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## MTEL General Curriculum Mathematics Practice

Question 1 |

#### The expression \( \large {{7}^{-4}}\cdot {{8}^{-6}}\) is equal to which of the following?

\( \large \dfrac{8}{{{\left( 56 \right)}^{4}}}\) Hint: The bases are whole numbers, and the exponents are negative. How can the numerator be 8? | |

\( \large \dfrac{64}{{{\left( 56 \right)}^{4}}}\) Hint: The bases are whole numbers, and the exponents are negative. How can the numerator be 64? | |

\( \large \dfrac{1}{8\cdot {{\left( 56 \right)}^{4}}}\) Hint: \(8^{-6}=8^{-4} \times 8^{-2}\) | |

\( \large \dfrac{1}{64\cdot {{\left( 56 \right)}^{4}}}\) |

Question 2 |

#### Use the expression below to answer the question that follows.

#### \( \large 3\times {{10}^{4}}+2.2\times {{10}^{2}}\)

#### Which of the following is closest to the expression above?

## Five millionHint: Pay attention to the exponents. Adding 3 and 2 doesn't work because they have different place values. | |

## Fifty thousandHint: Pay attention to the exponents. Adding 3 and 2 doesn't work because they have different place values. | |

## Three millionHint: Don't add the exponents. | |

## Thirty thousandHint: \( 3\times {{10}^{4}} = 30,000;\) the other term is much smaller and doesn't change the estimate. |

Question 3 |

#### A family on vacation drove the first 200 miles in 4 hours and the second 200 miles in 5 hours. Which expression below gives their average speed for the entire trip?

\( \large \dfrac{200+200}{4+5}\) Hint: Average speed is total distance divided by total time. | |

\( \large \left( \dfrac{200}{4}+\dfrac{200}{5} \right)\div 2\) Hint: This seems logical, but the problem is that it weights the first 4 hours and the second 5 hours equally, when each hour should get the same weight in computing the average speed. | |

\( \large \dfrac{200}{4}+\dfrac{200}{5} \) Hint: This would be an average of 90 miles per hour! | |

\( \large \dfrac{400}{4}+\dfrac{400}{5} \) Hint: This would be an average of 180 miles per hour! Even a family of race car drivers probably doesn't have that average speed on a vacation! |

Question 4 |

#### Use the solution procedure below to answer the question that follows:

#### \( \large {\left( x+3 \right)}^{2}=10\)

#### \( \large \left( x+3 \right)\left( x+3 \right)=10\)

#### \( \large {x}^{2}+9=10\)

#### \( \large {x}^{2}+9-9=10-9\)

#### \( \large {x}^{2}=1\)

#### \( \large x=1\text{ or }x=-1\)

#### Which of the following is incorrect in the procedure shown above?

## The commutative property is used incorrectly.Hint: The commutative property is \(a+b=b+a\) or \(ab=ba\). | |

## The associative property is used incorrectly.Hint: The associative property is \(a+(b+c)=(a+b)+c\) or
\(a \times (b \times c)=(a \times b) \times c\). | |

## Order of operations is done incorrectly. | |

## The distributive property is used incorrectly.Hint: \((x+3)(x+3)=x(x+3)+3(x+3)\)=\(x^2+3x+3x+9.\) |

Question 5 |

#### The prime factorization of n can be written as n=pqr, where p, q, and r are distinct prime numbers. How many factors does n have, including 1 and itself?

\( \large3\) Hint: 1, p, q, r, and pqr are already 5, so this isn't enough. You might try plugging in p=2, q=3, and r=5 to help with this problem. | |

\( \large5\) Hint: Don't forget pq, etc. You might try plugging in p=2, q=3, and r=5 to help with this problem. | |

\( \large6\) Hint: You might try plugging in p=2, q=3, and r=5 to help with this problem. | |

\( \large8\) Hint: 1, p, q, r, pq, pr, qr, pqr. |

Question 6 |

#### The chart below gives percentiles for the number of sit-ups that boys of various ages can do in 60 seconds (source , June 24, 2011)

#### Which of the following statements can be inferred from the above chart?

## 95% of 12 year old boys can do 56 sit-ups in 60 seconds.Hint: The 95th percentile means that 95% of scores are less than or equal to 56, and 5% are greater than or equal to 56. | |

