Advanced Algebra 10 Honors Syllabus
Mr. Miller ~ Room 430
Course Description: Functions are one of the fundamental notions of mathematics. This course will rely upon and extend the knowledge and skills obtained in the studies of Honors Algebra I (8R from Wellesley Middle School) and Honors Geometry. The study of increasingly complex families of functions will be approached from a variety of perspectives (e.g., symbolically and graphically), emphasizing the basic concepts, importance, and representations of functions in “real world” applications. Topics in Honors Algebra II include the absolute value, polynomial, power, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric families of functions. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to synthesize the skills they learn from direct teacher instruction and the text and then independently apply them to larger conceptual problems during group work in class and on their own. A graphing calculator is required for this course. Students will be assessed both with and without their calculator.
Materials Needed: Three-Ring Binder with 4-5 dividers, Pencils, Graphing Calculator (Ti-84 is recommended), Lined and Graph Paper
Classroom Values and Expectations: Students are expected to come to class prepared and ready to participate. All students must be respectful of each other and support each other’s learning. All school rules must be followed in class. If a student is absent from class, it is their responsibility to figure out what they missed and find time to make it up.
Student Support: Students are encouraged to work together and form study groups to support each other in their learning. Additionally, support is available in the math lab during most blocks (math lab schedule). I am available by appointment most days before and after school.
Evaluation of Student Work (Grading):
Mastery 80% (tests, quizzes, etc.)
Participation 20% (classwork, homework)
Tests (50%): Tests are summative assessments given to measure student understanding and mastery of learning objectives. Students should plan to spend sufficient time studying and reviewing for tests.
Quizzes (30%): Quizzes will be given periodically to check for student understanding and mastery. As quizzes possess components of both formative and summative assessment, students will have the opportunity to do quiz corrections to earn a portion of the points missed.
Projects and other mastery assignments (variable %): Certain learning objectives will be measured through projects and other forms of assessment. These objectives will be graded based on a rubric for the assignment, and will count towards either the quiz or the test category depending on the assignment.
Classwork (10%): Classwork consists of all the daily activities that students complete that do not fall into one of the above categories. In addition to completing all work assigned during class time, students are expected to be on time to class, be prepared with required materials and supplies, participate fully, respect others, and comply with all Wellesley High School rules and policies. By default, all students will receive full credit in this category, but will risk losing points if they do not follow the above guidelines.
Homework (10%): Homework consists of assignments given to be completed outside of class to further student understanding. Homework is graded for completion, rather than for mastery. Homework assignments should be completed thoughtfully and thoroughly in order to receive full credit for completion.
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