Notice that 5 has an exclamation point on it. This means factorial so that 5! = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 120.

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# Two (2) Algebra II (2) June Regents

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The new Common Core Algebra II Regents will be supplemented by the old Algebra 2/Trig Regents this June 2016. This new announcement comes on the heels of last week’s news of 2 more administrations of the Integrated Algebra in Feb and June 2016 for seniors. Info on Integrated Algebra Feb 2016 and June 2016.

# Get the Math and Get Points!

**When putting the answer choices into the TI-84 we can see that the only match is II.**

**Analyzing a graph can teach students about the zeros or solutions of a function. This function passes through the x-axis 3 times: at x = -2, x = 1 and x =3. We can also use this question to talk about factoring, y-intercepts, end behavior and other cool Math ideas. The process of elimination is very rewarding as compare/contrast is a great way to learn content and metacognition. **

**I am in favor of students knowing the Math part of this for sure but with the TI-84 , they can get the Math and get points. The 2 points on this type of question may make the difference between Pass and Fail and perhaps even high school graduation. ** The problem below comes from the June 2015 Algebra I Regents.

**Option I is a NO GO so answers (1) and (3) are OUT.**

**Option II looking good — it’s a keeper!! **

**Option III is a NO GO **

# November 2015 Brain Teaser Solution

**3^700**is the winner!!

Thanks for solving

# Anchor without Pants

Some people may want to add why this works (or doesn’t work) but this is an **anchor** to help students remember where the zero cannot go!

Thank you to the teacher who shared this at a workshop.

This can be supplemented with other examples like 12 cookies divided by no people or count by zeros and you will never get to 12.