BEEP BEEP BEEP!

You know what that beeping is? It’s the sound of Geometry finding Area “backwards”. Now you may be asking “How do you find area backwards?” The simple answer is that you aren’t actually finding the area of a shape. Rather, you are given the area and have to find something about the base(s) and/or height. Other than that, we are just using the area formulas from yesterday to find the missing pieces.

In Algebra II, we looked at graphing Cube Root Functions. This is basically the inverse of the cubic functions that we learned about yesterday. Whoops…did I just use a word we haven’t discussed yet (Inverse)? Well, it’s just where you take the x and the y coordinates and flip them. So, (2, 8) becomes (8, 2).

Only 33% Remains

With the start of today, means that we have only 33% more of this math class to go. It’s time to buckle down and make sure your FINAL grade is where you need it to be to get credit.

In Geometry, we started Unit 7 over Area, Perimeter, and Volume. We started simple today by just looking at perimeter and area. There’s not really much to say other than you’ve probably seen this all before. So, see the notes for a refresher.

In Algebra II, we looked at graphing yet another set of new functions. This time, they were cubic functions. They are a little different than ones we have seen in the past, but I think we managed. See the notes for the details.

Gee Willickers! It’s November?!

How can it be November already? I know we are all ready for a break and the holidays, but how has 12 weeks gone by just like that?

Anyways, Geometry celebrated the start of November by taking the Unit 6 Test over Polygons.

In Algebra II, we looked at Completing the Square to Graph. This wasn’t anything that was too new and hopefully you were better able to see why we do what we do. So, see the notes for the details.

It’s another Panther Pack Friday! So, have a wonderful weekend and GO LP!!!

Happy Halloween!

There’s a nippiness in the air, football is being played all around us, y’all (the students) are getting antsy. This must mean it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas time, right? Nope, not nearly! But it is Halloween, so Happy Halloween!

In Geometry, we reviewed for the Unit 6 Test over Polygons. STUDY!

In Algebra II, we started Unit 7 by reviewing the transformations of parent functions. This means that while today had it’s own lesson, it was predominantly a review. So, there’s not much to say here.

Go Fly a Kite…

Let’s just all go fly a kite…but in the storms that we’ve been having today, that could be a trap(ezoid).  Anyways…

In Geometry, that’s exactly what we looked at today – Kites and Trapezoids. These two quadrilaterals have properties of their own and are unlike the parallelograms we’ve spent most of our time on. I can’t really explain the properties here, so see the notes for the details.

In Algebra II, we had the Unit 6 test today over Quadratics.

Our Future is Bright

When we stay drug-free our future is bright. There are tons of options out there when we are drug-free. Why would you want to limit those potential opportunities?

In Geometry, we looked at special parallelograms. These include the rectangle, rhombus, and square. Since they are parallelograms, they all have the same properties of parallelograms. However, they also have properties of their own. So, be sure to see the notes to see what those properties may be.

In Algebra II, we worked on the review for the Unit 6 test. Study hard!

3 More School Mondays Until Thanksgiving!

How about a joke to lighten the mood on a Monday? What did the mechanic tell the scout leader after he repaired his car horn? (Look below for the answer).

In Geometry, we slowed it down on the quadrilaterals and just focused on parallelograms today. We discussed again the properties of a parallelogram and then worked several problems related to those properties. Hopefully, those properties are starting to sink in now.

In Algebra II, we had our last lesson of Unit 6. Throughout this whole unit, we were looking at how to find the roots (a.k.a. solve) for quadratic equations. Now, the tables have turned. We are given the roots and have to back-track to get to the equation. This is as simple as find the sum and product of the roots. The sum is equal to -b/a and the product is equal to c/a. Remember this and you’ll be golden.

 

 

(Answer: Beep Repaired)

Rainy Friday

Has it quit raining yet? It started last night and has not seem to let up since. I sure hope it quits in time for some Pack Football! Go Pack Attack! Go LP!

In Geometry, we had an activity over Quadrilaterals that served as an introduction to what will be covered next week. While many liked it because that meant no Friday homework, it lasted aaaalllllll period AND we still didn’t get finished with it. At least it’s an overview, so we will cover everything in more detail in the days to come.

In Algebra II, we looked at how to solving quadratic equations using the Quadratic Formula. This was pretty basic, as you should have seen this in Algebra I. We just have to first put the quadratic into standard form, figure out what A, B, and C are, plug into the quadratic formula, and then simplify (“How low can you go? Can you go down low? Can you go to tha’ flo’?”).

Almost There!

We’ve almost made it through the week! Hang in there!

In Geometry, we started our Polygons unit with a brief overview of different properties of polygons. We talked about naming polygons, regular/irregular polygons, concave/convex polygons, the sum of the interior angles, and the sum of the exterior angles. So, we definitely covered some ground today! See the notes for the details.

In Algebra II, we had a natural extension of what we did yesterday. We looked at solving quadratics by completing the square. Just remember, the first step is figuring out what goes in our “blankity blank”. Then, we can solve like what we did yesterday.

Stand UP Against Bullying

While I don’t own an orange shirt at all (I’m an Aggie, why would I?), I was amazed at how united LHS was against bullying today and seeing all of the faculty and students dressed in orange.

In Geometry, we took our Unit 5 test over Trigonometry. This means we start a new unit tomorrow.

In Algebra II, we looked at another method of solving quadratic equations. This method may or may not be easier than the factoring we did yesterday. It all depends on how you look at it. This is difficult to describe/summarize here, so see the notes for the details.