Sunday, October 30, 2011

Assignments for Monday, 10/31

Discrete Math:
Flex day today (1/2 day).
C11 Take-home test due Tuesday.
Project due Wednesday.
Exam on Thursday in class.

Algebra II:
1/2 day today.
Review today for C4 Matrices test on Tuesday.
Exam review packets available today.
Exams Thursday and Friday.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Assignments for Friday, 10/28

Discrete Math:
Today was a flex attendance day.
Note that due dates are as follows:
Tuesday, 11/1: C11 test is due, submit via Moodle.
Wednesday, 11/2: Project is due, submit via Moodle.
Thursday, 11/3: Mid-Semester Exam in class.

Algebra II:
Today was a review day for the C4 Matrices test scheduled for Tuesday, 11/1.
Mid-Semester Exams are scheduled for next Thursday (hours 1,2,3) and Friday (hours 4,5,6).
Monday, 10/31, is a 1/2 day of school.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Assignments for Thursday, 10/27

Discrete Math:
Reminder: all discrete math students have 3 assignments due by next Thursday: a project, a test, and an exam. Many of you have not logged on to Moodle in over 2 weeks.  Please do not lose valuable time: get your assignments done well and on time!

Algebra II:
Students took quiz C4:3-5 about solving systems of equations using matrices.  Tomorrow is a review day to prepare for your test next Tuesday.  Monday is a half day.  Exam review packets will be available Monday.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Assignments for Wednesday, 10/26

Discrete Math:
Dustin Osborned from AXA Financial spoke to us today and answered questions about investing money and saving for retirement.  Quiz 11:3-4 was due at the beginning of the hour.  Any turned in later (even during class) are considered late.  Check Moodle and make sure you are aware of what your assignments are and when they are due.  Lastly, flex days do not require you to be out of the building; if you need help, feel free to come to class.

Algebra II:
Today we completed our study of matrices by learning how they can be used to solve systems of equations with three variables.  We also learned that the only disadvantage of using matrices is that they can't discriminate between a system with zero solutions and one with infinite solutions.
Assignment 4-7: 3-15 multiples of 3, 16, 21-25, 34-35, 53, 56
Quiz tomorrow over 4:3-5, C4 test next Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Assignments for Tuesday, 10/25

Discrete Math:
Flex day today.  Check Moodle for your assignments and due dates for this week and next.  This info is also summarized in yesterday's blog. 
...Reminder: Mandatory attendance tomorrow (Wednesday) for our guest speaker, Dustin Osborne, from AXA Financial.
...Reminder: Your C11:1-2 take-home quiz is due in class tomorrow at the beginning of class.

Algebra II:
Today we learned about identity and inverse matrices, determinants of matrices, and how to use all of these to solve systems of equations.  We also took a quiz 4:1-2.
Assignment: 4-5: 1-3, 22-24, 31-34, 42-43, 47-48, 55

Monday, October 24, 2011

Assignments for Monday, 10/24

Discrete Math:
Students received a project about the process to borrow money to buy a home and a car.  We also discussed the schedule for the next two weeks:
M 10/24: Project assigned today is due Wednesday, 11/2 at 7:30am, submit in Moodle. Take-home quiz 11:3-4 assigned today (paper copy) due Wednesday, 10/27 at start of class.
T 10/25: Flex day.
W 10/26: mandatory attendance for guest speaker Dustin Osborne from AXA Financial. Be prepared with at least one question. Quiz 11:3-4 due at start of class, turn in your paper copy from Monday.
Th 10/27: Flex day.  C11 Test posted on Moodle today, due Tuesday, 11/1 at 7:30am
F 10/28: Flex day
M 10/31: Flex day (1/2 day of school). Exam review posted on Moodle.
T 11/1: Flex day. C11 Test due at 7:30am, submit in Moodle.
W 11/2: Flex day. Project due at 7:30am, submit in Moodle.
Th 11/3: Mandatory Attendance for Mid-Semester Exam.
F 11/4: Flex day.

