good week!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 6.5 Parallel & Perpendicular Lines: Students learned how to write the equation of a line using point-slope line, how to understand the relationship of slopes of parallel & perpendicular lines, and how to write the equation of a line given a point on the line & the equation of a line that is either parallel or perpendicular to it.

Tuesday – Lesson 6.6 Trend Lines & Correlation: Students learned to determine the trend line equation from a given scatterplot & how to describe the linear correlation of a given data set/

Wednesday – Chapter 6 Technology Corner: Students learned how to use their TI calculators to graph a scatterplot & find the line of best fit.

Thursday – Review Lessons 6.1-6.6: Students reviewed all the lessons in the chapter.

Friday – Lesson 6.7 Graphing Linear Inequalities: Students learned how to graph linear inequalities & how to model real-life situations with linear inequalities.

NEXT TEST: SEMESTER 1 EXAM = WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Because good learning starts with questions, not answers, we are are really working hard in Algebra I to develop inquisitive minds. For this reason, students have been required to complete their online assignments with submitting an “I wonder....” question. I have been extremely pleased with the excellent questions I have been receiving. As I am seeking to develop a rigorous, inquiry-based classroom, I have noticed that these student-generated questions are driving instruction and encouraging engagement. It has been very helpful for me to allow these students to ask questions to show me what that they are thinking and to help me to know how to best answer the questions during the instruction time (because the videos they watch are a preview to the next day’s lesson, they should have questions!) I am excited as this will continue to keep students engaged, will help students develop their curiosity, and will also help students forge paths to new thinking (which will lead to learning!) It has been a good week!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 6.5 Parallel & Perpendicular Lines: Students learned how to write the equation of a line using point-slope line, how to understand the relationship of slopes of parallel & perpendicular lines, and how to write the equation of a line given a point on the line & the equation of a line that is either parallel or perpendicular to it.

Tuesday – Lesson 6.6 Trend Lines & Correlation: Students learned to determine the trend line equation from a given scatterplot & how to describe the linear correlation of a given data set/

Wednesday – Chapter 6 Technology Corner: Students learned how to use their TI calculators to graph a scatterplot & find the line of best fit.

Thursday – Review Lessons 6.1-6.6: Students reviewed all the lessons in the chapter.

Friday – Lesson 6.7 Graphing Linear Inequalities: Students learned how to graph linear inequalities & how to model real-life situations with linear inequalities.

NEXT TEST: SEMESTER 1 EXAM = WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 15: Sent November 20, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 6.4 Writing Linear Equations: Students learned how to write the equation of a line given its slope & y-intercept, given slope & a point on the line, given two points on a line, given its graph.

Tuesday – Math in History - Rene Descartes, Sequences - Converging & Diverging: Students learned to identify Descartes as the developer of the Cartesian coordinate plane and to recognize the danger of exalting human reasoning above scriptural revelation. Students also learned how to state the finite number that a converging sequence gets closer to as n gets larger and how to classify sequences as converging or diverging.

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 6.4 Writing Linear Equations: Students learned how to write the equation of a line given its slope & y-intercept, given slope & a point on the line, given two points on a line, given its graph.

Tuesday – Math in History - Rene Descartes, Sequences - Converging & Diverging: Students learned to identify Descartes as the developer of the Cartesian coordinate plane and to recognize the danger of exalting human reasoning above scriptural revelation. Students also learned how to state the finite number that a converging sequence gets closer to as n gets larger and how to classify sequences as converging or diverging.

**Algebra I progress reports were sent home with students last Thursday. Thank you to those who have signed & returned them!**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 14: Sent November 16, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Reviewed for Test 5.

Tuesday – Students took Test 5.

Wednesday – Lesson 6.1 Graphing Lines: Students learned how to graph linear equations on the coordinate plane using ordered pairs. They also learned how to determine the x- and y- intercepts of a linear equation.

Thursday – Lesson 6.2 Slope: Students learned how to find the slope of a graphed line as well as how to find the slope of a line passing through two given points.

Friday – Lesson 6.3: Slope-Intercept Form of a Line: Students learned how to write linear equations in slope-intercept form, how to identify the slope & y-intercept of a linear equation, & how to graph linear equations from slope-intercept form.

