Placement Test for Algebra 1B and Algebra 2      www.mathinabox.com

Susan O. Johnsey                                                          sjohnsey@bellsouth.net

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1.  Simplify: (3/5)*(5)2   Note: the 3/5 is the fraction 3 fifths.

2.  Simplify: 80 divided by 5*(5+3)

3.  Simplify: -18 - (1  -10)2

4.  Simplify:  { (-10+4) divided by  (4+2) } divided by 2

5.  Simplify   2x + [ 2 - 4] +3(-4 +5x)

6.  Simplify    -4x2 - 2x2 + 5x - 9x2

7. Translate to a variable expression: the product  of 5 and the sum of twice a number and 3.

8. Is 1/2 a solution of x/2 + 1/4 = 0 ?

9. Is –2 a solution of  4x + 7 = -1 ?

10.  Solve for x: ( show some of your steps)     6 – 5x = x+ 3 –2x

11.  Solve for x: ( show some of your steps)       8 – 5(x+4) = 2

Fifty-four is 5 times the difference between a number and 6.

13.  612 is 85% of what number?

14.  30% of a class is boys.  There are 120 boys.  How many girls are there?

15. How far in miles can a man drive at 40 mph to return on the same route

at 30 mph if he travels for 7 hours? You must state your equation and your solution.

16.  SUBTRACT: (4X2 – 6X + 7) – ( 7X2 +5X – 3)

17.  MULTIPLY then simplify: (X – 4 )( 4X2 – 4X + 8)

18.  MULTIPLY then simplify: (X – 5p)(X +5p)

19.  DIVIDE: (24X2 + 40XY ) DIVIDED BY 8X.

20.  Factor completely: v2 – 12v +20

21.  Factor completely: m2 (x+3) – y2 (x+3).

22.  Factor completely: 9d2 – 24d + 16

23.  Factor completely: x2 y2 – 49.

24.  Factor completely: x3 – 27 .

25.  Solve by factoring:  x2 + 16x +63 = 0

26.   State the numerator only of the quadratic  formula.  You may use symbols or words.  Just try to be clear in what you mean.   I am looking for understanding, not a perfect definition or explanation.

27.   For the quadratic,  9d2 – 24d + 16 =0 , state the values of a, b, and c.  These are used in the quadratic formula.    Then state the solution to the equation.

28.   Graph the line  y = 3x -4.  You do not need to send me the graph,  but you must do it on paper for yourself.  Then send me at least 4 points that are found on this line.

29.   State the slope of the line that you drew above.  Also state its y-intercept and x-intercept. Be sure to tell me which of these 3 items are which!!

30.  Simplify: Ö(25x2 y6)   This symbol is the square root sign.

31.  Simplify:  Ö (250 x 7 )

32.  Solve this system of equations by the addition method:

5x +2y = 11

5x - 2y = 24.     Show some of your work  or tell me.   Answers alone not accepted.

33.  Set up the equations to solve this problem  to receive credit for it.

A plane flying with the jet stream  from L.A, to Chicago , a distance of 2250 miles, took 5 hours.  Flying against the  stream , the plane could only fly 1750 miles in the same time.   Find the rate of the plane in calm air and the rate of the wind.

Susan O. Johnsey       mathinabox.com         sjohnsey@bellsouth.net