## Weekly updates for Algebra I...

## May 22, 2015

Hello!

It has been a great year in Algebra I! The students have been a joy, have worked hard, and have learned a lot! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each one of them!

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Dolvin

It has been a great year in Algebra I! The students have been a joy, have worked hard, and have learned a lot! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each one of them!

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Dolvin

## May 15, 2015

**IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT!**

All students need to be present for the following End of Course Assessment dates (8:20 - 9:30 a.m. each morning):

- Tuesday, May 19 - Session I
- Wednesday, May 20 - Session II
- Thursday, May 21 - Session III

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Review Chapters 9 & 10: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 9 & 10 to access.

Tuesday - Review Chapters 11 & 12: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 11 & 12 to access.

Wednesday - Review Chapter 13: Students reviewed concepts in this chapters. Click Review Chapter 13 to access.

Thursday - Students reviewed numerous released items and scoring notes from the 2014 End-of-Course Assessment.

Friday - Students reviewed numerous released items and scoring notes from the 2014 End-of-Course Assessment. At the end of the hour, students began looking over a concise review of Algebra I.

Have a good weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Review Chapters 9 & 10: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 9 & 10 to access.

Tuesday - Review Chapters 11 & 12: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 11 & 12 to access.

Wednesday - Review Chapter 13: Students reviewed concepts in this chapters. Click Review Chapter 13 to access.

Thursday - Students reviewed numerous released items and scoring notes from the 2014 End-of-Course Assessment.

Friday - Students reviewed numerous released items and scoring notes from the 2014 End-of-Course Assessment. At the end of the hour, students began looking over a concise review of Algebra I.

**Next test: End-of-Course Assessments, May 19-21.**Have a good weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## May 8, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Review Chapters 5 & 6: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 5 & 6 to access.

Tuesday - Review Chapters 7 & 8: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 7 & 8 to access.

Wednesday - End-of-Course Assessment Practice and informational video: Students worked on computers to become familiar with the College-and-Career Readiness Assessment format and viewed the Algebra I ECA Spring 2015 College & Career Readiness Assessment video.

Thursday - Review for Test 13: Students reviewed all of Chapter 13 to prepare for evaluation.

Friday - Students took a test over Chapter 13

Have a good weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Review Chapters 5 & 6: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 5 & 6 to access.

Tuesday - Review Chapters 7 & 8: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 7 & 8 to access.

Wednesday - End-of-Course Assessment Practice and informational video: Students worked on computers to become familiar with the College-and-Career Readiness Assessment format and viewed the Algebra I ECA Spring 2015 College & Career Readiness Assessment video.

Thursday - Review for Test 13: Students reviewed all of Chapter 13 to prepare for evaluation.

Friday - Students took a test over Chapter 13

*Rational Expressions**.***Next test: End-of-Course Assessments, May 19-21.**Have a good weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## May 1, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

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

Tuesday - 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.

Wednesday - Careers in Math, Technology Corner, Sequences: Students learned about operations research analysts as well as how to graph rational functions on a TI Calculator. We also spent a short amount of time looking at harmonic sequences.

Thursday - Review Chapters 1 & 2: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 1 & 2 to access.

Friday - Review Chapters 3 & 4: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 3 & 4 to access.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

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

Tuesday - 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.

Wednesday - Careers in Math, Technology Corner, Sequences: Students learned about operations research analysts as well as how to graph rational functions on a TI Calculator. We also spent a short amount of time looking at harmonic sequences.

Thursday - Review Chapters 1 & 2: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 1 & 2 to access.

Friday - Review Chapters 3 & 4: Students reviewed concepts in these chapters. Click Review Chapters 3 & 4 to access.

