ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

ALEX Lesson Plans  
Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Zero Product Property
Description: The zero product property allows you to solve a quadratic equation by converting it into two linear equations.  This is a common strategy of algebra- to break down a problem into simpler parts, each solved by previously learned methods.

Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Discover the Roots of a Polynomial Function
Description: In this lesson, students will be re-introduced 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 

Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Family Ties:  Parabolas
Description: This lesson allows students to manipulate the parameters while using the vertex form of the equation of a parabola to see the effects on the graph.  The spreadsheet can be altered for other functions.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Classifying Complex Numbers
Description: This lesson helps students distinguish between strictly complex numbers, strictly real numbers and strictly imaginary numbers while learning that real numbers and imaginary numbers are subsets of the set of complex numbers.

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