**Journal Entry 9/24: Quadratic Formula**

1. When would you use the quadratic formual instead of factoring?

2. What is the quadratic formula?

3. What does +- mean?

**Journal Entry 9/23: Quadratic Equations**

** **1. Why do we set quadratic equation =0?

2. Does a quadratic equation ALWAYS have to have 2 different roots?

3. Do the roots of a quadratic equation have to be integers?

**Journal Entry 9/21: Factor Trinomials**

1. What are the steps to factor trinomials?

2. Ms. Varano factored x^{2}+5x-4 as (x+4)(x+1) because 4(1)=4 and 4+1=5. Do you agree with Ms. Varano? Explain why or why not.

**Journal Entry 9/17: Factor Polynomials **

1. How do you factor “difference of perfect squares”?

2. Explain why a factor has to be common to all parts of a polynomial to pull it out.

3. Factor completely 8x^{3}-18x

**Journal Entry 9/16: Equations with inequalities **

** 1. What is different when solving inequalities? **

2. Explain the “thumbs up, thumbs down” method.

**Journal Entry 9/15: Unit 1 Pretest **

1. What standards were easiest for me?

2. What standards were hardest for me?

3. What are the steps for solving absolute value equation?

**Journal Entry 9/13:**

**Why are goals important?**

1. Why are goals important?

2. Why should I evaluate my goals often?

3. What is my math goal for this year?