**Next test: Friday, May 8.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## April 24, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

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

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

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

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

Friday - Students who were absent last week took a test over Chapter 12

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

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

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

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

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

Friday - Students who were absent last week took a test over Chapter 12

*Quadratic Functions**.***Next test: Friday, May 8. (Note change due to ISTEP testing.)**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## April 17, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

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

Tuesday - Review for Test 12: Students reviewed all of Chapter 12 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Students took a test over Chapter 12

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

Friday - Lesson 13.2 Adding and Subtracting Expressions with Common Denominators: Students learned how to multiply and divide rational expressions.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

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

Tuesday - Review for Test 12: Students reviewed all of Chapter 12 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Students took a test over Chapter 12

*Quadratic Functions**.*Thursday - Lesson 13.1 Simplifying Rational Functions: Students learned how to determine values for which a rational expression is undefined and how to simplify rational expressions.

Friday - Lesson 13.2 Adding and Subtracting Expressions with Common Denominators: Students learned how to multiply and divide rational expressions.

**Next test: Friday, April 12 (Test 12 Make-ups) and/or Friday, May 1 (Test 13).**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## April 10, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

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

Thursday - 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 and how to determine the effect of a & c on the graph of a quadratic function.

Friday - 12.8 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 and how to find the vertex of a quadratic function.

For those who are attending Nationals next week, here is an overview of the week:

Tuesday, April 14: Review Chapter 12

Wednesday, April 15: Test 12

Thursday, April 16: Lesson 13.1

Friday, April 17: Lesson 13.2

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

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

Thursday - 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 and how to determine the effect of a & c on the graph of a quadratic function.

Friday - 12.8 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 and how to find the vertex of a quadratic function.

**Next test: Wednesday, April 15.**For those who are attending Nationals next week, here is an overview of the week:

Tuesday, April 14: Review Chapter 12

Wednesday, April 15: Test 12

Thursday, April 16: Lesson 13.1

Friday, April 17: Lesson 13.2

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## April 2, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - Review Lessons 12.1-12.3: Students reviewed all concepts in the beginning of Chapter 12

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 - 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.

Thursday - Chapter 12 Math in History, Technology Corner, Sequences: Students learned how to recognize John von Neumann's role in both the atomic and computer ages as well as how to identify von Neumann's belief in God's existence based on the complex design of the human body. We also discussed deductive also inductive reasoning as well as a look at arithmetic partial-sum formulas for arithmetic sequences. Students learned how to solve radicals on their Texas Instruments calculators, and we ended the hour by learning how to program the quadratic formula into a TI Calculator (many were very successful with programming!)

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - Review Lessons 12.1-12.3: Students reviewed all concepts in the beginning of Chapter 12

*Quadratic Functions.*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 - 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.

Thursday - Chapter 12 Math in History, Technology Corner, Sequences: Students learned how to recognize John von Neumann's role in both the atomic and computer ages as well as how to identify von Neumann's belief in God's existence based on the complex design of the human body. We also discussed deductive also inductive reasoning as well as a look at arithmetic partial-sum formulas for arithmetic sequences. Students learned how to solve radicals on their Texas Instruments calculators, and we ended the hour by learning how to program the quadratic formula into a TI Calculator (many were very successful with programming!)

**Next test: Wednesday, April 15. (Notice date change!)**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## March 19, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - 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.

Wednesday - Review Lessons 12.1-12.2: Students reviewed concepts involving solving quadratic equations.

Thursday - 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.

Enjoy your break!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - 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.

Wednesday - Review Lessons 12.1-12.2: Students reviewed concepts involving solving quadratic equations.

Thursday - 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.

**Next test: Friday, April 17.**Enjoy your break!

Mrs. Dolvin

## March 13, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update from this week:

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

Tuesday - Review for Test 11: Students reviewed all of Chapter 11 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Students will take a test over Chapter 11

Thursday - Careers in Math (Chemical Engineer), Technology (Solving Radicals on a Texas Instruments Calculator), & Sequences (Sigma Notation): Students will learn how to define several careers in chemistry and how to identify Christian service opportunities in math-related fields. Students will also learn how to solve radicals on their graphing calculators. At the end of the hour, students will learn how to find partial sums using sigma notation.

