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## MTEL General Curriculum Mathematics Practice

Question 1 |

#### What is the perimeter of a right triangle with legs of lengths x and 2x?

\( \large 6x\) Hint: Use the Pythagorean Theorem. | |

\( \large 3x+5{{x}^{2}}\) Hint: Don't forget to take square roots when you use the Pythagorean Theorem. | |

\( \large 3x+\sqrt{5}{{x}^{2}}\) Hint: \(\sqrt {5 x^2}\) is not \(\sqrt {5}x^2\). | |

\( \large 3x+\sqrt{5}{{x}^{{}}}\) Hint: To find the hypotenuse, h, use the Pythagorean Theorem: \(x^2+(2x)^2=h^2.\) \(5x^2=h^2,h=\sqrt{5}x\). The perimeter is this plus x plus 2x. |

Question 2 |

#### The polygon depicted below is drawn on dot paper, with the dots spaced 1 unit apart. What is the perimeter of the polygon?

\( \large 18+\sqrt{2} \text{ units}\) Hint: Be careful with the Pythagorean Theorem. | |

\( \large 18+2\sqrt{2}\text{ units}\) Hint: There are 13 horizontal or vertical 1 unit segments. The longer diagonal is the hypotenuse of a 3-4-5 right triangle, so its length is 5 units. The shorter diagonal is the hypotenuse of a 45-45-90 right triangle with side 2, so its hypotenuse has length \(2 \sqrt{2}\). | |

\( \large 18 \text{ units}
\) Hint: Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the lengths of the diagonal segments. | |

\( \large 20 \text{ units}\) Hint: Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the lengths of the diagonal segments. |

Question 3 |

#### What is the mathematical name of the three-dimensional polyhedron depicted below?

## TetrahedronHint: All the faces of a tetrahedron are triangles. | |

## Triangular PrismHint: A prism has two congruent, parallel bases, connected by parallelograms (since this is a right prism, the parallelograms are rectangles). | |

## Triangular PyramidHint: A pyramid has one base, not two. | |

## TrigonHint: A trigon is a triangle (this is not a common term). |

Question 4 |

#### Which of the following is not possible?

## An equiangular triangle that is not equilateral.Hint: The AAA property of triangles states that all triangles with corresponding angles congruent are similar. Thus all triangles with three equal angles are similar, and are equilateral. | |

## An equiangular quadrilateral that is not equilateral.Hint: A rectangle is equiangular (all angles the same measure), but if it's not a square, it's not equilateral (all sides the same length). | |

## An equilateral quadrilateral that is not equiangular.Hint: This rhombus has equal sides, but it doesn't have equal angles: | |

## An equiangular hexagon that is not equilateral.Hint: This hexagon has equal angles, but it doesn't have equal sides: |

Question 5 |

#### How many lines of reflective symmetry and how many centers of rotational symmetry does the parallelogram depicted below have?

## 4 lines of reflective symmetry, 1 center of rotational symmetry.Hint: Try cutting out a shape like this one from paper, and fold where you think the lines of reflective symmetry are (or put a mirror there). Do things line up as you thought they would? | |

## 2 lines of reflective symmetry, 1 center of rotational symmetry.Hint: Try cutting out a shape like this one from paper, and fold where you think the lines of reflective symmetry are (or put a mirror there). Do things line up as you thought they would? | |

## 0 lines of reflective symmetry, 1 center of rotational symmetry.Hint: The intersection of the diagonals is a center of rotational symmetry. There are no lines of reflective symmetry, although many people get confused about this fact (best to play with hands on examples to get a feel). Just fyi, the letter S also has rotational, but not reflective symmetry, and it's one that kids often write backwards. | |

## 2 lines of reflective symmetry, 0 centers of rotational symmetry.Hint: Try cutting out a shape like this one from paper. Trace onto another sheet of paper. See if there's a way to rotate the cut out shape (less than a complete turn) so that it fits within the outlines again. |

Question 6 |

#### Which of the following nets will not fold into a cube?

Hint: If you have trouble visualizing, cut them out and fold (during the test, you can tear paper to approximate). | |

Hint: If you have trouble visualizing, cut them out and fold (during the test, you can tear paper to approximate). | |

Hint: If you have trouble visualizing, cut them out and fold (during the test, you can tear paper to approximate). |

