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Algebra II

How to Study for a Math Test

1. Read through your notes and list the current topics we're studying.
(I did this step for you this time – see below)

2. For each topic specify a past homework problem that addresses it.
(Work on this now – look through your book and write down a page & problem #.)

3. Redo each of those problems from scratch.

(Do steps 3-5 tonight – don’t wait until tomorrow night because then you won’t have time to get help!)

4. Check your answers against the homework (corrected) answers.

5. If you got it wrong, try another.

6. Briefly review notes from previous units (you never know when those problems may reappear!).

7. Come in for help if needed. (Review session in Room 203 on Tuesday afternoon.)

Study Sheet for Chapter 2 Test

1. Look through your homework and/or the textbook to find a problem for each topic.
2. Rate your knowledge of each topic using the following scale:

1 – I could teach this topic to someone else.

2 – I need to practice this topic on my own.
3 – I need some help from someone else on this topic.
4 – I don’t remember this topic at all.

Rating Topic Problem

2-3: Functions
- Determine if a relation is a function
o From a set of points
o From a graph/equation
- Find domain and range
2-4: Function Operations
- Addition
- Subtraction
- Multiplication
- Division
- Composition
2-5: Inverses of Functions
- Find the inverse of a function
o From a set of points
o From an equation
- Use a graph to determine if the inverse of a relation is
a function
2-6: Graphing Special Functions
- Piecewise
- Absolute Value
2-7: Transformations
- Analyze an equation
- Write an equation
Algebra II

Some helpful reminders…

- Addition – Remember to group like terms
- Subtraction – Don’t forget to distribute the negative!
- Multiplication – Remember to distribute or FOIL
- Division – Don’t forget the domain restriction
- Composition – This is substitution, NOT multiplication

- Piecewise functions are separate pieces – they will only connect if two pieces share
an endpoint – don’t draw random lines to connect them
- Piecewise functions cover the domain – they shouldn’t cross each other

- If you can’t remember what the transformation does, try graphing the parent
function and the new function on your calculator.


Multiplication Properties Zero and Negative Exponents

Any nonzero number

When multiplying two
raised to the “0” power
bases that are the same,
is equal to __________
you _______________
Ex: (2x)0 = ______
Ex: x9 • x6 • x2 = _____

When raising a power to How do negative exponents

another power you become positive?
__________ exponents ______________________
Ex: (x2 )5 = _______ ____________________
To find the power of a ____________________
product you ____________ ____________________
the exponent. __

Ex: (2x2y5)3 =