Friday - Pi Day (observed): Students will join other students to celebrate Pi Day!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from this week:

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

Tuesday - Review for Test 11: Students reviewed all of Chapter 11 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Students will take a test over Chapter 11

*Radicals**.*Thursday - Careers in Math (Chemical Engineer), Technology (Solving Radicals on a Texas Instruments Calculator), & Sequences (Sigma Notation): Students will learn how to define several careers in chemistry and how to identify Christian service opportunities in math-related fields. Students will also learn how to solve radicals on their graphing calculators. At the end of the hour, students will learn how to find partial sums using sigma notation.

Friday - Pi Day (observed): Students will join other students to celebrate Pi Day!

**Next test: Friday, April 17.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## March 6, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - Review of Simplifying Radicals I: Students worked on simplifying radicals.

Tuesday - Review of Simplifying Radicals II: Students worked on a Radical Challenge worksheet.

Wednesday - Review of Simplifying Radicals III: Students worked on a Radical Challenge worksheet.

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

Friday - Lesson 11.8 Radical Equations: Students learned how to solve radical expressions.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - Review of Simplifying Radicals I: Students worked on simplifying radicals.

Tuesday - Review of Simplifying Radicals II: Students worked on a Radical Challenge worksheet.

Wednesday - Review of Simplifying Radicals III: Students worked on a Radical Challenge worksheet.

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

Friday - Lesson 11.8 Radical Equations: Students learned how to solve radical expressions.

**Next test: Wednesday, March 11.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## February 27, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update from 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 Dividing Radicals: Students learned how to divide numerical radicals, how to divide radials with variable radicands, & how to rationalize a denominator containing a radical.

Wednesday - Review Lessons 11.1-11.4: Students reviewed all concepts involving radicals in the chapter.

Thursday - Lesson 11.5 Adding and 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.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from 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 Dividing Radicals: Students learned how to divide numerical radicals, how to divide radials with variable radicands, & how to rationalize a denominator containing a radical.

Wednesday - Review Lessons 11.1-11.4: Students reviewed all concepts involving radicals in the chapter.

Thursday - Lesson 11.5 Adding and 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.

**Next test: Wednesday, March 11.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## February 20, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update from this week:

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

Tuesday - Review for Test 10: Students reviewed all of Chapter 10 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Students took a test over Chapter 9

Thursday - Lesson 11.1 Expressing Roots: 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.

Friday - Lesson 11.2 Simplifying Radicals: Students learned how to simplify numerical radicals and how to simplify radicals with variable radicands.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from this week:

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

Tuesday - Review for Test 10: Students reviewed all of Chapter 10 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Students took a test over Chapter 9

*Factoring**Polynomials**.*Thursday - Lesson 11.1 Expressing Roots: 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.

Friday - Lesson 11.2 Simplifying Radicals: Students learned how to simplify numerical radicals and how to simplify radicals with variable radicands.

**Next test: Wednesday, March 11.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## February 13, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - Review Lesson 10.1-10.2: Students reviewed how to factor common monomials and factoring trinomials.

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

Wednesday - Chapter 10 Math in History, Technology Corner, 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 learned how to write a factorial expression as a product of factors, and how to write a special product of factors in factorial form. We finished the hour with a look at how to factor using the TI Calculators, so that they could evaluate or approximate the value of the root of a number.

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

Friday - Review Lessons 10.1-10.4: Students reviewed all of the factoring lessons so far in the chapter.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - Review Lesson 10.1-10.2: Students reviewed how to factor common monomials and factoring trinomials.

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

Wednesday - Chapter 10 Math in History, Technology Corner, 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 learned how to write a factorial expression as a product of factors, and how to write a special product of factors in factorial form. We finished the hour with a look at how to factor using the TI Calculators, so that they could evaluate or approximate the value of the root of a number.

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

Friday - Review Lessons 10.1-10.4: Students reviewed all of the factoring lessons so far in the chapter.

**Next test: Wednesday, February 18.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## February 6, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - 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).

Tuesday - Review for Test 9: Students reviewed all of Chapter 9 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Students took a test over Chapter 9

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.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - 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).