Question 7 |

#### Which of the following sets of polygons can be assembled to form a pentagonal pyramid?

## 2 pentagons and 5 rectangles.Hint: These can be assembled to form a pentagonal prism, not a pentagonal pyramid. | |

## 1 square and 5 equilateral triangles.Hint: You need a pentagon for a pentagonal pyramid. | |

## 1 pentagon and 5 isosceles triangles. | |

## 1 pentagon and 10 isosceles triangles. |

Question 8 |

#### Which property is not shared by all rhombi?

## 4 congruent sidesHint: The most common definition of a rhombus is a quadrilateral with 4 congruent sides. | |

## A center of rotational symmetryHint: The diagonal of a rhombus separates it into two congruent isosceles triangles. The center of this line is a center of 180 degree rotational symmetry that switches the triangles. | |

## 4 congruent anglesHint: Unless the rhombus is a square, it does not have 4 congruent angles. | |

## 2 sets of parallel sidesHint: All rhombi are parallelograms. |

Question 9 |

#### Below are front, side, and top views of a three-dimensional solid.

#### Which of the following could be the solid shown above?

## A sphereHint: All views would be circles. | |

## A cylinder | |

## A coneHint: Two views would be triangles, not rectangles. | |

## A pyramidHint: How would one view be a circle? |

Question 10 |

#### In the triangle below, \(\overline{AC}\cong \overline{AD}\cong \overline{DE}\) and \(m\angle CAD=100{}^\circ \). What is \(m\angle DAE\)?

\( \large 20{}^\circ \) Hint: Angles ACD and ADC are congruent since they are base angles of an isosceles triangle. Since the angles of a triangle sum to 180, they sum to 80, and they are 40 deg each. Thus angle ADE is 140 deg, since it makes a straight line with angle ADC. Angles DAE and DEA are base angles of an isosceles triangle and thus congruent-- they sum to 40 deg, so are 20 deg each. | |

\( \large 25{}^\circ \) Hint: If two sides of a triangle are congruent, then it's isosceles, and the base angles of an isosceles triangle are equal. | |

\( \large 30{}^\circ \) Hint: If two sides of a triangle are congruent, then it's isosceles, and the base angles of an isosceles triangle are equal. | |

\( \large 40{}^\circ \) Hint: Make sure you're calculating the correct angle. |

Question 11 |

#### Use the graph below to answer the question that follows.

#### If the polygon shown above is reflected about the y axis and then rotated 90 degrees clockwise about the origin, which of the following graphs is the result?

Hint: Try following the point (1,4) to see where it goes after each transformation. | |

Hint: Make sure you're reflecting in the correct axis. | |

Hint: Make sure you're rotating the correct direction. |

Question 12 |

#### Aya and Kendra want to estimate the height of a tree. On a sunny day, Aya measures Kendra€™s shadow as 3 meters long, and Kendra measures the tree€™s shadow as 15 meters long. Kendra is 1.5 meters tall. How tall is the tree?

## 7.5 metersHint: Here is a picture, note that the large and small right triangles are similar: One way to do the problem is to note that there is a dilation (scale) factor of 5 on the shadows, so there must be that factor on the heights too. Another way is to note that the shadows are twice as long as the heights. | |

## 22.5 metersHint: Draw a picture. | |

## 30 metersHint: Draw a picture. | |

## 45 metersHint: Draw a picture. |

Question 13 |

#### What set of transformations will transform the leftmost image into the rightmost image?

## A 90 degree clockwise rotation about (2,1) followed by a translation of two units to the right.Hint: Part of the figure would move below the x-axis with these transformations. | |

## A translation 3 units up, followed by a reflection about the line y=x.Hint: See what happens to the point (5,1) under this set of transformations. | |

## A 90 degree clockwise rotation about (5,1), followed by a translation of 2 units up. | |

## A 90 degree clockwise rotation about (2,1) followed by a translation of 2 units to the right.Hint: See what happens to the point (3,3) under this set of transformations. |

Question 14 |

#### Use the four figures below to answer the question that follows:

#### How many of the figures pictured above have at least one line of reflective symmetry?

\( \large 1\) | |

\( \large 2\) Hint: The ellipse has 2 lines of reflective symmetry (horizontal and vertical, through the center) and the triangle has 3. The other two figures have rotational symmetry, but not reflective symmetry. | |

\( \large 3\) | |

\( \large 4\) Hint: All four have rotational symmetry, but not reflective symmetry. |

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