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4. (December already?!)

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Reviewed for Test 5.

Tuesday – Students took Test 5.

Wednesday – Lesson 6.1 Graphing Lines: Students learned how to graph linear equations on the coordinate plane using ordered pairs. They also learned how to determine the x- and y- intercepts of a linear equation.

Thursday – Lesson 6.2 Slope: Students learned how to find the slope of a graphed line as well as how to find the slope of a line passing through two given points.

Friday – Lesson 6.3: Slope-Intercept Form of a Line: Students learned how to write linear equations in slope-intercept form, how to identify the slope & y-intercept of a linear equation, & how to graph linear equations from slope-intercept form.

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4. (December already?!)

**Note1: Thank you for checking that your students are completing their online homework each evening. When the online homework is completed daily, students should submit (online) their name, the lesson number, and a summary of the lesson. Many have been very faithful with this -- & their success in the class is a result of this!**

Note 2: Algebra I progress reports were sent home with students yesterday. Thank you to those who have already signed & returned them!Note 2: Algebra I progress reports were sent home with students yesterday. Thank you to those who have already signed & returned them!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 13: Sent November 9, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 5.4: Using Graphs: “When will we ever use this in real life?” Students learned how to answer this question by drawing and interpreting graphs representing real-world relationships.

Tuesday – Lesson 5.5 Function Rules: Students learned to represent a given function rule with a set of ordered pairs, a table, a graph, and a mapping diagram. Students also learned how to write a function rule from a set of ordered pairs, a table, a graph, or a mapping diagram. Lastly, students learned how to use a function rule to describe a real-life application.

Wednesday – Careers in Math, Sequences: Students learned about the role of a market research analyst and the kinds of mathematics he uses. They also learned how a market research analyst can glorify God through his career. At the end of the hour, students learned how to list specific terms of a geometric sequence given its description and how to find the general-term & recursive formulas for a geometric sequence given its first several terms.

Thursday – Lesson 5.6 Direct & Inverse Variations: Students learned how to find the constant of variation for direct & inverse variations, how to identify relations that are direct or inverse, how to write and apply function rules for each of these, and how to solve real-world problems modeled by direct & inverse variations.

Friday – Lesson 5.7 Graphing Absolute Value Functions: Students learned how to represent an absolute value function rule with a set of ordered pairs, a table, & a graph. Students also learned how to describe the translation involved in an absolute value function & how to write a function rule for an absolute value function graph.

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13! (Students will bring home detailed study guides from the review class on Monday.)

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 5.4: Using Graphs: “When will we ever use this in real life?” Students learned how to answer this question by drawing and interpreting graphs representing real-world relationships.

Tuesday – Lesson 5.5 Function Rules: Students learned to represent a given function rule with a set of ordered pairs, a table, a graph, and a mapping diagram. Students also learned how to write a function rule from a set of ordered pairs, a table, a graph, or a mapping diagram. Lastly, students learned how to use a function rule to describe a real-life application.

Wednesday – Careers in Math, Sequences: Students learned about the role of a market research analyst and the kinds of mathematics he uses. They also learned how a market research analyst can glorify God through his career. At the end of the hour, students learned how to list specific terms of a geometric sequence given its description and how to find the general-term & recursive formulas for a geometric sequence given its first several terms.

Thursday – Lesson 5.6 Direct & Inverse Variations: Students learned how to find the constant of variation for direct & inverse variations, how to identify relations that are direct or inverse, how to write and apply function rules for each of these, and how to solve real-world problems modeled by direct & inverse variations.

Friday – Lesson 5.7 Graphing Absolute Value Functions: Students learned how to represent an absolute value function rule with a set of ordered pairs, a table, & a graph. Students also learned how to describe the translation involved in an absolute value function & how to write a function rule for an absolute value function graph.

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13! (Students will bring home detailed study guides from the review class on Monday.)

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 12: Sent November 2, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Tuesday – Lesson 5.1 Points in a Coordinate Plane: Students reviewed how to graph & state the coordinates of points in the Cartesian coordinate plane as well as how to create scatterplots for use in analyzing the relationship between graphed variables.

