Welcome to the Algebra II Zone

(Algebra II, Periods E and F)
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Are you nervous when you see NCWEE? concerned when you see CIRC? perturbed when you see PBC? Visit Mr. Hansen’s fabled abbreviations page to make sense of those cryptic markings you see on your papers.


Schedule at a Glance (see archives for older entries)
Written assignments should follow the HW guidelines.


Th 5/18/06

HW due: p. 701 #R4abc, p. 707 #7-11 all, plus as many of the following as you can:

1. Write the third term in the binomial expansion of  .
2. If one card is drawn from a 52 card deck, what is the probability that it is a 4 or a club?
3. Write each expression in simplest radical form.  Leave no parentheses in an answer.
      a)                   b)                      c)    

4. Solve for the exact value(s) of x.  Show your work.


5. Write an equation for a circle with center at (5, 12) if (0, 0) is a point on the circle.
6. Find and list all of the real and non-real complex zeroes (exact values) of this polynomial function: P(x) = xx– 8x + 8.
7.  Do the algebra to put each of these equations in standard form, then make an accurate sketch of the graph of each equation.
       a)              b)   

In class: Review for final exam.


F 5/19/06

HW due: Continue working more of the review problems that were assigned for yesterday.

In class: Last day of fourth quarter, review for final exam.


M 5/22/06

Mr. Hansen’s optional review session, Room R, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon. Stay for as much or as little as you like. Feel free to invite your friends from other sections to join us. We will discuss some of Mr. Barsk’s review problems or any other problems that you may wish to discuss.

If your study time is especially limited, I would recommend that you focus first on finishing the review problems listed in the 5/18 calendar entry.

Here is a solution to #4 from that 5/18 review set (namely, the radical equation):

Solution set: S = {16}.


T 5/23/06

Mr. Barsk’s optional review session, Room R, 5:00 p.m.

If you attend this review session—which is open to students in all sections, like the Monday review session—then you may wish to look at some of Mr. Barsk’s review problems.


W 5/24/06

Final Exam, Trapier Theater, 11:00 a.m. Bring several pencils, calculator, spare batteries, and an eraser. A straightedge is permitted but is not required. You may use your calculator throughout the exam, and memories will not be cleared beforehand. Regarding conic sections (circles, ellipses, parabolas, hyperbolas), the teachers have agreed to allow it to be disclosed that hyperbolas will not be stressed, although there may be a bonus question on hyperbolas.


Fun Links:
-- New world record for paper folding! Pomona, CA, teenager achieves a seemingly impossible 12 folds!
-- Lots and lots of
online IQ tests
Fallacious proof that pi equals 5
-- An extension of the concept of
freshman cancellation
National Cryptologic Museum, brought to you by the National Security Agency
-- The famous three houses/three utilities puzzle
-- The amazing nine-point circle
-- Abusive tax shelters: Maybe you will use your education to devise clever schemes like this, or better yet, to try to eliminate them
More fun links on Mr. Hansen’s home page

Study-Related Links:
-- Midterm exam study guide and practice exam
-- Angle-arc puzzles written by the Class of 2006 (in 2003)
-- More angle-arc puzzles written by the Class of 2007 (in 2004)
-- Brain teasers written by the Class of 2008 (in 2004-05)
-- Timed math quizzes, courtesy of Mr. Errett
Quizzes, quizzes, and more quizzes for geometry and other math subjects (don’t let the title ‘Math for Morons’ discourage you—that’s really a moronic name for the site)
-- Proficiency test for rising 9th graders from the great state of Illinois
-- B.J. Pinchbeck’s
Homework Helper for all subjects

Serious Links (click here)

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Last updated: 20 May 2006