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                                      Mr. Nicholas Yates
                            Mathematics and Engineering Teacher
           Patterson High School, Transportation & Engineering Academy, Room 110
                                    2008-2009, 2nd Semester

Mr. Yates e-mail:             
Mr. Yates cell phone:                   (508) 944 – 8362
Patterson main office phone:            (410) 396 – 9276

This course will provide students with a strong foundation in using the tools of math in
everyday life. It will teach skills such as measurement, spatial reasoning, geometric problem-
solving, and argument/proof. This class will have a strong focus on developing mathematical
literacy skills through reading, writing, and research, and will also frequently revisit math topics
from Algebra I and Data Analysis in a geometric context. For many students, this course is a
prerequisite for the study of advanced algebra, trigonometry, probability and statistics, business
math, and/or calculus classes that build on the foundations of geometry.

 Geometry is the study of visual patterns and spatial relationships. We will focus on the
everyday applications of geometry and geometric skills, including the use of tools to measure
and estimate data, the visualization and sketching of objects and situations, the use of formulas
and algebra to solve spatial problems, and the use of proof in reasoned argument. Geometry
will also be used to develop general skills of effective thinking, including imagination,
abstraction, persistence, and active learning. All of these skills are increasingly necessary in our
modern mathematical world, but are also timelessly valuable in understanding what the
scientist Galileo called “this grand book the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze.
But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and to
read the alphabet in which it is composed. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its
characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures.…”

1st Quarter:                                            2nd Quarter:
   Algebra Skills Review & Geometric                      Reasoning & Geometric Proof
     Vocabulary                                            The Pythagorean Theorem
   Measuring Length, Area, and Volume                     Trigonometry: SOHCAHTOA
   Converting Units                                       Inverse trig functions
   Polygons & Measuring Angles                            Constructing Circles
   Transformations & Symmetry                             Circular Properties & Pi
   Similarity & Proportion                                Angles and Lines in Circles
   Congruence                                             3D Volumes and Surface Areas
   Angle Relationships                                    Student Portfolios/Presentations
Mr. Yates is available for coach class to provide extra help (please sign up!):

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon                             3:40-4:40pm
Every morning                                                    8:00-8:30am
Wednesday evening at SE Branch Enoch Pratt Library               6:00-8:00pm

The newly-built Southeast Anchor Library is located in Highlandtown at the intersection of
Eastern Avenue and South Conkling Street. Its address is 3601 Eastern Avenue, and its phone
number is (410) 396 – 1580. It is accessible to the following bus lines:
       10 Line - Stop at Eastern Avenue & Conkling Street (at the library)
       13 Line - Stop at Eastern Avenue & S. East Avenue (4 blocks east to library)
       22 Line - Stop at Bank Street & Conkling Street (1 block south to library)
I plan to be there every Wednesday from 6-8pm, to provide additional assistance with
homework, HSA-retake studying, and making up missed material. Please sign up in advance, or
otherwise let me know you’ll be coming, so that I know what materials to bring.

If none of these times works for you, let me know. I will be happy to talk and schedule a time
when we can meet. Remember also—my classroom door is always open to you, and I invite you
to come by to discuss anything.

                Quizzes and Tests                        25 %
                Classwork and Participation              25 %
                Projects and Reports                     25 %
                Homework and Organization                25 %

Homework is an essential component to learning the material in this course. Not to do
homework will be disastrous to your grade. Homework is assigned daily except Friday, and I
am available for extra help nearly every day. To encourage the use of coach class and especially
the Wednesday evening session, homework will not be marked late as long as it is turned in by
the Friday of the week it is due (or else the following Monday if school is not held that Friday).
Twice a quarter, your notebook and binder will be collected and graded for organization and

Quizzes will be given weekly, generally on Wednesdays. A unit test will be worth two quizzes.

Classwork includes the daily Challenge of the Day and Exit Ticket, and is graded daily out of
five points. Participation, which includes on-time attendance, is graded daily out of ten points.

There will be several group and individual projects over the semester, including a research
paper on proof and a summative portfolio/presentation.

There will be opportunities to redo/retake projects, reports, quizzes, and tests, for full credit, as
part of the mastery-redo policy. Missed classwork and homework can be turned in late for half
credit. Numerous extra credit opportunities exist, including coming on time and prepared to
class (pencil & notebook out and first check on the CotD = +2 participation points), being in
charge of the class binder, and miscellaneous extra assignments.
   pencil(s)
   a three-ring binder with at least 1” spine
   loose-leaf lined paper, to fit in the binder
   (at home) a ruler that can measure both inches and centimeters
   (at home) a basic 4-function calculator (+, -, x, ÷)

   1. Be respectful of others (even if they disrespect you).
   2. Come prepared to class.
   3. Help create a positive learning environment, and refrain from disrupting others’ learning.

By following the rules of the classroom and school, we create a comfortable and safe classroom
environment where unlimited learning and discovery can take place.

  1. Warning
  2. 5 points off daily participation grade
  3. Detention: after school that day or next
  4. Phone call home / Office Referral

Detentions will be served after school, with a one day grace period. It is the student’s responsibility
to arrange transportation home after the detention, and to inform coaches or other after-school
advisors that the student will miss practice or club meeting. Failure to serve detention will result in
a phone call home and/or an office referral.

   1. As soon as you enter the classroom, place homework in your class’s tray and begin work on
      the Challenge of the Day.
   2. You will have homework four days a week—every day except Friday. I will grade
      homework on the basis of completion (2 points if complete, 1 point if half-done, 0 if not
   3. All assignments should be dated and have your name written clearly in the upper right
      corner. Every assignment should also have a clear title (e.g. page number and question
      numbers, if from a book).
   4. Lateness is not acceptable. If you enter class late, 2 points will be deducted from your daily
      class participation grade (out of 10); you will also be responsible for missed material.
      Multiple latenesses will result in detention.
   5. At the end of class, an exit ticket should be completed and handed in, your area should be
      clean, and your chair pushed in. You will be dismissed by Mr. Yates (not the bell) when all
      students are ready.
   6. A binder and notebook of worksheets and material covered will be kept up by two members
      of the class (rotating through the year). If you are absent or miss class for any reason, you
      are responsible for learning the material and making up missed work, which information
      can be found in the binder.
   7. Be imaginative and creative—have fun with the math!

We’ll have a great year together—I’m looking forward to our class.

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