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Grade 10 homework

May 10, 2018

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Motor building

May 9, 2018

In Physics we are starting electricity and magnetism, and as a part of that we are building motors.


Some groups got right to work today at lunch.

Reviewing for our test

May 8, 2018

Tomorrow is a test day for grade 9s.  Today we spent time working in groups to review material and get ready.


We did some “speed dating” style review for graphing lines and calculating slopes.


We worked on solving some word problems using multiple strategies.


And represented growing patterns using tables and graphs and equations.

We also had 3 teachers from Molly Brant Elemetary school with us, and a school board consultant, the math department head and student success teacher in the room.  We shared with everyone how we are using our strategies to solve problems.  Good job today!

desmos with angry birds

May 2, 2018

click on each image to open a desmos graph.  You will notice that the slingshot is located on the x axis at -6, so all your graphs must go through that point.  You need to create an equation for a parabola that will get the bird successfully to each of the pigs.

Angry-Birds-Screenshot1

Here’s another to try:  This time try to determine the equation of the bird in flight, and decide if it will hit any of the monkeys.  Create parabolas that will land the bird at each of the monkeys.

angry birds 2

Gr.10 homework

May 1, 2018

We explored a desmos activity today called parabola slalom.  Try it here if you like


We experienced some frustration as we explored what the various values do in a formula.  

Y=ax^2+bx+c     Y=a(x-h)^2+k      Y=a(x-r)(x-s)

The struggle paid off as we got more experience.  We were able to better predict what formula would pass through the slalom gates.  For homework we are looking at what we can find out about the equation y=2(x+4)^2-3

Gallery Walk

April 25, 2018

Today we followed up with what we started yesterday.  We finished our graphs and put them up to show everyone.  Then we consolidated our learning and added some new vocabulary.

We learned that direct relations go through (0,0) and partial ones do not go through (0,0).  We learned the names for the x intercept (abscisse à l’origine) and y intercept (ordonnée à l’origine), we looked at the rate of change (taux de variation) and also introduced the word slope (pente).  We noticed that the rate of change /slope is given by the coefficient in the equation and the y intercept is the same as the constant (initial value).  If the lines are parallel, they have the same slope.

We noticed some of the lines have positive slopes (upward to the right) and some have negative slopes (downward to the right).

Here is how one group visualized the relation with a negative slope.

Red is positive, blue is negative.  They started with the initial term of 5, and for each subsequent term they placed n groups of -2 beside the original 5.


Knowing what we know about zero pairs (from algebra and algetiles) we know that a positive 1 and negative 1 will cancel each other out. (Seen below)

Interpreting tables of values

April 24, 2018

In grade 10 we are investigating tables of values, and how to determine the equation of a parabola given the table.


We are getting much better at calculating first and second differences.  Parabolas have constant second differences.  

We know that the “a” value is always half of the second difference, the “c” value is always the 6 value corresponding to an x value of 0, and then by substituting a different point for “x” and “y” along with “a” and “c” we can calculate the “b” value for y=ax^2+bx+c

Wih practice we are getting a lot better!