For homework, students completed Complex Numbers Intro, which was a substantial assignment. As I check this assignment, I display the solutions on the overhead and ask students to mark on their packets any questions they missed. After I check everyone's work we review the assignment to prepare for the day's review and the next day's summative assessment.
The warm up is an additional set of complex number questions - mostly about simplifying powers of i. I send my students the formative assessment Warm-up- Simplifying Powers of i with the TI NSpire Navigator so that we can all see how the class is progressing in their ability to simplify complex expressions.
In this lesson, I give students a chance to put their new understanding of imaginary numbers together with what they learned earlier about polynomials. They will be assessed on this material in a quiz the following day.
The activity Waterfall Trivia- Polynomials and Imaginary Roots is a self-advancing powerpoint with three rounds of 5 questions each. In each round, the question is displayed for five minutes. Students copy the problem onto a sheet of paper and work on it independently for five minutes [MP1]. They continue doing this until all 5 problems in the set have been displayed. At the end of each round, students submit their papers to me so I can tally up the points. The top three scorer in all three rounds win a prize, which is candy or some type of school supply.