Thursday, December 18, 2008


Challenge #1
Beat Mr. B.'s high score at this game.
The highest score will win a Rubics Cube

Challenge #2
Click here and beat Mr. B. high score of 99% correct in 1 minute 59 seconds. Read the instructions to see how to play. Print out your proof, to bring back to Mr. B. The winner will get some sort of cool t-shirt.

Wednesday/Thursday 12/18/2008

Homework for Periods 1-7
There is no homework for the next two days, as some are preparing for the exponent test.

Next up, I'll explain the two challenges that I set for you for the winter break.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday 12/16/2008

Homework for Period 1 and 2
Page 127-129 Answer the review problems

Period 3
Finish the simplifying worksheet

Period 4
Finish the scientific notation practice quiz

For periods 4,6,7
There will be a quiz on exponents on Thursday. Be sure to practice.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mr. B. owns the high score

After a long night, I own the high score for Arithmetick.

Go HERE to see me at the top.


Monday 12/15/2008

Homework for Periods 1,2,3
Page 22, #11-14, 19-22, 24-28. You don't have to write the question if it is a word problem.

Period 4,6,7
Finish the worksheet on scientific Notation.


Tutoring for Pre-algebra and Algebra will start on Tuesday 12-16-2008 and continue every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of the year.

It will be from 2:20 - 3:30.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday 12/12/2008

Homework for Periods 2,3

Finish page 74, adding and subtracting fractions with variables.

For Periods 4,6,7
Finish page 76, "Why are babies like hinges". For dividing exponents, you subtract the exponents from each other. The answer goes on the part that had the bigger exponent, numerator, or the denominator.

Thursday 12/11/2008

Homework for period 4 is page 76, dividing with exponents

Periods 6,7, homework is page 200, #1-33. Be careful when deciding to add exponents or multiply them.

Period 1, homework is page 74, combining algebraic fractions.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Why didn't anyone tell me the calendar was not up. Its fixed now, so you can see everything we are going to do until break.

Wednesday and the SUB

I was out Wednesday, and left you in the hands of a substitute teacher. Let me say, I received one of the BEST reports from a sub ever. Comments of "Well - Behaved", "Wonderful class", "Good class"... and of course, "Overall, your classes were lovely".

I was thinking of doing work even until the last day before break, but now, since everyone was so good, Friday, 19th, will be movie or cartoon day. No work, just relaxing.

My thank you to being so well behaved.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tuesday 12/9/2008

Homework for Periods 1,2,3

Page 198 #8 - 20. To solve the equations you multiply both sides by the recipricol, the upside down fraction.

For Periods 4,5,6
Page 200, #1-33. Add the exponents when they are multiplying each other. MULTIPLY THE EXPONENTS when it is the power of a power.

Example: (33)2 = 36. The 3's are multiplied by two.

Example: (34)x(34) = 38. Add the exponents

Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday 12/8/2008

Homework for periods 1,2,3
Finish the 16 problems you were given on the board about adding and multiplying rational numbers (fractions and decimals) Here is a link to the fraction - decimal chart if you need a new one.

Homework for periods 4,6,7
Finish the exponent problems that were on the board in class. If you need help, there are examples in the book on page 198 and 199.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday 12/5/08

No homework for the classes today!! Yeah!!!!

The grades to the side are as of today. This is the grade that will appear on your progress report.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


For Period 1
No homework for the weekend. Yeah!!!

For periods 4,6,7
Finish page c-56. Multiply straight across and then simplify, OR, simplify first, by cross canceling, then multiply.

Remember tomorrow there will be a notebook quiz and there will be a test on adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wednseday 12/3/2008

Homework for periods 1,2,3

Finish the multiplication page we started in class. There will be 2 tests on Friday. 1 is the notebook quiz, the second is a test on adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions. We have done over 300, so everyone should do pretty well.

Homework for periods 6,7

Worksheet #3, do the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th rows on the sheet. Subtracting is just like adding, you have to find a common denominator.

I have given some progress reports out. For period 1, I have corrected the missing assignment that show on your reports. Homework Tracking sheet #2 will still show because some students were in my other classes, so they have it. Do not worry, if you have no points listed, it is not counted in your overall for the grade.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tuesday 12/2/08

Homework for Periods 1,2,3
Backside of the worksheet from class. Do the first four rows. It is just like the front side. Finda common denominator, and then subtract. Simplify if you can

For period 4
Do worksheet #3, the 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th rows. Find a common denominator and subtract.

Monday 12/1/08

Homework for all periods

Find a common denominator before subtracting or adding the problems.

If you can't find one, multiply the two denominators together. Its not the easiest, but it will always work.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thrusday 11/20/08

Homework for periods 4,6,7
Bring back the tardy policy signed by your parents. If you need a copy, look at yesterdays post to get the link.

For Period 1
No homework, enjoy your break.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday 11/19/08

Homework for Periods 6,7
Bring back the circle fractions

Homework for Periods 1,2,3
Bring the Tardy Policy back signed by your parents. If you need a copy, click here.

If you took the poster home, be sure you bring it back for the next class meeting. 30 points is a lot to miss before the break.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday 11/18/08

Homework for Periods 1,2,3,4
Bring back the fraction circles we did in class.

