Florida State Standards Alignment (MAFS Standards): 912
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Number & Quantity 
Algebra 
Functions 
Geometry 
Statistics & Probability 
Number and Quantity
The Real Number System
Explain how the definition of the meaning of rational exponents follows from extending the properties of integer exponents to those values, allowing for a notation for radicals in terms of rational exponents. For example, we define 5 to 1/3 power to be the cube root of 5 because we want (5^{1/3}) = 5^{(1/3)3} to hold, so (5^{1/3})^{3} must equal 5. 

Rewrite expressions involving radicals and rational exponents using the properties of exponents. 

Explain why the sum or product of two rational numbers is rational; that the sum of a rational number and an irrational number is irrational; and that the product of a nonzero rational number and an irrational number is irrational. 
Quantities
Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multistep problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays. ★ 

Define appropriate quantities for the purpose of descriptive modeling. ★ 

Choose a level of accuracy appropriate to limitations on measurement when reporting quantities. ★ 
The Complex Number System
Know there is a complex number i such that i² = –1, and every complex number has the form a + bi with a and b real. 

Use the relation i² = –1 and the commutative, associative, and distributive properties to add, subtract, and multiply complex numbers. 

Find the conjugate of a complex number; use conjugates to find moduli and quotients of complex numbers. 

Represent complex numbers on the complex plane in rectangular and polar form (including real and imaginary numbers), and explain why the rectangular and polar forms of a given complex number represent the same number. 

Represent addition, subtraction, multiplication, and conjugation of complex numbers geometrically on the complex plane; use properties of this representation for computation. For example, (–1 + √3 i)³ = 8 because (–1 + √3 i) has modulus 2 and argument 120°. 

Calculate the distance between numbers in the complex plane as the modulus of the difference, and the midpoint of a segment as the average of the numbers at its endpoints. 

Solve quadratic equations with real coefficients that have complex solutions. 

Extend polynomial identities to the complex numbers. For example, rewrite x² + 4 as (x + 2i)(x – 2i). 

Know the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra; show that it is true for quadratic polynomials. 
Vector and Matrix Quantities
Recognize vector quantities as having both magnitude and direction. Represent vector quantities by directed line segments, and use appropriate symbols for vectors and their magnitudes (e.g., v, v, v, v). 

Find the components of a vector by subtracting the coordinates of an initial point from the coordinates of a terminal point. 

Solve problems involving velocity and other quantities that can be represented by vectors. 

Add and subtract vectors.


Multiply a vector by a scalar.


Use matrices to represent and manipulate data, e.g., to represent payoffs or incidence relationships in a network. 

Multiply matrices by scalars to produce new matrices, e.g., as when all of the payoffs in a game are doubled. 

Add, subtract, and multiply matrices of appropriate dimensions. 

Understand that, unlike multiplication of numbers, matrix multiplication for square matrices is not a commutative operation, but still satisfies the associative and distributive properties. 

Understand that the zero and identity matrices play a role in matrix addition and multiplication similar to the role of 0 and 1 in the real numbers. The determinant of a square matrix is nonzero if and only if the matrix has a multiplicative inverse. 

Multiply a vector (regarded as a matrix with one column) by a matrix of suitable dimensions to produce another vector. Work with matrices as transformations of vectors. 

Work with 2 × 2 matrices as transformations of the plane, and interpret the absolute value of the determinant in terms of area. 
Algebra
Seeing Structure in Expressions
Interpret expressions that represent a quantity in terms of its context. ★


Use the structure of an expression to identify ways to rewrite it. For example, see x4 y4 as (x²)² – (y²)², thus recognizing it as a difference of squares that can be factored as (x² – y²)(x² + y²). 

Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.★


Derive the formula for the sum of a finite geometric series (when the common ratio is not 1), and use the formula to solve problems. For example, calculate mortgage payments. ★ 
Arithmetic with Polynomials & Rational Expressions
Understand that polynomials form a system analogous to the integers, namely, they are closed under the operations of addition, subtraction, and multiplication; add, subtract, and multiply polynomials. 

Know and apply the Remainder Theorem: For a polynomial p(x) and a number a, the remainder on division by x – a is p(a), so p(a) = 0 if and only if (x – a) is a factor of p(x). 

