Book Extras: Principles of Algebra 2

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Helpful Resources

  • Free Online Graphing Calculators – These calculators can be used instead of a graphing calculator for this course. (It is recommended that college-bound students get a graphing calculator, however, so they are already familiar with using one.)
    • Desmos (suggested, due to ease of identifying values and zooming in and out) – Note that you have to press the keyboard symbol in the bottom left to get a keyboard. Press y = and the values y equals, using x to stand for the independent variable. Use ^ to show exponents (use your right arrow to get back from an exponent to a regular value). Click on the graph of the curve itself to see the value at any particular point. Zoom in or out using the plus or minus signs. Add a second equation by clicking underneath where the first is typed and typing another one.
    • Math Is Fun – Use ^ to show exponents; use the first line for inputting the first equation, and the second for the second.
  • Free Online Matrix Calculators – These calculators can be used to calculate matrices.
    • Desmos – Input a new matrix for each matrix. Press A, A^-1, B to find (A^-1)(B).
    • Math Is Fun – Note that in order to calculate (A^-1)(B), you have to first press “inv(A)”, and then press the “to A” button in order to store it as Matrix A. Then press the AB button to calculate A times B, which is really (A^-1)(B), as you stored A^-1 as A (A^-1 is another way of saying the inverse of A).
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Corrections

Textbook

Page 152
The top equation on the page should be a(a – b) + b(a – b) = a^2 – ab + ba – b^2.

Teacher Guide/Solution Manual

Worksheet 1.5, Problem 2
Answer should be approximately 4.376 yds.

Quiz 1, Problem 3d
The question should read “if the momentum is 12?” instead of “if the momentum is 10?” which would leave the solution correct except for all the 10s would be 12s in it. The answer would then be 8, as it is listed as right now. As it is right now, however the answer would be approximately 6.667, found by multiplying 2 by approximately 3.33.

Worksheet 1.6, Problem 3a
The 0.9144 in the solution should be 0.914. The answer should be 3.2822757111.

Worksheet 1.6, Problem 3b
3.28227571116 should be used instead of 3.28083989501; the answer should be 0.00186492938134.

Worksheet 1.6, Problem 3c
The answer should be approximately 6.714; in future printings, the instructions should be updated to say “rounding your answer to the second decimal place this time.” Given the updated instructions, the answer would then be 6.71, which would preserve significant digits (something not gone over in this course, but students who follow it should have their answers counted as correct).

Worksheet 1.7, Problem 3a
The answer should be approximately 295.405 yd/min.

Worksheet 2.6A, 1f and 2f
There should not be a +- sign in front of the answer.

Worksheet 2.7A, Problem 1i
The hint should be removed. This book follows the convention where all fractional exponents are defined as meaning the positive root, as that is how most books/calculators treat them. This is explained in the lesson book on page 69. So unless there’s a +- sign, the positive root is meant in this course.

Worksheet 2.7B, Problem 3a-3c
The answer to 3a is approximately 50.797 and the answer is 4 to 3b and 3c.

 Worksheet 2.7B, Problem 3
The instructions should say, “find the answer if the unknown equals 2” rather than “if a equals 2.”

Worksheet 3.2A, Problem 1b
Please ignore problem, as complex numbers haven’t been introduced yet.

Worksheet 3.2B, Problem 3a
The picture below shows how the simplification in the solution occurred in more depth.
Algebra

Worksheet 4.1, Problem 2d
The instructions should say “force” not “fore.”

Worksheet 4.2, Problem 2b
The problem is confusing as it is. Count as correct if students do not have a negative sign in their answer, as the scenario is unclear, or reword to “50 mi/hr in the negative direction and need to travel 300 mi in the negative direction, how long will it take you?” and remove the hint. Then the answer should be 6 hr.

Answer to Worksheet 4.7, Problem 4c
The answer should be equals, not approximately equals.

Worksheet 6.4, Problem 1
“A certain sum of money (P) at simple interest grows…”
should be
“A certain sum of money (P_i) at simple interest grows…”

Quiz 2 Grading
Problems 2b and 2c should only count as 5 points each.

Quiz 2, Problem 1f
Answer as the problem is should be a^4. Problem should be updated in future printings to be (a^2)^-2, in which case the current solution and answer is correct.

Quiz 2, Problem 1k
Problem should be clarified to be -(2)^2(-3)^2. Solution should be clarified like this: -(2)^2(-3)^2 = (-1)(2^2)(-3)^2 = (-1)(4)(9) = -36.

Quiz 7, Problem 1e
Answer should be r = 0 (all bold).

Quiz 7, Problem 1g
Answer should be (0,0) and the l = 0 should be removed. This note in the sidebar should be added: Found by graphing F(l) = 5l, which gets inputted into the calculator as y = 5x, and looking at the point where the line intercepts the x-axis.

Quiz 8, Grading
Each problem in sections 1 and 3 should be worth 3 instead of 4 points; those in section 5 should be worth 4 instead of 5 points.

Quiz 10, Problem 2b
As it is right now, the answer of approximately +- sqrt 4/5i should not be listed, as it is complex and the instructions say not to list complex roots. However, students who list it should not be penalized. In future printings, the instructions should be adjusted to include complex roots, and the references to real solutions removed in the solution. If we were just looking for real roots, we could just graph to see the x = 0.

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