Algebra II:
We spent today practicing problems related to matrix multiplication and solving algebraic equations with matrices.  The in-class assignment was 4-3: 5, 7-10, 16-19, 25-29, 31, 35-36, 38, 46.
Upcoming events:
Quiz 4:1-2 on Tuesday, 10/25.
Quiz 4:3-4 on Thursday, 10/27.
C4 Test on Tuesday, 11/1.
Mid-Semester Exams for 1st, 2nd, 3rd hour classes on Thursday, 11/3.
Mid-Semester Exams for 4th, 5th, 6th hour classes on Friday, 11/4.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Assignments for Friday, 10/21

Discrete Math:
Today we learned about Amortized Loans, like those one would get from a bank to buy a car or home.  The assignment is 11-5: 1, 11, 5, 13, 17-18.
On Monday, students will be receiving a project that requires them, based on an annual salary, to buy a house and a car using amortized loans.  They will also be receiving a take home quiz.  The remaining days till the mid-semester exam will be flex days for all students.  Deliverables prior to the exam will include completion of the take-home quiz, completion of the project, completion of an on-line test, and review for the exam.  I am also attempting to schedule a speaker to come in and discuss savings and investments.  When I know that date, I will communicate it everyone.
I'd also like to express my concern that students are not investing the amount of time and effort it takes to be successful in this class.  Even though the next two weeks are flex attendance, it doesn't mean there is no work to do.  Students should expect that the assignments will take quite a bit of time and effort to complete well.

Algebra II:
Today was a work matrix work day and an opportunity for students to take charge of their own learning.  Students did a 4-question quiz prep, corrected yesterday's assignment, and worked on today's assignment 4-2:1, 5-11 odds, 12-17, 21, 23, 26, 29, 31-40, 44. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Assignments for Thursday, 10/20

Discrete Math:
We continued our discussion of Annuities.
Assignment is 11-4: 5-27 odds, 29-32 all, 37-46

Algebra II:
Today we learned the vocabulary and definitions of matrix math, as well as addition, subtraction, scalar multiplication and matrix multiplication.
The assignment is 4-1: 4, 11-15, 25-26

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Assignments for Wednesday, 10/19

Discrete Math:
Today we talked about annuities and learned that an 18 year old can be a millionaire at retirement (age 65) by saving/investing just $78 per month.  The key is harnessing the power of time so that interest can compound and acrue.  Following our discussion, we took a quiz which is due tomorrow at the start of class.  The assignment is 11-4: 5-27 odds, 29-32 all.

Algebra II:
Today we took our Chapter 3 test on systems of equation following a Q&A period.  Students desiring some extra credit points to add to their test score should read "Solving Three-Variable Systems of Equations" and example 1 on pages 152-153, then do parts a and b of Quick Check #1.  Turn it in at the beginning of class tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Assignments for Tuesday, 10/18

Discrete Math:
Today we’ll be learning the Average Daily Balance Method to compute credit card interest.
Do 11-3: 24-26, 28-30

Algebra II:
In order to prepare for our Chapter 3 test tomorrow, we took a practice quiz and worked on the chapter 3 review packet (linked below).  There is also another practice quiz (similar to the one we did in class) linked below.  If you'd like another resource for practice, go to and enter code aga-0352 for a practice test.

Practice Quiz:

Chapter Review and Answer Key:

Monday, October 17, 2011

Assignments for Monday, 10/17

Discrete Math:
Today we discussed Consumer Loans and the methods used to compute credit card interest.
Assignment 11-3: 5-8, 13-22

Algebra II:
Today we learned about solving systems of inequalitites and began reviewing with an in-class worksheet.
Assignment 3-3: 6-16 evens, 17, 20, 23, 30-40 evens, 57-58, 60
Tomorrow we will be taking a practice quiz and reviewing for the chapter test. 
The chapter test is scheduled for Wednesday.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Assignments for Friday, 10/14

Discrete Math:
There is no assignment for this weekend.