## At most 25% of 7 year old boys can do 19 or more sit-ups in 60 seconds.Hint: The 25th percentile means that 25% of scores are less than or equal to 19, and 75% are greater than or equal to 19. | |

## Half of all 13 year old boys can do less than 41 sit-ups in 60 seconds and half can do more than 41 sit-ups in 60 seconds.Hint: Close, but not quite. There's no accounting for boys who can do exactly 41 sit ups. Look at these data: 10, 20, 41, 41, 41, 41, 50, 60, 90. The median is 41, but more than half can do 41 or more. | |

## At least 75% of 16 year old boys can only do 51 or fewer sit-ups in 60 seconds.Hint: The "at least" is necessary due to duplicates. Suppose the data were 10, 20, 51, 51. The 75th percentile is 51, but 100% of the boys can only do 51 or fewer situps. |

Question 7 |

#### Kendra is trying to decide which fraction is greater, \( \dfrac{4}{7}\) or \( \dfrac{5}{8}\). Which of the following answers shows the best reasoning?

## \( \dfrac{4}{7}\) is \( \dfrac{3}{7}\)away from 1, and \( \dfrac{5}{8}\) is \( \dfrac{3}{8}\)away from 1. Since eighth‘s are smaller than seventh‘s, \( \dfrac{5}{8}\) is closer to 1, and is the greater of the two fractions. | |

## \( 7-4=3\) and \( 8-5=3\), so the fractions are equal.Hint: Not how to compare fractions. By this logic, 1/2 and 3/4 are equal, but 1/2 and 2/4 are not. | |

## \( 4\times 8=32\) and \( 7\times 5=35\). Since \( 32<35\) , \( \dfrac{5}{8}<\dfrac{4}{7}\)Hint: Starts out as something that works, but the conclusion is wrong. 4/7 = 32/56 and 5/8 = 35/56. The cross multiplication gives the numerators, and 35/56 is bigger. | |

## \( 4<5\) and \( 7<8\), so \( \dfrac{4}{7}<\dfrac{5}{8}\)Hint: Conclusion is correct, logic is wrong. With this reasoning, 1/2 would be less than 2/100,000. |

Question 8 |

#### Which of the numbers below is a fraction equivalent to \( 0.\bar{6}\)?

\( \large \dfrac{4}{6}\) Hint: \( 0.\bar{6}=\dfrac{2}{3}=\dfrac{4}{6}\) | |

\( \large \dfrac{3}{5}\) Hint: This is equal to 0.6, without the repeating decimal. Answer is equivalent to choice c, which is another way to tell that it's wrong. | |

\( \large \dfrac{6}{10}\) Hint: This is equal to 0.6, without the repeating decimal. Answer is equivalent to choice b, which is another way to tell that it's wrong. | |

\( \large \dfrac{1}{6}\) Hint: This is less than a half, and \( 0.\bar{6}\) is greater than a half. |

Question 9 |

#### What is the probability that two randomly selected people were born on the same day of the week? Assume that all days are equally probable.

\( \large \dfrac{1}{7}\) Hint: It doesn't matter what day the first person was born on. The probability that the second person will match is 1/7 (just designate one person the first and the other the second). Another way to look at it is that if you list the sample space of all possible pairs, e.g. (Wed, Sun), there are 49 such pairs, and 7 of them are repeats of the same day, and 7/49=1/7. | |

\( \large \dfrac{1}{14}\) Hint: What would be the sample space here? Ie, how would you list 14 things that you pick one from? | |

\( \large \dfrac{1}{42}\) Hint: If you wrote the seven days of the week on pieces of paper and put the papers in a jar, this would be the probability that the first person picked Sunday and the second picked Monday from the jar -- not the same situation. | |

\( \large \dfrac{1}{49}\) Hint: This is the probability that they are both born on a particular day, e.g. Sunday. |

Question 10 |

#### What is the mathematical name of the three-dimensional polyhedron depicted below?

## TetrahedronHint: All the faces of a tetrahedron are triangles. | |

## Triangular PrismHint: A prism has two congruent, parallel bases, connected by parallelograms (since this is a right prism, the parallelograms are rectangles). | |

## Triangular PyramidHint: A pyramid has one base, not two. | |

## TrigonHint: A trigon is a triangle (this is not a common term). |

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