Cut out all the pieces at home and bring them back tomorrow. Please keep them all together. If you lose a piece, you have to make a whole new circle. Cut out the wedges too, not just the circle.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday 11/17/08

The grades are up and are current for the last quiz that we took.

A copy of the new TARDY POLICY can be viewed here.

Homework for periods 1,2,3
Page 184 #2-10
Page 188 #14-18 and #21-22

Homework for periods 4,6,7
Page 243
#18-25 and #30-36

REMEMBER: Division -----Flip 2nd fraction and multiply

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday 11/14/08

Homework for Periods 1,2,3,4,6
Page c-39 adding fractions

Remember you need to find a common denominator y multiplying both the fractions.

Homework for Period 7
Page c-41

If you did poorly on the quiz today, there is another one on the same things on Wednesday/Thursday. Memorize those fraction-decimal conversions.

The grades will be up later than usual today, as I have not had time to input everyones quiz grade yet.

Have a good weekend

Thursday 11/13/08

Homework for periods 4, 6, 7

Page c-39, adding fractions

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday 11/12/08

There was no homework for Tuesday as it was a holiday. This weeks tracking sheet will be out of 12 points instead of 16.

Homework for periods 6, 7
Page 233 #53, and 54.
Do the problems neatly

Homework for period 1,2,3
Page c-72, the maze worksheet.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday 11/10/08

Homework for Periods 1,2,3,4,6,7

Finish page 60, changing decimals to fractions.

Hint #1
Remember, when a decimal as a number in front, like 3.12 or 4.75. This is the whole number part.

3.12 will equal 3 and 12/100. 4.75 will equal 4 and 75/100

Same for fractions
6 2/3 will be 6. and the decimal will be whatever 2/3 is.

Friday, November 7, 2008

FRIDAY 11/7/08

The grades posted are current for the quizzes we took today.


Homework for Periods 1,2,3
#2-25 on page 145

For periods 4,6,7
#1-5, and #12-27 on page 188

For both groups, equivalent fractions are jsut fractions that simplify to the same fraction

1/2 = 2/4 = 3/6 = 4/8 .......

Even fractions like 4/11 = 8/22 = 12/33 = 16/44 = 20/55 = 24/66......

just multiply the numerator and denominator by some common number to change the num ers but not the value of the fraction.

Thursday 11/6/08

For 4,6,7
Homework is to finish the fraction-Decimal chart.

For Period 1
Homework is 2-25 on page 145
Its just review

Be sure to finish the fraction-decimal chart, even if you did not finish it for class. We are going to use it next week, so finish it over the weekend. The answers for all the boxes is HERE.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wednesday 11/5/08

For periods 1,2,3
Todays homework is to fill in the Fraction-Decimal Chart. Remember that you have to divide the TOP number by the SIDE number.

For Period 6,7
Homework is page C-30. Here is a link to the homework

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesday 11/4/08

Homework for all classes is page c-30, rewriting fractions as mixed numbers or improper fractions.
Here is a link to the page if you need it.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday 11/3/08

For all periods

Homework today is page c-38, the simplifying fractions page.

Here is the Link to the homework C-28
If you need help on the bottom question


Friday, October 31, 2008


There is no homework today for any of the classes.

The grades are updated to show the last few days of classwork. If you noticed that Extra Credit lately has not been helping you, I fixed the glitch in the grading program. Most peoples grades went up by a few points, some may even have risen a whole grade.

Have a safe weekend!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

For tomorrow, HALLOWEEN

Please remember you still need a pencil, paper, and your homework and tracking sheet. Don't come to school unprepared.

Thursday 10/30/08

For periods 4,5,6

C-18, the Igor handout. If you need a copy, click HERE

Period 1.

No homework Today

I found the Font button

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday 10/28

For Periods 1,2,3
Homework is page 134
#2-7 nd 25-30

For the first part, you are just LISTING FACTORS. The second part of the homework is when you do the factor trees to get the PRIME FACTORIZATION

For Period 4
Homework is page 183

Decide if the number is prime or composite. If it is prime, just write "PRIME" and go on to the next one. If it is composite, write "COMPOSITE" and then do a factor tree to find the prime factorization.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday 10/27/08

Homework for Periods 1,2,3
Page 109

Periods ,6,7
Page 562
#1-10, and #16-30

Friday 10/24/08

Homework for Period 1,2,3
Page 416
#13 - 28

For Period 4,6,7
Page 710

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday 10/23/08

For Periods 4, 6, 7, No homework today because of the benchmark testing.

For period 1,
Homework is Page 416
It is just review problems

There will be a test on equations on Friday, so do not be surprised.
For periods 1,2,3, it will be on 2 step equations.

For periods 4,6,7, it will be on 1 step equations.

There will not be any inequalities on any of the tests.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday 10/22/08

Today there was no homework for periods 1,2,3, because of the benchmark testing.

For periods 6,7 it was the box-and-whisker worksheet.

