Thursday, May 29, 2008

Last week of School: 6/2 - 6/6

Algebra:  This week you will have your "Final."  Be sure to turn in your text book.  If you cannot find it, the algebra book will cost you $23.35.  If you destroyed your book, it will cost you $23.35.  For the last day of class, be sure to bring a self-addressed stamped envelope, a piece a paper, and something to write with. 

Geometry:  This week you will have your "Final" as well.  Be sure to turn in your text book the day of the "Final."  A lost or destroyed Geometry book will cost you $29.15.  Be sure the book that is turned in is YOUR book.  For the last day of class, be sure to bring a self-addressed stamped envelope, a piece a paper, and something to write with.

Have a great week!  -Mr. Hanson

Thursday, May 22, 2008

5/27 - 5/30


The Chapter 9 Test is this week.  You will also receive your study guide for your "final."


Chapter 13 quiz is this week.   

Have a great week.

Mr. Hanson

Thursday, May 15, 2008

5/19 - 5-23

Continue chapter 9 (Quadratic Equations).

The chapter 12 test is this week!

Have a great week!

Mr. Hanson

A first peak at solving Quadratics

Algebra Scholars,

Our first peak at the ever so famous Quadratic Formula! Check out the steps and don't forget that the equation must be equal to zero in order to get y0ur values of a,b, and c.

More to come....

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

5/12 - 5/16

Algebra: We are continuing our path into chapter 9: Quadratic Equations, Parabolas, and Square Roots. Our first quiz is this week.

Geometry: We continue our journey into chapter 12 and size changes. I made the adjustment to which lesson master you will complete. It will be lesson 12-7.

Have a great week!~

Mr. Hanson

Parabolas are here!!!

Parabolas are here! How splendid! :-) Please note the explanations in each illustration. Can you find the vertex and line of symmetry?? Can you find the parabola in the satellite dish picture?

Friday, May 2, 2008 out!

FOIL in full effect. Binomial x Binomial.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Geometry 5/5 - 5/9

Geometry students,

This week we continue to work in chapter 12.  The quiz is this week. 

Have a great week.

Mr. Hanson

Algebra 5/5 - 5/9

Algebra Junkies,

We have the chapter 10 assessment this week.  I decided to call it a "SuperQuiz."  Remember, you may use your PST on the test as notes as well as one additional sheet.

We also will start chapter 9, Quadratic Equations and Square Roots

Have a great week.

Mr. Hanson

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More Polynomial and Monomial Multiplication Examples

Monomial x Polynomial above
Polynomial x Polynomial (second image) AKA: Extended Distributive Property

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Simplifying Polynomial Expression

Algebra Scholars,

Chapter 10 brings us Polynomials. A skill that must be fine tuned is simplifying expressions. Please note the first picture on the left. This is what simplifying polynomial expressions looks like.

The second picture shows the extended distributive property. Remember, it is just like the regular distributive property, except, distribute all terms to all terms in both sums.

Good luck!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

4/18 - 5/2: Geometry


The chapter 11 test is this week.  Good luck!

Mr. Hanson

Algebra: 4/28 - 5/2

Algebra folks,

We are now beginning chapter 10:  Polynomials.  All of your assigned homework assignments are in Lesson Master Form. 

Have a great week!

Mr. Hanson

Thursday, April 17, 2008

4/21 - 4/25

Algebra:  Chapter 11 Test

Geometry:  Quiz chapter 11

BOTH:  What time is it?????????????????????????????............Test Tiiiime!

Have a good week!

Mr. Hanson

Friday, April 11, 2008

Graphing Inequalities and Systems

Algebra scholars...greetings! What you are witnessing in this post is a system with inequalities rather than equalities. Remember, the only differences are that if you have a 'less than' or 'greater than' sign, the line is dashed rather than a solid line.

Also, don't forget to shade. Always look at the direction of the inequality symbol. Shade where number get larger (greater than) or where the numbers get smaller (less than).

So what about the solution????? Instead of only where the lines intersect, it is where the shading overlaps.