Wednesday – Chapter 5 Technology Corner: Students learned how to graph functions on their Texas Instruments Calculators. They also worked on changing the desired limits and scale for each axis to display the key characteristics of a function’s graph. We ended the class with a brief look at the crane in New York City & what engineers will have to do to solve the situation.

Thursday – Lesson 5.2 Relations and Functions: Students learned how to identify relations & functions, how to identify the domain & range of a relation, and how to represent relations & functions using sets of ordered pairs, tables, mapping diagrams, and graphs.

Friday – Lesson 5.3 Graphs of Relations and Functions: Students learned how to use a relation’s graph to determine its domain & range and whether it is a function. They also learned how to graph simple relations & functions.

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Tuesday – Lesson 5.1 Points in a Coordinate Plane: Students reviewed how to graph & state the coordinates of points in the Cartesian coordinate plane as well as how to create scatterplots for use in analyzing the relationship between graphed variables.

Wednesday – Chapter 5 Technology Corner: Students learned how to graph functions on their Texas Instruments Calculators. They also worked on changing the desired limits and scale for each axis to display the key characteristics of a function’s graph. We ended the class with a brief look at the crane in New York City & what engineers will have to do to solve the situation.

Thursday – Lesson 5.2 Relations and Functions: Students learned how to identify relations & functions, how to identify the domain & range of a relation, and how to represent relations & functions using sets of ordered pairs, tables, mapping diagrams, and graphs.

Friday – Lesson 5.3 Graphs of Relations and Functions: Students learned how to use a relation’s graph to determine its domain & range and whether it is a function. They also learned how to graph simple relations & functions.

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 11: Sent October 26, 2012

Hello!

I am looking forward to meeting with those of you who have scheduled conferences for next week. If you have not yet scheduled a conference but would still like to, you may call the school office (317-253-0649). Additionally,

Here is the update for Algebra I for this week:

Monday – Lesson 4.6 Absolute Value Equations: Students learned how to solve absolute value equations.

Tuesday – Lesson 4.7 Absolute Value Inequalities: Students learned how to solve absolute value inequalities and how they differ from absolute value equations.

Wednesday – Chapter 5 Technology Corner: Students learned how to graph inequalities on their Texas Instruments Calculators.

Thursday – Review for Test 4

Friday – Test 4 (Note: At the end Chapter 4, I did give completion grades for the number of videos a student watched in the chapter and for the homework assignments completed. For most students, these grades were 100%. However, there are still students who are not completing these daily assignments.)

Because of the day off on Monday, students will not have homework this weekend. Enjoy! :)

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13!

Mrs. Dolvin

I am looking forward to meeting with those of you who have scheduled conferences for next week. If you have not yet scheduled a conference but would still like to, you may call the school office (317-253-0649). Additionally,

**I would highly encourage you to bring your student along for the conference as this would be profitable for them as well.**Of course, if you would prefer not to, that is up to your discretion.Here is the update for Algebra I for this week:

Monday – Lesson 4.6 Absolute Value Equations: Students learned how to solve absolute value equations.

Tuesday – Lesson 4.7 Absolute Value Inequalities: Students learned how to solve absolute value inequalities and how they differ from absolute value equations.

Wednesday – Chapter 5 Technology Corner: Students learned how to graph inequalities on their Texas Instruments Calculators.

Thursday – Review for Test 4

Friday – Test 4 (Note: At the end Chapter 4, I did give completion grades for the number of videos a student watched in the chapter and for the homework assignments completed. For most students, these grades were 100%. However, there are still students who are not completing these daily assignments.)

Because of the day off on Monday, students will not have homework this weekend. Enjoy! :)

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 10: Sent October 19, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I for this week:

Monday – Lesson 4.2 Properties of Inequalities: Students learned how to solve inequalities using the Addition & Multiplication Properties of Inequality. Students also solved word problems using one-step inequalities.

Tuesday – Lesson 4.3 Solving Inequalities: Students continued solving inequalities using the Addition & Multiplication Properties of Inequality as well as simplifying inequalities by using the Distributive Property and combining like terms. Students also learned how to solve word problems involving multi-step inequalities.

Wednesday – Math in History & Arithmetic Sums: Students studied the Bernoulli Family, their important place in mathematics history, and the importance of humility in our pursuits. Students also learned how to list partial sums of a sequence if given the first several terms of the sequence. We finished the class by finding specific partial sums for an arithmetic sequence. This was a challenging lesson!!!