If you are absent from periods 6,7, do the homework listed yesterday, as make-up for missing the worksheet.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Periods 1,2,3
For today, you have page 29 to do. Remember to show all of your work. If you do not show your work, I will not stamp your tracking sheet

Periods 4,5,6
Your homework was 12-2 review, but, since you can't do that online, if you are making up work, you can do homework out of the book
Page 616 #1-7

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday 10/20/08


For Periods 1,2,3
You have the fifteen problems from the overhead. If you lost them, click HERE to get them.

For Periods 4,5,6
You have page E-39 about mean, median, and mode

Thursday 10/16/08

For thursday homework

Period 1,2,3
Page 337
#32-36 and #38-39

These are review, some are graphing, and some are just review problems

For periods 4,6,7
Page 106
25-27, and #35-40

They are all solving simple inequalities.

Wednesday 10/15/08

Sorry this is late.

For periods 1,2,3
Page 332, #2-11

For numbers 8-11, you are supposed to give 2 inequalities, not just one.

For periods 4,6,7
Page 102

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesday 10/14/08

For Periods 1,2,3

Homework is page 332
#2-7, and #8-11

For #2-7
Write 1 inequality for each problem
Example: #2 asks if k is a negative number. All negative numbers are less than zero, so the inequality would be k<0

For #8-11
For these problems, write me two inequalities.

For Periods 4,6,7
On Page 102, #1, and #17-24

Please write the question and the answer. Some questions you graph the answer, other questions you write the inequality that goes with the graph.

Monday, October 13, 2008


If you did not turn in your Homework Tracking Sheet, please turn it in tomorrow, or Wednesday. This will be the last thing counted on your 6 week report. If you have any other missing assignments, please turn them in by Wednesday for credit.

For all classes, homework was the review page "Why is Life like a shower".

Friday, October 10, 2008


Today, for periods 1,2,3
Page 98, do #2-7, and #12-17

All of the problems are equations with multiplication and division

For periods 4,6,7
Page 91, do #15-30, and #35 and #36

For #35 and #36, remember that abolute value makes whatevers inside positive.
|-3| = 3
|3| = 3

There are TWO answers for each of those problems, not just one.

Tracking Sheet #5 will be the last grade on the 6 week progress report, so make sure I have all your missing work by next week, or all those missing grades turn into zeros.

Have a good weekend.


SoRry, I was sick, and had to take care of my son.

The homework for Periods 1-3 was page 89 2-7, page 93 2-11

For periods 4-7
Homework was solving Equations. If you need it, click the link below.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Today Periods 1,2,3 have to sovle the equations on Page 89 #2-7, and Page 93 #2-11

Remember that I am checking to see that you are using the right properties on the problems

For Period 4
You have the 40 integer problems. It shouldn't take too long, because they are all just adding and subtracting.

Monday, October 6, 2008


For all classes, we are doing the "Mr and Mrs Number" worksheet. You are rewriting the sentences as expressions (algebra)

For section 2, A = Age of Zog.
Age of Zog in 9 years = A + 9

Age of Zog two years ago = A - 2

For section 3
Width = W
Length = W + 7

2 times the length = 2(W + 7)

2 times the width = 2W

For section 4
Price of CD = P
price of tape = P - 5

Price of 5 tapes = 5(P-5)

Price of 2 tapes and a cd = 2(P-5) + P

Friday, October 3, 2008


For Periods 1,2,3
Homework is the 15 problems I gave you in class to finish. If you need a copy, click HERE

for Periods 4,5,6
finish the "Hawaiian Baritone" page.

Remember, when there is a '-' sign, switch it to a positive

8x - (-8x) = 8x + (+8x)

-2x - 10x = -2x + (-10x)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Notebook Quiz on Friday


Be sure you bring all your note and warm-ups so you can do well on the quiz.

The Grades

For period 1, 4, 6.

Your grades might be lower than you expect because you have

Please make sure you turn in what you have. As there are very few grades, every little bit counts. Do not worry too much though, it will even itself out after a week or two.

Don't freak out about an F. Wait a week and see what you have.

Mr. B

I think I fixed it

Sorry about the last few days. For some reason, whenever I put messages up, it would say "error" or put up gibberish.

Yesterdays homework:

Periods 1,2,3
Page 384
#3 and #4

Periods 4,5,6
Page 67
#18 - 31
for #21, 23, you have to look on page 65

The grades will be updated TODAY on the side. If you havent turned in a tracking sheet, it will show a '0' for your score. Please turn it in, as these drastically effect your grade.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Sorry its late.

For Periods 1,2,3
Do Page 32, #1-13

For period 4
Finish Handcuff worksheet

Periods 6,7
Do page 72, #29-40

All of the problems are using the distributive property to find an answer.
8(x + 3) = 8x + (3x8) = 8x + 24

5(3x + 4y) = 15x + 20y

Tomorrow we will do all the other properties.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fridays Work

Today we finished with a test. Many of you did poorly on it. it is a combination of having the classes mixed up, along with me not preparing you as well as I should. the classes who have been mine since the beginning of the year did well. Average score was 9/14. The classes that started with me this week, the scores were lower, about 7/14 was the average.

I am still trying to figure out how to curve the scores on GRADEBOOK, so give me some time to adjust your scores like I told you I would. So the grade you see now has NOT been adjusted.

the homework for all classes is
"Daffynition decoder" Worksheet.