Identify zeros of polynomials when suitable factorizations are available, and use the zeros to construct a rough graph of the function defined by the polynomial. 

Prove polynomial identities and use them to describe numerical relationships. For example, the polynomial identity (x² + y²)² = (x² – y²)² + (2xy)² can be used to generate Pythagorean triples. 

Know and apply the Binomial Theorem for the expansion of (x + y)^{n} in powers of x and y for a positive integer n, where x and y are any numbers, with coefficients determined for example by Pascal’s Triangle. 

Rewrite simple rational expressions in different forms; write a(x)/b(x) in the form q(x) + r(x)/b(x), where a(x), b(x), q(x), and r(x) are polynomials with the degree of r(x) less than the degree of b(x), using inspection, long division, or, for the more complicated examples, a computer algebra system. 

Understand that rational expressions form a system analogous to the rational numbers, closed under addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division by a nonzero rational expression; add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions. 
Creating Equations
Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational, absolute, and exponential functions. ★ 

Create equations in two or more variables to represent relationships between quantities; graph equations on coordinate axes with labels and scales. ★ 

Represent constraints by equations or inequalities, and by systems of equations and/or inequalities, and interpret solutions as viable or nonviable options in a modeling context. For example, represent inequalities describing nutritional and cost constraints on combinations of different foods. ★ 

Rearrange formulas to highlight a quantity of interest, using the same reasoning as in solving equations. For example, rearrange Ohm’s law V = IR to highlight resistance R. ★ 
Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities
Explain each step in solving a simple equation as following from the equality of numbers asserted at the previous step, starting from the assumption that the original equation has a solution. Construct a viable argument to justify a solution method. 

Solve simple rational and radical equations in one variable, and give examples showing how extraneous solutions may arise. 

Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable, including equations with coefficients represented by letters. 

Solve quadratic equations in one variable.


Prove that, given a system of two equations in two variables, replacing one equation by the sum of that equation and a multiple of the other produces a system with the same solutions. 

Solve systems of linear equations exactly and approximately (e.g., with graphs), focusing on pairs of linear equations in two variables. 

Solve a simple system consisting of a linear equation and a quadratic equation in two variables algebraically and graphically. For example, find the points of intersection between the line y = –3x and the circle x² + y² = 3. 

Represent a system of linear equations as a single matrix equation in a vector variable. 

Find the inverse of a matrix if it exists and use it to solve systems of linear equations (using technology for matrices of dimension 3 × 3 or greater). 

Understand that the graph of an equation in two variables is the set of all its solutions plotted in the coordinate plane, often forming a curve (which could be a line). 

Explain why the xcoordinates of the points where the graphs of the equations y = f(x) and y = g(x) intersect are the solutions of the equation f(x) = g(x); find the solutions approximately, e.g., using technology to graph the functions, make tables of values, or find successive approximations. Include cases where f(x) and/or g(x) are linear, polynomial, rational, absolute value, exponential, and logarithmic functions. ★ 

Graph the solutions to a linear inequality in two variables as a halfplane (excluding the boundary in the case of a strict inequality), and graph the solution set to a system of linear inequalities in two variables as the intersection of the corresponding halfplanes. 
Functions
Interpreting Functions
Understand that a function from one set (called the domain) to another set (called the range) assigns to each element of the domain exactly one element of the range. If f is a function and x is an element of its domain, then f(x) denotes the output of f corresponding to the input x. The graph of f is the graph of the equation y = f(x). 

Use function notation, evaluate functions for inputs in their domains, and interpret statements that use function notation in terms of a context. 

Recognize that sequences are functions, sometimes defined recursively, whose domain is a subset of the integers. For example, the Fibonacci sequence is defined recursively by f(0) = f(1) = 1, f(n+1) = f(n) + f(n1) for n ≥ 1. 

For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. Key features include: intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums; symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity. ★ 

Relate the domain of a function to its graph and, where applicable, to the quantitative relationship it describes. For example, if the function h(n) gives the number of personhours it takes to assemble engines in a factory, then the positive integers would be an appropriate domain for the function. ★ 

Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph. ★ 

Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases. ★


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


Compare properties of two functions each represented in a different way (algebraically, graphically, numerically in tables, or by verbal descriptions). For example, given a graph of one quadratic function and an algebraic expression for another, say which has the larger maximum. 
Building Functions
Write a function that describes a relationship between two quantities. ★


Write arithmetic and geometric sequences both recursively and with an explicit formula, use them to model situations, and translate between the two forms. ★ 

Identify the effect on the graph of replacing f(x) by f(x) + k, k f(x), f(kx), and f(x + k) for specific values of k (both positive and negative); find the value of k given the graphs. Experiment with cases and illustrate an explanation of the effects on the graph using technology. Include recognizing even and odd functions from their graphs and algebraic expressions for them. 

