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Title: Discover the Roots of a Polynomial Function
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In this lesson, students will be reintroduced to the Four Step Problem  Solving Plan. The plan will be used as a 'checks and balance' tool for discovering the roots (solutions) of polynomial functions. Students will:
*Explore the problem  identify what is given and what they are asked to find.
*Develop a plan  look for a pattern, make a model, solve a simpler but related problem.
*Solve the problem  carry out the plan
*Examine the solution  check the results with the conditions in the problem, check the reasonableness of the solution
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 9: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.* [ASSE3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 18: Solve quadratic equations in one variable. [AREI4] [MA2013] AL2 (912) 17: Identify zeros of polynomials when suitable factorizations are available, and use the zeros to construct a rough graph of the function defined by the polynomial. [AAPR3]
Subject: Mathematics (9  12)
Title: Discover the Roots of a Polynomial Function
Description: In this lesson, students will be reintroduced to the Four Step Problem  Solving Plan. The plan will be used as a 'checks and balance' tool for discovering the roots (solutions) of polynomial functions. Students will:
*Explore the problem  identify what is given and what they are asked to find.
*Develop a plan  look for a pattern, make a model, solve a simpler but related problem.
*Solve the problem  carry out the plan
*Examine the solution  check the results with the conditions in the problem, check the reasonableness of the solution
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Title: "Factoring by Mack"
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This strategy for factoring trinomials will eliminate the trialanderror method used in most textbooks.The lesson will be a direct teaching lesson. With the teacher lecturing and the students taking notes and then having the students break up into groups to solve sample problems.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 9: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.* [ASSE3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 18: Solve quadratic equations in one variable. [AREI4] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 8: Use the structure of an expression to identify ways to rewrite it. [ASSE2]
Subject: Mathematics (9  12)
Title: "Factoring by Mack"
Description: This strategy for factoring trinomials will eliminate the trialanderror method used in most textbooks.The lesson will be a direct teaching lesson. With the teacher lecturing and the students taking notes and then having the students break up into groups to solve sample problems.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: Exponential Growth and Decay
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This lesson on exponential growth and decay involves a variety of teaching resources. There are a variety of websites used to teach and reinforce how to identify exponential growth or decay and how to solve problems relating to growth and decay. There is a lab provided that will help model these concepts being taught and computer based practice on these concepts. Videos are provided that give a picture image of how exponential growth and decay works. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 7: Interpret expressions that represent a quantity in terms of its context.* [ASSE1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 9: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.* [ASSE3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 28: For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. Key features include intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums; symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity.* [FIF4] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 31: Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.* [FIF7] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 32: Write a function defined by an expression in different but equivalent forms to reveal and explain different properties of the function. [FIF8] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 34: Write a function that describes a relationship between two quantities.* [FBF1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 36: Identify the effect on the graph of replacing f(x) by f(x) + k, k f(x), f(kx), and f(x + k) for specific values of k (both positive and negative); find the value of k given the graphs. Experiment with cases and illustrate an explanation of the effects on the graph using technology. Include recognizing even and odd functions from their graphs and algebraic expressions for them. [FBF3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 37: Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and with exponential functions. [FLE1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 38: Construct linear and exponential functions, including arithmetic and geometric sequences, given a graph, a description of a relationship, or two inputoutput pairs (include reading these from a table). [FLE2] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 39: Observe, using graphs and tables, that a quantity increasing exponentially eventually exceeds a quantity increasing linearly, quadratically, or (more generally) as a polynomial function. [FLE3] [MA2013] AL2 (912) 30: Graph functions expressed symbolically, and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.* [FIF7] [MA2013] AL2 (912) 34: Identify the effect on the graph of replacing f(x) by f(x) + k, k f(x), f(kx), and f(x + k) for specific values of k (both positive and negative); find the value of k given the graphs. Experiment with cases and illustrate an explanation of the effects on the graph using technology. Include recognizing even and odd functions from their graphs and algebraic expressions for them.
[FBF3] [MA2013] ALC (912) 3: Use formulas or equations of functions to calculate outcomes of exponential growth or decay. (Alabama) [MA2013] ALT (912) 12: Interpret expressions that represent a quantity in terms of its context.* [ASSE1] [MA2013] ALT (912) 21: Create equations in two or more variables to represent relationships between quantities; graph equations on coordinate axes with labels and scales. [ACED2] [MA2013] PRE (912) 16: For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. (Key features include intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums; symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity. Determine odd, even, neither.)* [FIF4] (Alabama) [MA2013] ALT (912) 30: Graph functions expressed symbolically, and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.* [FIF7] [MA2013] ALT (912) 34: Identify the effect on the graph of replacing f(x) by f(x) + k, k f(x), f(kx), and f(x + k) for specific values of k (both positive and negative); find the value of k given the graphs. Experiment with cases and illustrate an explanation of the effects on the graph using technology. Include recognizing even and odd functions from their graphs and algebraic expressions for them.