Remember that a fraction is just division.

Turn in all your homework next Monday. late work not accepted from this week if it is turned in AFTER Monday.

mr. B


OK, so the sub made it confusing on what the homework was.

For most classes it was the "Where is your nose" multiplication sheet. I counted it as extra credit becuase many of you did not know it was homework. So, if you did it, good. If you did not do it, don't worry, its only extra credit.

Homework for today:
Period 1
Page 75
#25-32 do not write the problems

Period 2,3
Multiplication Sheet

Period 4, 6, 7
Multiplication sheet

This is a lot of problems, but practice makes us perfect. There will not be so many next week when we are learning properties.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


The homework for Period 1
Subtraction Worksheet

Period 2,3
Its Fun, Sum-Times sheet

Period 4
Finish the Multiplication/Division, skill 6 and 7

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mondays Homework is a little confusing

OK, so almost everyone has a different homework assignment.

Period 1
Bring the MATH COMPANION book

Period 2,3
Bring the MATH COMPANION nook
Finish the multiplication/Division Worksheet

Period 4,6
Finish Subtraction Worksheet

Period 7
Finish multiplication/Division Worksheet

PLEASE remember to show up before the bell rings, and have all your work out and ready to go. I have had many talks with students about these first two rules of the classroom. They are the most important, and I urge you to follow them

1) Be in your seat working when the bell rings
2) Get ready for the warm-up and wok on it quietly

I have two new puzzles in the room, stop by my desk to check them out.

Mr. B.

Friday, September 19, 2008


Homework for today varies for each class but one thing is constant, BRING YOUR ALGEBRA READINESS MATH COMPANION book tomorrow.

In addition to this, some of you also have the subtraction worksheet to finish.

Check the grades today after 5:00pm to see your grades, arranged by student ID number.

Welcome to the new 7th graders. I hope you will enjoy my class. It is difficult but very rewarding. Do not ever give up.

Have a good weekend and see you Monday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wednesday and the Calendar

I am sorry those of you who are trying to see the calendar, there is nothing for this week or next week. I will try to fix this by tomorrow.

I will not be in class tomorrow (Thursday), you will havea substitute. Remember, treat her as you would treat me. It reflects on both of us how you behave with the sub. It will be an easy day, just relax, enjoy it, and don't mess up.

Period 1,7
Page 31
#20 - 37

Period 2,3,4,6
Page 60
#2-19, and 31-37
Do not write the question for #31-37, just put the answer.

Thanks, and see you Friday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Be sure that you have turned in your homework tracking sheet. There are many f you who have not, and that is a lot of points you are missing out on.

Homework for Periods 1,7
Page 26, #17-39

Homework for Periods 2,3,4,6
Page 54
You don't have to write the question for numbers 23-27 (the word problems)

The problems are a combination of what we did yesterday and today.

Tomorrow we will relearn subtraction and do more of those types of problems, more complicated than the basic addition.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Fridays and Homework

For periods 1,7
Homework is page 15, #12-30 the evens, out of your math book

For all other periods
Page 10, #11-20, read the example on page 9 if you need help understanding what the problem is asking you. These are all just different ways of asking the same problems we did yesterday (substitution)

We will grade the tests on Monday when you come back, and I will hand back your notebook quizzes. You can see your grade for them tonight. Click on your period, and look for your student ID number to see your grade.

Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


The homework for today is the backside of the worksheet from class "Simeons Wrench". Be sure to write your answers next to the problems.

Starting tomorrow for period 1 and later for periods 2-7, we will be taking another assessment test. Be sure you try your best on this, as this one might move you up into an honors class. So many of you did well on the previous test that thy are considering making more honors classes.

Do your best.

Mr. b.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Please be sure you bring your homework tomorrow. It is very important to start the week off correctly.

We will be getting books (if you have not already received them)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Monday new

Today we went over the tracking sheet. On the side of this page, there is a link to the tracking sheet, if you want to print out your own.

Books will hopefully come in tomorrow.

I will post the grades for this class on Friday, and they will be posted by your birthday in each class (Your student ID number).

Mr. B

Saturday, September 6, 2008


The calendar has been updated with the next weeks activities. It will be a little off because you will have class 4 times a week, not 5, so take the days into account when you see what we are going to be doing. If there is no class for you on Tuesday, just assume what we do on Tuesday when you are not there is what we are doing on Wednesday.

Monday we will get books, and I will go over how we are going to keep track of homework, and some other small details about the classroom. Since it is a short day, we might have to push or schedule back for everything 1 day.

See you Monday.
Mr. B.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wednesdays Stuff

Todays homework is to finish the adding and subtracting worksheet you recieved in class. Tomorrow we are going to do some graphing.

Those of you who have not turned in your letter or you multiplication chart need to do so tomorrow or risk the consequences of not turning in homework.

See you tomorrow.

Mr. B.

Friday, August 29, 2008

CPMA Middle School welcomes you

Hello and welcome to CPMA middle school. Welcome to 7th grade pre-algebra or 8th grade Algebra Readiness. I look forward to an excellent year with you. Please look around at the links on the side of this page and get used to looking at them. The grades are just an example from last year. The calendar is for both classes. 7th grade is in the green color and 8th grade is in the red color. I will explain more as the week progresses.

