Algebra II /period _______________
April 2, 2013
Final Algebra II Project:
The Role of Math in the World
Students will create an encyclopedia of Algebra II. Each student will work on one part of the
encyclopedia individually and as a group (ac
Algebra II classes).
What are the definitions for each concept learned in Algebra II? What are th
e skills needed
to learn each concept? What professions use the concepts
learned in Algebra II? What are some
examples of how the concepts are used in the professions that use Algebra II concepts?
Deadlines documents, rubric, intervi
ew signature page
, a list of professions students
have mentioned they are interested in studying or going
into, possible interview questions and the
concept map for Algebra II.
During the month of this project you will have a total of 7 proje
ct work days in class. Your
only homework during the month will be related to the project.
I am expecting you to do about 30
minutes of work a school night on your project. You will get an invitation to be part of a google
document. This invitation wil
l be sent to you once you have sent me your definitions. More information
about how to use the google document will follow.
: You will be doing a presentation of your work including an artifact to
show what you have learned
: An art piece, a video, a poster board, example work sheets, book …
The presentation will need to be between five and ten minutes. You will be randomly assigned a
presentation time closer to the May 6
presentation days, so plan to present on Mon
day the 6
required of those watching presentations and there will be an open note quiz a
presentations are complete (The date of this quiz is TBA, but it will likely be Friday the 10th).
If you choose to do your end of the year exhibi
tion on your final project your presentation will need to
be ready by Thursday the 2
. If you choose to do your exhibition about another project we have done
this year, then you will need to create another 5 to 10 minute presentation of your exhibition.
All due dates and project expectations may change due to unforeseen problems: a random
snow storm or natural disaster, death, or other unforeseen events that insurance companies may o
may not count when deciding to pay you for your losses
therwise, you can assume the due dates and
expectations are accurate and are not likely to change.
Deadline Number 1: April 4
Look over the attached concept map.
Choose the top three concepts you would like to study
and learn more about.
Write them on a sheet of paper along with reasons for why you would
like to have the topic as your concept.
(I will not accept late choices. They are due by 4:15 pm on
to the necessity of having equivalent groups
there is no exception to this
On Thursday evening I will compile all the data and put people into topics, and you
will know what your project concept is on Friday the 5th. The better your reason
s are the more
likely you will get one of your top three choices.
Some good example sentences you could use for your reasons are as follows:
My first choice is _________________, because I want to study __________ in college. I
have done some researc
h and it would benefit me to know more about how
_____________ is used in ______________ profession. I have had a conversation with
____________ and he/she tells me that they use ___________________ when doing
______________ in their job as a ___________
Interview one of your parents/guardians
(if none of them are available you may choose another
adult that you know (for this part of the project teachers at Animas are not allowed)
. I have
attached possible interview questions
. Please bring your n
otes from the interview to class
with a signed and filled out signature page
This is a graded part of your proj
ect so please spend
some time choosing your questions before you do your interview. Have something to write with
and on when you talk to
your interviewee. Guidelines: Have 10
20 questions ready (you don’t
have to ask them all). Don’t ask that many yes or no questions, you will get yes or no answers.
Plan on your interview taking between 10 and 30 minutes. Don’t ask to interview someone
expect them to do the interview right then and there. If you need an extension on this part of
the project because your interviewee can’t talk with you until the weekend, then you must ask
for an extension by e
mail explaining why you need an extensi
on. I must have the request for an
extension before the interview is due (i.e. I should have the e
mail in my inbox before your class
starts on Thursday). I will not give an extension later than Monday the 8
Deadline Number 2:
The Definition of your Concept is due today by 4:15 pm.
Turn in a
a copy at
from a g
If you do not use your
own words then you must cite your definition and include its source. I expect all sources to be
cited using the MLA format. The following website will help you if you have questions related to
Verbal answers prepared for class to the following questions:
What have you done so far to
start your research on your concept? Do you feel confident that you wi
ll be able to have your
three sources by Monday? Are you interviewing anyone as a source? If so, when is the
interview going to take place? Have you been to the library? Are you going to the library? Have
you picked a time to go the library if you are
Are you interviewing anyone for you project? If
you are, have you set the interview up and when is it? If you aren’t, why not?
Deadline Number 3: April 15
Three or more main sources, cited, printed.
I expect all sources to be cited using the MLA
format. The following website will help you if you have questions related to MLA format:
Verbal answers prepared for class to the following questions:
What professions use the concept
that you have found so far? Do you have an example of how your concept is used in a
profession? What are you thinking about doing for your final presentation
? Do you have any
questions about how to put your work on the google document?