Algebra II:
Students retook their Chapter 2 test today.  Preliminary results indicate much improvement.
Students are to complete their Storry Problem worksheet if they have not already done so.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Assignments for Thursday, 10/13

Discrete Math:
Today we looked at the difference between the nominal yield of an investment versus its effective annual yield.  We also reviewed continuous compounding.  The assignment is 11-2: 47-62, 73-81 and to finish the practice quiz problems.

Algebra II:
Today in class we applied the substitution and elimation methods of solving systems of equations to story problems.  The assignment is to complete the story problem worksheet if it was not completed in class.
Additionally, students should prepare for the chapter 2 retake test tomorrow.  For online practice, go to and enter code aga-02xx (xx = section number) for practice quizzes, and aga-0252 for a practice test.

Assignments for Wednesday, 10/12

Discrete Math:
11-2:17-21, 24, 26, 28, 45-46, 63-70

Algebra II:
3-2:18-40 even, 45, 48, 51, 75

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Assignments for Tuesday, 10/11

Discrete Math:
Today was test day, the topic was graph theory.  There was no assignment.  Tomorrow we continue our study of personal and other financial issues.

Algebra II:
Yesterday we reviewed the method of graphing to solve systems of equations.  Today we reviewed substitution, the second method used to solve systems of equations.
The assignment is 3-2: 1-9, 12-17, 61, 73, 77, 79, 81
Chapter 2 tests (linear and absolute value equations) were returned to students today.  Overall student performance was poor. A spot check of review materials indicate that many students did not prepare adequately.  The review materials which were avialable for the first test are available again in my room on the counter, answer keys are located on my blog from last week. I will be holding a review session after school on Wednesday in preparation for all students to retake the test on Friday. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Assignments for Monday, 10/10

Discrete Math:
We started a new unit of study on personal finance.  Today we covered percent of change and simple interest.
Assignment: 11-1: 41-45, 49-52, 73-74 and 11-2: 5-16

Algebra II:
We started a new unit of study on systems of equations.  Today we reviewed the graphing method to solve a system of equations.
Assignment: 3-1: 1-16 (give solution as an ordered pair), 17-21, 25-29 odds, 37, 44-45, 56-57, 62, 67, 72

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Assignments for Friday, 10/7

No assignments this weekend, enjoy homecoming.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Assignments for Thursday, 10/6

Discrete Math:
Today is a Flex day.  Students are to take an on-line quiz.

Algebra II:
Students are taking their Chapter 2 test today.  There is no other assignment.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Assignments for Wednesday, 10/5

Discrete Math:
Today we discussed PERT diagrams (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) which are used to organize and plan very large projects.  They allow a program manager to determine a critical path which helps decision making when certain aspects of the plan go past deadlines or over cost.
Assignment is pg. 190-193: 1-13 odds.
Thursday and Friday are FLEX days if you have an overall grade of 80% or higher.

Algebra II:
Today is our second day of review for the chapter 2 test.  There are a total of 5 review packets which cover all the topics we covered.  Answer keys for the first four are found on yesterday's blog, the answer key for the fifth is here:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Discrete Math:
Today we learned about how directed graphs can be used to measure power and influence among representatives, and to find the origin of an infectious disease.
Assignment 3-2: 1, 9-12, 18-19, 22
**Thursday and Friday are Flex days if your grade is 80% or higher. 
**Quiz on Thursday
**Test next Tuesday

Algebra II:
Today and tomorrow (Wednesday) are review days in preparation for our chapter test on Thursday.
 All linear equations must be memorized for the test; students may NOT use their note card.
Answer keys for the first 4 review packets are found here:

Monday, October 3, 2011

Assignments for Monday, 10/3

Discrete Math:
Today we reviewed "The Four Color Problem," the solution to which helps schedule meetings or organize situations where individuals have conflicting meeting times or places.
The assignment is 3-1: 39-40, 43-44, 48, 50.

Algebra II:
Today we learned how to graph absolute and 2-variable  inequalitites.
The assignment is 2-7: 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 18, 20-22, 24, 28, 32, 36-42E, 48-51, 60-68E.