Again, welcome and good luck this year in Mr. B's math class

Monday, July 14, 2008

New Post

This is where I have to say good-bye. I just signed on with San Diego as a teacher there. I would like all my students to know I appreciated and enjoyed each and every one of you (including the somewhat bad ones!).

Hopefully we meet in the future and I have made some impact one you.


PS: I am trying to memorize more digits of pi. I am only to 20 digits

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bar Code templates

Below I have included two links for bar code stuff. One is for graph paper, the other is for the code.

Graph Paper

Barcode Key

Thursday, June 5, 2008

New Grades

New grades are posted. Most of you are doing very well. Continue the good work until the end of next week. Many of you have improved 1 grade level.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What we are doing for the next four weeks

Click on a day where you see green, and a pop-up will tell you what we are doing.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

4 weeks left

Tomorrow will be the football carnival, and Mr. Brzenski will not be there. Ben (my son) is sick, so Mr. Brzenski will have to take care of him.

Enjoy the movie (cartoons) and I will look forward to next week, when we will be continuing probability and working on a small project.

Monday, May 19, 2008

15 week grades

The 15 week grades are the current grades posted. I would like to thank those of you who raised your grades over the last 5 weeks. There were 11 people who raised their grades from an F to a D. Most of those were in period 4. Keep up the work, so that way you can pass at the 20 week report card and avoid summer school.

Even though the work for the nest 5 weeks will be easier, you still have to finish it. Do not slack off thinking you can skip work. It is still graded, and still is part of your total grade.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

CST Testing

This week is CST testing. Tomorrow and Thursday you take the CST math portion. USe your help sheet before hand and write down everything you memorize. Do your best.

If you don't know:
1) Skip it
2) Try to eliminate answers
3) Guess and check
4) If everything else fails you, try again
5) guess

Do your best and you will succeed.

Here is a Copy of the CST Help Sheet

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Tuesday and Homework

Todays homework is to finish the fraction worksheet. Please remember to bring it tomorrow because we will review it in class. Tomorrow we will review percents and how to find some simple answers to simple problems.

Remember: If you can eliminate two answers, you odds of getting the right answer have gone from 25% to 50%. Eliminate before you guess.

Friday, May 2, 2008

CST Sample Question

If you want to see what the test is like, you can click on the link to the right that says "CST SAMPLE QUESTIONS". There you will find 80 sample questions that look exactly like the test. Try a few. See which ones you can do and which ones you cannot do. Ask me questions about the ones you cannot do. At this time, I have taught you everything in this test, so you should be able to do everything in here.

Good luck, and study for the test.

The Grades

The grades are current for this week. It includes the graphs and the tracking sheet. I congratulate those of you who have raised their grades fro an F to a D. Keep going so you can get a C at the semester.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

CST Cheat Sheet

I have made a CST Cheat sheet. You cannot take this into the test with you, but there is no rule about memorizing this basic sheet, and then copying it down on your test booklet when you get it.

The CST Cheat Sheet


Today there is no homework. We finished everything in class. I am working on creating a cheat sheet you can look at and copy before you take the test. If you are interested come to tutoring after school and we will work on it.

Monday, April 28, 2008


Homework for today is to finish the six graphs and their reflections. Make whatever you want. It has to look different every time you reflect it.

The grades that are up are the current grades for the semester. Some of you have improved thanks to the parent conferences. Keep up the good work, we only have about 10 weeks to go.

If you attend tutoring I will show you how to make your own cheat sheet for the state test in two weeks.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Me Gone

I have been gone the last three days because my son is sick. Use this time to catch up on doing extra credit so that when I come back we can continue doing our review for the CST. Hopefully I will be back tomorrow (Thursday). Sorry for there being no tutoring. If I am back on Thursday, we can have tutoring then.

Mr. Brzenski

Friday, April 18, 2008


The grades will be put up on Monday, because I will be out of town and I have not finished grading the tests yet. I would like to thank periods 4 and 6 for the HUGE improvement over the past week. There were 5 people who raised their grades from an F to a D just in those two classes. I encourage you to do the extra credit. If you do all 8 it is 40 extra credit points.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Homework and Tomorrows Test


The homework for tonight you are trying to solve the absolute values

|x-4|=5. You solve two equations. x-4=5, and x-4 = -5. You're two solutions are x=9, and x=-1.

Do not forget to bring everything tomorrow, even though it is a free dress day.

We take a quiz and that is all.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


A couple of things before tonight.

1) equations like y=3, are straight lines to the side.

2) y=x+3, if there is nothing in front of the x, the slope is 1/1

Do your best to graph the equations, tomorrow we are going to review absolute value, |-3| = 3, and all that. The test on Friday will be on graphing equations, finding slope, and absolute value.

Homework Graphs

Here is the list of equations.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Friday, the Quiz, and the grades

Grades are up and current for today, 4/11/2008. If you look at the far column on the grade sheet, you will see your score on the test. The score is out of a possible 7 points. Here is the break-down;

A = 7
B = 6
C = 5
D = 4
F < 4

The answers to the multiple choice questions on the backside of the test were all "B".