Tuesday - Review for Test 9: Students reviewed all of Chapter 9 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Students took a test over Chapter 9

*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.

**Next test: Wednesday, February 18.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## January 30, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - Reviewed Lessons 9.1 - 9.2: Students reviewed how to classify polynomials by the number of terms and degrees as well as how to evaluate a polynomial using given values for the variables. Students also reviewed how to add and subtract polynomials.

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

Wednesday - Chapter 8 Careers in Math, Technology Corner, & Sequences: Students learned how to identify various careers in engineering and how to recognize tasks as opportunities to fulfill God's command to manage His creation. Students also learned how to check the results of simplifying polynomials on their Texas Instruments Calculators. We ended the hour learning about using substitution to verify partial-sum formulas for specific

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from this week:

Monday - Reviewed Lessons 9.1 - 9.2: Students reviewed how to classify polynomials by the number of terms and degrees as well as how to evaluate a polynomial using given values for the variables. Students also reviewed how to add and subtract polynomials.

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

Wednesday - Chapter 8 Careers in Math, Technology Corner, & Sequences: Students learned how to identify various careers in engineering and how to recognize tasks as opportunities to fulfill God's command to manage His creation. Students also learned how to check the results of simplifying polynomials on their Texas Instruments Calculators. We ended the hour learning about using substitution to verify partial-sum formulas for specific

*n*values.Thursday - Lesson 9.4 Multiplying Binomials using FOIL: Students learned how to use the FOIL method to multiply binomials.

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

**Next test: Wednesday, February 4.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## January 23, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update from this week:

Tuesday - Review for Test 8: Students reviewed all of Chapter 8 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Students took a test over Chapter 8

Thursday - Lesson 9.1 Classifying and 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.

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

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from this week:

Tuesday - Review for Test 8: Students reviewed all of Chapter 8 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Students took a test over Chapter 8

*Exponents**.*Thursday - Lesson 9.1 Classifying and 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.

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

**Next test: Wednesday, February 4.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## January 16, 2015

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - 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.

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 - Review Lessons 8.3-8.4: Students reviewed all concepts in Lessons 8.3 & 8.4.

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.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for 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 8.3 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.

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 - Review Lessons 8.3-8.4: Students reviewed all concepts in Lessons 8.3 & 8.4.

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: Wednesday, January 21.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## January 9, 2015

Welcome back!

Click Spring, 2015 to access a schedule for the spring semester.

Here is an update for 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 - Chapter 8 Math in History, Technology Corner, 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. Students learned how to graph exponential functions on their Texas Instruments Calculators. We ended by looking at how to find the sum of infinite geometric sequences.

Thursday - Review Lessons 8.1-8.2: We reviewed all concepts from Lessons 8.1 & 8.2.

Friday -

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Click Spring, 2015 to access a schedule for the spring semester.

Here is an update for 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 - Chapter 8 Math in History, Technology Corner, 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. Students learned how to graph exponential functions on their Texas Instruments Calculators. We ended by looking at how to find the sum of infinite geometric sequences.

Thursday - Review Lessons 8.1-8.2: We reviewed all concepts from Lessons 8.1 & 8.2.

Friday -

*Donald in Mathmagic Land*: Students who did not attend the Leadership Conference for high school students spent the hour traveling with Donald Duck into a wondrous land of discovery where the trees have square roots & the rivers are brimming with numbers. During this journey, the students learned that you can have mirth with math, fun with fractions, & laughs with logic. :)**Next test: Wednesday, January 21.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## December 19, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Exam Review: Students reviewed Chapters 5-6 for the Fall Semester Exam.

Tuesday - Exam Review: Students reviewed Chapter 7 for the Fall Semester Exam.

Wednesday - No class due to exam schedule.

Thursday - Students took a practice exam to prepare for Friday's Semester Exam.

Friday - Exam: Students took their Fall Semester Exam.

Have a wonderful break!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Exam Review: Students reviewed Chapters 5-6 for the Fall Semester Exam.

Tuesday - Exam Review: Students reviewed Chapter 7 for the Fall Semester Exam.