Good luck.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Algebra & Geometry 4/14 - 4/18


This week MCA tests begin. Your MCA reading test is on the 16th and the 17th. As far as algebra, we will be reviewing for the MCA math test which is next week.

Mr. Hanson

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Coincident Lines...what a coincidence?

Greetings algebra scholars. Today we took a look at lines that coincide. What does coincide mean? According to Merriam-Webster:

a: to occupy the same place in space or time
: to occupy exactly corresponding or equivalent positions on a scale or in a series

Look at the screen shot, both lines lie on top of one another. They have the same points....occupy the same place.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Algebra 4/7 - 4/11

Algebra Scholars,

Welcome back! Hopefully many of you will continue to view the work that students create during class as a resource for learning how to solve systems. This week we will continue to prepare for the MCA test as well as learn more strategies for solving systems.

Have a great week! --Mr. Hanson

Geometry 4/7 - 4/11

Geo students,

We begin chapter 11:  Indirect and Coordinate Proofs.  We are also in MCA month.  We will be spending significant time preparing during our warm-ups for the MCA test. 

Have a great week.  --Mr. Hanson

Solving Linear Systems by Multiplication

Math Scholars, welcome back from Spring Break. We dig right back in to Linear Systems by solving them with multiplication. At this point, all of you have learned many methods to solve systems and multiplication is yet another strategy to add to your skill set.

Emma helped us out today and has clearly demonstrated how to use multiplication to arrange a linear system so it can be solved by addition. The goal is to multiply the entire equation by a number that will create a situation that will cancel either the 'x' or the 'y' when doing addition. If you have any question, be sure to ask during class. Welcome back!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Solving Systems with Addition!

Wow, just when you thought systems were the most difficult, complex problem you have ever got it! Check out this work by one of my students.

This student is demonstrating how to solve linear systems with addition. As long as there is an x in each system that is the opposite of one another (-8x & 8x), they will cancel and become zero. Therefore, we are then able to solve for y. Once we find y, then -3 is substituted back in for y to solve for x. What a great thing!

Remember, up to this point, this method will only work if you have a situation that allows the cancellation of one of the two variables.

Algebra & Geometry 3/31 - 4-4

Spring Break Folks. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

More examples of using substitution to solve linear systems

Math Scholars, we are fortunate once again to have some some student work to post to the blog. In this post, you will see that it is not necessary to have both equations in a system in slope intercept form (y=mx+b) to use substitution.

Notice that in example (a), (2x-6) is substituted in for 'y' in the first equation. This allows us to solve for x. Once 'x' is found to be zero, we substitute zero back in for 'x' and solve for 'y'. What a beautiful thing, eh?

If you find that you are still having trouble, please ask me questions in class. There still isn't a better place to get help. :-)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Geometry 3/24 -3/28

Geometry scholars,

This week is the last week of quarter 3. Our test is Friday! If you know you will be gone, your test is on Wednesday as well all of your work and stamp sheet. Be sure you have everything done and ready to be stamped off on Wednesday.

Mr. Hanson

Algebra 3/24 - 3/28

Algebra students,

This week marks the last week in quarter 3.  We have a quiz on Thursday and Friday.  If you know you will be absent, please talk to me in class.  You will need to make up the quiz after spring break.

Mr. Hanson

Using Substitution to solve a linear system

Algebra Scholars, welcome back! Now that you all have become experts at graphing linear systems, it is time to learn how substitution is a really good friend! When graphing isn't the most convienent or doesn't provide you with an exact solution to your linear system, substitution can solve you problems...with your help of course. Check out the example.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What is the solution to a system with Parallel Lines?

Well Algebra Scholars, I am experimenting with posting some classwork completed by students during class while presenting to the entire class.

Solving linear systems can be confusing...especially if you end up with parallel lines. Looking for a point of intersection between two parallel lines can be difficult. :-) No worries, because they don't intersect, there are no solutions! Take a look on the image!

Good Luck with Linear Systems!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Geometry 3/17 - 3/21

Geo folks,

We have our quiz this week in chapter 10.  Otherwise, we keep rolling in surface area and volume.

