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Applying our skills with lines

May 9, 2019

Grade 9s worked backwards today, given the graph of several lines, they determined the equations based on the constant, and the rate.

Their challenge then was extended to create lines that were parallel or perpendicular to the given lines. We’d seen parallel lines before and knew that they have the same slope. We have a call and repeat chant “parallèle” “même pente” that we have engrained in our long term memory.

Some of these lines were tricky since we couldn’t read the constant on the graph, we needed to use our reasoning skills to determine the equation.

Our new chant of the day is “perpendiculaire” “inverse négative” which means we take the slope of one line and flip the fraction, and multiply by negative 1. In English that is called the “negative reciprocal”.

The second equation is perpendicular to the first, and also direct.

We looked a little at different ways of managing if the line doesn’t look like y=mx+b. We can either do some algebra to isolate y, or we can use the x and y intercepts to graph the line.

Here’s the algebra to isolate y.

And here’s how we can find the intercepts. We know that the equation of the x axis is y=0, and the equation of the y axis is x=0 so we sub x=0 and solve for y, and also y=0 and solve for x.

We can see how all of this makes sense on the graph

Busy day today learning a lot!

Clothes line activity

May 8, 2019

grade 12s are developing their comfort with radian measure. Today we made a proportional clothesline of radians. We taped all the cards to the string, and then made the string into a circle to check our work.we noticed that 2pi and pi are directly opposite, and so are (pi/2) and (3pi/2). We did a pretty good job with our spacing.

Our new favourite song

May 8, 2019

We completed the square of the general standard form equation today. We then set y=0 to solve for the roots.

It’s a complicated procedure, but in the end gives us our new favourite formula (which can be sung to pop goes the weasel). We looked at how to sub in “a”, “b” and “c” and how what is under the square root is really important. It tells us how many roots there are.

Lines, lines, lines

May 8, 2019

we looked at lots of lines today, some were direct, like this one with a constant of 0, we noticed the rate triangle which shows that the line goes up by 2 for every one it goes over. We also looked at how each point has coordinates that satisfy the equation, so if x=5, y=(2)(5)=10

We saw that if the rate is written as a decimal or a fraction it’s the same thing. The line can go up by 0.5 every one time it goes over, or it can go up by 1 every time it goes over by 2.

We saw how if there is just a constant, the rate is 0 so it is a horizontal line.

And if there is x=a number for the equation, it’s a vertical line.

We looked at how helpful desmos can be for graphing lines, and for telling if an equation is linear or not.

Speed dating for review

May 7, 2019

In grade 10 and 12 today we did a speed dating style review. Paired up, we looked at solving problems.

Grade 10s were looking at features of parabolas given different forms of the equations, completing the square, and factoring. Grade 12s were working on special triangles, graphing trig functions, and solving problems all using radian measure.

After working on a problem, one side of the partnership shifts one space to their right, and tries the next problem with support from the expert who stayed behind.

A timer is set, and after the 5 minutes is done, the other side of the partnership shifts one space to THEIR right to create a new partnership. Each person gets a chance to be the expert, after having been supported through the problem. Each person gets opportunities to work with many different partners.

Students become better at pacing, better at giving good clues, and asking good questions, communication improves, and 72 minute classes pass by pretty quickly when done in this format!

Multiple representations

May 7, 2019

In grade 9 we’ve been working on patterning. We use to supply some patterns, and we are getting good at making our own as well.

Those two show examples of what c=3n+1 looks like. The constant is 1, and we see 3 groups of “n” (the figure number) in each figure. We also notice that each pattern adds 3 each time, so it is linear, growing at a consistent rate.

We placed the squares from each figure on the graph, and coloured in the column. We showed the constant is always there (in orange here), and it doesn’t change. The number of blue changes, it goes up by 3 each time. This corresponds to c=3n+1. We noticed that it is partial, that the constant is the initial value on the vertical axis, and that the rate of increase is 3 squares for each increase of figure number.

Each small group was then given 2 equations to draw, and notice things about. Here the constants are different, and the rate is the same. The lines are both positive, partial, and also parallel.

We looked at some with negative constants, and different rates. If the coefficient is bigger we noticed that the line is steeper. The other graph shows the same constant, of 6, and one with a positive rate, and another with a negative rate. That was a bit tricky to figure out how to manage a rate of decrease.

We noticed that if the constant is 0 then it is a direct graph, passing through (0,0).

We did a lot for our first day graphing lines! Good job everyone. We can now connect the representations of visual pattern, equation and graph.

Different forms of quadratics

May 6, 2019

Grade 10s are working hard to determine the key features of parabolas from different equation forms, and vice versa. We looked at working backwards to create equations given different graph features.

We used symmetry to determine one zero when we knew one zero and the vertex

We worked through all the forms, starting with creating the vertex form equation. We substituted the values of the vertex, and then the given root, we subbed in for x and y. We calculated “a”.

The next form was factored form, so we needed both zeros and a point (the vertex) and we subbed in our values and calculated “a” (which was the same as before! We noticed “a” is the same in all forms).

We expanded to get standard form, and saw the y intercept, the “c” value

By plotting this equation on desmos, we could verify that the vertex and roots were what they were supposed to be.

It’s pretty elegant how all of these forms fit together!