Deadline Number 4: April 22
(Tuesday)/ April 23
(May be completed and turned in
early for extra credit: see rubric)
of your project is due by 11:30 pm on the 22
You will have gotten an
invitation to be part of a google docs group at the e
mail address you sent me your definitions
from. Please add your work in the appropriate place. More directions on exa
ctly how to do this
will follow in class well before this deadline.
The draft should include the following:
A revised definition of your topic.
All of the sources you have so far.
At least one profession listed that used the concept.
At least one example
of how the concept is used in a profession.
A paragraph about what skills are needed to learn and use the concept.
of your draft should be turned in to Effi on Wednesday at the start of class.
Deadline Number 5: April 30
final draft of your group’s project
should be complete. It should include the following:
One to four definitions of your concept.
At least four professions that use the concept.
At least four example
of how the concept is used in professions.
At least 10
A revised paragraph about what skills are needed to learn and use the concept.
Deadline Number 6: May 2
Reflection/Journal: May 10
(The quiz (with notes) may also take place on this day if it hasn’t happened
Top 3 choices with reasons;
Definition of Concept, possible
source, answers to
3 or more
; encyclopedias and
dictionaries do not count
towards your main sources
Draft due: online and a paper
Midnight for online deadline, paper
copy the next
(extra credit for having it online and turning it
in on the 19
, or the 22
Your individual write up
Final page on your concept
/ May 6
if using this project for your
Quiz date TBA
Algebra II/ period __________
Interviewee Number One
Interviewee Number Two
date and time interviewed
date and time interviewed
location of interview
location of interview
What careers use math or what could you study in college that
would require math (list created by Algebra II students on
January 8, 2013)?
Current thoughts about what Algebra II students
want to study in college:
Current thoughts cont.
Video Game Design
Small business owner
Stock Market Trader
Possible interview questions:
What is your current occupation? What is your job?
How much school did you go through?
What level of math did you get to?
do you use math outside of school?
When is math involved in your life?
Could you get by in your job without math?
Is science part of math or is math part of science?
Do you own a book related to math?
Can you name three famous mathematicians?
Are you grate
ful for your math education?
Do you use calculators?
What kind of mathematics has been most useful in your career?
What kind of mathematics do you use most often?
What are some of the jobs that need mathematics?
What kind of math do you use at your job?
you think math is important to learn in school?
Do you like using math?
Without math, what would happen to the world?
How often do you use it?
How does math affect you in your everyday life?
Is math important in your life?
Is math used everywhere in the w
Why is math so important? Why do you think we need math?
Do you think other people you know use mathematics as much as you do or as little as you do?
What type of math do you think I need to know the best outside of school?
Do you use math at home?
When do you think you use math the most?
Do we use everything we learn in math outside of school?
How is the use of mathematics different when you use it in school compared to when you use it
outside of school?
Do you think math is an important part of our
How many jobs do you think use math?
Does math make your life easier?
How does the math you know affect what career you are qualified for?
Would you be able to live without basic math?
Why do you think math is a compulsory class in every school?
What is the first use of math(outside of school) that you can think of?
What, in your opinion, is the most important use of math?
Would your job exist without math?
Does your job use high levels of math?
Which mathematics class taught in school do you thin
k is the most useful outside of school?
What did you major in?
What school (college) did you go to?
Was math easy for you in college?
Do you ever wish you could have gotten more help in math, or use it to your full potential while
What do you
think you would tell someone who is struggling with math?
What is math like in college?
What math concept do you use frequently?
Did you like your math teachers? Is there one you remember that made you love math?
Does your knowledge of math help you fina
How often do you balance your checkbook?
How is mathematics important in the U.S. economy today?
Do you do your own taxes?
What math class did you most enjoy?
How has math influenced your life?
Do you think surveys are important?
do you do at your job? How accurate do these calculations need to be?
When was the last time you used math, and what was it for?
Do you use equations of graphing for presentations in your job?
Do you use the Pythagorean Theorem at you job/home?
Do you us
e the quadratic formula?
Do you use matrices?
Do you use measurements in your job?
Do you use a computer? Does your computer use math?
How often do you find yourself wishing you remembered something from you Algebra (or other
Has your math kn
owledge allowed you to get your job?
Do you use math when you are dealing with money?
Do you use math while shopping?
And remember to follow questions with,
Why do you say that?
Could you show me?
Do you have an
example of that I could have for my math class?
Name 2 situations where you have used math in your job?