Mathematics 2 Assignments

Jason Stevens
2021-2022 School Year
Math ~ High School

Welcome to Math II! Our course description is below. 

Math II is fun-filled and challenging educational experience! The course has two primary purposes:

1. Build a general set of skills and thinking skills students can use for the rest of their lives. Students will practice how to be effective communicators, analytical and creative thinkers, adept navigators of technology, inquisitive and persistent problem solvers, and reflective explorers of ideas. We will strive to make many mistakes and see them as opportunities for growing our brains. Students will build flexibility with numbers and sharpen their estimation skills.

2. Build mathematical proficiency around a specific set of Math II concepts. We will reinforce prior core ideas and work on new and more sophisticated algebra and geometry. Students will deepen their knowledge of linear and exponential relationships, and then add quadratic equations to their toolkit of functions. They apply and prove key formulas such as the Pythagorean theorem in different ways, and will learn new geometry such as triangle trigonometry. Additionally, students will further develop topics from middle school math courses, including surface area, volume, and probability. Priority is always given to the more important and interesting topics that are the most relevant for our lives and future math classes.


Assignment Calendar

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Class on 12/3

Intro to Triangle Dilations and Triangle Similarity Tasks
Ch 3 Lesson 4 (#1 only): Thinking about Angles
Ch 3 Lesson 5: Splitting Triangle Sides
Discuss HW problems, like A’B’C’ notation and the term “rigid motions”
HW#20: Unit 3 Lesson 5 (pages 39-41) #1-3, 5, 6. Unit 3 Lesson 6  (pages 45-47) #1-5, 8, 9. 

Past Assignments


Class on 12/1

Kickoff: Review of Ratios and Proportions
Ch 3 Lesson 1: Scale Drawings #1, 2, 4. (Use ruler and compass for #3. Jason do example before #3.)
Intro Tasks Involving Ratios and Proportions (Including Scaling Task: Comparing Net Financial Worth on a Chart Outside
HW#19: Unit 3 Lesson 1 (pages 10-12) #1-4, 7. Unit 3 Lesson 2 (pages 18) #3-5. 
HW: Finish Unit 1-2 Project (Can turn in in class or Google Classroom)


Class on 11/19

Units 1-2 Review
Test – Units 1-2
HW: Test Part 2 (Take-Home & Extra Credit).
HW: Start Unit 1-2 Project (Optional: turn in a rough draft to get feedback.)


Class on 11/17

Notes – Unit 1-2
Units 1-2 Review & Partner Practice Test (Check answers with the PDF from today's class attached below.)
HW #18: Review Handout (Check answers with the PDF from today's class attached below.) Remember to practice for the test. Redo problems on another page to practice ones that you needed help on if you had to look at the answer key to figure it out. 


Class on 11/10

Lesson 12-7 The Quadratic Formula: How can we solve a quadratic equation that does not factor? What are our different strategies?
More Practice Solving Quadratic Equations
HW#17: Handout - Applications of Quadratic Equations (with this video to help you on some of the problems)
HW#17B: Desmos Activity Intro to Difference of Squares Factoring (access link in Google Classroom)


Class on 11/5

Unit 2 Day 2 IM Book
Lesson 5: How Many Solutions? (Do 5.1, 5.2, 5.4… skip 5.3)
Lesson 6: (Do 6.3) Factoring Quadratic Expressions
HW#16: Book Lesson 5 Practice Problems (pages 195-1997) #3-8 only. Book Lesson 6 Practice Problems (pages 202-203) #1-5 only.


Class on 11/3

Unit 2 Day 1 Solving Quadratic Equations: How can we solve an equation that has x2 in it? How can factoring and the zero product property (ZPP) help us solve quadratic equations? How is solving a quadratic equation different than solving a linear equation? How many solutions are possible?
HW: Watch this short video and to help you start two of your hw problems and review function notation from 8th grade and Math 1. We haven't discussed function notation much, but a few of the homework problems involve function notation, using f(x) instead of y. This short video might also help. 
HW#15: Book Lesson 2 Practice Problems (pages 174-175) # 1-6 only. Book Lesson 4 Practice Problems (pages 186-187) #s 1-5 only. 


Class on 10/29

Unit 1 Day 7 Graphing Quadratics & Intro to Solving Quadratics by graphing and with algebra
HW#14: Desmos Activity: Graphing Quadratics in Vertex Form (Access in Google Classroom)


Class on 10/27

Unit 1: Quadratic Functions Around the Vertex and Axis of Symmetry: What patterns show up in tables and graphs of quadratic functions? What is a short-cut method for determining the vertex? How can knowing the vertex allow us to quickly create a graph?  
HW: Finish classwork handout


Class on 10/22

Unit 1 Lesson 8: Multiplying vs Factoring
Unit 1 Lesson 9: Standard vs Factored Form
HW#12: Desmos Activity Unit 1 Lessons 8-9 (Access in Google Classroom)


Class on 10/20

Unit 1 Lesson 7: Building Quadratic Functions to Describe Situations
HW#11: IM Algebra 1 book page 64-68 Lesson 7 Practice Problems: #s 1-7. When it says “technology required,” use Desmos. 