Thursday – Lesson 4.4 Conjunctions: Students learned how to define as well as graph conjunctions.

Friday – Lesson 4.5 Disjunctions: Students learned how to define as well as graph disjunctions.

NEXT TEST: Next Friday, October 26.

Thanks!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I for this week:

Monday – Lesson 4.2 Properties of Inequalities: Students learned how to solve inequalities using the Addition & Multiplication Properties of Inequality. Students also solved word problems using one-step inequalities.

Tuesday – Lesson 4.3 Solving Inequalities: Students continued solving inequalities using the Addition & Multiplication Properties of Inequality as well as simplifying inequalities by using the Distributive Property and combining like terms. Students also learned how to solve word problems involving multi-step inequalities.

Wednesday – Math in History & Arithmetic Sums: Students studied the Bernoulli Family, their important place in mathematics history, and the importance of humility in our pursuits. Students also learned how to list partial sums of a sequence if given the first several terms of the sequence. We finished the class by finding specific partial sums for an arithmetic sequence. This was a challenging lesson!!!

Thursday – Lesson 4.4 Conjunctions: Students learned how to define as well as graph conjunctions.

Friday – Lesson 4.5 Disjunctions: Students learned how to define as well as graph disjunctions.

NEXT TEST: Next Friday, October 26.

Thanks!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 9: Sent October 12, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 3.8 Mixtures: Students worked on solving problems involving mixtures.

Tuesday – Review: Using the end of chapter review, students reviewed for Test 3.

Wednesday – Test3 Using Equations: Students took a test.

Thursday – Technology Corner: Students learned how to calculate & graph terms of up to three different sequences using the sequence mode.

Friday – Lesson 4.1 Inequalities: Students learned how to use the Trichotomy Property to interpret negated inequalities. Students also learned how to graph inequalities on a number line.

Thank you for your diligence in making sure students are keeping up with their online homework each evening. It is making a significant difference!

NEXT TEST: Friday, October 26.

Thanks,

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 3.8 Mixtures: Students worked on solving problems involving mixtures.

Tuesday – Review: Using the end of chapter review, students reviewed for Test 3.

Wednesday – Test3 Using Equations: Students took a test.

Thursday – Technology Corner: Students learned how to calculate & graph terms of up to three different sequences using the sequence mode.

Friday – Lesson 4.1 Inequalities: Students learned how to use the Trichotomy Property to interpret negated inequalities. Students also learned how to graph inequalities on a number line.

Thank you for your diligence in making sure students are keeping up with their online homework each evening. It is making a significant difference!

NEXT TEST: Friday, October 26.

Thanks,

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 8: Sent October 4, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 3.3 Similar Figures & Scale Models: Students learned how to find corresponding lengths, areas, and volumes of similar figures. We also discussed scales and actual dimensions of a scale model.

Tuesday – Lesson 3.4 The Percent Equation: Students learned how to apply the percent formula to find the part, the percent, or the whole. They also used this formula to solve real-life application problems.

Wednesday – Lesson 3.5 Percent Change & Error: Students learned how to find the percent change when a quantity increases or decreases, how to find the experimental error and the percent error of a measurement, and how to find the percent difference between two measurements.

Thursday – Lesson 3.6 Money: Students learned how to find cost, markup, markup rate, discount, discount rate, retail price, sale price, tip, commission, commission rate, and sales! Yes, they all said, “Whew!” But we were not finished with that, we also learned how to solve problems involving simple interest. It was a packed lesson!

Friday – Lesson 3.7 Motion: Students learned how to solve problems about related distances using d=rt.

Have a great weekend!

Next test = WEDNESDAY!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 3.3 Similar Figures & Scale Models: Students learned how to find corresponding lengths, areas, and volumes of similar figures. We also discussed scales and actual dimensions of a scale model.

Tuesday – Lesson 3.4 The Percent Equation: Students learned how to apply the percent formula to find the part, the percent, or the whole. They also used this formula to solve real-life application problems.

Wednesday – Lesson 3.5 Percent Change & Error: Students learned how to find the percent change when a quantity increases or decreases, how to find the experimental error and the percent error of a measurement, and how to find the percent difference between two measurements.