Wednesday - No class due to exam schedule.

Thursday - Students took a practice exam to prepare for Friday's Semester Exam.

Friday - Exam: Students took their Fall Semester Exam.

Have a wonderful break!

Mrs. Dolvin

## December 12, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - Review for Test 7: Students reviewed all of Chapter 7 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Test 7: Students took a test over Chapter 7

Thursday - Review Chapters 1 & 2: Students reviewed all of Chapters 1 & 2 to prepare for the Fall Semester Exam.

Friday - Review Chapters 3 & 4: Students reviewed all of Chapters 3 & 4 to prepare for the Fall Semester Exam.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - Review for Test 7: Students reviewed all of Chapter 7 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Test 7: Students took a test over Chapter 7

*Linear Systems.*Thursday - Review Chapters 1 & 2: Students reviewed all of Chapters 1 & 2 to prepare for the Fall Semester Exam.

Friday - Review Chapters 3 & 4: Students reviewed all of Chapters 3 & 4 to prepare for the Fall Semester Exam.

**FALL SEMESTER EXAM: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## December 5, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Reviewed 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.

Tuesday - 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.

Wednesday - Chapter 7 Careers in Math, Technology Corner, & Sequences: 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. Students also learned how to graph systems of linear equations on their Texas Instruments Calculators. We ended the hour learning about limits on converging sequences, a main concept of calculus.

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Reviewed 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.

Tuesday - 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.

Wednesday - Chapter 7 Careers in Math, Technology Corner, & Sequences: 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. Students also learned how to graph systems of linear equations on their Texas Instruments Calculators. We ended the hour learning about limits on converging sequences, a main concept of calculus.

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

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

**Next test: Wednesday, December 10.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## November 25, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for 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. Students also learned how to solve word problems using a system of equations & the elimination method.

Have a nice Thanksgiving Break!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for 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. Students also learned how to solve word problems using a system of equations & the elimination method.

**Next test: Wednesday, December 10.**Have a nice Thanksgiving Break!

Mrs. Dolvin

## November 21, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

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

Tuesday - Review for Test 6: Students reviewed all of Chapter 6 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Test 6: Students took a test over Chapter 6

Thursday - Lesson 7.1 Graphing Systems of Equations: Students learned how to solve systems of linear equations by the graphing method (something they will also learn 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

Here is an update for this week:

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

Tuesday - Review for Test 6: Students reviewed all of Chapter 6 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Test 6: Students took a test over Chapter 6

*Linear Functions.*Thursday - Lesson 7.1 Graphing Systems of Equations: Students learned how to solve systems of linear equations by the graphing method (something they will also learn 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: Wednesday, December 10.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## November 14, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - 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, or given its graph.

Wednesday - Chapter 6 Math in History, Technology Corner, & Sequences: Students learned to identify Rene Descartes as the developer of the Cartesian coordinate plane and to recognize the danger of exalting human reasoning above scriptural revelation. Next, students learned how to use their TI calculators to graph a scatterplot & find the line of best fit.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.

Thursday - 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.

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

Have a a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - 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, or given its graph.

Wednesday - Chapter 6 Math in History, Technology Corner, & Sequences: Students learned to identify Rene Descartes as the developer of the Cartesian coordinate plane and to recognize the danger of exalting human reasoning above scriptural revelation. Next, students learned how to use their TI calculators to graph a scatterplot & find the line of best fit.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.

Thursday - 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.

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

**Next test: Wednesday, November 19.**Have a a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## November 7, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - Review Lessons 5.1-5.7: Students reviewed all of Chapter 5 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Test 5: Students took a test over Chapter 5

Thursday - 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.

Friday - 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.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - Review Lessons 5.1-5.7: Students reviewed all of Chapter 5 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Test 5: Students took a test over Chapter 5

*Relations & Functions.*Thursday - 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.

Friday - 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.

**Next test: Wednesday, November 19.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## October 31, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Lesson 5.3 Graphs of Relations & 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.

Tuesday - Lesson 5.4 Using Graphs: 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.

