This Formula Reference Sheet was specifically designed to be used with both Gaining Math Momentum and Gaining Math Momentum II Warm-Ups. We collected common formulas from numerous state standardized tests that we, as math teachers, felt were significant. In our opinion, high school students should be familiar with each of the formulas listed. This collection of formulas can be used as a reference in any math class, displayed as a poster in any math classroom, or reproduced for individual student use.
Although students should certainly recognize these formulas, it is even more important that they understand each formula. Rather than memorizing the formulas listed in this document, we encourage discussion & investigation of the components of the formulas. For example, a student does not need to memorize the distance formula if the student has an understanding of the Pythagorean Theorem. In both Gaining Math Momentum and Gaining Math Momentum II, we made an effort to help students better understand the formulas used in more difficult problems.