Find inverse functions.


Understand the inverse relationship between exponents and logarithms and use this relationship to solve problems involving logarithms and exponents. 

Use the change of base formula. 
Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models
Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and with exponential functions. ★


Construct linear and exponential functions, including arithmetic and geometric sequences, given a graph, a description of a relationship, or two inputoutput pairs (include reading these from a table). ★ 

Observe using graphs and tables that a quantity increasing exponentially eventually exceeds a quantity increasing linearly, quadratically, or (more generally) as a polynomial function. ★ 

For exponential models, express as a logarithm the solution to ab^{ct}= d where a, c, and d are numbers and the base b is 2, 10, or e; evaluate the logarithm using technology. ★ 

Interpret the parameters in a linear or exponential function in terms of a context. ★ 
Trigonometric Functions
Understand radian measure of an angle as the length of the arc on the unit circle subtended by the angle; Convert between degrees and radians. 

Explain how the unit circle in the coordinate plane enables the extension of trigonometric functions to all real numbers, interpreted as radian measures of angles traversed counterclockwise around the unit circle. 

Use special triangles to determine geometrically the values of sine, cosine, tangent for π/3, π/4 and π/6, and use the unit circle to express the values of sine, cosine, and tangent for π–x, π+x, and 2π–x in terms of their values for x, where x is any real number. 

Use the unit circle to explain symmetry (odd and even) and periodicity of trigonometric functions. 

Choose trigonometric functions to model periodic phenomena with specified amplitude, frequency, and midline. ★ 

Understand that restricting a trigonometric function to a domain on which it is always increasing or always decreasing allows its inverse to be constructed. 

Use inverse functions to solve trigonometric equations that arise in modeling contexts; evaluate the solutions using technology, and interpret them in terms of the context. ★ 

Prove the Pythagorean identity sin²(θ) + cos²(θ) = 1 and use it to calculate trigonometric ratios. 

Prove the addition and subtraction, halfangle, and doubleangle formulas for sine, cosine, and tangent and use these formulas to solve problems. 
Geometry
Congruence
Know precise definitions of angle, circle, perpendicular line, parallel line, and line segment, based on the undefined notions of point, line, distance along a line, and distance around a circular arc. 

Represent transformations in the plane using, e.g., transparencies and geometry software; describe transformations as functions that take points in the plane as inputs and give other points as outputs. Compare transformations that preserve distance and angle to those that do not (e.g., translation versus horizontal stretch). 

Given a rectangle, parallelogram, trapezoid, or regular polygon, describe the rotations and reflections that carry it onto itself. 

Develop definitions of rotations, reflections, and translations in terms of angles, circles, perpendicular lines, parallel lines, and line segments. 

Given a geometric figure and a rotation, reflection, or translation, draw the transformed figure using, e.g., graph paper, tracing paper, or geometry software. Specify a sequence of transformations that will carry a given figure onto another. 

Use geometric descriptions of rigid motions to transform figures and to predict the effect of a given rigid motion on a given figure; given two figures, use the definition of congruence in terms of rigid motions to decide if they are congruent. 

Use the definition of congruence in terms of rigid motions to show that two triangles are congruent if and only if corresponding pairs of sides and corresponding pairs of angles are congruent. 

Explain how the criteria for triangle congruence (ASA, SAS, SSS, and HypotenuseLeg) follow from the definition of congruence in terms of rigid motions. 

Prove theorems about lines and angles; use theorems about lines and angles to solve problems. Theorems include: vertical angles are congruent; when a transversal crosses parallel lines, alternate interior angles are congruent and corresponding angles are congruent; points on a perpendicular bisector of a line segment are exactly those equidistant from the segment’s endpoints. 