Wednesday - Chapter 5 Careers in Math, Technology Corner, 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. Students also worked with their Texas Instruments calculators to learn how to graph lines and evaluate tables. Lastly, 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 5.5 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.

Friday - 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.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Lesson 5.3 Graphs of Relations & 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.

Tuesday - Lesson 5.4 Using Graphs: 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.

Wednesday - Chapter 5 Careers in Math, Technology Corner, 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. Students also worked with their Texas Instruments calculators to learn how to graph lines and evaluate tables. Lastly, 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 5.5 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.

Friday - 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.

**Next test: Wednesday, November 5.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## October 24, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

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

Tuesday - Review Lessons 4.1-4.7: Students reviewed all of Chapter 4 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Test 4: Students took a test over Chapter 4

Thursday - Lesson 5.1 Points in the 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.

Friday - Relations & Functions: 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.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

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

Tuesday - Review Lessons 4.1-4.7: Students reviewed all of Chapter 4 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Test 4: Students took a test over Chapter 4

*Solving Inequalities.*Thursday - Lesson 5.1 Points in the 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.

Friday - Relations & Functions: 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.

**Next test: Wednesday, November 5.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## October 17, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

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,

Monday - Review Lessons 3.1-3.8: Students reviewed all of Chapter 3 to prepare for evaluation.

Tuesday - Test 3: Students took a test over Chapter 3

Wednesday - Review Lessons 4.1-4.4: Students reviewed all concepts from Lessons 4.1-4.4.

Thursday - Lesson 4.5 Disjunctions: Students learned how to define as well as graph disjunctions.

Friday - Lesson 4.6 Absolute Value Equations: Students learned how to solve absolute value equations.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

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.Monday - Review Lessons 3.1-3.8: Students reviewed all of Chapter 3 to prepare for evaluation.

Tuesday - Test 3: Students took a test over Chapter 3

*Using Equations.*Wednesday - Review Lessons 4.1-4.4: Students reviewed all concepts from Lessons 4.1-4.4.

Thursday - Lesson 4.5 Disjunctions: Students learned how to define as well as graph disjunctions.

Friday - Lesson 4.6 Absolute Value Equations: Students learned how to solve absolute value equations.

**Next test: Wednesday, October 22.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## October 10, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - 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.

Wednesday - Chapter 4 Math in History, Technology Corner, Sequences: Students studied the Bernoulli Family, their important place in mathematics history, & the importance of humility in our pursuits. Additionally, students learned how to graph inequalities in their Texas Instruments calculators. Students also learned how to list partial sums of a sequence if given the first several terms of the sequence.

Thursday - 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.

Friday - Lesson 4.4 Conjunctions: Students learned how to define as well as graph conjunctions.

Have a nice weekend,

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - 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.

Wednesday - Chapter 4 Math in History, Technology Corner, Sequences: Students studied the Bernoulli Family, their important place in mathematics history, & the importance of humility in our pursuits. Additionally, students learned how to graph inequalities in their Texas Instruments calculators. Students also learned how to list partial sums of a sequence if given the first several terms of the sequence.

Thursday - 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.

Friday - Lesson 4.4 Conjunctions: Students learned how to define as well as graph conjunctions.

**Next test: Tuesday, October 14.**Have a nice weekend,

Mrs. Dolvin

## October 3, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Review Lessons 3.1-3.5: Students reviewed all the concepts from Chapter 3 up to Lesson 3.5.

Tuesday - 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. But we were not finished with that, we also learned how to solve problems involving simple interest. It was a packed lesson!

Wednesday - Review Lessons 3.1-3.6: Students reviewed all the concepts from Chapter 3 up to Lesson 3.6.

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

Friday - Lesson 3.8 Mixtures: Students worked on solving problems involving mixtures.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

Monday - Review Lessons 3.1-3.5: Students reviewed all the concepts from Chapter 3 up to Lesson 3.5.

Tuesday - 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. But we were not finished with that, we also learned how to solve problems involving simple interest. It was a packed lesson!

