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Choosing a Cell Phone Plan (Verizon)
The Make It Real Learning Linear Functions I workbook focuses on realworld situations that may be effectively modeled by linear equations. This book is suitable for both algebra 1 and algebra 2 students.
Whether choosing a cell phone plan or downloading music, learners will discover how to use linear functions to help them become better informed consumers. Each activity integrates real world information, companies, and issues (e.g. Yahoo!, TMobile, life spans, WIC, making money), not just "realistic" data.
There are multiple ways to use the activities of the book in a teaching environment. The activities are an excellent tool for stimulating mathematical discussions in a small group setting. Due to the challenging nature of each activity, group members are motivated to brainstorm problem solving strategies together. The interesting real world contexts motivate them to want to solve the problems. The activities may also be used for individual projects and classwide discussions.
As a readyresource for teachers, the workbook also includes completely workedout solutions for each activity. To make it easier for teachers to assess student work, the solutions are included on a duplicate copy of each activity.
Activity Title  Mathematical Objectives 

Choosing a Cell Phone Plan  TMobile: Investigating Linear Functions 
Create and evaluate linear function models Solve linear equations Use quantitative analysis to make a consumer decision 
Choosing a Cell Phone Plan  Verizon: Investigating Linear Equations 
Create and evaluate linear function models Solve linear equations Use quantitative analysis to make a consumer decision 
College Graduates  Michigan: Using Linear Function Models 
Interpret the realworld meaning of the slope of a line Solve linear equations and graph linear functions Find the point of intersection of two lines 
Converting Temperatures: Solving Linear Equations 
Evaluate a linear function and solve a linear equation Find the inverse of a linear function Create formulas to estimate unknown values 
Government Nutrition Program  Alaska: Linear Function Modeling 
Calculate an average rate of change Create a linear model Evaluate a linear function symbolically and graphically 
Government Nutrition Program  Hawaii: Linear Function Modeling 
Calculate an average rate of change Create a linear model Evaluate a linear function symbolically and graphically 
Government Nutrition Program: Linear Function Modeling 
Calculate an average rate of change Create a linear model Evaluate a linear function symbolically and graphically 
Longer Life Spans: Using Linear Function Models 
Determine what type of function best fits a scatter plot Use regression to find a linear model Interpret the practical meaning of the slope of a linear function Solve a linear equation and interpret the meaning of the result 
Making Money: Working with Direct Proportionality 
Create and graph a linear function model Determine if two quantities are directly proportional Compose two linear functions Use numerical results to make informed consumer decisions 
Yahoo! Music Downloads: Working with Linear Equations 
Determine the domain of a function Create a system of linear equations Interpret the practical meaning of a point of intersection Solve a system of equations 
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