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Unformatted text preview: Number Sense Statistics, Data Analysis, Probability Algebra Measurement Math and and Reasoning Functions Geometry Algebra I Seventeen of the 80 CAHSEE multiplechoice questions are based on 10 selected standards of the grade 7 Algebra and Functions strand. WHAT DO THE ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS STANDARDS ASK ME TO DO?
To answer the CAHSEE Algebra and Functions questions, you'll need to know how to: generalize numerical and geometric patterns use a table, graph, or symbolic rule to represent the generalization of a pattern compare different forms of representations know the difference between a relation and a function solve linear equations Vocabulary The words below have appeared on the CAHSEE during past administrations. If any of these words are unfamiliar to you, look them up in the CAHSEE Math Vocabulary list in the appendix at the back of this Study Guide, or check with your math teacher. expression slope yintercept parallel xintercept
Algebra Functions WHY ARE ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS IMPORTANT?
Many entrylevel technical, scientific, and healthrelated jobs require additional training beyond high school. To qualify for additional training for these higherpaying jobs, you need to know the basics of algebra. You can keep your career and college options open by mastering algebra basics while you are in high school. The CAHSEE questions focus mainly on the basic algebra skills necessary to deal with graphs, formulas, linear functions, and equation solving. In fact, the Algebra and Function standards, together with the Algebra I standards, cover the exact same classic algebra topics that students in the United States have studied for more than one hundred years!
59 ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS HOW WILL THE CAHSEE TEST MY KNOWLEDGE OF ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS?
The CAHSEE tests 10 of the 13 grade 7 standards from the Algebra and Functions strand. Each box that follows contains one of the standards, a sample question based on that standard, and an explanation of the question's solution. Algebra Functions 60 How Will the CAHSEE Test My Knowledge of Algebra and Functions? 61 7AF1.1 Use variables and appropriate operations to write an expression, an equation, an inequality, or a system of equations or inequalities that represents a verbal description (e.g., three less than a number, half as large as area A). [2 questions] Sample CAHSEE Question Which of the following inequalities represents the statement, "A number x, decreased by 13 is less than or equal to 39"? A 13 x 39 B 13 x 39 C x 13 39 D x 13 < 39 Mathematical Solution A number x, decreased by 13 should be written as x 13. Less than or equal to 39 should be written as 39. Combining these two parts, you get x 13 39. Therefore, the correct answer is C.
M03049 Descriptive Solution The first part of the sentence says "A number x, decreased by 13." Other ways of saying this that are commonly used in math textbooks include "13 less than a number x" or "the difference between a number x and 13" or "take away 13 from a number x." All of these phrases are written algebraically as "x 13." The second part of the sentence, "is less than or equal to 39," would be written algebraically as " 39." Therefore, the correct answer is C: x 13 39. Algebra Functions 62 ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS 7AF1.2 Use the correct order of operations to evaluate algebraic expressions such as 3(2x + 5)2. [1 question] Sample CAHSEE Question If h = 3 and k = 4, then A B C 6 7 8
M00052 hk + 4 2 = 2 D 10 Mathematical Solution 3i 4 + 4 2 = ? 2 12 + 4 2 = ? 2 16 2 = ? 2 82 = 6 Therefore, the correct answer is A. Algebra Functions Descriptive Solution The correct answer is A, 6. To simplify expressions, you need to use the proper algebraic order of operations: multiplication and division must be done before addition and subtraction. Substituting 3 for "h" and 4 for "k" in the expression gives the following as the solution. 3i 4 + 4 12 + 4 16 2 =  2 =  2 = 8 2 = 6 2 2 2 How Will the CAHSEE Test My Knowledge of Algebra and Functions? 63 7AF1.5 Represent quantitative relationships graphically and interpret the meaning of a specific part of a graph in the situation represented by the graph. [3 questions] Sample CAHSEE Question The cost of a long distance call charged by each of two telephone companies is shown on the graph below.
Company A  1.00 Company B .75 .50 .25 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Cost ($) Minutes Company A is less expensive than Company B for A all calls. B 3 minute calls only. C calls less than 3 minutes. D calls longer than 3 minutes. Mathematical Solution The correct answer is C. Please refer to the next column for a description of the solution.
