The Difficulties Math Places on Students: A Summary of “Is Algebra Necessary?” In “Is Algebra Necessary?” by Andrew Hacker, an emeritus professor of political science at Queens College, City University of New York , Hacker critiques algebra, claiming that students are not passing, and that this is limiting the level of education available to them . Hacker suggests that if we make math more practical, by adding things such as “citizen statistics,” more students will succeed. In the beginning of his essay Hacker provides evidence many American students, from high school to college, are expected to fail their algebra classes. The author then makes the point that pressing students to take, and pass, math courses prevents some from discovering their own talents. Hacker suggests that algebra can cause students of all backgrounds to struggle, even when talented in other areas of academics. Hacker clarifies that the negative effects of math requirements occur in both high school and college level students, he makes this point by claiming that many universities expect a certain number of high school math courses for entrance, and require students to take math once in attendance. Hacker then argues that passing math alone is not good enough, claiming that many colleges look for high math SAT scores that are only achieved by a very small percentage of the population, making it difficult to be accepted into colleges. He then mentions that math in the classroom does not always apply to real world jobs, where much training is done specifically for the job after hiring. He then admits that people need basic math skills, but most workers will not need algebra or above. He further asserts that without math, the world as we know it would not exist, and that math is needed in this “statistical age.” Next Hacker clarifies that even when math is not related to a person’s field of study, it is sometimes still required to make a schools curriculum look impressive. Finally he...

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Mrs. Babich
Algebra Period 4
April 1, 2014
Extra Credit Project
12. When you flip a light switch, the light seems to come on almost immediately, giving the impression that the electrons in the wiring move very rapidly.
Part A: In reality, the individual electrons in a wire move very slowly through wires. A typical speed for an electron in a battery circuit is 5.0x10 to the -4th meters per second. How long does it take an electron moving at that speed to...

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Algebra 2 Final Exam
Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
Simplify the trigonometric expression.
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Answer B
In , is a right angle. Find the remaining sides and angles. Round your answers to the nearest tenth.
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a = 3, c = 19
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= 9.1°, = 80.9°, b = 18.8
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= 14.5°, = 75.5°, b = 18.8
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= 80.9°, = 9.1°, b...

...Animal Kingdom
The animal kingdom is a taxonomic kingdom composed of multicellular, eukaryotic organisms. Mostly, their body structures become fixed as they develop, yet still some organisms in this kingdom have the ability to undergo metamorphosis. The majority of these organisms are motile, which means they can move on their own and with spontaneity. All animals are heterotrophic, which implies that they depend on other organisms for food. Animals live in places that provide their...

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Score: ______ / ______
Algebra I Quarter 1 Exam
Answer the questions below. Make sure to show your work when applicable.
Solve the absolute value equation. Check your solutions.
| 5x + 13| = –7
5x + 13 = -7
5x = -20
X = -4
Simplify the expression below.
6n2 - 5n2 + 7n2
6 – 5 + 7 = 8
=8n2
The total cost for 8 bracelets, including shipping was $54. The shipping charge was $6. Write an equation that models the...

...Algebra is a way of working with numbers and signs to answer a mathematical problem (a question using numbers)
As a single word, "algebra" can mean[1]:
* Use of letters and symbols to represent values and their relations, especially for solving equations. This is also called "Elementary algebra". Historically, this was the meaning in pure mathematics too, like seen in "fundamental theorem of algebra", but not now.
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Research Summaries
Research Summaries
When discussing parenting styles, the name of Diana Baumrind always comes up. She proposed the idea of different parenting styles based on how responsive and demanding a parent is. Three different parenting styles are compared and contrasted. Permissive parents are accepting and affirmative toward their child’s desires. Authoritarian parents try to completely control the behavior of their child while...

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Antonio, a Venetian merchant, complains to his friends, Salarino and Solanio, that a sadness has overtaken him and dulled his faculties, although he is at a loss to explain why. Salarino and Solanio suggest that his sadness must be due to his commercial investments, for Antonio has dispatched several trade ships to various ports. Salarino says it is impossible for Antonio not to feel sad at the thought of the perilous ocean sinking his entire investment,...

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Team Reflection Week 3
Week Three Summary
Team C Reflection
This week I learned about qualitative and quantitative analysis. Qualitative is exploratory research that helps develop an idea when there is uncertainty. This type of research is done with interviews of individual groups of people or focus groups. Quantitative research is research using numerical data. This type of research is done in bigger groups in different surveys types. Some examples are...