Mr. MacFadyen's Page

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I teach Math!

Please see the subject folders, on your left, for the specific courses that I am teaching.  In each folder you will find related homework calendars, course outlines, links to my Moodle pages, and any other resources that will be useful to you in these courses. If you need to reach me you can email me at:

email : pmacfadyen@rockyview.ab.ca or phone: 403-272-8868 x 4578

Home Study Tips:

  1. Read the question carefully - sometimes it is easier to read the last statement of the question, then go back and read the question from the beginning. Feel free to underline key terms in the question.
  2. When you are creating a strategy to solve the question, ask yourself if there is a specific math skill that you need to use in your strategy.
  3. Apply your strategy to the problem to arrive at an answer. Be sure to include your process in your solution - with your process recorded you can see where you went wrong if your answer is wrong (learn from your mistakes !!). If your solution is correct, you have a great example of how to answer that type of question.
  4. Does the answer seem reasonable? If it does not try a different approach, ask a neighbour, go to extra math help and ask your teacher, ask your uncle Fred....ASK! Do not use 'giving up' as an option - its only Math, how bad can it be?
Mar 19/19:
Math 30-3 - work period. Students finished up the assignment on mean, weighted mean and the other measures of central tendency. No new HW assigned.
Math 30-2 - we got through the log laws. This will be the focus for the next class or 2. After we attain some proficiency with logs, in comes the context in which the laws are quite useful. Assigned: L4; ALL.
CALM - we are beginning our look into money by having students assess what their ideas on money actually are. Assigned Consumerism hand out. Due tomorrow. Talk to your parental units about your survey scores!!.
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Mar 15/19:
Math 30-3 - we discussed, with an example, the differences between mean and weighted mean. Also, the general notion that measures of central tendency may be influenced by context; not in the calculation but in which measure is chosen. Assigned p. 76; # 1 - 5.
Math 30-2 - work period for the morning class due to attendance. For the afternoon class, we looked at how the log laws are related to exponent laws, and that similar to exponent laws, they only work with expressions that have common bases. Assigned L4; #1 - 6.
CALM - a bit of a work day - I am still missing some cover letters and the tax assignemnt. Students had the period to finish those.
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Mar 14/19:
Math 30-3 - after dealing with questions regarding stem and leaf plots and how to interpret the data organized in this fashion, we looked at mean, median and mode. Assigned H.O. Stem&Leaf Plots.
Math 30-2- - solving for a log value - variations this type of questions has including a base that is e, a fraction, and an argument which is a monomial or binomial. Assigned L3; ALL
CALM - just a catch up day. Tax assignment should be in no later than tomorrow..
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Mar 13/19:
Math 30-3 - we began statistics today with a bit of a review of the 3 measures of central tendency and a discussion as to why the context of stats is important. The first assignemnt is based on mean, medial and mode as well as the stem and leaf plot. Assigned p. 68/69; # 1 - 6.
Math 30-2 - we began work on the conversion of exponential and logarithmic forms and how they compare to what we did with the graphing calculator. Assigned L2; ALL
CALM - more about taxes - today's assignment will give students a bit of an idea of how the 3 mandatory deductions are calculated and where the tax revenue goes. We will continue with it tomorrow.
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Mar 12/19:
Math 30-3 - there was no class today as students had an assembly - MADD presentation.
Math 30-2 - parents, I have entered the first 2 chapter test scores on to PowerSchool. Today we began the algebraic way of looking into exponential expressions and equations - common bases was the common theme. Assigned L1; # 3 - 13.
CALM - who doesn't enjoy a good chat about taxes. It may not seem relevant, but we looked at the 3 levels of government and how they generate revenue to pay for the programs and services that are under their responsibilities. From this we managed to get to the mandatory deductions on a paycheque. This may seem premature, but at some point there will be a job in the future. Assigned Paycheque hand out - due tomorrow.