Prove theorems about triangles; use theorems about triangles to solve problems. Theorems include: measures of interior angles of a triangle sum to 180°; triangle inequality theorem; base angles of isosceles triangles are congruent; the segment joining midpoints of two sides of a triangle is parallel to the third side and half the length; the medians of a triangle meet at a point. 

Prove theorems about parallelograms; use theorems about parallelograms to solve problems. Theorems include: opposite sides are congruent, opposite angles are congruent, the diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other, and conversely, rectangles are parallelograms with congruent diagonals. 

Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods (compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, dynamic geometric software, etc.). Copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line. 

Construct an equilateral triangle, a square, and a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle. 
Similarity, Right Triangles, and Trigonometry
Verify experimentally the properties of dilations given by a center and a scale factor:


Given two figures, use the definition of similarity in terms of similarity transformations to decide if they are similar; explain using similarity transformations the meaning of similarity for triangles as the equality of all corresponding pairs of angles and the proportionality of all corresponding pairs of sides. 

Use the properties of similarity transformations to establish the AA criterion for two triangles to be similar. 

Prove theorems about triangles. Theorems include: a line parallel to one side of a triangle divides the other two proportionally, and conversely; the Pythagorean Theorem proved using triangle similarity. 

Use congruence and similarity criteria for triangles to solve problems and to prove relationships in geometric figures. 

Understand that by similarity, side ratios in right triangles are properties of the angles in the triangle, leading to definitions of trigonometric ratios for acute angles. 

Explain and use the relationship between the sine and cosine of complementary angles. 

Use trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangles in applied problems. ★ 

Derive the formula A = 1/2 ab sin(C) for the area of a triangle by drawing an auxiliary line from a vertex perpendicular to the opposite side. 

Prove the Laws of Sines and Cosines and use them to solve problems. 

Understand and apply the Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines to find unknown measurements in right and nonright triangles (e.g., surveying problems, resultant forces). 
Circles
Prove that all circles are similar. 

Identify and describe relationships among inscribed angles, radii, and chords. Include the relationship between central, inscribed, and circumscribed angles; inscribed angles on a diameter are right angles; the radius of a circle is perpendicular to the tangent where the radius intersects the circle. 

Construct the inscribed and circumscribed circles of a triangle, and prove properties of angles for a quadrilateral inscribed in a circle. 

Construct a tangent line from a point outside a given circle to the circle. 

Derive using similarity the fact that the length of the arc intercepted by an angle is proportional to the radius, and define the radian measure of the angle as the constant of proportionality; derive the formula for the area of a sector. 
Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations
Derive the equation of a circle of given center and radius using the Pythagorean Theorem; complete the square to find the center and radius of a circle given by an equation. 

Derive the equation of a parabola given a focus and directrix. 

Derive the equations of ellipses and hyperbolas given the foci and directrices. 

Use coordinates to prove simple geometric theorems algebraically. For example, prove or disprove that a figure defined by four given points in the coordinate plane is a rectangle; prove or disprove that the point (1, √3) lies on the circle centered at the origin and containing the point (0, 2). 

Prove the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines and use them to solve geometric problems (e.g., find the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line that passes through a given point). 

Find the point on a directed line segment between two given points that partitions the segment in a given ratio. 

Use coordinates to compute perimeters of polygons and areas of triangles and rectangles, e.g., using the distance formula. ★ 
Geometric Measurement and Dimension
Give an informal argument for the formulas for the circumference of a circle, area of a circle, volume of a cylinder, pyramid, and cone. Use dissection arguments, Cavalieri’s principle, and informal limit arguments. 

Give an informal argument using Cavalieri’s principle for the formulas for the volume of a sphere and other solid figures. 

Use volume formulas for cylinders, pyramids, cones, and spheres to solve problems. ★ 

Identify the shapes of twodimensional crosssections of threedimensional objects, and identify threedimensional objects generated by rotations of twodimensional objects. 
Modeling with Geometry
Use geometric shapes, their measures, and their properties to describe objects (e.g., modeling a tree trunk or a human torso as a cylinder). ★ 

Apply concepts of density based on area and volume in modeling situations (e.g., persons per square mile, BTUs per cubic foot). ★ 

Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost; working with typographic grid systems based on ratios). ★ 
Statistics & Probability
Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data
Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots). ★ 

Use statistics appropriate to the shape of the data distribution to compare center (median, mean) and spread (interquartile range, standard deviation) of two or more different data sets. ★ 

Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers). ★ 

Use the mean and standard deviation of a data set to fit it to a normal distribution and to estimate population percentages. Recognize that there are data sets for which such a procedure is not appropriate. Use calculators, spreadsheets, and tables to estimate areas under the normal curve. ★ 

Summarize categorical data for two categories in twoway frequency tables. Interpret relative frequencies in the context of the data (including joint, marginal, and conditional relative frequencies). Recognize possible associations and trends in the data. ★ 

Represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot, and describe how the variables are related. ★


Interpret the slope (rate of change) and the intercept (constant term) of a linear model in the context of the data. ★ 

Compute (using technology) and interpret the correlation coefficient of a linear fit. ★ 

Distinguish between correlation and causation. ★ 
Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions
Understand statistics as a process for making inferences about population parameters based on a random sample from that population. ★ 

Decide if a specified model is consistent with results from a given datagenerating process, e.g., using simulation. For example, a model says a spinning coin falls heads up with probability 0.5. Would a result of 5 tails in a row cause you to question the model ★ 

Recognize the purposes of and differences among sample surveys, experiments, and observational studies; explain how randomization relates to each. ★ 

Use data from a sample survey to estimate a population mean or proportion; develop a margin of error through the use of simulation models for random sampling. ★ 

Use data from a randomized experiment to compare two treatments; use simulations to decide if differences between parameters are significant. ★ 

Evaluate reports based on data. ★ 
Conditional Probability and the Rules of Probability
Describe events as subsets of a sample space (the set of outcomes) using characteristics (or categories) of the outcomes, or as unions, intersections, or complements of other events (“or,” “and,” “not”). ★ 

Understand that two events A and B are independent if the probability of A and B occurring together is the product of their probabilities, and use this characterization to determine if they are independent. ★ 

Understand the conditional probability of A given B as P(A and B)/P(B), and interpret independence of A and B as saying that the conditional probability of A given B is the same as the probability of A, and the conditional probability of B given A is the same as the probability of B. ★ 

Construct and interpret twoway frequency tables of data when two categories are associated with each object being classified. Use the twoway table as a sample space to decide if events are independent and to approximate conditional probabilities. For example, collect data from a random sample of students in your school on their favorite subject among math, science, and English. Estimate the probability that a randomly selected student from your school will favor science given that the student is in tenth grade. Do the same for other subjects and compare the results. ★ 

Recognize and explain the concepts of conditional probability and independence in everyday language and everyday situations. For example, compare the chance of having lung cancer if you are a smoker with the chance of being a smoker if you have lung cancer. ★ 

Find the conditional probability of A given B as the fraction of B’s outcomes that also belong to A, and interpret the answer in terms of the model. ★ 

Apply the Addition Rule, P(A or B) = P(A) + P(B) – P(A and B), and interpret the answer in terms of the model. ★ 

Apply the general Multiplication Rule in a uniform probability model, P(A and B) = P(A)P(BA) = P(B)P(AB), and interpret the answer in terms of the model. ★ 

Use permutations and combinations to compute probabilities of compound events and solve problems. ★ 
Using Probability to Make Decisions
Define a random variable for a quantity of interest by assigning a numerical value to each event in a sample space; graph the corresponding probability distribution using the same graphical displays as for data distributions. ★ 

Calculate the expected value of a random variable; interpret it as the mean of the probability distribution. ★ 

Develop a probability distribution for a random variable defined for a sample space in which theoretical probabilities can be calculated; find the expected value. For example, find the theoretical probability distribution for the number of correct answers obtained by guessing on all five questions of a multiplechoice test where each question has four choices, and find the expected grade under various grading schemes. ★ 

Develop a probability distribution for a random variable defined for a sample space in which probabilities are assigned empirically; find the expected value. For example, find a current data distribution on the number of TV sets per household in the United States, and calculate the expected number of sets per household. How many TV sets would you expect to find in 100 randomly selected households? ★ 

Weigh the possible outcomes of a decision by assigning probabilities to payoff values and finding expected values. ★


Use probabilities to make fair decisions (e.g., drawing by lots, using a random number generator). ★ 

Analyze decisions and strategies using probability concepts (e.g., product testing, medical testing, pulling a hockey goalie at the end of a game). ★ 