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The University of the State of New York

REGENTS HIGH SCHOOL EXAMINATION

MATHEMATICS A Tuesday, June 17, 2003, 1:15 to 4:15 p.m., only

This examination has four parts, with a total of 35 questions. You must answer all questions in this examination. Write your answers to the Part I multiple-choice questions on the separate answer sheet. Write your answers to the questions in Parts II, III, and IV directly in this booklet. Clearly indicate the necessary steps, including appropriate formula substitutions, diagrams, graphs, charts, etc. When you have completed the examination, you must sign the statement printed at the end of the answer sheet, indicating that you had no unlawful knowledge of the questions or answers prior to the examination and that you have neither given nor received assistance in answering any of the questions during the examination. Your answer sheet cannot be accepted if you fail to sign this declaration.

Notice... A minimum of a scientific calculator, a straightedge (ruler), and a compass must be available for your use while taking this examination.

**Answer all questions in this part. Each correct answer will
receive 2 credits. No partial credit will be allowed. For each
question, write on the separate answer sheet the numeral preceding the
word or expression that best completes the statement or answers the
question.**

**Q1**. The number 8.375*10^(-3) is equivalent to? (1) 0.0008375;
(2) 0.008375; (3) 0.08375; (4) 8,375

**Q2**. The accompanying diagram shows a square with side y inside
a square with side x. Which expression represents the area of the
shaded region? (1) x^2; (2) y^2; (3) y^2-x^2; (4) x^2-y^2

**Q3**. Which expression represents an irrational number? (1)
sqrt(2); (2) 1/2; (3) 0.17; (4) 0

**Q4**. Which shape does not have rotational symmetry? (1)
trapezoid; (2) regular pentagon; (3) circle; (4) square

**Q5**. Bob and Laquisha have volunteered to serve on the Junior
Prom Committee. The names of twenty volunteers, including Bob and
Laquisha, are put into a bowl. If two names are randomly drawn from
the bowl without replacement, what is the probability that Bob's name
will be drawn first and Laquisha's name will be drawn second? (1)
(1/20)*(1/20); (2) (1/20)*(1/19); (3) 2/20; (4) 2/20!

**Q6**. Tori computes the value of 8*95 in her head by thinking
8*(100-5) = 8*100-8*5. Which number property is she using? (1)
associative; (2) distributive; (3) commutative; (4) closure

**Q7**. A triangle has sides whose lengths are 5, 12, and 13. A
similar triangle could have sides with lengths of...? (1) 3, 4, and
5; (2) 6, 8, and 10; (3) 7, 24, and 25; (4) 10, 24, and 26

**Q8**. Which statement is logically equivalent to "If it is
Saturday, then I am not in school"? (1) If I am not in school, then
it is Saturday; (2) If it is not Saturday, then I am in school; (3) If
I am in school, then it is not Saturday; (4) If it is Saturday, then I
am in school.

**Q9**. A translation moves P(3,5) to P(6,1). What are the
coordinates of the image of point (-3,-5) under the same translation?
(1) (0,-9); (2) (-5,-3); (3) (-6,-1); (4) (-6,-9)

**Q10**. If x+y = 9x+y, then x is equal to (1) y; (2) (1/5)*y; (3)
0; (4) 8

**Q11**. Which number is in the solution set of the inequality
5x+3 > 38? (1) 5; (2) 6; (3) 7; (4) 8

**Q12**. The expression 3^2*3^3*3^4 is equivalent to (1) 27^9; (2)
27^24; (3) 3^9; (4) 3^24

**Q13**. What is the solution set of the equation x^2-5*x-24=0?
(1) {-3,8}; (2) {-3,-8}; (3) {3,8}; (4) {3,-8}

**Q14**. If the expression 3-4^2+6/2 is evaluated, what would be
done last? (1) subtracting; (2) squaring; (3) adding; (4) dividing

**Q15**. What is the additive inverse of 2/3? (1) -2/3; (2) 1/3;
(3) -3/2; (4) 3/2

**Q16**. The sum of sqrt(18) and sqrt(72) is (1) sqrt(90); (2)
9*sqrt(2); (3) 3*sqrt(10); (4) 6*sqrt(3)

**Q17**. What is the inverse of the statement "If Julie works
hard, then she succeeds"? (1) If Julie succeeds, then she works hard;
(2) If Julie does not succeed, then she does not work hard; (3) If
Julie works hard, then she does not succeed; (4) If Julie does not
work hard, then she does not succeed.

**Q18**. If one factor of 56*x^4*y^3-42*x^2*y^6 is 14*x^2*y^3,
what is the other factor? (1) 4x^2-3y^3; (2) 4x^2-3y^2; (3)
4x^2y-3xy^3; (4) 4x^2y-3xy^2

**Q19**. For which value of x is the expression (3x-6)/(x-4)
undefined? (1) 0; (2) 2; (3) -4; (4) 4

**Q20**. How many different five-member teams can be made from a
group of eight students, if each student has an equal chance of being
chosen? (1) 40; (2) 56; (3) 336; (4) 6,720

**Answer all questions in this part. Each correct answer will
receive 2 credits. Clearly indicate the necessary steps, including
appropriate formula substitutions, diagrams, graphs, charts, etc. For
all questions in this part, a correct numerical answer with no work
shown will receive only 1 credit.**

**Q21**. The student scores on Mrs. Frederick's mathematics test
are shown on the stem-and-leaf plot below.

4 | 3 6 | 0 5 5 7 9 7 | 2 5 6 8 9 9 9 9 | 0 1 2 5 9

Key: 4 | 3 = 43 points

Find the median of these scores.