M02840 Algebra Functions Descriptive Solution The graph shows that, for all calls lasting less than three minutes, Company B charges a flat rate of 75. But for these calls, Company A's prices are all under 75. For calls longer than 3 minutes, Company B's prices are cheaper. So, the correct answer is C. 64 ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS 7AF2.1 Interpret positive wholenumber powers as repeated multiplication and negative wholenumber powers as repeated division or multiplication by the multiplicative inverse. Simplify and evaluate expressions that include exponents. [1 question] Sample CAHSEE Question x 3 y3 = A 9xy B ( xy) 6 C 3xy D xxxyyy Mathematical Solution x 3 = xxx y3 = yyy
Algebra Functions M02879 Combining these parts, you get xxxyyy. Therefore, the correct answer is D. Descriptive Solution Raising a number to the third power means multiplying the number by itself three times. For example, 53 = (5)(5)(5) = 25 (5) = 125. For any number x, x 3 = xxx. Therefore, the correct answer is D, xxxyyy. How Will the CAHSEE Test My Knowledge of Algebra and Functions? 65 7AF2.2 Multiply and divide monomials; extend the process of taking powers and extracting roots to monomials when the latter results in a monomial with an integer exponent. [1 question] Sample CAHSEE Question Simplify the expression shown below. ( 6 a4 bc) ( 7 ab3 c)
A 13a 4 b3c B 13a 5b 4 c 2 C 42a 4 b3c D 42a 5b 4 c 2 Mathematical Solution = 6 (7) a abb cc
4 3
M02109 = 42a 4+1b1+3c1+1 = 42a 5b 4 c 2 Therefore, the correct answer is D. Or = (6 aaaabc)(7abbbc) = 42aaaaabbbbcc = 42a 5b 4 c 2 Therefore, the correct answer is D. Descriptive Solution You may use the exponent rule that allows the addition of the powers when the bases are multiplied or the correct answer for this question may be even easier to see if we write out the expression using expanded notation like this: (6a 4bc)(7ab3c) = (6aaaabc)(7abbbc) = 42aaaaabbbbcc = 42a 5b 4 c 2 , which is choice D. Algebra Functions 66 ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS 7AF3.1 Graph functions of the form y = nx 2 and y=nx 3 and use in solving problems. [1 question] Sample CAHSEE Question Which of the following could be the graph of y = x 3 ? A
y C
y x x Algebra Functions B
y D
y x x M02200 Mathematical Solution The correct answer is C. Please refer to the next column for a description of the solution. Descriptive Solution The correct answer is C. The other graphs shown may also be familiar to you. Option A is the graph of a linear function, such as y = nx. Option B is the graph of an absolute value function such as y = nx . Option D might be the graph of a parabola such as y = nx 2 . How Will the CAHSEE Test My Knowledge of Algebra and Functions? 67 7AF3.3 Graph linear functions, noting that the vertical change (change in yvalue) per unit of horizontal change (change in xvalue) is always the same and know that the ratio ("rise over run") is called the slope of a graph. [2 questions] Sample CAHSEE Question What is the slope of the line shown in the graph below? y 2 _2 _ 0 2 2 x Algebra Functions A 2 1 B  2 1 C 2 D 2 Mathematical Solution Find the slope of the line by choosing two points. For example (0, 2) and (4, 0). The slope = = = = = rise . run M02556 t ( ycoordinate of first point )( ycoordinate of second point ) ( x coordinate of first point )( x coordinate of second point ) ( 2)(0) (0 )  ( 4 )
2 4 1 2 Therefore, the correct answer is C. Descriptive Solution The slope of the line shown in this graph can be found by first choosing any two points on the line. For this graph, the yintercept, at (0, 2), and the xintercept, at (4, 0), will work nicely. If we move from the first point to the second, what is the net vertical change? The change in ycoordinates, from  2 to 0, is a rise of 2 units. And what is the horizontal change? Going from an xcoordinate of 0 over to 4 is a horizontal run of 4 units. 68 ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS 7AF3.3 Sample CAHSEE Question cont'd The slope of the line is the ratio of the vertical rise to the horizontal run, which 2 1 is = ; therefore, 4 2 the correct answer is C. Notice that this ratio always 1 reduces to no matter 2 which two points on the line are used. Algebra Functions How Will the CAHSEE Test My Knowledge of Algebra and Functions? 69 7AF3.4 Plot the values of quantities whose ratios are always the same (e.g., cost to the number of an item, feet to inches, circumference to diameter of a circle). Fit a line to the plot and understand that the slope of a line equals the quantities. [1 question] Sample CAHSEE Question The graph below shows Francine's electric bill for 4 different months. What is the price per kilowatthour of Francine's electricity?