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Mar 11/19:
Math 30-3 - students handed in Warm Up assignment and wrote a chapter test on Probability and Measurement. No new HW assigned.
Math 30-2 - review assignment due. Students wrote a chapter test on Exponential&Logarithmic Functions. No new HW assigned.
CALM - we continued our work on cover letters.
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Mar 8/19:
Math 30-3 - in preparation for Monday's test, students were asked to complete the review assignment. Assigned WarmUp. Due Monday. Test on Monday.
Math 30-2 - a review assignment was given - the due date is Monday. Chapter test Monday.
CALM - we began work on our cover letteres. No new HW assigned.
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Mar 7/19:
Math 30-3 - we're not quite ready for that test!! We'll put off the test until Monday so we all have our proverbial ducks in a row. H.O. 1.4 is due. I'll give the review tomorrow.
Math 30-2 - much to the disappointment of everyone, the chapter test on Expo/Log Functions has been delayed until Monday. Be sure your workbooks are in top shape.
CALM - resumes are now due. We'll begin with cover letters tomorrow.
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Mar 6/19:
Math 30-3 - we continued on with chapter 1 on measurement and probability. We reviewed the math behind predicting outcomes and how to deal with independant events. Assigned H.O. 1.4 - due tomorrow. Test on Friday.
Math 30-2 - BIG lesson on regressions. How can we go from a table of values to an equation that we can then use to create a graph? All these questions and more were discussed - unfortunately some students still need a graphing calculator and the Library has exhausted its rental supply. Assigned L5 - L6, the Practice Test will be for tomorrow and the test on Friday.
CALM - a big thank you to Kimberly for coming in a speaking to our students about suicide prevention - what to look for, how to help and all the details that go along with it. Its a big topic that will resonate differently with each students - good time to pick up the conversation at home. No new HW assigned.
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Mar 5/19:
Math 30-3 - a couple of things: remember to look closely at how probability and odds are converted, and when calculating independent events, multiply the probabilities of the individual events. No new HW assigned. H.O. 1.3 is due tomorrow. There will be a chapter test on Friday.
Math 30-2 - we continued with a graphing calculator lesson - there are some studets who have still not arranged for a calculator - that is an unwise strategy. Assigned L4; ALL. There will be a chapter test on Friday.
CALM - tomorrow is the deadline for resumes. We did have a chat about how important some of the little things are on a resume; spelling, unctuation, grammar, volunteer experience, driver's license, 2nd languages, lifegaurd certifications, CPR, First aid.. that kind of thing. Also, its important to keep personal records of jobs that you have/get. At some point telling a potential employer about the duration of a job you had gets a little fuzzy over time.
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Mar 4/19:
Math 30-3 - I wasn't here today so the assigned lesson was; p. 33/34; # 1-10 and p. 36/37; # 1-6.
Math 30-2 - Assigned Lesson 3; ALL
CALM - handouts were given on how to create a resume. Many students have prior knowledge of this and may have a pre existing resume, its important that they create a new one - there grade 8 resume should not be the same as their grade 10 one.
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Mar 1/19:
Math 30-3 - H.O. 1.1 was handed out today. Some students are struggling with the language - its not a mystery; keep an eye on the units of measure and how'precise' they are. No new HW assigned.
Math 30-2 - we looked at the inverse of exponential functions today and called them log functions. We will continue with our studies into logs on Monday. No new HW assigned.
CALM - today is the due date for the 4 careers project. Marks will be posted this weekend.
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Feb 28/19:
Math 30-3 - we discussed the differences between accuracy and precision. Units of measure were also discussed - what is an appropriate measurement for short vs long distances as an example. Assigned textbook p. 9, 10; # 1 - 9 and p. 13, 14; # 1 - 7
Math 30-2 - we finished our investigation of exponential functions by looking at what the parameter 'a' does. In review we notes all the possible combinations of the characteristics arising from changes to 'b' and 'a'. Tomorrow we will look at finding the inverse of an exponential function (....wait for it....its a log function!!) and how we can use logs to solve for variables in the exponent position. Assigned L2; # 5 - 15.