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Today you have to finish the ten graphs. For #9, the graph is the opposite

x | y
1 | -1
2 | -2
3 | -3
4 | -4
5 | -5

For #10
y=-2x -4
x | y
0 | -4
1 | -6
2 | -8
3 | -10
4 | -12

Graph em and be done with the problems. if you need more graph paper, click here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Im back

OK, so it has been a while since I posted anything. I apologize and am sorry. The homework for today is solving the equations.

Points are always listed as (x, y). The first number is x, the second number is y. Substitute into the equations and see if the equation makes sense. If it does, good, the point is an answer. If it doesn't, then the point is not an answer.

For #6
You have to do the x2 first. then, multiply by two, then add 3. Now is this number equal to y?

The grades are current now, and these will be the grades listed on your report cards for the 10 week grading period.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Homework for Tuesday

Homework is to finish the slope page you got today in class. The grades are current for this week, you can check on the side. If you have not turned in your work, it will show by blank spots under tracking sheet 24 and notebook tracking sheet 24.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Mr. B Was Absent

All your work you were supposed to turn in on Friday will be collected on Monday. DO NOT FORGET! Period 5, the movie will be shown next Friday.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

How OLD is Mr. Brzenski???

For those of you who want to know how old I am, follow this riddle poem and see if you can figure it out. I always give math puzzles for my age. I start with hard ones and get harder as the year ends. So don't think it gets any easier.

"To find the age of me,
follow the steps for the fraction and see,

Pi's first digit on top,
Add the next 4 down below,

And my age, repeating, you'll see"

Its tough, and you probably need a calculator and the first few digits of Pi (look at your tracking sheet)

Extra Links on the Sidebar

Over to the right you will notice I added a new section to the web page titled "Useful Pages". There you will find a copy of both the tracking sheets in case you lose yours and want to print out your own.

Also included is a multiplication chart which has general rules about all of 7th grade math.

Below that are two links to graph paper. The first is regular graph paper you can print (1/4 inch squares). The second link, the one labeled "Metric Graph Paper" is what we use when the squares are all 1cm wide.

Hope these help.


For homework today you are supposed to finish graphing sets 1, 2, and 3. If you mess up the graph paper and need new ones, look to the right and you will find a link to download a printable sheet of graph paper, or just CLICK HERE.

Hints for set 1:

#7) Peanuts are $0.50 for 1 pound

#8) Bananas are $0.25 for 1 pound

For set 2:

The graph should have hours along the bottom and miles along the side. Count by 100's on the miles. Skip spaces on the bottom between hours like you did on the first graph between pounds.

For set 3:
Same as for set 2, hours on the bottom and miles on the side. This time, the miles should go by tens.

Good luck, remember this is worth 8 points tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tuesday and the Book 2

Todays homework is:

Page 473 #12-20

Page 483 #26, 27, 29, 30

The first set of problems asks you to find the equation that goes with the picture. The first picture (#12) shows a line with a shaded in circle on -5, and then the shading goes off to the right.

All your inequalities will start with the letter "x". For #12, you know the shading goes to the right, and the circle is shaded in, so it must start off "x &ge ". And since the line starts at -5, the inequality must be x &ge -5

Be sure you finish the homework, tomorrow we will do some review of these and equations.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Monday, welcome Back!

Todays homework is page 479 #29-40. They are all like the classwork today. You have to write the question and graph the answer on a number line.

Helpful Hints:

#33 and #34 Both of these are written backwards. You can rewrite them forwards.

#33 5 > t-1 = t-1 < 5

#34 2 > p-8 = p-8 < 2

This works for #37 and #40 as well. Write the first part last, the last part first, and switch the sign in the middle.

Tomorrow we will do more difficult problems, and I will give you problems from the assessment test next Thursday.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


I have found a bunch of dumb things I can put on the website. Like this, a countdown to when we take the state tests.

My Wednesday

Go here, this is what I do. See how well you can survive on the moon.


Or this One

83% Geek

Friday, March 14, 2008


Todays grades are posted. They are current for the newest tracking sheet. Many of you did not do, or did not turn in the tracking sheet for this week. This is shown by a "mi" in the last column, which says the work is missing. Please turn in what you have to me the Monday we get back. Anything is better than a zero.

Use the spring break time to catch up on the extra credit. I will add a few more pages so the extra credit will be up to number 8. If you have 100% in the class, please do not do the extra credit, save it for some other time.

Have a good spring break.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thursday for Friday

Today I was gone, so everyone got a review worksheet about positive and negative numbers. For periods 1,2, and 3, please remember to bring your homework and tracking sheet to class tomorrow to turn in.

Tomorrow we will be doing a graphing activity where you plot points, make pictures, and then measure angles.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


The homework for today is all finding the AREA of circles. There is NO circumference, and no radius or diameter.

The area is = &pi &bull r2

The first half tells you the radius, so all you have to do is substitute it into the equation.

The second half of the worksheet gives you the diameter, so you have to cut those in half to find the RADIUS. Then, use the RADIUS to find the area of the circle using the above equation.

Tomorrow I will not be in class for periods 1-3. Be good, and you will get 5 points. I am just at a meeting, so I will return for 4-6. Sorry.