Thursday – Lesson 3.6 Money: Students learned how to find cost, markup, markup rate, discount, discount rate, retail price, sale price, tip, commission, commission rate, and sales! Yes, they all said, “Whew!” But we were not finished with that, we also learned how to solve problems involving simple interest. It was a packed lesson!

Friday – Lesson 3.7 Motion: Students learned how to solve problems about related distances using d=rt.

Have a great weekend!

Next test = WEDNESDAY!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 7: Sent September 26, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 3.1 Solving Literal Equations: Students learned to solve literal equations for an indicated variable. Students are also able to find an unknown quantity by evaluating the result of solving a literal equation.

Tuesday – Lesson 3.2 Ratios & Proportions: Students used proportions to solve problems and worked on determining unit rates & converting given rates into equivalent rates.

Wednesday – Careers in Math (Actuary), Sequences (Fibonacci & Golden Ratio Sequence): Students learned to appreciate & understand the actuarial profession & its mathematical foundation. Students also learned how to list specific terms of a Fibonacci Sequence given its first two terms. Students enjoyed watching the following short video

Next test: Wednesday, October 10.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 3.1 Solving Literal Equations: Students learned to solve literal equations for an indicated variable. Students are also able to find an unknown quantity by evaluating the result of solving a literal equation.

Tuesday – Lesson 3.2 Ratios & Proportions: Students used proportions to solve problems and worked on determining unit rates & converting given rates into equivalent rates.

Wednesday – Careers in Math (Actuary), Sequences (Fibonacci & Golden Ratio Sequence): Students learned to appreciate & understand the actuarial profession & its mathematical foundation. Students also learned how to list specific terms of a Fibonacci Sequence given its first two terms. Students enjoyed watching the following short video

*The Fingerprint of God*in class (click below).Next test: Wednesday, October 10.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 6: Sent September 21, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 2.8a Eliminating Fractions & Decimals: Students learned how to clear equations of fractions and decimals when solving. They also looked at application to real-life problems, specifically coin problems.

Tuesday – Lesson 2.8b Eliminating Fractions & Decimals: Students reviewed solving equations by clearing fractions and decimals. We concentrated primarily on solving real-life application problems.

Wednesday – Math in History, Sequences: Students learned how to list specific terms of an arithmetic sequence given its formula (explicit or recursive) & also how to find the formula for an arithmetic sequence given the first several terms. This material was challenging for the students, but students are looking at some of these topics as a preview of future math courses. We ended the hour with a brief look at the life if Isaac Newton.

Thursday – Chapter 2 Review: We worked on pp. 90-91 to prepare for Test 2.

Friday – Test 2: Grades will be posted on RenWeb by this afternoon.

Students are continuing to do a great job in Algebra I as they put forth effort both in class & at home. Students have been faithfully keeping up with written and online homework. I appreciate their dedication – they are a joy to teach!

Next test = Wednesday, October 10.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 2.8a Eliminating Fractions & Decimals: Students learned how to clear equations of fractions and decimals when solving. They also looked at application to real-life problems, specifically coin problems.

Tuesday – Lesson 2.8b Eliminating Fractions & Decimals: Students reviewed solving equations by clearing fractions and decimals. We concentrated primarily on solving real-life application problems.

Wednesday – Math in History, Sequences: Students learned how to list specific terms of an arithmetic sequence given its formula (explicit or recursive) & also how to find the formula for an arithmetic sequence given the first several terms. This material was challenging for the students, but students are looking at some of these topics as a preview of future math courses. We ended the hour with a brief look at the life if Isaac Newton.

Thursday – Chapter 2 Review: We worked on pp. 90-91 to prepare for Test 2.

Friday – Test 2: Grades will be posted on RenWeb by this afternoon.

Students are continuing to do a great job in Algebra I as they put forth effort both in class & at home. Students have been faithfully keeping up with written and online homework. I appreciate their dedication – they are a joy to teach!

Next test = Wednesday, October 10.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 5: Sent September 14, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 2.4 Solving One-Step Equations: Students learned how to identify & apply the properties of equality when solving one-step equations. We also emphasized translating word sentences into algebraic equations and then solving those equations.

