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Program Content for October 21, 2014


1. A line with the equation y = 0.5x passes through point A. When the line is translated 4 units to the right and 2 units up, which of the following will change with the translation?

               A. the location of point A.

               B. the x-intercept of the line

               C. the y-intercept of the line

               D. all of the above.



2. Two congruent isosceles triangles are joined to form a convex quadrilateral. The triangles have perimeters of 24 units and each have side lengths that measures 10 units. What is the maximum possible perimeter of the quadrilateral?

               A. 28 units

               B. 34 units

               C. 40 units

               D. 48 units




3. Triangle FGH has an altitude that passes through point F with a length of 4 inches. Point J is the midpoint of  and  is 6 units long. What is the area of triangle FGH?

               A. 12 square units

               B. 24 square units

               C. 48 square units

               D. 52 square units




Based on the article “Hong Kong demonstrators fashion bamboo bulwark” on page A3 of the Tuesday, October 14th, Seattle Times.

4. After the barricades were torn down, a construction worker was using bamboo poles to help create a new set of barricades. The lattice he produced was 1 yard high, 20 feet wide and 30 feet long. If the protesters were to completely cover the bamboo structure with fabric, how many square yards of material would they need?

               A. 83 square yards

               B. 110 square yards

               C.  square yards

               D. 500 square yards




5. The construction worker was using 12-foot long bamboo poles, with diameters of 2 inches. If the density of bamboo is about 20 lbs. per cubic foot, how much did each pole weigh?

               A. 5 lbs.

               B. 10 lbs.

               C. 20 lbs.

               D. 60 lbs.



6. Much of the anger in Hong Kong is over the rapid increase in the cost of living. Wealthy individuals from the mainland have purchased apartments throughout the city, dramatically increasing their prices. Studio apartments of just 177 square feet are selling for $250,000. In the Seattle area, where typical condominiums measure 935 square feet, the average price for a condo is $325,000.  Comparing the price per square foot for residential housing in the two cities, Hong Kong’s typical price per square foot is how many times greater than Seattle’s?

               A. 80% as much

               B. 380% as much

               C. 410% as much

               D. 530% as much


Based on the article “Farmer’s ‘pumpkinstein’ creation grows into a monster hit” on page A1 of the Monday, October 13th, Seattle Times.

7. In the U.S. about $7 billion in total will be spent on Halloween this year, $2 billion of that just on candy. Approximately 60% of the remaining money is spent on costumes. If the mean amount spent on costumes is estimated to be $50 per person, how many costumes will be purchased this year?

               A. 60,000,000

               B. 72,000,000

               C. 84,000,000

               D. 170,000,000




8.  Dighera sold 5,500 pumpkins this year at $75 each. He is planning to switch his pumpkin production solely to ‘pumpkinsteins’ next year and expects to grow between 30,000 and 40,000. If he sells all of his ‘pumpkinsteins’ next year at the same price, what is the minimum that his revenue from ‘pumpkinsteins’ will increase?

               A. $1,800,000

               B. $2,200,000

               C. $2,300,000

               D. $2,600,000




9. Dighera spent 4 years and $400,000 working to refine his process. He expects to produce an average of 35,000 ‘pumpkinsteins’ that he can sell each year. If Dighera expects to make back his investment next year while keeping the price he charges constant, then about how much does it cost to grow each ‘pumpkinstein’ he sells?

               A. $62

               B. $63

               C. $64

               D. $65


10. Dighera grows his ‘pumpkinsteins’ on a 40-acre farm and will potentially be able to produce 40,000 of them. The ‘pumpkinsteins’ can only be produced from the first two pumpkins from a pumpkin vine. If each vine takes up 30 square feet, what percentage of his farm does he use to grow pumpkins? (1 acre = 43,560 sq. ft.)

A. 34%

               B. 39%

               C. 47%

               D. 69%



Program Content for October 13, 2014


1. If the line of best fit for a scatter plot intersects the vertical axis at 20 units and the horizontal axis at 35 units, then the data sets being compared would have a ___________ correlation.

                A. negative

                B. positive

                C. strong

                D. weak




2. If Y is directly related to X and Z is inversely related to the square of Y, then which of the following equations could relate Z and X?

                A. Z =

                B. Z =

                C. Z =

                D. Z =




3. Diagonals of a quadrilateral are perpendicular and they bisect each other, the quadrilateral must be _______________.

                A. concave

                B. equiangular

                C. equilateral

                D. regular



Based on the article “AS SEATTLE INCOMES SOAR, GAP GROWS BETWEEN RICH AND POOR” on page A1 of the Tuesday, October 7th, Seattle Times.

4.  The median in Seattle recently jumped by almost $5,300 in a year, the second largest increase in the country. Based on the data in the tabled titled “Seattle income soaring,” what was Seattle median income this year?

                A. 64,667                                                                                             

                B. 64,762

                C. 69,905

                D. 70,007



5. Each of the quintiles in the graph titled “Income inequality on the rise in Seattle,” represents roughly 60,000 households. Based on the data in the graph, what was Seattle’s total household income in 2013?

                A. $5 billion

                B. $13 billion

                C. $29 billion

                D. $96 billion



6. The mean income of Seattle’s top 20% of households increased by $15,000 last year to $248,000. The mean for the bottom 20% of households remained constant. Examine the data in the graph titled “Income inequality on the rise in Seattle.” If Seattle’s mean household income increased by 8.5% from 2012 to 2013, then by what percent did the average income of the middle three quintile’s increase, collectively?

                A. 8.1%

                B. 9.4%

                C. 10.7%

                D. 11.5%



Based on the article “Something has to give when Murray meets Seahawk ‘D’” on page C1 of the Thursday, October 9th, Seattle Times.

7. Examine the table titled “NFL’s top rusher” on page C1. After rushing for 115 yards against the Seahawks in his sixth game, by how much did Murray’s median rushing yardage decrease after this game?

                A. 3.2

                B. 9

                C. 11.5

                D. 13




8. On Sunday, in his sixth game of the season, Murray rushed for 115 yards against the Seahawks. The single-season, 16-game, NFL rushing record of 2,105 yards was set my Eric Dickerson in 1984. Even though his rushing totals this week knocked Murray off a record-setting pace, he could still break the record. How many yards would Murray need to average over his remaining games in order to break the record?


                A. 120

                B. 130.5

                C. 132

                D. 143.5




Based on the article “CARGO KINGS” on page D1 of the Sunday, October 12th, Seattle Times.

9. The 194-foot wide ships can carry more than 18,000 containers, placed so their longest sides face the same direction as the ships’. The containers are typically 8 feet wide and 8 feet 6 inches tall, but vary in length, typically either 20-feet or 40-feet. On the ship they are stacked 20 high. If containers fill the width of the ship, except for 5 feet of clearance in the hull on each side, what is the minimum number of containers, laid down end to end, that must run along the length of the ship?

                A. 23

                B. 39

                C. 40

                D. 43



10. Average length of the containers on the ship is 28 feet and containers are either 20 feet long or 40 feet long. What is the typical ratio of 40-foot containers to 20-foot containers on a ship?

                A. 4 to 7

                B. 2 to 3

                C. 7 to 10

                D. 3 to 2



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