**Q22**. The lengths of the sides of two similar rectangular
billboards are in the ratio 5:4. If 250 square feet of material is
needed to cover the larger bill-board, how much material, in square
feet, is needed to cover the smaller billboard?

**Q23**. Solve for m: 0.6*m + 3 = 2*m + 0.2

**Q24**. In the accompanying diagram, line m is parallel to line
p, line t is a transversal, angle a = 3x+12, and angle b = 2x+13.
Find the value of x.

[The diagram shows horizontal lines "m" and "p", and a skew line "t". Angle "a" is the "northwest" angle of the intersection of m and t, and angle "b" is the "northeast" angle of the intersection of p and t.]

**Q25**. On the accompanying diagram of ABC, use a compass and a
straight-edge to construct a median from A to the line segment BC.

[The diagram shows a general triangle ABC.]

**Answer all questions in this part. Each correct answer will
receive 3 credits. Clearly indicate the necessary steps, including
appropriate formula substitutions, diagrams, graphs, charts, etc. For
all questions in this part, a correct numerical answer with no work
shown will receive only 1 credit.**

**Q26**. Seth has one less than twice the number of compact discs
(CDs) that Jason has. Raoul has 53 more CDs than Jason has. If Seth
gives Jason 25 CDs, Seth and Jason will have the same number of CDs.
How many CDs did each of the three boys have to begin with?

**Q27**. Tina's preschool has a set of cardboard building blocks,
each of which measures 9 inches by 9 inches by 4 inches. How many of
these blocks will Tina need to build a wall 4 inches thick, 3 feet
high, and 12 feet long?

**Q28**. In a town election, candidates A and B were running for
mayor. There were 30,500 people eligible to vote, and of them 3/4
actually voted. Candidate B received 1/3 of the votes cast. How many
people voted for candidate B? What percent of the votes cast, to the
nearest tenth of a percent, did candidate A receive?

**Q29**. A certain state is considering changing the arrangement
of letters and numbers on its license plates. The two options the
state is considering are: Option 1: three letters followed by a
four-digit number with repetition of both letters and digits allowed;
Option 2: four letters followed by a three-digit number without
repetition of either letters or digits. [Zero may be chosen as the
first digit of the number in either option.] Which option will enable
the state to issue more license plates? How many more different
license plates will that option yield?

**Q30**. To get from his high school to his home, Jamal travels
5.0 miles east and then 4.0 miles north. When Sheila goes to her home
from the same high school, she travels 8.0 miles east and 2.0 miles
south. What is the measure of the shortest distance, to the nearest
tenth of a mile, between Jamal's home and Sheila's home? [The use of
the accompanying grid is optional.]

**Answer all questions in this part. Each correct answer will
receive 4 credits. Clearly indicate the necessary steps, including
appropriate formula substitutions, diagrams, graphs, charts, etc. For
all questions in this part, a correct numerical answer with no work
shown will receive only 1 credit.**

**Q31**. Deborah built a box by cutting 3-inch squares from the
corners of a rectangular sheet of cardboard, as shown in the
accompanying diagram, and then folding the sides up. The volume of
the box is 150 cubic inches, and the longer side of the box is 5
inches more than the shorter side. Find the number of inches in the
shorter side of the original sheet of cardboard.

[The diagram shows a rectangular piece of cardboard from which at each corner a square region, marked as 3in*3in, has been removed. Dotted lines, at 3in from the edges of the rectangle, indicate the locations of the folds that will make the box as described.]

**Q32**. A triangular park is formed by the intersection of three
streets, Bridge Street, Harbor Place, and College Avenue, as shown in
the accompanying diagram. A walkway parallel to Harbor Place goes
through the park. A time capsule has been buried in the park in a
location that is equidistant from Bridge Street and College Avenue and
5 yards from the walkway. Indicate on the diagram with an X each
possible location where the time capsule could be buried.

[The diagram shows a right triangle, drawn with the hypothenuse horizontal. The two right edges are labelled Bridge Street and Harbor Place and the hypothenuse is College Avenue. The Walkway is shown inside the park parallel to Harbor Place. The drawing further indicates that the distance between Harbor Place and the Walkway is 10 yd, and the distance along Bridge Street from its intersection with College Avenue to its intersection with the Walkway is 30 yd.]

**Q33**. An architect is designing a museum entranceway in the
shape of a parabolic arch represented by the equation y = -x^2+20x,
where 0.le.x.le.20 and all dimensions are expressed in feet. On the
accompanying set of axes, sketch a graph of the arch and determine its
maximum height, in feet.

**Q34**. A straw is placed into a rectangular box that is 3 inches
by 4 inches by 8 inches, as shown in the accompanying diagram. If the
straw fits exactly into the box diagonally from the bottom left front
corner to the top right back corner, how long is the straw, to the
nearest tenth of an inch?

**Q35**. The senior class is sponsoring a dance. The cost of a
student disk jockey is $40, and tickets sell for $2 each. Write a
linear equation and, on the accompanying grid, graph the equation to
represent the relationship between the number of tickets sold and the
profit from the dance. Then find how many tickets must be sold to
break even.