Monday, 8/26: Practiced finding products of polynomials including conjugate, binomials squarred, and distributing monomials. HW: Practice Worksheet 6-9 and 5-4
Tuesday, 8/27: Began factoring by "undoing" distribution or multiplication. HW: Factoring GCF & Difference of Squares
Wednesday, 8/28: Learned how to factor trinomials with a leading coefficient of 1. Students were to think about how a product of two numbers might add or subtract to equal another number in the trinomial. HW: Factoring Trinomial (and difference of squares and GCF)
Thursday, 8/29: We extended similar stategies of factoring trinomials from yesterday to those with a leading coefficient other than 1. HW: Factoring General Trinomials. QUIZ over factoring on Wednesday, September 4th.
Friday, 8/30: VERY FEW students did their homework last night. The particular type of factoring is probably the most involved and students need to complete these problems to help reinforce the process. We added factoring by "Grouping" and assigned a worksheet specifically on grouping by 2's. Tuesday we will add one more type of grouping and factoring of special trinomials.
Many students received their codes to gain access to the "online textbook". Please go to my.hrw.com to register with this code. Most 5th period did not get their code, so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward the code to you.
Tuesday, 9/3: Mixed review worksheet on factoring in preparation for the quiz tomorrow.
Wednesday, 9/4: QUIZ on factoring. Students picked up a worksheet for homework on solving simple equations using the zero product property.
Thursday, 9/5: Many students were successful on their factoring quiz as the average was in the low 90's. As factoring is an essential skill, there will be a requiz opportunity for anyone if they desire. They must complete a factoring review worksheet (in addition to their other homework) before they will be allowed to complete the requiz.
We also continued to use the zero product property to solve equations but added the additional steps of collecting all terms on one side, setting them equal to zero, and factoring first. Many students completed a majority of their homework during class and are expected to have a completed worksheet when they arrive in class tomorrow. The test for this part of the unit is tentatively scheduled for next Friday, September 13th.
Friday, 9/6: We learned about "Completing the Square" as a strategy to solving quadratic equations. There is a worked out example on the sheet so students have something to assist them in completing their homework. Students may find problems 11, 12, 17 & 18 a challenge but should attempt them anyhow.
Thursday, 9/12: A review worisheet of unique problems is attached. You have all the skills to complete this but need experience with the "questioning" Download Review problems for factoring test