Partner Power activities are nice because each student solves a different set of problems and must do his/her own work, but when the partners compare answers they should be the same. This helps students build confidence as they verify correct solutions, identify errors, and correct their work. Discussions between partners are often great learning opportunities!
This activity consists of sixteen equations (eight for each partner). Students will find the solutions to the equations using the quadratic formula or factoring as indicated. They will need to set the equations equal to zero. One partner will be factoring when the other is using the quadratic formula. None of the problems in this activity involve answers in radical form.
This activity can be used for practice, as a review, as a math center, or as an assignment choice for differentiating lessons.