“Hi Pal. Areyou ready forthe new schoolyear?”“As ready asI’m going tobe, I guess. I’mnot very goodin math.”
“What’s theproblem?”“I heard that I’dhave to learnaboutexpressions, andI never knew thatmath could talk.”
“Oh no, Silly.Math can’t talk,but it can infact beexpressed.”“Can youplease explainthat?”
“Sure. First of all, thebranch of mathematicsthat involvesexpressions withvariables is calledalgebra. A combinationof numbers, variables,and at least oneoperation is called analgebraic expression.”“Swell. Ididn’t knowthat!”
“The numericalfactor of amultiplicationexpression thatcontains a variableis called acoefficient.”“So 6 is thecoefficient of6m?”
“Yes! And a variable isa symbol, usually aletter, that is used torepresent an unknownquantity in mathematicalexpressions orsentences.”“Cool.”
“An example is7y–3b. We’ll let yrepresent 3 and brepresent 5.7(3)–3(5)21–15 = 6”“So5 + (12-3)a, wherea is 12, would equal113?”
Justice Adams4050 Camelot Lane,Apt. #3, Box M11Memphis, TN 38118May 9, 2013Upcoming 7thGraderAmerican Way Middle School3805 American WayMemphis, TN 38118Re: What you’ll be expected to learn in Mrs. Brown-Jones’s math class next school year, the importance of following all rules andprocedures for this class, how this class is assessed (how you’ll get your grades), and 1 fun thing I did in Math class this school yearDear Upcoming 7thGrader,I’m currently a 7thgrade student in Mrs. Brown-Jones’s Math class at American Way Middle School nearing promotion to the eighthgrade. I would like to share some things with you that you can expect as well as some pointers that will assure that yours is asuccessful experience in this class. Mrs. Brown-Jones teaches regular as well as honors math on team 2. I was in her honors math classthe first nine weeks of the school year and opted to take a regular math class. I remained in her class for regular math, and discoveredthat there isn’t much difference between these classes. You’ll be expected to come into Mrs. Brown-Jones’s class prepared to learn,which entails being quiet, listening, following instructions, and completing tasks.You may be asked to apply concepts that you learn in class to special projects, from creating PowerPoint presentations or pamphlets tomagazines with crossword puzzles (& answer keys), graphs and general computer-generated art, and even comic strips with calloutsor comment/dialogue balloons. If you are not familiar with certain methods of presentation, public libraries are a great place tofamiliarize yourself with them and to generally use computers, if Mrs. Brown-Jones is unable to provide assistance or if you areunable to get assistance in the school library or computer lab, and/or if you do not have a computer or the required software at home.You may be asked to type all elements of your projects, which is unusual for a math class, and in the event that you are you canalways type mathematical equations in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint by clicking the “Insert” icon, clicking on “Equation” and
selecting the appropriate symbol or operation. If you want to type a proper fraction type what would be the numerator first followedby a forward slash and the denominator with no spaces and press enter.Microsoft Excel may be utilized to create coordinate planes and crossword puzzles from scratch. Click Insert and Shapes to insertarrows into coordinate planes, to insert callouts or comment/dialogue balloons into cartoons, to create general art,1and to draw (clickthe “scribble” icon) in both Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. You may color your drawings by clicking on the “Shape Fill” and“Theme Colors” icons, which appear under “Drawing Tools” during this process.To create a pamphlet or brochure open a Microsoft Word document and click “File” in the top left hand corner of the page. Click“New.” Then click on “Brochures” and scroll through to peruse the template choices; select the brochure template that you’d like touse and down load it. To find additional PowerPoint templates, click “File” and “New” in an opened PowerPoint document. Scroll toand click on “PowerPoint presentations and/or slides” and select the template that you’d like to use.You can Google search some resources, like magazine templates, which might require fees for access privileges, or templates for mathcrossword puzzles at www.google.com. You may additionally find how-to videos via Google.You may also be asked to list, define, and exemplify vocabulary words covered during the course of the school year on specialprojects, so be sure to make and keep note of those terms as they are presented. This may entail writing down the terms for your ownrecords in the event that they are collected and not returned.This class is assessed the way that any other classes are assessed or graded, based upon completed and submitted work, and conductgrades are based upon conduct.One fun thing I did in class was participating in a think show project.I hope that I have been helpful to you, and, again, that yours is a successful experience in this class. Very best of wishes.Sincerely,1Maneuver the different shapes to create distinct objects, animals, and/or people, i.e. select a circle or oval to create the head of a person, straight lines for theneck and/or body, or shapes, like a triangle for a female and a rectangle for a male torso, straight lines for legs and feet, stars or other objects for hair, a crescentmoon for a hat, etc., rotating each object as necessary to create the desired effects.
Justice Adams (7thgrade student & 8thgrade prospect)2ndperiodMrs. Brown-Jones’s Math Class
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