Take a stroll through the Center for Math Excellence located in the library, the classroom, the Adaptive Math Practice program. What resources did you take advantage of in your previous Math class and which ones do you plan to use in this course? Which resources do you think will help you the most? Why?
Experience a Live Math Tutoring session by clicking theLive Math Tutoringlink (under Useful Links on the Materials tab). Ask the tutor to assist you with a Week One homework problem or concept. Post the problem or concept a tutor helped you with, the date and time of the tutoring session, and how valuable you think having live tutors with 24/7 availability will be for your success in this course. Please also share which whiteboard tools you found to be most helpful in your discussions with the tutor.
How do you factor the difference of two squares? How do you factor the perfect square trinomial? How do you factor the sum and difference of two cubes? Which of these three makes the most sense to you? Explain why.
How do you factor the difference of two squares? How do you factor the perfect square trinomial? How do you factor the sum and difference of two cubes? Which of these three makes the most sense to you? Explain why
What one area from the readings in Week Three are you most comfortable with? Why do you think that is? Using what you know about this area, create a discussion question that would trigger a discussion—that is, so there is no single correct answer to the question.
How would you define a rational exponent? Please give an example of a rational exponent. Provide an expression for your classmates to simplify that contains at least one rational exponent, reply to your classmates as they simplify your expression.
Explain the five-steps for solving rational equations. Can any of these steps be eliminated? Can the order of these steps be changed? Would you add any steps to make it easier, or to make it easier to understand?
Explain the four-steps for solving quadratic equations. Can any of these steps be eliminated? Can the order of these steps be changed? Would you add any steps to make it easier, or to make it easier to understand?
Quadratic equations, which are expressed in the form of ax2 + bx + c = 0, where a does not equal 0, may have how many solutions? Explain why. What is the quadratic formula? What is it used for? Provide a useful example, not found in the text.
Is the compound interest formula—such as the one that would be used to calculate a car loan—an example of a function? If yes, of what type of function is it an example? Why might you identify it with that type of function?
How do you think you will use the information you learned in this course in the future? Which concepts will be most important to you? Explain why. Which do you anticipate will be the least important? Explain why.
Can you think of one real-world example of when the concept of functions might be useful? Do you think you will ever use functions in your life to solve problems? If yes, explain how and why; if no, explain why not.