I. From the first and last assignments of the first chapter ("Definitions and Notation") of Wentworth's New School Algebra text (published in 1898), p. 9 and p. 14:
If a = 1, b = 2, c = 3, d = 4, x = 5, y = 6, z = 0, find the numerical value of:
Perform the indicated operations, and find the numerical value of each expression, if a = 8, b = 4, c = 3:
1. (b + c) ÷ c
2. (a + b) ÷ b
10. (b2 - c2) ÷ b
11. (a2 - c2) ÷ c2
12. (a2 - b2) ÷ b2
II. The first and last assignments of the first chapter ("Getting Started: Working in Teams") of the College Preparatory Mathematics Algebra text, p. 4 and p. 17:
With your team, find at least three of the main ideas the authors wanted you to know about this course. You can find these ideas in the "Welcome Note" you just read. Make a list of them. Be sure that you put a copy in your algebra notebook.
Reflect on the study team activities you experienced the last few days. Which activities were your favorites? Why? What about your team makes you feel comfortable? What makes an effective team member?
III. Extra Credit:
Which problems better prepare students for 21st century mathematics?