Wednesday - Review Lessons 3.1-3.6: Students reviewed all the concepts from Chapter 3 up to Lesson 3.6.

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

Friday - Lesson 3.8 Mixtures: Students worked on solving problems involving mixtures.

**Next test has been moved: Tuesday, October 14.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## September 23, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update for this week:

Monday – 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.

Tuesday – 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.

Have a wonderful Fall Break!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for this week:

Monday – 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.

Tuesday – 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.

**Next Test: Tuesday, October 7.**Have a wonderful Fall Break!

__No Algebra homework!__Mrs. Dolvin

## September 19, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update from Algebra I this week:

Monday - Review Lessons 2.1-2.8: Students reviewed all of Chapter 2 to prepare for evaluation.

Tuesday - Test 2: Students took a test over Chapter 2 Variables & Equations.

Wednesday - Chapter 3 Careers in Math, Technology Corner, Sequences: Students learned to appreciate & understand the actuarial profession & its mathematical foundation. Additionally, students learned how to list specific terms of a Fibonacci Sequence given its first two terms. Students enjoyed watching the short video

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

Friday - 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.

Have a nice weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from Algebra I this week:

Monday - Review Lessons 2.1-2.8: Students reviewed all of Chapter 2 to prepare for evaluation.

Tuesday - Test 2: Students took a test over Chapter 2 Variables & Equations.

Wednesday - Chapter 3 Careers in Math, Technology Corner, Sequences: Students learned to appreciate & understand the actuarial profession & its mathematical foundation. Additionally, students learned how to list specific terms of a Fibonacci Sequence given its first two terms. Students enjoyed watching the short video

*The Fingerprint of God*in class. Students also learned how to calculate & graph terms of up to three different sequences using the sequence mode on their Texas Instruments graphing calculators.Thursday - Lesson 3.2 Ratios & Proportions: Students used proportions to solve problems & worked on determining unit rates & converting given rates into equivalent rates.

Friday - 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.

**Next Test: Tuesday, October 7.**Have a nice weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## September 12, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update from Algebra I this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - 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.

Wednesday - Review Lessons 2.1-2.7: Students reviewed material in chapter 2 as well as participated in an 8 team single seeded tournament involving rapid calculations. That was fun!

Thursday - Lesson 2.8 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.

Friday - 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.

*NOTE: Progress Reports were e-mailed to parents on Thursday. Thank you to those who have responded that you have seen the report. Let me know if you had any questions.

Have a nice weekend.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from Algebra I this week:

Monday - 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.

Tuesday - 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.

Wednesday - Review Lessons 2.1-2.7: Students reviewed material in chapter 2 as well as participated in an 8 team single seeded tournament involving rapid calculations. That was fun!

Thursday - Lesson 2.8 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.

Friday - 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.

*NOTE: Progress Reports were e-mailed to parents on Thursday. Thank you to those who have responded that you have seen the report. Let me know if you had any questions.

**Next test: Tuesday, September 16.**Have a nice weekend.

Mrs. Dolvin

## September 5, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update from Algebra I this week:

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

Wednesday - Chapter 2 Math in History, Technology Corner, & Sequences: Students learned how to use their Texas Instruments Calculators to store variables as well as a few other basic functions. Additionally, the students learned how to recognize Isaac Newton's important contributions to mathematics, and to recognize the danger of exalting human reason above scriptural revelation. The students ended the hour with a brief look at arithmetic sequences.

Thursday - 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.

Friday - Lesson 2.5 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.

We are continuing our work with daily rapid calculations. We begin each lesson with at least 7 of them - they are getting fast!

Also, as you know, students can expect homework every evening except Wednesdays & days off.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from Algebra I this week:

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

Wednesday - Chapter 2 Math in History, Technology Corner, & Sequences: Students learned how to use their Texas Instruments Calculators to store variables as well as a few other basic functions. Additionally, the students learned how to recognize Isaac Newton's important contributions to mathematics, and to recognize the danger of exalting human reason above scriptural revelation. The students ended the hour with a brief look at arithmetic sequences.

