Unit Descriptions and Projects


Our projects this semester will center around solving single variable equations, and problem-solving using single variable equations.

You will work in teams of three.

Each team will have :
a group leader, who will maintain group protocol throughout the sessions, and will present the project to the class, by submitting it to the Project Posting Page;

a brainstormer/researcher, who will sift through ideas presented by the group to problem-solve; and do the final proofreading of a document before sending it to the group leader for submission on the Wiki;

a computer designer/artist, who will graphically prepare the team findings for presentation. In the case of a Word document, this is the person who will proofread the document for readibility.

Everyone is expected to complete a rough draft of the project by themselves, and then discuss the project on the discussion board designated for their team, found by clicking the "Discussion" tab at the top of THIS page.


You will evaluate your particpation in the group, as well as participation by group members, by completing individual assessment rubrics sent to you by email at the end of the project week. You will fill out one copy of the rubric for each team member, including yourself. These rubrics can also be found in the document at the link to the left, marked Rubrics.


Teams and individual task assignments will be selected by the instructor. You will receive an email at the beginning of each unit, no later than the first Monday of the first week of that unit, giving you the names and email addresses of your team-mates, as well as your team "job." This email will also contain the reading and homework assignments for the week.

All completed projects and homework should be emailed to the instructor at rsj5@uakron.edu. Be sure to email a copy of each submitted assignment to yourself, to document submission time and date, in case of email delivery problems.

Completed projects should also be posted on the Project Posting Page of this wiki.


Everyone will have the opportunity to fill all job titles through the course of the school year.


Projects will be due at midnight on Monday evening, one week after each project assignment begins. Please let me know by telephone (330-321-1090) or by email at rsj5@uakron.edu if you are having technical problems with this wiki, or a computer crash or power outage, to arrange alternate ways of completing the project and/or discussion for that week.

Unit Descriptions and Projects:


Review Project A (Unit 1: Weeks 1): Review on Fractions: An Inquiry Activity


Your reading and Homework problems will be assigned on Monday, November xx, 200x, via an email. team assignments will also be given in this email.
If you do not receive an email by noon on Monday, November xx, 2002, please call me at 330-321-1090, or email me at rsj5@uakron.edu .




After you complete the activity, practice the concept, using the link below:
http://www.quiz-tree.com/Fractions_Fractions-3_2_MC-4.html

Visit the site below for a good review Applet by Larry Green from the Lake Tahoe Community College's Math Department, for adding fractions:
Fraction Addition



Week 2 - Review Project B (Unit 1: Week 2): Working with Negative Numbers

Your reading and Homework problems will be assigned on Monday, November xx, 200x, via an email. team assignments will also be given in this email.
If you do not receive an email by noon on Monday, November xx, 2002, please call me at 330-321-1090, or email me at rsj5@uakron.edu .

As practice in learning how to do an inquiry lesson, we will do an inquiry activity, "Working with Negative Numbers" for Project B.
This project is a review of concepts learned in Basic Math I.



This project is due on Friday, November xx, 200x.


Now that we have gotten used to inquiry lessons, and know our team members, it is time to learn some new concepts in Unit Two:

Project I (Unit 2: Weeks 3-4): Identities and Reciprocals

Reading and Homework TBA (via weekly email with project assignments.

Among other things, in this project we will investigate:


Week Three:

1) Lesson One: What is an identity?

First, go to the Wiki page labeled Terms and definitions for the formal definitions of identity, multiplicative inverse, additive inverse, and reciprocal.

Next, listen to the audio file below, about the soap-opera like events in the town of Mathview:




Your quiz for this section will be administered by MathZone at http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/classware/ala.do?isbn=0073048313&alaid=ala_761596 . You will receive an email at the end of Week 3, with your password to take the assigned quiz. Remember that this quiz will not figure into your grade - it is there for you to see how much you have learned, and if you need to do additional studying to achieve mastery.



2) Lesson Two: What is a an additive inverse? What is a reciprocal?
Why are additive inverses and reciprocals useful?





Please note that there is no quiz for this lesson.


Week 4:

3) Lesson Three: How do I find the reciprocal of a number or variable?

http://www.mathsisfun.com/reciprocal-fraction.html

4) Lesson Four: How does this reciprocal relate to a graph of a function?

To answer this question, we will do an inquiry lesson, using an interactive graph:

For this lesson, you must first install geogebra, free geometry algebra software, on your computer, by going to
http://www.geogebra.org/cms/.
If, for some reason, you are unable to download the program, load the geogebra executable file below before clicking on the file LineSlopePerpendicular.ggb, to begin Lesson Four.





Your instructions are in the file below. Type in your answers, and submit them to me by email at rsj5@uakron.edu, and also on the Project Submission Page of this Wiki:



To see how the slope and the y intercept relate to the graph of an equation, visit the website below, to see an interactive graphing Applet:
Larry Green's Interactive Graphing Applet

Project II: (Unit 3: Week 5) Introduction to Solving Equations - Starting to solve equations with one variable


Reading and Homework TBA (via weekly email with project assignments.
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Project III: (Unit 4: Weeks 6-7) PowerPoint on Solving Single Variable Equations

Reading and Homework TBA (via weekly email with project assignments.
You will create and design slides to complete a PowerPoint presentation.



The video will help you understand the topic better:





Project IV: The Problem Book:


You will find, write, and find the solutions for four problems that you discover as a result of your daily life, in your house or neighborhood. You will create PowerPoint slides to mathematically describe your problems, and then create four videos, using graphics and clips to illustrate your problem.
The projects will be compiled for an online "book" on this Wikispace, and may also be eventually posted to YouTube.

Posting page for Assignments