The question is obviously flawed. A function only has an inverse if the inverse is a function. If they did not restrict the domain, then there technically is no inverse. I feel very strongly that they should accept all of the following answers: sqrt(x+6), -sqrt(x+6), plus or minus sqrt(x+6), and no inverse.
I will be calling today.
Dave Ryley Beacon HS ________________________________ From: firstname.lastname@example.org [email@example.com] On Behalf Of k_wolpert [firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 6:48 PM To: email@example.com Subject: RE: Alg2Trig exam
I called the state on #32 this afternoon and they said that I was the only one to complain. We strongly believe it is a flawed question (and answer). Please call-in tomorrow if you feel the same way my department and I feel. The number is 518-474-5900. I cannot imagine taking any credit off for a student who successfully argues that there is no inverse function of f(x)= x^2-6.
Kevin Wolpert Mathematics Department Head Saratoga Springs High School (518) 587-6690 ext. 3318 ________________________________ From: firstname.lastname@example.org [email@example.com] on behalf of Meg Clemens [firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 6:13 PM To: email@example.com Subject: RE: Alg2Trig exam
The key states + or ? (as a symbol) sqrt(x + 6). Just stating the positive sqrt only is a 1 point deduction on a 2 pt problem.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Jonathan Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 5:58 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Alg2Trig exam
I already alerted our principal that there is a major problem with 32. I have not yet seen the key. What were they looking for? "There is no inverse function"? or instructions to restrict the domain and THEN take the inverse? Hardly likely for a 2-pointer.
I have no confidence in the ability of NYSED to produce a good examination in mathematics.
Jonathan Halabi HS of American Studies the Bronx On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 5:49 PM, Harry Witkin <HWitkin@lbeach.org<mailto:HWitkin@lbeach.org>> wrote: I strongly agree with Meg's comment about #32; the answer must be a function!
Harry Witkin Long Beach Schools
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#16) 2 correct answers to a question! This is confusing for the students. How do you answer a student during the test who asks how to choose the right answer since both answers are equivalent? ?Use your best judgment? doesn?t seem appropriate.
#19) I know #3 is the least wrong but I think y = cos^-1 (x) implies a function and graph #3 does not have a restricted range.
#30) I?d like to give full credit to an equation with either y = x^2 ? 6x ? 27 or 0 = x^2 ? 6x ? 27.
>From NYS Glossary for A2T:
?root of an equation (A) (A2T) A solution to an equation of the form f(x) = 0.
Example: A root of the equation y = 6x ? 18 is 3 because when 3 is substituted in for x, the value of y = 0.
Example: The roots of [cid:image001.png@01CC303E.E04A8EF0] are [cid:image002.png@01CC303E.E04A8EF0] and[cid:image003.png@01CC303E.E04A8EF0]. The equation is true if we substitute either [cid:image002.png@01CC303E.E04A8EF0] or [cid:image003.png@01CC303E.E04A8EF0] into the equation.? #32) Doesn?t using f^-1(x) imply that answer should be a function? I think stating just one branch of the inverse of the parabola should be accepted. Really, there should be a stated domain restriction so it is clear which branch to choose.