Tuesday – Lesson 2.5a Solving Two-Step Equations: Students continued translating word sentences into algebraic expressions as well as solving two-step equations in the form ax + b = c.

Wednesday – Lesson 2.5b Solving Two-Step Equations: We spent 2 days on this lesson.

Thursday – Lesson 2.6 Simplifying Equations: Students worked on solving equations containing like terms and parentheses. Students also learned how to convert repeating decimals to fractions. This lesson finished with more translating sentences into algebraic equations.

Friday – Lesson 2.7 Solving Multi-Step Equations: Students learned how to solve equations with variables on both sides of the equal sign as well as a continuation of translating word sentences into algebraic equations.

*NOTE: Progress Reports were sent home with students on Thursday. Let me know if you had any questions.

Test 2 will be Friday, September 21.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Monday – Lesson 2.4 Solving One-Step Equations: Students learned how to identify & apply the properties of equality when solving one-step equations. We also emphasized translating word sentences into algebraic equations and then solving those equations.

Tuesday – Lesson 2.5a Solving Two-Step Equations: Students continued translating word sentences into algebraic expressions as well as solving two-step equations in the form ax + b = c.

Wednesday – Lesson 2.5b Solving Two-Step Equations: We spent 2 days on this lesson.

Thursday – Lesson 2.6 Simplifying Equations: Students worked on solving equations containing like terms and parentheses. Students also learned how to convert repeating decimals to fractions. This lesson finished with more translating sentences into algebraic equations.

Friday – Lesson 2.7 Solving Multi-Step Equations: Students learned how to solve equations with variables on both sides of the equal sign as well as a continuation of translating word sentences into algebraic equations.

*NOTE: Progress Reports were sent home with students on Thursday. Let me know if you had any questions.

Test 2 will be Friday, September 21.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 4: Sent September 6, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Tuesday - Lesson 2.3a Using the Distributive Property: Students learned to use the distributive property to simplify algebraic expressions.

Friday -Lesson 2.3b Using the Distributive Property (continued): Students continued working on the distributive property in working with algebraic expressions. Students have built a strong foundation to begin solving equations next week.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Algebra I this week:

Tuesday - Lesson 2.3a Using the Distributive Property: Students learned to use the distributive property to simplify algebraic expressions.

Friday -Lesson 2.3b Using the Distributive Property (continued): Students continued working on the distributive property in working with algebraic expressions. Students have built a strong foundation to begin solving equations next week.

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 3: Sent August 31, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update on Algebra I this week:

Monday - We reviewed for Test 1.

Tuesday - Students took Test 1. (Grades are on Renweb.)

Wednesday - Lesson 2.1 Variables & Algebraic Expressions: Students are able to identify variables & constants & to write algebraic expressions for word phrases (including consecutive integers, consecutive odd or even integers, & complements or supplements of angles).

Thursday - Lesson 2.2 Evaluating Algebraic Expressions: Students are able to evaluate algebraic expressions with given variable values as well as to apply formulas given variable valuables.

Friday - Technology Corner: Students learned how to use their calculators to store variables. Additionally, we went over many basic functions of the calculator. Part of this course is teaching students how & when to properly use the calculator. I have emphasized with the students that this tool will not be used to perform basic math operations.

We are continuing our work with daily rapid calculations. We begin each lesson with 7 of them - they are getting fast! I told them that I would love to see a tournament with them versus another class! J

Also, as you know, students can expect homework every evening except Wednesdays. However, due to the day off on Monday, there is no homework today (Friday). Enjoy the weekend!

Due to School Camp, next week will be a lighter week of math. However, we will still stay on schedule & the students are doing very well!!!

Thanks,

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update on Algebra I this week:

Monday - We reviewed for Test 1.

Tuesday - Students took Test 1. (Grades are on Renweb.)

Wednesday - Lesson 2.1 Variables & Algebraic Expressions: Students are able to identify variables & constants & to write algebraic expressions for word phrases (including consecutive integers, consecutive odd or even integers, & complements or supplements of angles).

Thursday - Lesson 2.2 Evaluating Algebraic Expressions: Students are able to evaluate algebraic expressions with given variable values as well as to apply formulas given variable valuables.

