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## MTEL General Curriculum Mathematics Practice

Question 1 |

#### The "houses" below are made of toothpicks and gum drops.

#### How many toothpicks are there in a row of 53 houses?

## 212Hint: Can the number of toothpicks be even? | |

## 213Hint: One way to see this is that every new "house" adds 4 toothpicks to the leftmost vertical toothpick -- so the total number is 1 plus 4 times the number of "houses." There are many other ways to look at the problem too. | |

## 217Hint: Try your strategy with a smaller number of "houses" so you can count and find your mistake. | |

## 265Hint: Remember that the "houses" overlap some walls. |

Question 2 |

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

#### Which of the following is a correct equation for the graph of the line depicted above?

\( \large y=-\dfrac{1}{2}x+2\) Hint: The slope is -1/2 and the y-intercept is 2. You can also try just plugging in points. For example, this is the only choice that gives y=1 when x=2. | |

\( \large 4x=2y\) Hint: This line goes through (0,0); the graph above does not. | |

\( \large y=x+2\) Hint: The line pictured has negative slope. | |

\( \large y=-x+2\) Hint: Try plugging x=4 into this equation and see if that point is on the graph above. |

Question 3 |

#### 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 4 |

#### How many factors does 80 have?

\( \large8\) Hint: Don't forget 1 and 80. | |

\( \large9\) Hint: Only perfect squares have an odd number of factors -- otherwise factors come in pairs. | |

\( \large10\) Hint: 1,2,4,5,8,10,16,20,40,80 | |

\( \large12\) Hint: Did you count a number twice? Include a number that isn't a factor? |

Question 5 |

#### Which of the following is equivalent to \( \dfrac{3}{4}-\dfrac{1}{8}+\dfrac{2}{8}\times \dfrac{1}{2}?\)

\( \large \dfrac{7}{16}\) Hint: Multiplication comes before addition and subtraction in the order of operations. | |

\( \large \dfrac{1}{2}\) Hint: Addition and subtraction are of equal priority in the order of operations -- do them left to right. | |

\( \large \dfrac{3}{4}\) Hint: \( \dfrac{3}{4}-\dfrac{1}{8}+\dfrac{2}{8}\times \dfrac{1}{2}\)=\( \dfrac{3}{4}-\dfrac{1}{8}+\dfrac{1}{8}\)=\( \dfrac{3}{4}+-\dfrac{1}{8}+\dfrac{1}{8}\)=\( \dfrac{3}{4}\) | |

\( \large \dfrac{3}{16}\) Hint: Multiplication comes before addition and subtraction in the order of operations. |

Question 6 |

#### Which of the numbers below is not equivalent to 4%?

\( \large \dfrac{1}{25}\) Hint: 1/25=4/100, so this is equal to 4% (be sure you read the question correctly). | |

\( \large \dfrac{4}{100}\) Hint: 4/100=4% (be sure you read the question correctly). | |

\( \large 0.4\) Hint: 0.4=40% so this is not equal to 4% | |

\( \large 0.04\) Hint: 0.04=4/100, so this is equal to 4% (be sure you read the question correctly). |

Question 7 |

#### 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 8 |

#### Use the table below to answer the question that follows:

#### Gordon wants to buy three pounds of nuts. Each of the stores above ordinarily sells the nuts for $4.99 a pound, but is offering a discount this week. At which store can he buy the nuts for the least amount of money?

## Store AHint: This would save about $2.50. You can quickly see that D saves more. | |

## Store BHint: This saves 15% and C saves 25%. | |

## Store C | |

## Store DHint: This is about 20% off, which is less of a discount than C. |

Question 9 |

#### The polygon depicted below is drawn on dot paper, with the dots spaced 1 unit apart. What is the perimeter of the polygon?

\( \large 18+\sqrt{2} \text{ units}\) Hint: Be careful with the Pythagorean Theorem. | |

\( \large 18+2\sqrt{2}\text{ units}\) Hint: There are 13 horizontal or vertical 1 unit segments. The longer diagonal is the hypotenuse of a 3-4-5 right triangle, so its length is 5 units. The shorter diagonal is the hypotenuse of a 45-45-90 right triangle with side 2, so its hypotenuse has length \(2 \sqrt{2}\). | |

\( \large 18 \text{ units}
\) Hint: Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the lengths of the diagonal segments. | |

\( \large 20 \text{ units}\) Hint: Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the lengths of the diagonal segments. |

Question 10 |

#### 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! |

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