Class on 10/15

Unit 1 Lessons 5 & 6: Building Quadratic Functions to Describe Situations. What does gravity have to do with quadratic functions? How can we model things in the air? 
Get our book for the first two units. Unit 1 (ch 6 in book), Unit 2 (ch 7 in book)
HW#10: IM Algebra 1 book page 44-47 Lesson 5 Practice Problems: #s 1-6, 8, 9a. 
HW #10: Desmos Activity – Building Quadratic Functions to Describe Situations (Access in Google Classroom)


Class on 10/13

Desmos Activity: Unit 1 Lesson 3 – Quadratic Functions from Patterns
Unit 1 Lesson 4: Which one grows faster? Comparing linear, quadratic, and exponential growth. 
HW: Final draft of Unit 1A Project (turn in via Google Classroom)


Class on 10/8

Intro to Unit 1: How can growth be different than linear or exponential growth? What happens when things grow in two dimensions (horizontally and vertically)?
Desmos Activity: Unit 1 Lesson 1 – A Different Kind of Change
HW#9: Desmos Activities – Unit 1 Lesson 2 How Does it Change & Unit 1 Lessons 1 & 2 Practice (Access the two HW activities in the HW section of Google Classroom.)
HW: Optional rough draft of Unit 1A Project (turn in via Google Classroom)


Class on 10/6

Go over review HW 
Discuss Project – Unit 1A
Test – Unit 1A
HW: Part 2 & E.C. of Unit 1A Test
HW Optional: start rough draft of Unit 1A Project (turn in via Google Classroom)


Class on 10/1

Review Group Practice Test Structure & Goals
Partner Practice Test: Unit 1A
HW#8: Handout – Unit 1A Review 


Class on 9/29

Notes Unit 1A (Page 2)
Desmos Activity: Intro to Modeling & Lines of Best Fit
Creating a Math Report or Project
HW#7: Finish CW Desmos Activity (Intro to Modeling & Lines of Best Fit) and do either front or back page (your choice) of HW #7 Handout – Modeling.


Class on 9/24

Linear vs Nonlinear Growth. What kind of data can me modeled with linear equations?
Desmos Activity: Exploring Exponential Growth
Intro to Modeling: Linear vs Exponential Equations
HW #6: Desmos Activity (Access in Google Classroom in the HW section)


Class on 9/22

Kickoff & HW Review
Desmos activities: Systems of Two linear equations, solutions to systems of linear equations
CW: Algebra Review: Solving Systems of Equations
HW#5: Handout. Watch videos to help if necessary: 


Class on 9/17

Kickoff and HW Review
Pathways Problem (Bridges of Konigsberg, etc)
CW: The language of equations and defining variables. 
Desmos Activity: Exploring Student-Created Tile Patterns from HW #2B
HW #4: Handout & Finish the Tile Pattern Desmos Activity that we started in class (access in Google Classroom)


Class on 9/10

Desmos Activity Feedback: Update additions to the Circle Task (Jason post new version)
CW: How can we visualize solving equations? What does it mean when we manipulate equations? What is the fundamental rule of solving equations? How can growth patterns be represented with equations? 
HW#2B: Handout & Reading on Important Numbers (post your pattern for #2 on the class jamboard, accessed in Google Classroom)
HW Extra Credit: Work on new Desmos Circles Task Revision 9/10/21 (posted in Google Classroom)


Class on 9/8

Kickoff #1
If necessary: go over August Tasks
HW Review: Go over HW #1 (with hints)
Desmos Activity: Circle drawings.
HW #2:  Handout - History of Numbers, Mayan Number System, A Night at the Museum


Class on 9/3

Kickoff: How can we categorize our three circle solutions?
HW Check: Go over Math 2 Review Handout and 2021 August Math Tasks
Put our circle solutions on whiteboard. Look for errors, redundancies, etc.
CW: variety of problems, practice generating our own math questions. Introduce city streets, tofu, and water pipes situation.
HW #1: Choice of problems on front page. Continue working on the city streets, tofu, and water pipes problems on the back page.


Class on 9/1

Welcome & summer share, etc
Video: Maryam Mirzakhani. What does doing math look and feel like?
Intro to Circles Task: Triangles Task
Circles Task: How many ways can you draw two circles? Three circles?
Video: Numberphile – Overlapping Circles. How many ways can circles overlap (or not overlap)?
HW #0: Work on the circles task. Remember our task is a bit different from the video, since
HW: finish the August review/tasks (if necessary)


Week of 8/23-8/27

HW: Complete the Math 2 review and work on the four 7th-12th grade tasks. You can access these materials here on the school website. 


Week of 8/23 to 8/27

HW: Complete the review for our specific class and work on the four 7th-12th grade tasks. You can access these materials here on the school website.