Ch 18: MTEL Middle School Mathematics: Functions

About This Chapter

Functions are the basis of calculus operations. This chapter of the MTEL Middle School Mathematics course reviews functions and their properties as you prepare for this teacher certification exam.

MTEL Middle School Mathematics: Functions - Chapter Summary

This collection of video lessons gives you a comprehensive summary of the ins and outs of functions as your MTEL Middle School Mathematics certification exam date approaches. In these lessons, you will be looking at the following topics:

  • Identifying functions
  • Plotting points of functions
  • Comparing properties algebraically and graphically
  • Finding and applying slopes and intercepts
  • Modeling linear relationships
  • Examples of composing functions
  • Determining rate of change

These video lessons are designed for viewing on your mobile device as well as your computer, so you never have to worry about missing an opportunity for studying away from home. Once you finish the chapter, a set of quizzes on functions is included for you to take in preparation for the actual MTEL Middle School Mathematics exam.

MTEL Middle School Mathematics: Functions Chapter Objectives

The state of Massachusetts requires all teachers in middle grade mathematics to obtain their certification by passing the MTEL Middle School Mathematics exam. Questions on functions will be found on the test under the Patterns, Relations, and Algebra subarea, a multiple-choice section that takes up about 25% of the entire test.

10 Lessons in Chapter 18: MTEL Middle School Mathematics: Functions
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is a Function: Basics and Key Terms

1. What is a Function: Basics and Key Terms

Mapping numbers sounds complex, but we do it when we buy gasoline. We pump gasoline, and the gas station charges us based on the amount of gas that we pump. Learn how this relates to functions while reviewing the basics and notations in this lesson.

Functions: Identification, Notation & Practice Problems

2. Functions: Identification, Notation & Practice Problems

A function is simply a rule that takes one number and turns it into another. But some special conditions must apply for it to be a true mathematical function. Learn about those conditions and how we write functions here!

Graph Functions by Plotting Points

3. Graph Functions by Plotting Points

Let's say you have a function. What does it look like? How do you graph it? In this lesson, we'll learn how to graph functions by determining and plotting points.

Compare Properties of Functions Algebraically

4. Compare Properties of Functions Algebraically

In this lesson, we will explore algebraic and numeric properties and the evaluation of functions. We'll demonstrate function evaluations and the idea that every element of the domain has a unique element in the range.

Compare Properties of Functions Graphically

5. Compare Properties of Functions Graphically

In this lesson, we will cover the characteristics of graphs of functions. We will employ the vertical line test and understand why some graphs do not qualify as functions.

How to Find and Apply The Slope of a Line

6. How to Find and Apply The Slope of a Line

In this lesson, we'll discover all about the slopes of lines. We'll learn about different types of slopes and how to find the slopes of lines. We'll use two methods: the slope formula and the slope-intercept form.

How to Find and Apply the Intercepts of a Line

7. How to Find and Apply the Intercepts of a Line

How can you take an equation of a line and find out where it will cross the x- or y-axis? In this lesson, we'll define x-intercepts and y-intercepts and learn how to find them.

Composing Functions: Definition and Examples

8. Composing Functions: Definition and Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of a mathematical function and explore function notation and function tables. We will also review several examples of functions.

Model a Linear Relationship Between Two Quantities

9. Model a Linear Relationship Between Two Quantities

In this lesson, we will learn about modeling linear relationships by converting domain and range values into ordered pairs and then constructing a graph.

Determine the Rate of Change of a Function

10. Determine the Rate of Change of a Function

In this lesson, we will learn about the rate of change of a function with specific focus on linear and exponential functions while examining the graphs of both types of functions.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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