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Functions and their Graphs

Reviewing Parent Functions In Pre-Calculus class we dove right in and reviewed five of our parent functions. Screen shots of Reviewing Parent Functions Geogebra Activity are shown below. I will likely rework it next year to include a slider for a variable "b" that reflects across the y-axis and horizontally stretches/shrinks the graph. I made [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:01:56+00:00 September 5th, 2016|PreCalculus|0 Comments

Polynomial and Rational Functions

Polynomial Functions Pre-Calculus has a heavy emphasis on learning how to graph various functions. The Polynomial Functions Exploration is one strategy for learning how various functions behave based on the sign of their leading coefficient and the highest power of the polynomial. I find that my students remember functions ending behavior better when they discover [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:01:56+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|PreCalculus|0 Comments


One frustration I encountered last year in my geometry classes involved the Distance and Midpoint formulas. Our text book and I made the assumption that since my students had worked with these formulas, they would remember them and could use them. We encountered problems throughout the book that required the use of both formulas and I [...]

By | 2016-08-25T17:51:19+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Geometry|0 Comments

Circumference, Area, and Volume

Below are links to notes sheets for circumference, area of circles and polygons, and 3-D solids. The cover lateral and surface area, and volume. Areas of Circles and Sectors Notes Sheet 3-Dimensional Figures Notes Prisms: Surface Area & Volume Notes Cylinder: Surface Area & Volume Notes Pyramids and Cones Notes Sheet Formulas Reference Sheet   [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:01:56+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Geometry|0 Comments

Graphing Polar Equations

We have spent some time learning how to graph circles, limacons, rose curves, and lemniscates on the polar coordinate plane. The material you see below is borrowed heavily from Yosh's Graphing Polar Equations part 1, part 2, and part 3. I have included a link to the Word document instead of a pdf of the [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:01:56+00:00 April 26th, 2016|PreCalculus|0 Comments

Chords, Secants and Tangents, Oh my!

When starting a new unit on circles, I'm cognizant of how important learning the vocabulary is. Most geometry students are only familiar with the center, radius and diameter of a circle. Following a trigonometry unit, the word tangent takes on  a new meaning. The following notes sheets and study guides should help address this. Lines & Segments that [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:01:56+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Geometry|0 Comments

How do you measure a zip line?

Over spring break we were treated to a once in a lifetime cruise to the Bahamas. My husband's parents wanted to celebrate their upcoming 50th anniversary by taking the whole family to Haiti and Jamaica. While on the trip, many of us rode the zip line down the Dragon's Breath Flight Line in Labadee, Haiti. [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:01:56+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Geometry|0 Comments

Special Right Triangles

Special Right Triangles Two special right triangles appear in upper levels of mathematics and in construction. In this investigation you can learn how to find the lengths of the sides of isosceles right triangles and 30-60-90 right triangles using short cuts. Special Right Triangles Investigation

By | 2017-11-13T22:01:56+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Algebra II, Geometry|0 Comments