Friday - Technology Corner: Students learned how to use their calculators to store variables. Additionally, we went over many basic functions of the calculator. Part of this course is teaching students how & when to properly use the calculator. I have emphasized with the students that this tool will not be used to perform basic math operations.

We are continuing our work with daily rapid calculations. We begin each lesson with 7 of them - they are getting fast! I told them that I would love to see a tournament with them versus another class! J

Also, as you know, students can expect homework every evening except Wednesdays. However, due to the day off on Monday, there is no homework today (Friday). Enjoy the weekend!

Due to School Camp, next week will be a lighter week of math. However, we will still stay on schedule & the students are doing very well!!!

Thanks,

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 2: Sent August 24, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update on Algebra I this week:

Monday - Lesson 1.5 Multiplying Rational Numbers: Students worked on multiplying signed integers & rational numbers. They also identified & applied the properties of multiplication.

Tuesday - Lesson 1.6 Dividing Rational Numbers: Students divided signed integers & rational numbers, demonstrated that division by 0 is undefined, & applied the properties of real numbers.

Wednesday - p. 40 Technology Corner: Using a few online tutorials from www.hotmath.com as well as the Technology Corner section in the textbook, students were introduced to a few of the basic functions on their TI graphing calculators. They really seemed to enjoy this! (By the way, you may have heard that I am being very strict with the students on when they can use their calculators. Students are learning when it is appropriate to use the calculator & when to set it aside.)

Thursday - Lesson 1.7 Exponents: Students learned how to simplify and evaluate expressions with integral exponents using the properties of exponents.

Friday - Lesson 1.8 Order of Operations: Students can state the order of operations as well as evaluate numerical expressions using the order of operations.

Students are continuing daily to build speed with rapid calculations. On Wednesday, students also had a chance to play 24-game. There were a few quiz and homework grades this week. Check Renweb for those results. Many of the students have been doing very well keeping up with both the written & online homework assignments. Please help by asking your student daily if their work is ready for class. Thanks!

Reminder: Test #1 TUESDAY!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update on Algebra I this week:

Monday - Lesson 1.5 Multiplying Rational Numbers: Students worked on multiplying signed integers & rational numbers. They also identified & applied the properties of multiplication.

Tuesday - Lesson 1.6 Dividing Rational Numbers: Students divided signed integers & rational numbers, demonstrated that division by 0 is undefined, & applied the properties of real numbers.

Wednesday - p. 40 Technology Corner: Using a few online tutorials from www.hotmath.com as well as the Technology Corner section in the textbook, students were introduced to a few of the basic functions on their TI graphing calculators. They really seemed to enjoy this! (By the way, you may have heard that I am being very strict with the students on when they can use their calculators. Students are learning when it is appropriate to use the calculator & when to set it aside.)

Thursday - Lesson 1.7 Exponents: Students learned how to simplify and evaluate expressions with integral exponents using the properties of exponents.

Friday - Lesson 1.8 Order of Operations: Students can state the order of operations as well as evaluate numerical expressions using the order of operations.

Students are continuing daily to build speed with rapid calculations. On Wednesday, students also had a chance to play 24-game. There were a few quiz and homework grades this week. Check Renweb for those results. Many of the students have been doing very well keeping up with both the written & online homework assignments. Please help by asking your student daily if their work is ready for class. Thanks!

Reminder: Test #1 TUESDAY!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 1: Sent August 17, 2012

Hello!

We are off to a wonderful start in Algebra I. Students are doing very well keeping up with both their written & online homework. Here is an overview of our week:

Monday - Lesson 1.1: Sets of Numbers. Students worked on identifying sets & subsets as well as their union & intersection. Students reviewed Venn diagrams and looked in detail at the major subsets of the real number system, their relationship to each other, and examples of each.

Tuesday - Lesson 1.2: Number Lines, Opposites, & Absolute Value. This was a packed lesson as students reviewed number lines, coordinates of a point on a number line, the opposite & absolute value of a number as well as the length & midpoint of a segment on a number line.

Wednesday – Students learned about a career in mathematics. While I realize that few students know the leading of the Lord in a career choice at this point in their lives, it is still important to understand that the more math students learn, the more avenues of service will be open to them. Students should want to be used by God in whatever vocation He calls them to. On a different note, we spent the last half of the class looking at sequences, specifically evens, odds, & multiples.

