## SJCU-Inequality of Wealth articles

In SJCU, we’re continuing our “Inequality of Wealth” unit. Our last class included a discussion about the homework assignment, “Too Many Inequities Persist in King County.” Students had many insightful observations, questions, and solutions for these inequities highlighted.

The class then divided into three groups and read the following articles around education, gender, and race related to pay. Our next class will include student presentations about their findings.

Pay and Education

Earnings and Unemployment Based on Education Attained (graph) (2013)

Pay and Gender

Pay Equity & Discrimination (Institute for Women’s Policy Research)

Pay and Race

Wealth Gap Among Races Has Widened Since Recession (2013)

## Systems of Equations For Real

In math, we are currently learning how to solve a system of equations, when two things happen at the same time.  For example, if you have two cell phone plans, determining which is the better deal and under what conditions? I gave math groups a two part project to practice. The first part was a real life problem I encountered trying to decide how my family was going to purchase a family cell plan. This problem includes weighing various factors and variables: data plans, phone costs, leasing or buying a phone, and determining how much each person should pay for their portion of the plan. The second part was comparing three different plans with a base price for the plan and a plan per minute of talking (old school cell plans). Which plan is the best deal? Under what circumstances? Can you show your answer visually and using algebra? Students are expected to explain their answers with calculations and explain in writing why they ran those calculations and what they determined. The focus is on making sense of systems of equations type problems and applying them to real-life contexts.

Cell Phone rubric

cell phone problem

Cell Phone problem part 2

## Mission Physical Challenge

T-7 Days to liftoff! Today, students participated in the Mission Physical Challenge which included various physical and team tests. Candidates were asked to do pushups, burpees, jumping jacks and run the perimeter of the park to warm up. Then, teams engaged in a variety of team relay challenges including a tennis ball bucket toss, egg toss, egg/spoon relay, and hockey relay. It was a great final kickoff to Mission!

## Extra Math Practice – SOE (Equal Values Method and Substitution Method)

In case you are looking for more practice on the two System of Equations methods we have covered so far, these videos might be a good way to review.
And, here is a practice set of problems with examples. Focus on Pages 28-32 as they are specifically on Equal Values Method and Substitution method.