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Middle School Math - Mr. Garelick

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Greetings!  I will be teaching 7th grade math and 8th grade algebra. I look forward to working with all of you, learning who you are, and teaching you how to work with the tools of mathematical concepts and procedures, in order to solve problems that you may have thought were impossible to solve!

I can be contacted at bgarelick@cayucosschool.org


Majored in Mathematics at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.;Single-Subject Mathematics Credential via George Mason University; Fairfax, VA

Bob Ross Appreciation Day

On December 22, 2017, both the Math 7 and Algebra 1 classes celebrated the start of the holiday break by paying respects to the late Bob Ross.  In both classes, we watched a video of Bob Ross painting one of his famous landscapes, and students followed along with colored markers at their desks.

Math 7 Bob Ross devotees

The sketching begins in earnest, though Amy decided to do a different picture.

OK, someone was drawing the mountains Bob Ross was painting.

Billy decided to pay homage to Bob Ross with a portrait.

The 8th grade algebra class demonstrates how to clean paint brushes by "beating the devil out of it".

The students begin; some, like Ava stare in wonderment at the great Bob Ross!

Even Jake joined the class; when it comes to Bob Ross, even the teachers are students!

Kali went all out, and even included phosphorescent algae blooms!

Zane did an admirable job as well, while Carter (in background) decides to take a break from the arduous task of painting.

And of course, Bob Ross showed us the way!

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Algebra 1


See if you can solve this famous algebra problem:

Two cars are 480 miles apart and start riding toward each other on the same road at the same time.  The first car averages 50 miles per hour and the second averages 70 miles per hour. A fly on the bumper of one of the cars flies back and forth between the bumpers of each car, flying at a constant rate of 80 mph as each car heads toward each other.  The two cars collide head on.  How far has the fly traveled in the amount of time it takes for the cars to crash?

This problem can be solved using the methods we've discussed in class for distance/rate problems.  And Reagen Garcia solved the problem in class!

Try this one:

Two cars start towards each other on Highway 101.  One car starts from San Francisco heading south, and the other from Los Angeles heading north.  The southbound car averages 80 mph and the northbound car averages 70 mph.  They meet somewhere on 101 in between LA and SF.  How far apart were the two cars one hour before they met?

(Note:  You do not need to know the distance from SF to LA in order to solve this problem)