Advanced Algebra 10 Honors Syllabus
Mr. Miller ~ Rooms 429 & 433
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, quadratic, polynomial, power, exponential, logarithmic and rational 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, 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 during the math lab A block days 1, 5, & 6 as well as by appointment most days before and after school.
Evaluation of Student Work (Grading): Grading for this class will be based on a total points system. This means that all graded assignments will have a specific point value and be totaled and averaged to result in the grade for the quarter. A typical quiz will be worth 50 points and other graded assignments will be assigned a relative point value based on the scope of the assignment. There will be a final exam for this course, which will be worth 12% of the final grade. The breakdown of grade percentages for the year is as follows:
Quarter 1: 22%
Quarter 2: 22%
Quarter 3: 22%
Quarter 4: 22%
Final Exam: 12%
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