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Program Content for April 28, 2015


1. The vertex of a parabola is 10 units away from one of its x-intercepts, the point (3, 0). If the parabola’s two x-intercepts are 12 units apart from each other, which of the following are possible equations for the line of symmetry?

               A. x = -9

               B. x = -3

               C. x = 6

               D. x = 15



2. If angle FGH is inscribed in circle J, and angle FJH measures 80°, what is the measure of angle FGH?

               A. 20°

               B. 40°

               C. 80°

               D. 160°




3.  The sector MNO covers ¼ of the area of circle N. If the diameter of N is 8 meters, what is the area of triangle MNO?

               A. 4 square meters

               B. 8 square meters

               C. 4π square meters

               D. 16 square meters



Based on the article “Hubble” on page A1 of the Saturday, April 25th, Seattle Times.

4.   The telescope cost $2.5 billion to build. Estimates as of 2010 put the total lifetime cost of the project at $10 billion. What was the average annual cost to service and maintain the Hubble Space Telescope after it was launched in 1990?

               A. $300 million per year

               B. $375 million per year

               C. $500 million per year

               D. $625 million per year



5.   The Hubble Space Telescope’s ability to produce amazingly accurate images is both because of its location in orbit, outside the atmosphere, and because of its precisely machined mirrors. While large, the size of the telescope was limited by how much the space shuttles could lift into orbit. The telescope is 43.5 feet long and has a diameter of 14 feet. What is the approximate volume of the cylindrical telescope?

               A. 2100 cubic feet

               B. 6700 cubic feet

               C. 8500 cubic feet

               D. 27,000 cubic feet



6. The telescope orbits the Earth every 97 minutes at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour. If Hubble’s orbit is roughly circular, then what is the diameter of its path around the Earth?

               A. 9,000 miles

               B. 14,000 miles

               C. 18,000 miles

               D. 28,000 miles



Based on the article “For wealthy in Finland, a traffic ticket really stings” on page A2 of the Sunday, April 26th, Seattle Times.

7.  At the end of last year, Mr. Kuisla was recently fined 54,024 euros in Finland for traveling 64 miles per hour in a traffic zone with a 50 miles per hour speed limit. Mr. Kuisla is extremely wealthy, earning 6,559,742 euros in 2013, and the fines in Finland are based on the size of the offender’s income. Mr. Kuisla was fined half the value of 8 days-worth of his net income. His net income is his total income less the income tax he paid. What percentage of his total income did Mr. Kuisla pay in income taxes 2013?

               A. 25%

               B. 38%

               C. 62%

               D. 75%



8. This was not Kuisla’s first time being fined for speeding. He had previously been penalized even more, 63,448 euros, for traveling 26 miles per hour over the limit, but was able to get that fine reduced to just 5,346 euros. If Kuisla ends up getting this ticket reduced by the same percentage as he did the last, what percent of his net income will he end up paying for the speeding ticket?

               A. 0.07%

               B. 0.09%

               C. 0.7%

               D. 1.0%



9. Other people committing the same traffic offense would be fined lower amounts, based on their incomes. For someone making 50,000 euros a year, the fine would be 345 euro. For someone making 300,000 euros a year, the fine would be 1480 euro. If the fine amount is linearly related to income, how large would the fine be for someone with no income?

               A. 118 euro

               B. 162 euro

               C. 227 euro

               D. 277 euro


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Program Content for April 21, 2015


1. Lines M and N are on the coordinate plane. The equation for line M is y =  x + 5. Line N is parallel to line M and crosses the y-axis at (0, -2). How far apart are lines M and N?

               A. 4 units

               B. 2  units

               C. 6 units

               D. 4  units



2. Line  passes near point . If is the center of a circle that contains both point and point , then line  is a ____________.

               A. chord

               B. diameter

               C. secant line

               D. tangent line



Based on the article “Secrecy shrouds decade long oil spill in South” on page A1 of the Friday, April 17th, Seattle Times.

3.  A Taylor Energy mishap a decade ago has left a slow motion oil spill leaking an unknown amount of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day. The company’s internal data showed a slow trickle of oil, confined to a small area of the Gulf, but an environmental watchdog group has estimated that between 300,000 and 1.4 million gallons of oil have leaked form the spill since 2004. Using the high-end estimate for the total gallons of oil spilled since 2004, approximately how many gallons of oil have spilled each day?


               A. 90 gallons per day

               B. 360 gallons per day

               C. 1,050 gallons

               D. 3,860 gallons


4.  Even using the high-end estimate, the Taylor spill is dwarfed by the 2010 BP spill, which released 134 million gallons into the Gulf. If the high-end estimate for the total oil spilled since 2004 is correct and oil continues to leak out at that rate, in approximately which year would the Taylor spill surpass the BP spill in total gallons leaked?

               A. 2300

               B. 2600

               C. 2800

               D. 3000


5.  The Associated Press reported that the oil was leaking across an area of 8 square miles. The company’s estimate for the leak was only 1/20th of that. Assume that the oil spill is a circle. If the area of the spill varies directly with the number of gallons that leaked, what was the radius of the oil spill from the company’s estimate?


               A. 0.36 miles

               B. 1.3 miles

               C. 3.4 miles

               D. 7.1 miles



Based on the article “Un-bee-lievable: Truck spills 450 hives along I-5” on page B1 of the Saturday, April 15th, Seattle Times.

6.    A truck carrying 14 million bees crashed on I-5, shutting down traffic. Much of Washington’s agriculture relies upon mobile colonies of bees. It takes 500,000 colonies of bees to pollinate the state's crops. If each truck can carry 500 colonies at a time, how many bees are needed to pollinate Washington’s crops?

               A. 14,000,000

               B. 28,000,000

               C. 14,000,000,000

               D. 28,000,000,000



7.  Volunteer beekeepers showed up at the crash site to assist in the recovery of the colonies. Of the 500 colonies in the truck, 128 were saved. Approximately how many bees were lost in the crash?

               A. 3.6 million

               B. 5.6 million

               C. 8.2 million

               D. 10.4 million


Based on the article “Legislators at odds over bill to cut cost of college” on page B1 of the Sunday, April 19th, Seattle Times.

8.  The Washington state legislature is debating how tuition will change at the state’s public colleges. The Republican plan calls for cutting tuition by 25%. Students pay $10,740 each year for tuition and another $1,654 in mandatory fees. For those students living on campus, their average expenses are $27,000. By what percent would a 25% tuition-decrease reduce the yearly cost for a student living on campus?

               A. 10%

               B. 15%

               C. 22%

               D. 25%



9.   Examine the graph titled “Washington public college tuition is the highest in the west” on page B6. Which state increased the tuitions and fees for its public colleges by the smallest percentage over the past 10 years?

               A. Alaska

               B. Montana

               C. Nevada

               D. North Dakota




10. Examine the graph titled “Washington public college tuition is the highest in the west” on page B6. What has the average annual percentage increase for tuition and fees at Washington’s public colleges been since 2004?

               A. 8.8%

               B. 10.2%

               C. 13.3%

               D. 23.3%




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