[FBF3] [MA2013] PRE (912) 25: Compare effects of parameter changes on graphs of transcendental functions. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics (9  12)
Title: Exponential Growth and Decay
Description: This lesson on exponential growth and decay involves a variety of teaching resources. There are a variety of websites used to teach and reinforce how to identify exponential growth or decay and how to solve problems relating to growth and decay. There is a lab provided that will help model these concepts being taught and computer based practice on these concepts. Videos are provided that give a picture image of how exponential growth and decay works. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: You Mean ANYTHING To The Zero Power Is One?
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This lesson is a technologybased project to reinforce concepts related to the Exponential Function. It can be used in conjunction with any textbook practice set. Construction of computer models of several Exponential Functions will promote meaningful learning rather than memorization.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (912) 5: Utilize advanced features of spreadsheet software, including creating charts and graphs,
sorting and filtering data, creating formulas, and applying functions. [MA2013] ALT (912) 30: Graph functions expressed symbolically, and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.* [FIF7] [MA2013] ALC (912) 3: Use formulas or equations of functions to calculate outcomes of exponential growth or decay. (Alabama) [MA2013] AL1 (912) 45: Represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot, and describe how the variables are related. [SID6] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 32: Write a function defined by an expression in different but equivalent forms to reveal and explain different properties of the function. [FIF8] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 29: Relate the domain of a function to its graph and, where applicable, to the quantitative relationship it describes.* [FIF5] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 26: Use function notation, evaluate functions for inputs in their domains, and interpret statements that use function notation in terms of a context. [FIF2] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 2: Rewrite expressions involving radicals and rational exponents using the properties of exponents. [NRN2] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 13: Create equations in two or more variables to represent relationships between quantities; graph equations on coordinate axes with labels and scales. [ACED2] [MA2013] PRE (912) 16: For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. (Key features include intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums; symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity. Determine odd, even, neither.)* [FIF4] (Alabama) [MA2013] AL2 (912) 30: Graph functions expressed symbolically, and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.* [FIF7] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 33: Compare properties of two functions each represented in a different way (algebraically, graphically, numerically in tables, or by verbal descriptions). [FIF9] [MA2013] AL2 (912) 21: Create equations in two or more variables to represent relationships between quantities; graph equations on coordinate axes with labels and scales. [ACED2] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 31: Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.* [FIF7] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 28: For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. Key features include intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums; symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity.* [FIF4] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 22: Understand that the graph of an equation in two variables is the set of all its solutions plotted in the coordinate plane, often forming a curve (which could be a line). [AREI10] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 1: Explain how the definition of the meaning of rational exponents follows from extending the properties of integer exponents to those values, allowing for a notation for radicals in terms of rational exponents. [NRN1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 9: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.* [ASSE3]
Subject: Mathematics (9  12), or Technology Education (9  12)
Title: You Mean ANYTHING To The Zero Power Is One?
Description: This lesson is a technologybased project to reinforce concepts related to the Exponential Function. It can be used in conjunction with any textbook practice set. Construction of computer models of several Exponential Functions will promote meaningful learning rather than memorization.
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Title: Factoring Fanatic
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This activity is designed to give students practice in "finding" the correct factors to use when attempting to factor a trinomial. The students are provided with a TicTac sheet to help them discover the relationship or pattern between two numbers. Students then use their discovery to fill in a second Tic Tac sheet. At this point students have uncovered the mystery of how to locate the appropriate factors in a given trinomial. They can now factor any trinomial placed in front of them!
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 8: Use the structure of an expression to identify ways to rewrite it. [ASSE2] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 8: Use the structure of an expression to identify ways to rewrite it. [ASSE2] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 9: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.* [ASSE3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 9: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.* [ASSE3]
Subject: Mathematics (9  12)
Title: Factoring Fanatic
Description: This activity is designed to give students practice in "finding" the correct factors to use when attempting to factor a trinomial. The students are provided with a TicTac sheet to help them discover the relationship or pattern between two numbers. Students then use their discovery to fill in a second Tic Tac sheet. At this point students have uncovered the mystery of how to locate the appropriate factors in a given trinomial. They can now factor any trinomial placed in front of them!
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Title: Predicting Your Financial Future
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In this Illuminations lesson, students use their knowledge of exponents to compute an investment s worth using a formula and a compound interest simulator. Students also use the simulator to analyze credit card payments and debt.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 9: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.* [ASSE3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 30: Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.* [FIF6] [MA2013] ALC (912) 3: Use formulas or equations of functions to calculate outcomes of exponential growth or decay. (Alabama) [MA2013] ALC (912) 5: Determine approximate rates of change of nonlinear relationships from graphical and numerical data. (Alabama) [MA2013] ALC (912) 7: Use analytical, numerical, and graphical methods to make financial and economic decisions, including those involving banking and investments, insurance, personal budgets, credit purchases, recreation, and deceptive and fraudulent pricing and advertising. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Predicting Your Financial Future
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students use their knowledge of exponents to compute an investment s worth using a formula and a compound interest simulator. Students also use the simulator to analyze credit card payments and debt. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Quadratic Equation Grapher
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Learn about graphing polynomials. The shape of the curve changes as the constants are adjusted. View the curves for the individual terms to see how they add to generate the polynomial curve.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 7: Interpret expressions that represent a quantity in terms of its context.* [ASSE1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 9: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.* [ASSE3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 18: Solve quadratic equations in one variable. [AREI4] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 28: For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. Key features include intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums; symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity.* [FIF4] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 31: Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.* [FIF7]
Quadratic Equation Grapher
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Learn about graphing polynomials. The shape of the curve changes as the constants are adjusted. View the curves for the individual terms to see how they add to generate the polynomial curve.