Homework for tonight 3-12-08

Monday, March 10, 2008

Monday and the area and perimeter

Todays homework is page d-56. The grades to the side are all current and your grades as of the classwork today.
Remember: Area of a triangle = (B x H)/2

Perimeter: Add all the sides (a triangle has three sides, no more)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Gone from computer

I am gone this weekend and this is the first I have come near a computer. The grades are not up yet. Sorry. They will be put up on Monday night. The triangles are taking longer to grade then I thought.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Finding the Missing sides


Use this to find all the missing sides. For the homework, you will notice that all the problems on the page are missing side c. This means all your equations will have 'a' and 'b' filled in, with c missing. Just add the two on the left, and take the square root.

For a triangle with sides 9 and 12, filled into the equation it gives


81+144 = c2
225 = c2
225 = c
15 = c

Same thing for the other equations.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


There is no homework today. For periods 1 and 6, be sure to bring your homework tomorrow. I will stamp the homework and the warm-ups when you return.

Tutoring will also resume on Wednesday. I apologize for missing yesterday, but I had a meeting to attend.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Schedule For Tuesday

Tuesday there is no period 1 or 6. The schedule is:

Period 2 7:56 - 8:40
Period 3 8:45 - 9:30
Homeroom 9:35 - 9:45
Nutrition 9:45 - 10:00
Testing 10:05 - 11:25
Period 4 11:30 - 12:13
Lunch 12:13 - 12:43
Period 5 12:48 - 1:28

Friday, February 29, 2008

Grades for Friday

The grades to the right are the most current grades after Chapter 9 Test #1. These are the grades that will be on your 5-week progress report. Of course, you can change it by doing extra credit but it can only be changed on Monday, after that the scores are final. Have a good weekend.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thursday Review Square Roots

Th homework for today is Page 14, #1-21. If you feel like doing more you can do the rest for extra credit (4 points). Make sure you do it correctly, because if it is wrong, you will not get any credit.

The test tomorrow will cover everything we have done the last few days. If you want a sneak peak at it, you can go to this link here. Its not all the questions, but it gives you a good idea of how it goes.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wednesday and Estimating

The homework today is:
Page 451
#5-12 and #41-51

The first section you are telling me what the square root is between. Problem 8 √5 is between what two numbers? It is between 2 and 3.

The second section you solve just like problems from our warm-ups. Remember that there are two answers, a positive AND a negative one.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Green Flash

Some people were wondering about this, so I thought I should put it up. The green flash is what you see the sun make just as it sets over the horizon. Many people say it is fake, but that is because they have not seen it. I have seen it a few times, and here is a sequence of picture that show a really good one. It was taken over the mountains in France from an observatory. You can see the flame pass into the clouds just before the sun sets.

Square Roots

Starting square roots, remember that square roots are just the opposite of squaring a number

***Please note: In the web page, the square too sign looks like √, and is missing the top line across it.

42 = 16 and √16 = 4

They are the reverse of each other.

Some other radicals:

36 = 6

49 = 7

Even some difficult ones are easy. Just look at the first numbers to find the small square root, then add some zeros.

1600 looks like √16 with some zeros after it.

We can do the same thing with the answer.

The answer to √16 is 4, and the answer to √1600 is just 40. Just add the zero.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday Quiz

For the quiz today, the average in all the classes was 7 right out of 11. Most people had trouble when flipping the triangles around.

Check your grades now, as these are the most current grades with all the extra credit included. Some of you went up a considerable amount. There are still 2 weeks left before grades are due, so keep up the effort.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Angle homework

For those with D-35 for homework

Middle row: PQR = 113. PQT = 67

XZY = 42 Y = 59

For those with D-36 for homework:
Letter T: m8 = 78
Letter W: m11 = 105

Saturday, February 16, 2008

New things for the Web

First off, I apologize for not putting things online for last week. I was stuck trying to get the grades online in a way that was fair for all.

If you look at the side bar (on the right) you will see two new sections. One for the grades and one for extra credit.

Grades: To find your grade, just click on the appropriate period. A PDF will open and you have to find your grade using your number. If you forgot your number, you have to go see Mr. Brzenski to get it.

Extra Credit: Under extra credit are five different worksheets you can do for extra credit. Each worksheet is worth 5 points. Open the PDF file and print it out on the school printer or your own printer. Make sure you put your name and the title "Extra Credit" at the top of the page. You can turn these in at any time.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tuesday and the Book work

Homework today is page 387 #6-14.

Question 6: When it asks you to write four other names for "CF", it just wants to know what other combinations fo points are on the line with "CF". The easiest way to rewrite it is to put it backwards "FC". There are some other points on the line you could use to describe the line.

Question 14: "EB = EJ". The wavy equal sign is how you write = in geometry. Just assume it means "equal". The picture tells you how long "EB" is, its the number in blue. And if "EB = EJ", then you should know how big "EJ" is.

Tomorrow we will learn about straight angles and supplementary and complementary angles.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Thursdays Work

First, for those of you who missed yesterdays stuff. If you want to make up for it, write the following number in Wednesdays box on your homework tracking sheet:

That will be your make-up.

