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## MTEL General Curriculum Mathematics Practice

Question 1 |

I. \(\large \dfrac{1}{2}+\dfrac{1}{3}\) | II. \( \large .400000\) | III. \(\large\dfrac{1}{5}+\dfrac{1}{5}\) |

IV. \( \large 40\% \) | V. \( \large 0.25 \) | VI. \(\large\dfrac{14}{35}\) |

#### Which of the lists below includes all of the above expressions that are equivalent to \( \dfrac{2}{5}\)?

## I, III, V, VIHint: I and V are not at all how fractions and decimals work. | |

## III, VIHint: These are right, but there are more. | |

## II, III, VIHint: These are right, but there are more. | |

## II, III, IV, VI |

Question 2 |

#### The expression \( \large{{8}^{3}}\cdot {{2}^{-10}}\) is equal to which of the following?

\( \large 2\) Hint: Write \(8^3\) as a power of 2. | |

\( \large \dfrac{1}{2}\) Hint: \(8^3 \cdot {2}^{-10}={(2^3)}^3 \cdot {2}^{-10}\) =\(2^9 \cdot {2}^{-10} =2^{-1}\) | |

\( \large 16\) Hint: Write \(8^3\) as a power of 2. | |

\( \large \dfrac{1}{16}\) Hint: Write \(8^3\) as a power of 2. |

Question 3 |

#### Taxicab fares in Boston (Spring 2012) are $2.60 for the first \(\dfrac{1}{7}\) of a mile or less and $0.40 for each \(\dfrac{1}{7}\) of a mile after that.

#### Let d represent the distance a passenger travels in miles (with \(d>\dfrac{1}{7}\)). Which of the following expressions represents the total fare?

\( \large \$2.60+\$0.40d\) Hint: It's 40 cents for 1/7 of a mile, not per mile. | |

\( \large \$2.60+\$0.40\dfrac{d}{7}\) Hint: According to this equation, going 7 miles would cost $3; does that make sense? | |

\( \large \$2.20+\$2.80d\) Hint: You can think of the fare as $2.20 to enter the cab, and then $0.40 for each 1/7 of a mile, including the first 1/7 of a mile (or $2.80 per mile).
Alternatively, you pay $2.60 for the first 1/7 of a mile, and then $2.80 per mile for d-1/7 miles. The total is 2.60+2.80(d-1/7) = 2.60+ 2.80d -.40 = 2.20+2.80d. | |

\( \large \$2.60+\$2.80d\) Hint: Don't count the first 1/7 of a mile twice. |

Question 4 |

#### A solution requires 4 ml of saline for every 7 ml of medicine. How much saline would be required for 50 ml of medicine?

\( \large 28 \dfrac{4}{7}\) ml Hint: 49 ml of medicine requires 28 ml of saline. The extra ml of saline requires 4 ml saline/ 7 ml medicine = 4/7 ml saline per 1 ml medicine. | |

\( \large 28 \dfrac{1}{4}\) ml Hint: 49 ml of medicine requires 28 ml of saline. How much saline does the extra ml require? | |

\( \large 28 \dfrac{1}{7}\) ml Hint: 49 ml of medicine requires 28 ml of saline. How much saline does the extra ml require? | |

\( \large 87.5\) ml Hint: 49 ml of medicine requires 28 ml of saline. How much saline does the extra ml require? |

Question 5 |

#### Here is a student's work solving an equation:

#### \( x-4=-2x+6\)

#### \( x-4+4=-2x+6+4\)

#### \( x=-2x+10\)

#### \( x-2x=10\)

#### \( x=10\)

#### Which of the following statements is true?

## The student‘s solution is correct.Hint: Try plugging into the original solution. | |

## The student did not correctly use properties of equality.Hint: After \( x=-2x+10\), the student subtracted 2x on the left and added 2x on the right. | |

## The student did not correctly use the distributive property.Hint: Distributive property is \(a(b+c)=ab+ac\). | |

## The student did not correctly use the commutative property.Hint: Commutative property is \(a+b=b+a\) or \(ab=ba\). |

Question 6 |

#### Which of the following is equivalent to

#### \( \large A-B+C\div D\times E\)?

\( \large A-B-\dfrac{C}{DE}
\) Hint: In the order of operations, multiplication and division have the same priority, so do them left to right; same with addition and subtraction. | |

\( \large A-B+\dfrac{CE}{D}\) Hint: In practice, you're better off using parentheses than writing an expression like the one in the question. The PEMDAS acronym that many people memorize is misleading. Multiplication and division have equal priority and are done left to right. They have higher priority than addition and subtraction. Addition and subtraction also have equal priority and are done left to right. | |

\( \large \dfrac{AE-BE+CE}{D}\) Hint: Use order of operations, don't just compute left to right. | |

\( \large A-B+\dfrac{C}{DE}\) Hint: In the order of operations, multiplication and division have the same priority, so do them left to right |

Question 7 |

#### Some children explored the diagonals in 2 x 2 squares on pages of a calendar (where all four squares have numbers in them). They conjectured that the sum of the diagonals is always equal; in the example below, 8+16=9+15.

#### Which of the equations below could best be used to explain why the children's conjecture is correct?

\( \large 8x+16x=9x+15x\) Hint: What would x represent in this case? Make sure you can describe in words what x represents. | |

\( \large x+(x+2)=(x+1)+(x+1)\) Hint: What would x represent in this case? Make sure you can describe in words what x represents. | |

\( \large x+(x+8)=(x+1)+(x+7)\) Hint: x is the number in the top left square, x+8 is one below and to the right, x+1 is to the right of x, and x+7 is below x. | |

\( \large x+8+16=x+9+15\) Hint: What would x represent in this case? Make sure you can describe in words what x represents. |

Question 8 |

#### In January 2011, the national debt was about 14 trillion dollars and the US population was about 300 million people. Someone reading these figures estimated that the national debt was about $5,000 per person. Which of these statements best describes the reasonableness of this estimate?

## It is too low by a factor of 10Hint: 14 trillion \( \approx 15 \times {{10}^{12}} \) and 300 million \( \approx 3 \times {{10}^{8}}\), so the true answer is about \( 5 \times {{10}^{4}} \) or $50,000. | |

## It is too low by a factor of 100 | |

## It is too high by a factor of 10 | |

## It is too high by a factor of 100 |

Question 9 |

#### Here is a number trick:

#### 1) Pick a whole number

#### 2) Double your number.

#### 3) Add 20 to the above result.

#### 4) Multiply the above by 5

#### 5) Subtract 100

#### 6) Divide by 10

#### The result is always the number that you started with! Suppose you start by picking N. Which of the equations below best demonstrates that the result after Step 6 is also N?

\( \large N*2+20*5-100\div 10=N\) Hint: Use parentheses or else order of operations is off. | |

\( \large \left( \left( 2*N+20 \right)*5-100 \right)\div 10=N\) | |

\( \large \left( N+N+20 \right)*5-100\div 10=N\) Hint: With this answer you would subtract 10, instead of subtracting 100 and then dividing by 10. | |

\( \large \left( \left( \left( N\div 10 \right)-100 \right)*5+20 \right)*2=N\) Hint: This answer is quite backwards. |

Question 10 |

#### The picture below represents a board with pegs on it, where the closest distance between two pegs is 1 cm. What is the area of the pentagon shown?

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