Monthly Electric Bill
December $70 $60 $50 October November Cost $40 $30 $20 $10 September Algebra Functions 0 100 200 300 400 500 Kilowatthours A $0.15 B $0.30 C $1.50 D $6.67 Mathematical Solution Verify that the given points form a line. Find the slope of the line by choosing two points. For example (200, 30) and (300, 45 . ) he slope = T = rise . run
M02681 t ( ycoordinate of first point )( ycoordinate of second point ) ( xcoordinate of first point )( xcoordinate of second point ) (45)(30) = (300)(200) Descriptive Solution The slope of a line equals the change in rise over the change in run. For example, from October to September, the change in rise (the vertical or yaxis marked "Cost") is 15 (45 30) and the change in run (the horizontal or xaxis marked "Kilowatt hours") is 70 ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS 7AF3.4 Sample CAHSEE Question cont'd 15 100 = 0.15, which is equivalent to $0.15. = Therefore, the correct answer is A. Or Verify that the given points form a line. Choose one of the given points, for example (200, 30). Since the question is asking for "price per kilowatthour," take $30 200 kilowatthours. = 0.15, which is equivalent to $0.15. Therefore, the correct answer is A. 100 (300 200). Therefore, the slope of the line is 0.15, 15 . You will or 100 get this same number if you calculate the slope from November to October and from December to November. Because the data points for each month form a straight line, you know that the slope of the line is constant and that the price per kilowatthour is the same for each month. Therefore, you can use just one of the data points to calculate the answer. The data point for September falls over the number 200 on the xaxis labeled "Kilowatt hours," so you know that Francine used 200 kilowatthours during this month. To determine Francine's electric bill for September, you must trace the data point for September to the vertical line, or yaxis, which is marked "Cost." The data point is aligned with $30, so you can see that Francine spent $30 to use 200 kilowatthours in September. To determine the cost of each kilowatthour, divide the cost by the number of kilowatthours 30 = 0.15. 200 Therefore, the correct answer is A. Algebra Functions How Will the CAHSEE Test My Knowledge of Algebra and Functions? 71 7AF4.1 Solve twostep linear equations and inequalities in one variable over the rational numbers, interpret the solution or solutions in the context from which they arose, and verify the reasonableness of the results. [3 questions] Sample CAHSEE Question Solve for x. 2 x 3 = 7 A 5 B 2 C D 2 5
M02771 Mathematical Solution 2x 3 = 7 +3 +3 2 x = 10 2 x 10 = 2 2 x=5 Therefore, the correct answer is D. Descriptive Solution Notice that this is a "two step" equation. You could solve the equation by first adding 3 to both sides, and then dividing both sides by 2. Another way is to check each of the answers to see which one makes the equation true. If you put 5 into the lefthand side of the equation, then 2 (5)  3 = 7. So, the correct answer is D: 5. Algebra Functions 72 ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS 7AF4.2 Solve multistep problems involving rate, average speed, distance, and time or a direct variation. [2 questions] Sample CAHSEE Question Stephanie is reading a 456page book. During the past 7 days she has read 168 pages. If she continues reading at the same rate, how many more days will it take her to complete the book? A 12 B 14 C 19 D 24 Mathematical Solution Find the rate: 168 7 = 24 pages per day. Find the number of pages she has left to complete the book: 456 168 = 288 pages. Find the number of days left to complete the book: 288 24 = 12 days. Therefore, the correct answer is A. Or Set up a proportion: 7 x = , where x represents the total number 168 456 of days needed to read 456 pages. 168 x = 7 (456) 168 x = 3192 168 x 3192 = 168 168 x = 19 days Then subtract the number of days she has read the book so far, from the total number of days needed to read 456 pages: 19  7 = 12. Therefore, the correct answer is A. Now that you've seen the 10 Algebra and Functions standards and read the solutions to some of the CAHSEE questions, it's time for you to answer the questions in the next section and then check your answers using the answer key provided in the appendix at the back of this Study Guide. (Note: The CAHSEE questions used as examples throughout this Study Guide and in the following sample questions were used on prior CAHSEEs. These items will not be used in future CAHSEEs.)
M00380 Descriptive Solution You can do this problem without algebra. Notice that because Stephanie read 168 pages in seven days, she is averaging 24 pages per day. There are 456 168 = 288 pages left to read. So at a rate of 24 pages a day, how long will it take Stephanie to read the remaining 288 pages? Well, 288 divided by 24 = 12 days. So the correct answer is A. You could do this problem using algebra by setting 7 x = . Solving up a proportion 168 456 for x you get 19 days total to read the book. But because Stephanie has already read for seven days, she'll have to read for 12 more days to finish. Algebra Functions How Will the CAHSEE Test My Knowledge of Algebra and Functions? 73 ADDITIONAL ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS SAMPLE QUESTIONS 1. A shopkeeper has x kilograms of tea in stock. He sells 15 kilograms and then receives a new shipment weighing 2y kilograms. Which expression represents the weight of the tea he now has? A x  15  2y B x + 15 + 2y C x + 15  2y D x  15 + 2y
M00110 4. 4x4 V4 = A 2 B 2x C 4x D 2x2 M03067 5. The slope of the line shown below is
y 2 . 3 Distance (kilometers) 80 d
60 40 Car B 20 Car A 6 Algebra Functions 1 2 3 4 Time (hours) 0 x 2. After three hours of travel, Car A is about how many kilometers ahead of Car B? A 2 B 10 C 20 D 25
M00066 What is the value of d? A 3 B 4 C 6 D 9
M02078 6. S olve for n.
2n + 3 < 17 3. Simplify the expression shown below. ( 5x2 z2 )( 8xz3 )
A 40x 2 z 6 B 40x 3 z 5 C 40x 3 z 6 D 40x 5 z 5
M02009 A n < 2 B n < 3 C n < 5 D n < 7 M02040 74 ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS 7. In the inequality 2 x + $10, 000 $70, 000, x represents the salary of an employee in a school district. Which phrase most accurately describes the employee's salary? A At least $30,000 B At most $30,000 C Less than $30,000 D More than $30,000 M02621 8. Robert's toy car travels at 40 centimeters per second (cm/sec) at high speed and 15 cm/sec at low speed. If the car travels for 15 seconds at high speed and then 30 seconds at low speed, what distance would the car have traveled? A 1050 cm B 1200 cm C 1425 cm D 2475 cm
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