### Friday Quiz

I dropped by Fairfax High after school yesterday to visit with the Varsity Math League. It was not a lively gathering of math enthusiasts, more like a library. A few dozen students were hunched over their desks, chewing on pencil...

By Michael Alison Chandler | February 20, 2009; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (2)

### Friday Quiz, Take 9

This quiz is brought to you by Steve Ingrassia, a teacher at Fairfax High who is always looking for new ways to engage his Algebra I class. When I visited his class last week, I was a little surprised to...

By Michael Alison Chandler | February 13, 2009; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

These questions come from a survey developed through the W.M. Keck Statistical Literacy Project. It focuses on the use of numbers in every day situations. 1. True or False. If a stock decreases 50 percent and then increases by 50...

By Michael Alison Chandler | February 6, 2009; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

### Do You Dream of Factoring?

Factoring is one of the most important skills that students learn in algebra. My teacher at Fairfax High told the class: "You will practice factoring until you are dreaming of factoring!" For today's Friday quiz see if you can you...

By Washington Post Editors | January 30, 2009; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (9)

### Friday Quiz, Take Six

Students in Fairfax just finished retaking the statewide Standards of Learning tests. This round of exams is for kids who recently moved to Virginia or who failed the first time around. For a glimpse of the kinds of Algebra II...

By Washington Post Editors | January 16, 2009; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

### Friday Quiz!

The inauguration is fast upon us -- and any reader of our newspaper has been well briefed on the logistics! In keeping with our close coverage of the event, I bring you this quiz from MATHCOUNTS, a national math competition...

By Michael Alison Chandler | January 9, 2009; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

### Friday Quiz, Number Four

Happy Friday. Our word problem today was submitted by Tommy Kirkman, who describes himself as "someone who loves mathematics and wants to expose its beauty and utility and FUN to others." Kirkman lives in Maryland (somewhere between Washington and Baltimore!)...

By Michael Alison Chandler | December 19, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

### Does Michael Make the Grade?

Take a look at a few of Michael's graded algebra quizzes. Think she's a math whiz, or could you have scored better? A Factoring Quiz Your browser does not support iframes. Testing Quadrants Your browser does not support iframes. More...

By Washington Post Editors | December 12, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

### Friday Quiz, Take 3

This week's quiz question comes from Gene Gartner, a Madison, Va resident and a former high school math teacher. Before teaching, he spent 25 years in the business world. Mr. Gartner wrote, "I am a big believer in that kids...

By Michael Alison Chandler | December 11, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

### Friday Quiz, Take 2

Here's a word problem to keep you on your toes today. This one is coming to you from McDougal Littell. Yes, my textbook. A man has 90ยข in quarters, dimes, and nickels. Half the coins are nickels, and a fourth...

By Michael Alison Chandler | December 5, 2008; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

### Friday Quiz, Take I

To keep people sharp on the last day of the week, I'm launching a Friday quiz. Each week, I'll offer a few problems from my class. This is a chance for some of you to see what you remember from...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 21, 2008; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (7)

### Test Today, Plus Interim Grades

Test was on absolute value functions (equations, inequalities, graphs, piecewise functions, and step functions). I didn't think it was very tough, but I should not jinx myself. For those of you who want to flex your algebra muscles again, here...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 7, 2008; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (6)

### Marathon Math...Word problem

Over the weekend I ran the Marine Corps Marathon -- 26.2 miles through Arlington, Georgetown, Haynes Point, the National Mall, the 14th Street Bridge, Crystal City, and finally the Iwo Jima Memorial. It was a gorgeous day to spend clogging...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 28, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (20)