For the homework tonight, you are supposed to finish the word problems on the back of the worksheet we were doing in class. There are some tough questions near the bottom of the page, as well as number 3.

For #3 Gear Ratio:
The question gives you the ratio of gear A to gear B as 5/12. Now you need a third number. Look at the picture to the right and you will see a picture of gear A. How many teeth does it have? Use that number as your third number and fill it into the proportion you make up.

For #9 Solar System Model:
The question gives you three number but three different sentences. It gives you the Sun, the Earth, and the size of a basketball. The correct way to set up the proportion is:
24/870000 = x/8000
Your answer will be a very small number. Which makes sense. The sun is huge! If you shrunk it to the size of the basketball, the earth would shrink way down to the size of a speck.

For #10 Painting problem:
You are given one number, 1.5 and two pictures of walls. First, figure out how big each wall is (base x height). Then, set up a proportion so you know how much paint covers the small wall. Then, solve the proportion to find out how much is needed for the big wall.

1.5/wall #1 = x/wall #2

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


For tonights homework, please write the following number in the box for WEDNESDAYS assignment on your homework tracking sheet

"e = 2.71828183"

Thats it. Bring it in tomorrow and I will stamp you as completed.

If you are at home, and want to bookmark this website, push CTRL-D and it will save this website.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Exponents review

Home work today is to finish the worksheet we started in class. Homework tomorrow will be posted on this website so be sure you come back tomorrow for that.

On the last section of problems on the worksheet, there are some tougher problems.

c. 2-2 x 2n = 8. The 8 must be rewritten as 23. the equation then becomes:
2-2 x 2n = 23
Now figure out what n is equal to.

Question d. is the same way
d.7n x 74 = 1/49. Rewrite 1/49 as 7-2.
The equation then becomes: 7n x 74 = 7-2

Hope this helps with others.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Negative Eponents

Homework today is page 307, numbers 1-29. Skip number 9

Also, remember that the negative numbers just mean that they flip over as a fraction.

For example, x-2 = 1/x2

it even works with coefficients. If you have 2x-2, this equals 2/x2

On this Friday, I will be collecting all your notes and warm-ups for the week. Be sure that you write everything down. My system hasn't been perfected but the assignments will be worth about 15 points. That is as much as a homework tracking sheet. Be sure you do them. Period 1 and period 5 will be changing seats tomorrow.

Thursday, January 31, 2008


OK, so for a while I have been making these on my computer, and you might have seen them up in the classroom. They are called fractals, and they are all about math. All they are are graphs of some basic equations. The difference between these and ones you do, is that a computer plots about 2,000,000,000,000 points and then colors them based on how fast they move. When the computer is done, we are left with a lovely picture. Here are two, and I might post more later.


Be sure you finish both sides of the worksheet you got today. There are some difficult problems on the page, and here are a couple of them

4x-2 is equal to the fraction 4/x2.

or the equations that look like (32)2 = (32)x(32) = 34

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Fractals and Homework

Homework for 1/30/08
Page 301 #10 - 31

Please remember to write the question and the answer.

When multiplying terms with exponents, add the exponents. When doing division, subtract the exponents.

I am trying to put some pictures up of the fractals I made in class. Will post in a few minutes.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Interest Work

Todays homework is on page 387 #1-5 and #8-13. Remember the interest you find is just for 1 month. If the problem asks you for 4 months, then you have to multiply your answer by 4.

Also, do not forget that you need to tell me how much is in the bank account after the interest is calculated.

Total in account = total Interest + Money you started with in the bank

Monday, January 28, 2008

Car Prices

For the cars, finding interest is like finding percent. The only thing extra is you have to multiply by the number of years at the end.

Please be sure to finish your car price worksheets for tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Scientific Notation

Scientific Notation, some examples

120,000,000,000 = 1.2 x 10^11 (^ means "to the power of")

350,000,000 = 3.5 x 10^8

0.0000000091 = 9.1 x 10^(-9)

0.000004 = 4 x 10^(-6)

Homework today is page 311, #15-30

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

How you spend your day

Today, for homework, you are supposed to list the activities you do on the weekend and on Christmas.

How much time do you spend eating, sleeping, playing, watching tv, playing on the computer.... remember all times are in hours and add up to 24

How much time do you spend sleeping, eating, opening presents, playing video games, watching tv, playing football...

Please remember to bring them tommorrow so we can finish our pamphlets.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Its hard to do fractions with this website. But, remember that

IS/OF = %/100

So, to find 10% of 300

x/300 = 10/100

Cross multiply and get 3000 = 100x

Divide both sides by 100, to get 30 as your answer.

Homework tonight is page 285, numbers 10-21. Solve them using the equation.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Percent word problems

Percent word problems were solved today. If you need help:

"IS" divided by "OF" then, times 100 = percent

What percent of 10 is 5?

"5" divided by "10" x 100 = 50%

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

A New Year

Being a new year, I thought you should have some more random things to do in the last few days before you go back.

Build Your Own Superhero

And if you were wondering if your math teacher is a nerd, wonder no more. I recieved a ranking of Supreme Nerd on this website, and now have a picture to show for it.

I am nerdier than 90% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!