CALM - we continued with the project on 4 careers. They are due tomorrow.
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Feb 27/19:
Math 30-3 - a bit of a work period as students regain their study habits after the break. No new HW assigned.
Math 30-2 - we began exploring exponential functions starting with the b parameter; what creates a decreasing graph, what creates an increasing graph. We also reviewed the 3 methods for finding the inverse of a function - this will come in handy when we look for the inverse of an exponential function. Assigned L2; # 1 - 4.
CALM - a new project was given out today based on the results of the MyBlueprint survey conducted yesterday. Students are asked to pick 4 of the suggested careers and answer a series of questions related to those suggestions. The due date for this is Friday.
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Feb 26/19:
Math 30-3 - we continued on with our work on odds and probability. Assigned H.O. 1.2. Due tomorrow.
Math 30-2 - inverse functions - we investigated how to find the inverse of a function graphically, using ordered pairs, and with equations. Assigned L1; # 4 - 10.
CALM - all students took a survey on MyBlueprint. Although many have taken this survey before, I emphisized how interests and abilities change over time so the repetition was unavoidable. No new HW assigned.
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Feb 25/19:
Math 30-3 - we began a new chapter today on measurement and probability. Students were asked to hand in their Trig chapter work so it can be stored by me. I will hand them back prior to their Midterm Exam so they may use it for studying purposes. Assigned p. 24, 25; # 1 - 7.
Math 30-2 - we began the first chapter of the Log/Exponents unit today. We reviewed the exponent laws. Assigned L1; # 1 - 3
CALM - be are beginning to investigate jobs and careers. To start the ideas  flowing, we looked into the most disgusting job that there is - winner of what I consider to be the most disgusting job will win a prize....a donut...or something cheap like that.
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Feb 14/19:
Math 30-3 - students wrote a Trig Chapter Test. No new HW.
Math 30-2 - students wrote a RationalsExpression&Equations Chapter Test. No new HW.
CALM - today was our last day for HCS3000. The marks for this course will be entered after we get back from break.
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Feb 13/19:
Math 30-3 - the review assignment was given in preparation of tomorrow's test.
Math 30-2 - we discussed issues with the word problems. Some students have the unfortunate habit of solving all sorts of lovely equations while still not answering the question. READ THE QUESTION THOROUGHLY. Test tomorrow - do as much of the Practice Test as you think you need in order to be prepared.
CALM - HCS 3000 - the suffering continues.
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Feb 12/19:
Math 30-3 - we are preparing for our first chapter test on Thursday - all assignments need to be in for marking by the end of class tomorrow. H.O. 7.3 due tomorrow. Test Thursday.
Math 30-2 - words meet rational equations.Today we looked at problem solving - be sure to bring any questions to class tomorrow. Test on Thursday. Assigned L9; # 1 - 9
CALM - HCS3000 - all 5 tests/quizzes need to be completed by Thursday.
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Feb 11/19
Math 30-3 - we continu with our look into right and oblique triangles. Hand out 7.2 was due today. I returned hand out 7.1 to students and made the offer to store their handouts for them until their first mid term. There is a test on Trig on Thursday - assigned H.O. 7.3. due Wednesday.
Math 30-2 - we looked at the 2 methods for solving rational equations - one short, sweet but limited, the other difficult, labor - intensive but works for everything. Assigned L8; # 3b, 4d, 5d, 6bd, 8, 10a. (Test on Thursday).
CALM - question box and relationship discussions today. A big thank you to Carly from AHS for her knowledge, patience and humour.
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Feb 8/19:
Math 30-3 - assignment 7.3 was handed - this assignment deals with all 3 forms of trig that we have dealt with so far; SOHCAHTOA, Sine and Cosine Laws. Hand out 7.1 was due today and 7.2 is due Monday. Our first chapter test will be Thursday.
Math 30-2 - we covered multiplication and division of rational expressions - factoring is still important. Assigned L6; # 2 - 7, L7; # 4 - 8.
CALM - today we began HCS3000 - the due date for completion is next Thursday. Bio Poem was due today.
