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## MTEL General Curriculum Mathematics Practice

Question 1 |

#### The histogram below shows the number of pairs of footware owned by a group of college students.

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

## The median number of pairs of footware owned is between 50 and 60 pairs.Hint: The same number of data points are less than the median as are greater than the median -- but on this histogram, clearly more than half the students own less than 50 pairs of shoes, so the median is less than 50. | |

## The mode of the number of pairs of footware owned is 20.Hint: The mode is the most common number of pairs of footwear owned. We can't tell it from this histogram because each bar represents 10 different numbers-- perhaps 8 students each own each number from 10 to 19, but 40 students own exactly 6 pairs of shoes.... or perhaps not.... | |

## The mean number of pairs of footware owned is less than the median number of pairs of footware owned.Hint: This is a right skewed distribution, and so the mean is bigger than the median -- the few large values on the right pull up the mean, but have little effect on the median. | |

## The median number of pairs of footware owned is between 10 and 20.Hint: There are approximately 230 students represented in this survey, and the 41st through 120th lowest values are between 10 and 20 -- thus the middle value is in that range. |

Question 2 |

#### Here are some statements:

#### I) 5 is an integer II)\( -5 \) is an integer III) \(0\) is an integer

#### Which of the statements are true?

## I only | |

## I and II only | |

## I and III only | |

## I, II, and IIIHint: The integers are ...-3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, .... |

Question 3 |

#### In each expression below N represents a negative integer. Which expression could have a negative value?

\( \large {{N}^{2}}\) Hint: Squaring always gives a non-negative value. | |

\( \large 6-N\) Hint: A story problem for this expression is, if it was 6 degrees out at noon and N degrees out at sunrise, by how many degrees did the temperature rise by noon? Since N is negative, the answer to this question has to be positive, and more than 6. | |

\( \large -N\) Hint: If N is negative, then -N is positive | |

\( \large 6+N\) Hint: For example, if \(N=-10\), then \(6+N = -4\) |

Question 4 |

#### What set of transformations will transform the leftmost image into the rightmost image?

## A 90 degree clockwise rotation about (2,1) followed by a translation of two units to the right.Hint: Part of the figure would move below the x-axis with these transformations. | |

## A translation 3 units up, followed by a reflection about the line y=x.Hint: See what happens to the point (5,1) under this set of transformations. | |

## A 90 degree clockwise rotation about (5,1), followed by a translation of 2 units up. | |

## A 90 degree clockwise rotation about (2,1) followed by a translation of 2 units to the right.Hint: See what happens to the point (3,3) under this set of transformations. |

Question 5 |

#### 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 6 |

#### Which of the following is not possible?

## An equiangular triangle that is not equilateral.Hint: The AAA property of triangles states that all triangles with corresponding angles congruent are similar. Thus all triangles with three equal angles are similar, and are equilateral. | |

## An equiangular quadrilateral that is not equilateral.Hint: A rectangle is equiangular (all angles the same measure), but if it's not a square, it's not equilateral (all sides the same length). | |

## An equilateral quadrilateral that is not equiangular.Hint: This rhombus has equal sides, but it doesn't have equal angles: | |

## An equiangular hexagon that is not equilateral.Hint: This hexagon has equal angles, but it doesn't have equal sides: |

Question 7 |

#### There are 15 students for every teacher. Let t represent the number of teachers and let s represent the number of students. Which of the following equations is correct?

\( \large t=s+15\) Hint: When there are 2 teachers, how many students should there be? Do those values satisfy this equation? | |

\( \large s=t+15\) Hint: When there are 2 teachers, how many students should there be? Do those values satisfy this equation? | |

\( \large t=15s\) Hint: This is a really easy mistake to make, which comes from transcribing directly from English, "1 teachers equals 15 students." To see that it's wrong, plug in s=2; do you really need 30 teachers for 2 students? To avoid this mistake, insert the word "number," "Number of teachers equals 15 times number of students" is more clearly problematic. | |

\( \large s=15t\) |

Question 8 |

#### What is the length of side \(\overline{BD}\) in the triangle below, where \(\angle DBA\) is a right angle?

\( \large 1\) Hint: Use the Pythagorean Theorem. | |

\( \large \sqrt{5}\) Hint: \(2^2+e^2=3^2\) or \(4+e^2=9;e^2=5; e=\sqrt{5}\). | |

\( \large \sqrt{13}\) Hint: e is not the hypotenuse. | |

\( \large 5\) Hint: Use the Pythagorean Theorem. |

Question 9 |

#### 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 10 |

#### The table below gives data from various years on how many young girls drank milk.

#### Based on the data given above, what was the probability that a randomly chosen girl in 1990 drank milk?

\( \large \dfrac{502}{1222}\) Hint: This is the probability that a randomly chosen girl who drinks milk was in the 1989-1991 food survey. | |

\( \large \dfrac{502}{2149}\) Hint: This is the probability that a randomly chosen girl from the whole survey drank milk and was also surveyed in 1989-1991. | |

\( \large \dfrac{502}{837}\) | |

\( \large \dfrac{1222}{2149}\) Hint: This is the probability that a randomly chosen girl from any year of the survey drank milk. |

Question 11 |

#### Aya and Kendra want to estimate the height of a tree. On a sunny day, Aya measures Kendra's shadow as 3 meters long, and Kendra measures the tree's shadow as 15 meters long. Kendra is 1.5 meters tall. How tall is the tree?