Thursday - Lesson 1.3: Adding Rational Numbers. Students reviewed how to add signed integers and rational numbers. We also looked at the properties of addition which is foundational to success in Algebra.

Friday - Lesson 1.4: Subtracting Rational Numbers. As another foundational lesson, students reviewed how to rewrite subtraction as addition by adding the opposite as well as a review on subtracting signed integers & rational numbers.

As a part of this course, students are also working on rapid calculations on a daily basis. They are doing a phenomenal job on these (perhaps because they seem to be a competitive group!) They have already increased speed & seem to enjoy this part of class. We also have played 24game, something we will typically do on Wednesdays. There are a couple grades posted on RenWeb as well. We keep busy!!!

These students are doing a GREAT job so far! They are a joy to teach. Next week (Wednesday), we will spend time looking at their graphing calculators. Students are very eager for this! On that note, it is one of the goals of this class to teach students how & when to use their calculators. So far, they have not needed them yet, but the time is coming!

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Mrs. Dolvin

We are off to a wonderful start in Algebra I. Students are doing very well keeping up with both their written & online homework. Here is an overview of our week:

Monday - Lesson 1.1: Sets of Numbers. Students worked on identifying sets & subsets as well as their union & intersection. Students reviewed Venn diagrams and looked in detail at the major subsets of the real number system, their relationship to each other, and examples of each.

Tuesday - Lesson 1.2: Number Lines, Opposites, & Absolute Value. This was a packed lesson as students reviewed number lines, coordinates of a point on a number line, the opposite & absolute value of a number as well as the length & midpoint of a segment on a number line.

Wednesday – Students learned about a career in mathematics. While I realize that few students know the leading of the Lord in a career choice at this point in their lives, it is still important to understand that the more math students learn, the more avenues of service will be open to them. Students should want to be used by God in whatever vocation He calls them to. On a different note, we spent the last half of the class looking at sequences, specifically evens, odds, & multiples.

Thursday - Lesson 1.3: Adding Rational Numbers. Students reviewed how to add signed integers and rational numbers. We also looked at the properties of addition which is foundational to success in Algebra.

Friday - Lesson 1.4: Subtracting Rational Numbers. As another foundational lesson, students reviewed how to rewrite subtraction as addition by adding the opposite as well as a review on subtracting signed integers & rational numbers.

As a part of this course, students are also working on rapid calculations on a daily basis. They are doing a phenomenal job on these (perhaps because they seem to be a competitive group!) They have already increased speed & seem to enjoy this part of class. We also have played 24game, something we will typically do on Wednesdays. There are a couple grades posted on RenWeb as well. We keep busy!!!

These students are doing a GREAT job so far! They are a joy to teach. Next week (Wednesday), we will spend time looking at their graphing calculators. Students are very eager for this! On that note, it is one of the goals of this class to teach students how & when to use their calculators. So far, they have not needed them yet, but the time is coming!

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 0: Sent August 3, 2012

Hello Students and Parents,

The first day of class is just around the corner and I am super excited! If you would, please take a few minutes to do

1. Please watch this brief Intro. Video.

2. Please preview Lesson 1.1. This will take around 6-7 minutes.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to view these two videos. It will help us get off to a great start!

Note to Parents: Most homework assignments will include having students view a 5 to 10 minute mathematics video that will serve as a preview of the next lesson. Please help to make sure that your students are doing this portion of the assignments throughout the year. This is a vital part to the class!

Please contact me anytime if you have any questions. Looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Dolvin

The first day of class is just around the corner and I am super excited! If you would, please take a few minutes to do

__two__things to make sure you are ready for the first day of class on August 13:1. Please watch this brief Intro. Video.

2. Please preview Lesson 1.1. This will take around 6-7 minutes.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to view these two videos. It will help us get off to a great start!

Note to Parents: Most homework assignments will include having students view a 5 to 10 minute mathematics video that will serve as a preview of the next lesson. Please help to make sure that your students are doing this portion of the assignments throughout the year. This is a vital part to the class!

Please contact me anytime if you have any questions. Looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Dolvin