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Title: Graphing Exponential Functions
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This interactive graph lets students explore the different aspects of exponential graphs.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 9: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.* [ASSE3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 12: Create equations and inequalities in one variable, and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions. [ACED1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 32: Write a function defined by an expression in different but equivalent forms to reveal and explain different properties of the function. [FIF8] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 37: Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and with exponential functions. [FLE1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 38: Construct linear and exponential functions, including arithmetic and geometric sequences, given a graph, a description of a relationship, or two inputoutput pairs (include reading these from a table). [FLE2] [MA2013] AL2 (912) 20: Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions. [ACED1] [MA2013] AL2 (912) 27: Explain why the xcoordinates of the points where the graphs of the equations y = f(x) and y = g(x) intersect are the solutions of the equation f(x) = g(x); find the solutions approximately, e.g., using technology to graph the functions, make tables of values, or find successive approximations. Include cases where f(x) and/or g(x) are linear, polynomial, rational, absolute value, exponential, and logarithmic functions.* [AREI11] [MA2013] AL2 (912) 34: Identify the effect on the graph of replacing f(x) by f(x) + k, k f(x), f(kx), and f(x + k) for specific values of k (both positive and negative); find the value of k given the graphs. Experiment with cases and illustrate an explanation of the effects on the graph using technology. Include recognizing even and odd functions from their graphs and algebraic expressions for them.
[FBF3] [MA2013] ALT (912) 20: Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions. [ACED1] [MA2013] ALT (912) 27: Explain why the xcoordinates of the points where the graphs of the equations y = f(x) and y = g(x) intersect are the solutions of the equation f(x) = g(x); find the solutions approximately, e.g., using technology to graph the functions, make tables of values, or find successive approximations. Include cases where f(x) and/or g(x) are linear, polynomial, rational, absolute value, exponential, and logarithmic functions.* [AREI11]
Graphing Exponential Functions
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This interactive graph lets students explore the different aspects of exponential graphs.
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Title: Graphing Exponential Functions
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This interactive graph lets students explore the different aspects of exponential graphs.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 9: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.* [ASSE3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 12: Create equations and inequalities in one variable, and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions. [ACED1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 32: Write a function defined by an expression in different but equivalent forms to reveal and explain different properties of the function. [FIF8] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 37: Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and with exponential functions. [FLE1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 38: Construct linear and exponential functions, including arithmetic and geometric sequences, given a graph, a description of a relationship, or two inputoutput pairs (include reading these from a table). [FLE2] [MA2013] AL2 (912) 20: Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions. [ACED1] [MA2013] AL2 (912) 27: Explain why the xcoordinates of the points where the graphs of the equations y = f(x) and y = g(x) intersect are the solutions of the equation f(x) = g(x); find the solutions approximately, e.g., using technology to graph the functions, make tables of values, or find successive approximations. Include cases where f(x) and/or g(x) are linear, polynomial, rational, absolute value, exponential, and logarithmic functions.* [AREI11] [MA2013] AL2 (912) 34: Identify the effect on the graph of replacing f(x) by f(x) + k, k f(x), f(kx), and f(x + k) for specific values of k (both positive and negative); find the value of k given the graphs. Experiment with cases and illustrate an explanation of the effects on the graph using technology. Include recognizing even and odd functions from their graphs and algebraic expressions for them.
[FBF3] [MA2013] ALT (912) 20: Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions. [ACED1] [MA2013] ALT (912) 27: Explain why the xcoordinates of the points where the graphs of the equations y = f(x) and y = g(x) intersect are the solutions of the equation f(x) = g(x); find the solutions approximately, e.g., using technology to graph the functions, make tables of values, or find successive approximations. Include cases where f(x) and/or g(x) are linear, polynomial, rational, absolute value, exponential, and logarithmic functions.* [AREI11]
Graphing Exponential Functions
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This interactive graph lets students explore the different aspects of exponential graphs.
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Title: Proof Without Words: Completing the Square
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In this student interactive, from Illuminations, students carry out an interactive, geometric '' proof without words'' for the algebraic technique of completing the square. The page also includes directions and a link to the final solution.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 9: Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.* [ASSE3] [MA2013] GEO (912) 29: Derive the equation of a circle of given center and radius using the Pythagorean Theorem; complete the square to find the center and radius of a circle given by an equation. [GGPE1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Proof Without Words: Completing the Square
Description: In this student interactive, from Illuminations, students carry out an interactive, geometric '' proof without words'' for the algebraic technique of completing the square. The page also includes directions and a link to the final solution. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12