## 7.5 metersHint: Here is a picture, note that the large and small right triangles are similar: One way to do the problem is to note that there is a dilation (scale) factor of 5 on the shadows, so there must be that factor on the heights too. Another way is to note that the shadows are twice as long as the heights. | |

## 22.5 metersHint: Draw a picture. | |

## 30 metersHint: Draw a picture. | |

## 45 metersHint: Draw a picture. |

Question 12 |

#### Here is a mental math strategy for computing 26 x 16:

#### Step 1: 100 x 16 = 1600

#### Step 2: 25 x 16 = 1600 ÷· 4 = 400

#### Step 3: 26 x 16 = 400 + 16 = 416

#### Which property best justifies Step 3 in this strategy?

## Commutative Property.Hint: For addition, the commutative property is \(a+b=b+a\) and for multiplication it's \( a \times b = b \times a\). | |

## Associative Property.Hint: For addition, the associative property is \((a+b)+c=a+(b+c)\) and for multiplication it's \((a \times b) \times c=a \times (b \times c)\) | |

## Identity Property.Hint: 0 is the additive identity, because \( a+0=a\) and 1 is the multiplicative identity because \(a \times 1=a\). The phrase "identity property" is not standard. | |

## Distributive Property.Hint: \( (25+1) \times 16 = 25 \times 16 + 1 \times 16 \). This is an example of the distributive property of multiplication over addition. |

Question 13 |

#### A class is using base-ten block to represent numbers. A large cube represents 1000, a flat represents 100, a rod represents 10, and a little cube represents 1. Which of these is not a correct representation for 2,347?

## 23 flats, 4 rods, 7 little cubesHint: Be sure you read the question carefully: 2300+40+7=2347 | |

## 2 large cubes, 3 flats, 47 rodsHint: 2000+300+470 \( \neq\) 2347 | |

## 2 large cubes, 34 rods, 7 little cubesHint: Be sure you read the question carefully: 2000+340+7=2347 | |

## 2 large cubes, 3 flats, 4 rods, 7 little cubesHint: Be sure you read the question carefully: 2000+300+40+7=2347 |

Question 14 |

#### 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 15 |

#### Which of the following inequalities describes all values of x with \(\large \dfrac{x}{2}\le \dfrac{x}{3}\)?

\( \large x < 0\) Hint: If x =0, then x/2 = x/3, so this answer can't be correct. | |

\( \large x \le 0\) | |

\( \large x > 0\) Hint: If x =0, then x/2 = x/3, so this answer can't be correct. | |

\( \large x \ge 0\) Hint: Try plugging in x = 6. |

Question 16 |

#### 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 17 |

#### Which of the lists below is in order from least to greatest value?

\( \large \dfrac{1}{2},\quad \dfrac{1}{3},\quad \dfrac{1}{4},\quad \dfrac{1}{5}\) Hint: This is ordered from greatest to least. | |

\( \large \dfrac{1}{3},\quad \dfrac{2}{7},\quad \dfrac{3}{8},\quad \dfrac{4}{11}\) Hint: 1/3 = 2/6 is bigger than 2/7. | |

\( \large \dfrac{1}{4},\quad \dfrac{2}{5},\quad \dfrac{2}{3},\quad \dfrac{4}{5}\) Hint: One way to look at this: 1/4 and 2/5 are both less than 1/2, and 2/3 and 4/5 are both greater than 1/2. 1/4 is 25% and 2/5 is 40%, so 2/5 is greater. The distance from 2/3 to 1 is 1/3 and from 4/5 to 1 is 1/5, and 1/5 is less than 1/3, so 4/5 is bigger. | |

\( \large \dfrac{7}{8},\quad \dfrac{6}{7},\quad \dfrac{5}{6},\quad \dfrac{4}{5}\) Hint: This is in order from greatest to least. |

Question 18 |

#### The chairs in a large room can be arranged in rows of 18, 25, or 60 with no chairs left over. If C is the smallest possible number of chairs in the room, which of the following inequalities does C satisfy?

\( \large C\le 300\) Hint: Find the LCM. | |

\( \large 300 < C \le 500 \) Hint: Find the LCM. | |

\( \large 500 < C \le 700 \) Hint: Find the LCM. | |

\( \large C>700\) Hint: The LCM is 900, which is the smallest number of chairs. |

Question 19 |

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

#### Each number in the table above represents a value W that is determined by the values of x and y. For example, when x=3 and y=1, W=5. What is the value of W when x=9 and y=14? Assume that the patterns in the table continue as shown.

\( \large W=-5\) Hint: When y is even, W is even. | |

\( \large W=4\) Hint: Note that when x increases by 1, W increases by 2, and when y increases by 1, W decreases by 1. At x=y=0, W=0, so at x=9, y=14, W has increased by \(9 \times 2\) and decreased by 14, or W=18-14=4. | |

\( \large W=6\) Hint: Try fixing x or y at 0, and start by finding W for x=0 y=14 or x=9, y=0. | |

\( \large W=32\) Hint: Try fixing x or y at 0, and start by finding W for x=0 y=14 or x=9, y=0. |

Question 20 |

#### The histogram below shows the frequency of a class's scores on a 4 question quiz.

#### What was the mean score on the quiz?

\( \large 2.75\) Hint: There were 20 students who took the quiz. Total points earned: \(2 \times 1+6 \times 2+ 7\times 3+5 \times 4=55\), and 55/20 = 2.75. | |

\( \large 2\) Hint: How many students are there total? Did you count them all? | |

\( \large 3\) Hint: How many students are there total? Did you count them all? Be sure you're finding the mean, not the median or the mode. | |

\( \large 2.5\) Hint: How many students are there total? Did you count them all? Don't just take the mean of 1, 2, 3, 4 -- you have to weight them properly. |

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