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Feb 7/19:
Math 30-3 - we continued with our work on cosine law so students should now be able to calculate the side length of an oblique triangle. Hand out 7.2 is due Monday. H.O. 7.1 is due tomorrow.
Math 30-2 - last lesson on addition and subtraction. We looked at some of the finer points and, hopefully, now have a good understanding of how to add/subtract rational expressions and how simillar the process is to adding/subtracting fractions. Assigned L5; # 1 - 3, 4ac, 5ac, 8. There will be a chapter test next Thursday.
CALM - I handed back 2 assignments today - there are a few assignments missing  - those students have been informed. Tomorrow we start HCS3000 in ernest. The deadline for completing this course will be Thursday of next week.
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Feb 6/19:
Math 30-3 - we began our look at the cosine law today. Some students are playing catch up due to the weather/absences. Hand out 7.1 is due no later than Friday. Assigned portions of H.O. 7.2 today - we'll finish it off tomorrow. There will be a test on Trig next week.
Math 30-2 - we took the step of creating LCM's from fractions to rationals today - work will be getting tougher from here on in. Assigned L4; # 1, 2cd, 3ac, 4bdf, 5ac, 11, 12. For the pm class I added L5; #1, 2
CALM - our guest speaker was Dan Olesen from Careers. Parents...talk to your kids about what they plan on doing in the future - Dan my have given them a new perspective.
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Feb 5/19:
Math 30-3 - Good on ya for comin' out Lakers!! Despite the cold, we had most students show up for class this morning - the ones that missed emailed to let me know they were unable to make it - fantastic sense of responsibility! So we continued to explore how to apply the sine law to oblique triangle, whether it be finding a side or an angle. Assigned Hand out 7.1.
Math 30-2 - attendance issues aside... we continued on with our work on rationals and how to simplify expressions as well as apply this to problem solving situations. Assigned L3; # 1 - 4 (a, d only), 6 - 8.
CALM - quiet day in CALM due to attendance - I passed out the Bio Poem assignment and some students began work on their HCS3000 modules.
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Feb 4/19:
Math 30-3 - today we investigated what makes the sine law work - students uncovered the ratios of an oblique triangle create a pattern allowing us to use the predictability to answer questions. No new HW assigned. Students, please be sure to bring your student ID (and overdue books) to school tomorrow..
Math 30-2 - equivalent rational expressions. We took the comparison of equivalence of fractions and projected the ideas to rationals. Assigned L2; # 6 - 10.
CALM - Carly from AHS was in to discuss sexual health. There are still a few students who have not returned their permission forms - please get them in.
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Feb 1/19:
Math 30-3 - we discussed how to use the primary ratios (SOHCAHTOA - bring back any memories?). I assigned a brief task for the students to complete in class - create 3 skill type questions and one word problem, answer them and hand in their work. No new HW assigned.
Math 30-2 - we reviewed questions students may have had about yesterday's assignment - solutions are posted on the bulletin board outside my classroom. We continued on with finding NPVs for rational expressions. Assigned L1; # 5 - 7, 11, 12.
CALM - students completed an intelleigence inventory - the remainder of class was spent investigating the HCS3000 program. Parents, the permission forms need to be handed in before Monday's class.
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Jan 31/19:

Ma 30-2 -we discussed the course outline and what kind of committment is required for Ma 30-2. Since the first chapter we plan on doing is Rationals, we started by giving a brief comparison between fractions and rationals. I gave a hand out of review type questions just to get students thinking about factoring again. I will post the solutions on the board outside my room tomorrow so students can assess their own understanding of the topic.

Ma 30-3 -we are beginning with Trig so we strating with a review of right triangle trig (primary ratios) the review will take the next 2 classes. No HW assigned.

CALM - after a brief intro students were asked to do a survey  and answer a few questions about their transition to high school. All parents are asked to read through a permission sheet which was sent home today. This sheet must be returned no later than Monday.

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