Mr. Hanson

Algebra 3/17 - 3/21

Algebra scholars,

This week we are finishing up the chapter 8 test and we begin chapter 11.  That's right, chapter 11.  We will come back to chapters 9 and 10 after completing chapter 11.

Have a great week!

Mr. Hanson

Friday, March 7, 2008

Geometry 3/10 - 3/14

Geo scholars,

We just completed chapter 9 and now we are on to chapter 10 this week. 

Have a great week!

Mr. Hanson

Algebra 3/10 - 3/14

Math Scholars,

This week we continue chapter 8.  A day algebra, we are making up the quiz that was missed last week on Monday.

Have a great week.

Mr. Hanson

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Geometry 3/3 -3/7

Geometry folks,

First things first.  Be sure to turn in your signed mid-term grade report (posted on line at on 2/29).  Remember, it needs to be signed by a parent.

The chapter 9 test is at the end of this week. 

Have a great week!

Mr. Hanson

Algebra 3/3 - 3/7

Algebra folks,

First things first.  Be sure to turn in your signed mid-term grade report (posted on line at on 2/29).  Remember, it needs to be signed by a parent. 

As we continue through chapter 8, we continue to explore exponential growth and, now, decay.  The chapter quiz is this week as well.

Have a great week!

Mr. Hanson

Monday, February 25, 2008

Geometry 2/25 - 2/29


This week we will have our first quiz on chapter 9.

Mr. Hanson

Algebra 2/25 - 2/29

Algebra scholars,

This week we begin chapter 8: Exponents and Powers. Remember, if you were absent, please see Mr. Hanson for your make up work for the MCA practice test.

Have a great week.

Mr. Hanson

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Geometry 2/19 - 2/22

Geo folks,

We have the chapter 8 test this week. You will be given a MCA pre-assessment to take home and complete after the test on Wednesday. We will correct it and score it during class on Friday.

We also begin chapter 9 on Friday.

Have a great week!

Mr. Hanson

Algebra 2/19 - 2/22

Algebra learners,

We just finished chapter 7...what a chapter! You have learned all about the slope and y=mx + b. What a treat! This week we are beginning our preparation for the MCA tests by completing a pre-assessment to gauge your understanding of the material.

Plus, on Thursday and Friday, I am offering a one time offer of a retake day for the chapter 7 test. If you are interested in retaking the chapter 7 test, A-day retakes are Thursday and B-Day retakes are Friday. Please let me know ASAP so I know how many tests to make.

Have a great week!

Mr. Hanson

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Geometry 2/11 - 2/15

Geometry Scholars,

We continue our way into chapter 8.  The test is next week.

Mr. Hanson

Algebra 2/11 - 2/15

Math Scholars,

We continue our journey in chapter 7 by coming to the end of the chapter.  We have our chapter 7 test this week.  This chapter is so very important and if you have any questions, be sure to ask them during class as we have extended question and answer time during our classes this chapter.

Have a great week.

Mr. Hanson

Friday, January 18, 2008

Geometry 1/22 - 1/25

Math Scholars,

As we enter deeper into chapter 7, triange proofs, you will become better at completing an actual proof.  Yes, it may seem like you will never get them, but perceviere, you will get better.

All work now competed and graded will be on 3rd quarter grades! 

Have a great week!  --Mr. Hanson

Algebra 1/22 - 1/25

  • Monday No school

We start chapter 7 this week along with 3rd quarter grades.  Any and all work completed from now on is in second semester.  Chapter seven introduces everyone to the "meat and potatos" of algebra:  Slope.  

Have a great week.  -Mr. Hanson

Friday, January 11, 2008

Geometry 1/14 - 1/18

Geometry scholars,

Your take home test for chapter 6 is due on Tuesday Jan. 15.  We have just begun chapter 7 and quarter two grades will conclude on Jan. 18. 

Have a great week.

Mr. Hanson

Algebra 1/14 - 1/18

Algebra Scholars,

We conclude quarter 2 grading this week.  Your chapter 6 test and homework will be the last graders for quarter 2. 

Second semester starts with chapter 7 and the rate of chage, aka slope.

Have a great week.

Mr. Hanson

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