Thursday - 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.

Friday - Lesson 2.5 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.

We are continuing our work with daily rapid calculations. We begin each lesson with at least 7 of them - they are getting fast!

Also, as you know, students can expect homework every evening except Wednesdays & days off.

**Next test: Tuesday, September 16.**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## August 29, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update from Algebra I this week:

Monday - Lesson 1.8 Order of Operations: Students worked on stating the order of operations as well as evaluating numerical expressions using the order of operations.

Tuesday - Review Lessons 1.1-1.8: Students reviewed all of Chapter 1 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Test 1: Students took a test over Chapter 1 Real Number Operations.

Thursday - Lesson 2.1 Variables & Algebraic Expressions: Students identified variables & constants & to wrote algebraic expressions for word phrases (including consecutive integers, consecutive odd or even integers, & complements or supplements of angles).

Friday - Lesson 2.2 Evaluating Algebraic Expressions: Students evaluated algebraic expressions with given variable values and applied formulas given variable values.

Students are continuing daily to build speed with rapid calculations. Additionally, 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. Thank you!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from Algebra I this week:

Monday - Lesson 1.8 Order of Operations: Students worked on stating the order of operations as well as evaluating numerical expressions using the order of operations.

Tuesday - Review Lessons 1.1-1.8: Students reviewed all of Chapter 1 to prepare for evaluation.

Wednesday - Test 1: Students took a test over Chapter 1 Real Number Operations.

Thursday - Lesson 2.1 Variables & Algebraic Expressions: Students identified variables & constants & to wrote algebraic expressions for word phrases (including consecutive integers, consecutive odd or even integers, & complements or supplements of angles).

Friday - Lesson 2.2 Evaluating Algebraic Expressions: Students evaluated algebraic expressions with given variable values and applied formulas given variable values.

Students are continuing daily to build speed with rapid calculations. Additionally, 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. Thank you!

**Next test: Tuesday, September 16.**Mrs. Dolvin

## August 22, 2014

Hello!

Here is an update from Algebra I this week:

Monday - 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.

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

Wednesday - Review Lessons 1.1-1.5: Students reviewed all the lessons for the chapter so far.

Thursday - 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.

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

Students are continuing to build speed daily with rapid calculations. Last week, students also had a chance to play "24-game." Additionally, 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!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update from Algebra I this week:

Monday - 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.

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

Wednesday - Review Lessons 1.1-1.5: Students reviewed all the lessons for the chapter so far.

Thursday - 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.

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

**NEXT TEXT: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27!**Students are continuing to build speed daily with rapid calculations. Last week, students also had a chance to play "24-game." Additionally, 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!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## August 15, 2014

Hello!

We are off to a wonderful start in Algebra I. Many of the students are doing very well keeping up with both their written & online homework. Keep encouraging them, they are working very hard. 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 – Chapter 1 Careers in Math, Technology Corner, Sequences: 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. We emphasized that students should want to be used by God in whatever vocation He calls them. Additionally, we used our TI graphing calculators for our first Technology Corner section in the textbook. Students were introduced to a few of the basic functions on their calculators. On a different note, we spent the last part of the class looking at sequences.

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 - No lass due to Back-to-School Kickoff!

As a part of this course, students are also working on rapid calculations on a daily basis. They are doing a great job on these.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Mrs. Dolvin

We are off to a wonderful start in Algebra I. Many of the students are doing very well keeping up with both their written & online homework. Keep encouraging them, they are working very hard. 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 – Chapter 1 Careers in Math, Technology Corner, Sequences: 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. We emphasized that students should want to be used by God in whatever vocation He calls them. Additionally, we used our TI graphing calculators for our first Technology Corner section in the textbook. Students were introduced to a few of the basic functions on their calculators. On a different note, we spent the last part of the class looking at sequences.

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 - No lass due to Back-to-School Kickoff!

**NEXT TEXT: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27!**As a part of this course, students are also working on rapid calculations on a daily basis. They are doing a great job on these.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Mrs. Dolvin