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NEXT. INTRODUCTION. OPEN RESPONSE QUESTION FROM MCAS SPRING 2003 GRADE 10, #17.

OPEN RESPONSE QUESTION FROM MCAS SPRING 2003 GRADE 10, #17

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INTRODUCTION

The following is an “Open Response” question. It is important to practice these types of questions in preparat9ion for the state mandated MCAS. This exercise will help you walk through solving one of these questions. There are also some links to some web sites that might help you.

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BE SURE TO:

Read all parts of each question carefully.

Make each response as clear, complete and accurate as you can.

Check all your work! Did you answer the question?!?!

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Solve everyday problems that can be modeled using systems of linear equations or inequalities. Apply algebraic and graphical methods to the solutions.

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Larissa plans to select one of the two mobile phone services described in the chart below. Each of the two companies charges a fixed monthly fee plus an additional charge for each minute in excess of the free time allowance.

Larissa plans to use her mobile phone as her only phone and predicts that she will use it between 600 and 900 minutes per month. To find t, the total monthly charge for each company based on m minutes of phone use, Larissa wrote the two equations shown below.

Cellco: t = 35 + (m – 300)(0.08) for m 300

Firstfone:t = 22 + (m – 400)(0.15) for m 400

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Give this problem a try!!

Part B

HINT

Cellco: t = 35 + (m – 300)(0.08) for m 300

Firstfone:t = 22 + (m – 400)(0.15) for m 400

PART A: Which is the less expensive plan for 600 minutes of phone use per month? Show or explain how you obtained your answer.

move on to

I need a

Give this problem a try!!

Part B

HINT

Cellco: t = 35 + (m – 300)(0.08) for m 300

Firstfone:t = 22 + (m – 400)(0.15) for m 400

PART A: Which is the less expensive plan for 600 minutes of phone use per month? Show or explain how you obtained your answer.

- Remember that m is the number of minutes of phone use.
- Substitute into the equations.

Now try part B.

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Part C

HINT

Cellco: t = 35 + (m – 300)(0.08) for m 300

Firstfone:t = 22 + (m – 400)(0.15) for m 400

PART B: Which is the less expensive plan for 900 minutes of phone use per month? Show or explain how you obtained your answer.

Now try part B.

move on to

I need a

Part C

HINT

Cellco: t = 35 + (m – 300)(0.08) for m 300

Firstfone:t = 22 + (m – 400)(0.15) for m 400

PART B: Which is the less expensive plan for 900 minutes of phone use per month? Show or explain how you obtained your answer.

- Remember that m is the number of minutes of phone use.
- Substitute into the equations.

Part C is a bit tougher.

move on to

I need a

Part D

HINT

Cellco: t = 35 + (m – 300)(0.08) for m 300

Firstfone:t = 22 + (m – 400)(0.15) for m 400

Part C: Determine the number of minutes for which the monthly charges for the two companies would be exactly the same amount. Show or explain how you obtained your answer.

Part C is a bit tougher.

move on to

I need a

Part D

HINT

Cellco: t = 35 + (m – 300)(0.08) for m 300

Firstfone:t = 22 + (m – 400)(0.15) for m 400

Part C: Determine the number of minutes for which the monthly charges for the two companies would be exactly the same amount. Show or explain how you obtained your answer.

- Try setting the two equations equal to each other.
- If that doesn’t work, how about a table of values?

Finally, you're on part D.

I am all

I need a

DONE

HINT

Cellco: t = 35 + (m – 300)(0.08) for m 300

Firstfone:t = 22 + (m – 400)(0.15) for m 400

Part D: How can Larissa use the results of parts a, b and c to make her selection of a cell phone company? Explain your reasoning.

Finally, you're on part D.

I am all

I need a

DONE

HINT

Cellco: t = 35 + (m – 300)(0.08) for m 300

Firstfone:t = 22 + (m – 400)(0.15) for m 400

Part D: How can Larissa use the results of parts A, B and C to make her selection of a cell phone company? Explain your reasoning.

- Is one company always better than the other one?
- What should Larissa consider before she makes her decision?

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The numbers below are possible scores. Click on one to see an example of someone’s work who earned that score. You will also see the guideline that the graders followed.

Click on the link below to see some web sites that can help you understand some of the concepts from this problem

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This solution earned a

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What is a 4?

The student response demonstrates an exemplary understanding of the Patterns, Relations, and Algebra concepts involved in mathematical modeling with systems of linear equations.

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This solution earned a

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What is a 3?

The student response demonstrates a good understanding of the Patterns, Relations, and Algebra concepts involved in mathematical modeling with systems of linear equations. Although there is significant evidence that the student was able to recognize and apply the concepts involved, some aspect of the response is flawed. As a result the response merits 3 points.

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This solution earned a

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What is a 2?

The student response contains fair evidence of an understanding of the Patterns, Relations, and Algebra concepts involved in mathematical modeling with systems of linear equations. While some aspects of the task are completed correctly, others are not. The mixed evidence provided by the student merits 2 points.

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This solution earned a

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What is a 1?

The student response contains only minimal evidence of an understanding of the Patterns, Relations, and Algebra concepts involved in mathematical modeling with systems of linear equations.

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What is a 0?

The student response contains insufficient evidence of an understanding of the Patterns, Relations, and Algebra concepts involved in mathematical modeling with systems of linear equations to merit any points.

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If you are having any trouble with this problem there are some links below that will help you with the concepts involved with this question:

http://mathforum.org/dr.math/

http://www.algebra.com/algebra/homework/coordinate/

http://school.discovery.com/homeworkhelp/webmath/

http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/

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