Quadratics Review Materials (k.a.)

First of all, if you are off-campus, you should definitely hit up YouTube for review. Simply search for “IB Math Quadratics Review” and you should find some good stuff.

You should also use the H&H textbook. Really.

Anyway, here are the recommended reviews for quadratics on Khan Academy

IB Studies SL Summer Guide

For the summer guide questions, click here.

For the summer guide official IB answers, click here.

My Livescribe pen is not being very helpful of late.  I originally thought it was just my personal computer that had problems with it, but apparently I need to bring it in and have it reset or get it exchanged.  For now, I’ve taken pictures of this entire study guide (for some reason the pen put the Studies notes on top of the old SL trig notes… and doesn’t remember the audio).

Here’s the schedule for quiz topics:
Week 1: #1, 2, 7, 3
Week 2: #4, 5, 8, 6, 9
Week 3: #11, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15
Week 4: #16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Week 5: #21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

They will be exactly the same questions as the study guide.  🙂  So that means 2/3 of your quizzes for quarter 1 would be 100s if you know all the quiz questions.  Not bad since those will be the only grades most colleges will see from senior year on your applications. 😀

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IB Formula Book!

I’ve found two links online for those of you who’ve already lost the formula book I provided first semester:

IB Math SL, Click Here!

IB Math Studies SL, Click Here!

I recommend that if you’ve already lost the first copy, you print the new one on bright pink or orange paper, so you can find it again. 🙂

As always, let me know if the links don’t work, so I can post new ones. Enjoy!

IB Ready for IB – Are You? (Q2, 2011-12)

Rationale and Overview

Including kindergarten, you’ve had ten years of math so far.  The IB expects that you remember it all!  We don’t have time to go through all of it during class, so you will need to show me (and yourself) that you have what it takes to succeed on the exam.

Until you prove to me that you know all of these, you may not use a calculator in class unless explicitly told otherwise.

Over the next quarter, you will prove to me that you have totally mastered (≥95% achievement) on 30+ objectives (30 for Studies SL, 36 for SL).  I have specifically chosen these objectives based on what the IB assumes you know.  At the end of the quarter, I will divide the number of objectives you have mastered by the total number of objectives on the chart – that will be a test grade for quarter 2.  This test grade should be 100%.

Click below for more information, the list of objectives, and the links to pages that tell you how to solve that type of problem!  Coming soon… the rest of the “how to” pages!

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Studies – Today’s Homework (9/7)

Updated Sept. 7, 2011

Problem Set #3 – Due Sept. 8 (see electronic copy here)

You should do as many problems in the book as you can to get practice.  All the answers are in the back of the book, so I will not just accept answers – you must include working or an explanation for every problem.  Though you should try to do as many problems as possible, these are the ones to turn in:

  • Time, Ex. 2A.1, Pg. 66: ALL
  • Rates/Proportions, Ex. 2F.2, Pg. 84: 1 (a, c, e, g), 2 (a, b), 9 (a, e)
  • Standard System (SI), Ex. 2D, Pg. 74: 1, 2, 4 (all sub-parts)

MIN Pages – Due Sept. 9 (see requirements page here)

For more details on the MIN, please see my post on the Math Interactive Notebook.

  • Syllabus glued/taped to inside front cover
  • Criteria sheet glued to inside back cover
  • All pages numbered
  • Table of Contents labeled across tops of pages 1-8
  • Page 9: Unit Goals and Tracking Graph (see link)
  • Correctly labeled Table of Contents
  • Page 10: Sets of Natural Numbers, Integers, Rational Numbers, Real Numbers
  • Page 11: Approximation – Decimal Places and Significant Figures
  • Page 12: Calculate Percentage Errors
  • Page 13: Justification of Estimation by Rounding
  • Page 14: Expressing Numbers in Scientific Notation
  • Page 15: Operations in Scientific Notation

Studies – Review Set 2

Review Set 2 is set up exactly like the quiz – what’s different are the numbers.  🙂  This is your opportunity to see how I would work through a problem, but if you still don’t understand, here are your next steps:

  1. Call a friend (or better yet, review with a friend in person!) and ask if they understand/can explain it to you
  2. Call me if you still don’t get it (call me until 10pm or after 6am – you can text in between, and if I’m up, I’ll text back!)
And here are the links for the worked answers:
Good luck studying!

Studies – Today’s Homework (8/30)

Updated Aug. 30, 2011

Problem Set #2 – Due Sept. 1 (see electronic copy here)

You should do as many problems in the book as you can to get practice.  All the answers are in the back of the book, so I will not just accept answers – you must include working or an explanation for every problem.  Though you should try to do as many problems as possible, these are the ones to turn in:

  • Ex. 3B.2, p. 101: #1a, 3
  • Ex. 2E.1, p. 75: #1k, 2h, 3f, 4d
  • Ex. 2E.2, p. 77: #1c, 1i, 2f
  • Ex. 2E.3, p. 78: #1g, 2j, 3a, 4a
  • Ex. 2H, p. 89: #1a-d, 2a-d
  • Ex. 2C, p. 71: #2, 3(a, b, e, f), 4a-d, 5a-d
  • Ex. 2E.3, p. 78: #9a-f

MIN Pages – Due Sept. 9 (see requirements page here)

For more details on the MIN, please see my post on the Math Interactive Notebook.

  • Syllabus glued/taped to inside front cover
  • Criteria sheet glued to inside back cover
  • All pages numbered
  • Table of Contents labeled across tops of pages 1-8
  • Page 9: Unit Goals and Tracking Graph (see link)
  • Correctly labeled Table of Contents
  • Page 10: Sets of Natural Numbers, Integers, Rational Numbers, Real Numbers
  • Page 11: Approximation – Decimal Places and Significant Figures
  • Page 12: Calculate Percentage Errors
  • Page 13: Justification of Estimation by Rounding
  • Page 14: Expressing Numbers in Scientific Notation
  • Page 15: Operations in Scientific Notation

Studies & SL: Your Math Interactive Notebook (MIN)

The IB exam in May 2013 is not that far away – and yet, it is far enough in the future that you may have forgotten some of the things we are studying now by the time you start revising for the exam.  Your MIN is your review guide for the IB test.

I will not tell you exactly what to put in your MIN.  All I require is that I can tell that you are preparing a review guide for yourself that will be valuable in the Spring of 2013.  That being said, here are recommendations for how to use the pages in your MIN (you have one page per objective).

  • Flashcard pockets (envelopes or cut-out pockets)
  • Diagrams
  • Hidden-Answers
  • Real-Life Examples
  • Pictures
  • Comic Strips (you make them or change dialogue in existing ones using white-out)
  • Worked-out example (correct!)
As I have more examples that I include in my model MINs, I will scan them in and link to them on this page.
Basically, this is your notebook.  The only requirements I have are:
  • Table of Contents
  • Syllabus pasted in front inside cover
  • MIN Requirements (full page, with criteria – NOT the halfsheet) pasted in back inside cover
  • Every page numbered (or at least every odd page)
  • Unit Mastery Tracking Page
  • One review page per objective
Please see the “Today’s Homework” page for your subject to see the current requirements and due date for your class’s MIN.