Winter Break Project (Optional)

This project is completely optional and is recommended only for students who have a 1, 2 or 3 currently for the standard F.IF.8. In an effort to improve student understanding and provide an additional opportunity for students to show what they know, this standard is for you.

The Water Balloon Contest Project (CLICK HERE)

DUE: No later than January 12, 2018

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  • Print (or write on notebook paper) the task below.
  • Fully and completely provide answers and solutions to each prompted question (the more informationyou provide, the more evidence I have to find complete solutions).
  • You can only use this project to earn credit for F.IF.8, not any other standard.


F.IF.8a – Write a function defined by an expression in different but equivalent forms to reveal and explain different properties of the function.

• Use the process of factoring and completing the square in a quadratic function to show zeros, extreme values, and symmetry of the graph, and interpret these in terms of a context.

Success Criteria:

  • Students can factor, complete the square or use the quadratic formula to find zeros of quadratic functions.
  • Explain the meanings of vertex and zeros in the context of a real-life application.
  • Recognize patterns or symmetry in graphical or tabular representations.

A Note on Cheating and Plagiarism:

Purdue University’s Online Writing Laboratory ( features Preventing Plagiarism as one of its resource areas. OWL lists the following common types of plagiarism

  • Excessive repetition (poor paraphrasing of another’s words)
  • Improper citation (failure to cite properly)
  • Improper idea borrowing (failure to cite another’s ideas)
  • Fraud (creation of false sources)
  • Forgery (turning in another person’s work as your own)

Please consider the following guidance on identifying and avoiding Improper Citation, Improper Idea Borrowing, and Forgery.

Improper Citation

  • Identifying characteristics: Missing, incomplete, or incorrect citation, either intentionally or unintentionally, of any source of text, media, etc. used in an assignment, assessment, report, project, or paper.
  • Remedy: Follow the specified style sheet (e.g. APA or MLA) to both identify the source where it is placed in your document and give the full reference on your “Works Cited” or “References” page. If a style sheet is not specified, follow the rules of the one you know.
  • Example: use the full URL of a Website.

Improper Idea Borrowing

  • Identifying characteristics: Ideas, concepts, thoughts, or insights gained from media, conversations, demonstrations, lectures, friends, family, tutors, etc.
  • Remedy: Follow the specified style sheet if one can be applied, otherwise state who, when, and what the other person contributed. For example, help received on a homework problem would be addressed with a statement like “Trillian helped me with question 2. b) by showing me how to complete the square so I could factor the polynomial.”


  • Identifying characteristics: Copying another person’s work, either by scan, photo copy, by hand, or any other method. Merely stating “I copied this from ____…” does not absolve the copier from the commission of plagiarism.
  • Remedy: Do not copy!