# BATES' BITS

### February 18, 2013

I had wanted to post this a couple of weeks ago but dropped the ball. So going with the thought better late than never, here is some information about what we can expect from our weather in the next couple weeks as predicted by a furry friend named Phil!!! I hope he is right, I am ready for spring!!!

Copied from Groundhog.org:

*On this February 2nd, 2013,the One Hundred and Twenty Seventh Annual Trek of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club at Gobbler’s Knob….*

*Punxsutawney Phil, the King of the Groundhogs,Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of Prognosticators,Weather Prophet without Peer,was awakened from his borrow at 7:28 amwith a tap of the President’s cane.*

*Phil and President Deeley conversed in Groundhogeseand Phil directed him to the chosen Prognostication scroll.*

*The President tapped the chosen scroll anddirected Phil’s Prediction be proclaimed:*

*My new Knob entrance is a sight to beholdLike my faithful followers, strong and bold*

*And so ye faithful,there is no shadow to seeAn early Spring for you and me.*

For more fun facts on Phil and Groundhog day check out:

I know it is hard to believe but guess what day is just around the corner? That's right, Pi day 2013 is quickly approaching. To celebrate, I have several fun activities planned. One of them is a Pi activity that students will be working on at home and then bringing back to class for a grade. Each student will get a piece of cardstock with an outline of the Pi symbol on it. They are to decorate their symbol using all their creativity. This project is worth 100 points and will be a test grade so students need to really put some thought into it to make their Pi their own. This project is due on March 7. More details of how we will celebrate Pi day coming soon !

## 1st, 3rd and 5th Periods' Coursework

Monday 2/18/13 - One group finishing up with Global Scholar. Remaining students in classroom take notes on multiplying and dividing equations.

Tuesday 2/19/13 - ALL students back in the classroom. Solving multiplication and division equations. Homework: solving multiplying and division equations equations (copied from smart board)

Wednesday 2/20/13 - Notes on solving equations with decimals and fractions. Study for quiz tomorrow on solving one-step equations. Instructions on Pi project. Homework: Solving equations with decimals and fractions.

Thursday 2/21/13 - Quiz: solving all equations. Notes on solving word problems with equations. Check homework in class. Homework: Solving word problems

Friday 2/22/13 - Work on equation four door foldable. Check homework.

Resources:

http://www.algebralab.org/lessons/lesson.aspx?file=Algebra_OneVariableOneStep.xml

## 2nd and 4th Periods' Coursework

Monday 2/18/13 -** **Computer Lab. Global Scholar testing.

Tuesday 2/19/13 - Intro to inequalities.** **Make a foldable on different inequalities signs and the different properties. Make a graphic organizer of important vocabulary words.

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Wednesday 2/20/13 - Notes on solving and graphing inequalities by addition and subtraction.** I**nstructions on Pi project. Homework.

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Thursday 2/21/13 - Finish up Global Scholar testing. Practice solving and graphing inequalities by addition and subtraction. Homework.

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Friday 2/22/13 - Quiz on solving and graphing inequalities by addition and subtraction. Notes on solving and graphing inequalities by multiplication and division.

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Resources:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/linear_inequalities/inequalities/v/one-step-inequalities

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/math/prealg/mathnet/pr01/pdf/0306a.pdf

http://www.ixl.com/math/algebra-1/solve-one-step-linear-inequalities-addition-and-subtraction

## This Week in Math History

Axel Thue was born February 19, 1863. He studied Diophantine equations, showing that, for example, *y^*3 - 2*x^*2 = 1 cannot be satisfied by infinitely many pairs of integers. Check out this link http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Thue.html to learn more about Axel Thue.

## REMINDERS

3/7/2013 - Pi projects due

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