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Topic: Alg2Trig exam
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Ryley David

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Registered: 12/3/04
RE: Alg2Trig exam
Posted: Jun 22, 2011 7:28 AM
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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: [] On Behalf Of k_wolpert []
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 6:48 PM
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: [] on behalf of Meg Clemens []
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 6:13 PM
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: [] On Behalf Of Jonathan
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 5:58 PM
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 <<>> 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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From:<> on behalf of Meg Clemens
Sent: Tue 6/21/2011 5:34 PM
Subject: Alg2Trig exam
Why doesn?t State Ed have extended hours to answer questions during the regents period? Perhaps you would like to add your two cents to the following:

#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.

Meg Clemens
Canton NY

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