COURSE SYLLABUS: Advanced Mathematical Decision Making (AMDM)

                                                Druid Hills High School


Teacher(s): Matt Ruben                                                Phone Number: 678-874-6302
Room Number/s: 402                                                    Email:
Semester: Fall 2012                                                   Tutorial Days: Wednesday & by appointment
Textbook: n/a                                                         Tutorial Hours: 3:15 to 4:00
Textbook Price: n/a                                                   Tutorial Location: Room 402

Department Philosophy: We believe that by creating an environment conducive to learning, building positive rapport
with students, and employing differentiated instructional strategies, we can promote student success. Furthermore we believe
that each student can be successful in learning to: value mathematics, become a mathematical problem solver, communicate
and reason mathematically.

Course Description: This is a course designed to follow the completion of Mathematics III or Accelerated Mathematics II.
The course will give students further experiences with statistical information and summaries, methods of designing and
conducting statistical studies, an opportunity to analyze various voting processes, modeling of data, basic financial decisions,
and use network models for making informed decisions. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mathematics III or
Accelerated Mathematics II)

Instruction and assessment should include the appropriate use of manipulatives and technology. Topics should be represented
in multiple ways, such as concrete/pictorial, verbal/written, numeric/data-based, graphical, and symbolic. Concepts should be
introduced and used, where appropriate, in the context of realistic phenomena.

Course Prerequisites: Successful completion of Mathematics III or Accelerated Mathematics II

GPS Standards:
MAMDMN1. Students will extend the understanding of proportional reasoning, ratios, rates, and percents by
              applying them to various settings to include business, media, and consumerism.
MAMDMA2. Students will use a variety of network models to organize data in quantitative situations, make
              informed decisions, and solve problems.
MAMDMA3. Students will create and analyze mathematical models to make decisions related to earning, investing,
              spending, and borrowing money.
MAMDMG1. Students will create and use two- and three-dimensional representations of authentic situations.
MAMDMG2. Students will solve geometric problems involving inaccessible distances using basic trigonometric
MAMDMD1. Students will determine probability and expected value to inform everyday decision making.
MAMDMD2. Students will build the skills and vocabulary necessary to analyze and critique reported statistical
              information, summaries, and graphical displays.
MAMDMD3. Students will apply statistical methods to design, conduct, and analyze statistical studies.
MAMDMD4. Students will use functions to model problem situations in both discrete and continuous relationships.

MM1P1. Students will solve problems (using appropriate technology).
MM1P2. Students will reason and evaluate mathematical arguments.
MM1P3. Students will communicate mathematically.
MM1P4. Students will make connections among mathematical ideas and to other disciplines.
MM1P5. Students will represent mathematics in multiple ways.

4th Year Math Credit – Accepted by Board of Regents for Georgia Schools (not by GA Tech). Call your individual school admissions
department for more information.

NCAA: Has accepted AMDM as an approved 4th year math course.
      Course Outline:
                            Units                                                      Number of Weeks
     Unit One               Analyzing Numerical Data                                        3
     Unit Two               Probability                                                     3
     Unit Three             Statistical Studies                                             2
     Unit Four              Using Recursion in Models and Decision Making                   2
     Unit Five              Using Functions in Models and Decision Making                   2
     Unit Six               Using Decision Making in Finance                                3
     Unit Seven             Networks and Graphs                                             3

      Grading Scale:
     Area                                         Percentage
     Daily Work                                   25%
     Quizzes                                      25%
     Tests                                        35%
     Final Exam                                   15%
     TOTAL                                        100%

SAT and College Prep:
    Students will work daily SAT and College Prep problems as a warm-up immediately upon entering classroom. This work
       will count as a daily grade and be collected on a weekly basis. Students are responsible for keeping up with and maintaining
       their work sheets.
    Weekly Quizzes will be given on these problems. These quizzes are closed note.

Required Materials:
    AMDM Notebook. – A 3 ring binder that is only used for this class         THERE WILL BE A LOT OF HANDOUTS
    Scientific or Graphing Calculator
    Computer/Internet Access/Flash Drive *strongly recommended

Classroom Expectations:
     Respect others. Be kind in your words and actions.
     Contribute and participate – this is your class and it will be as successful as you make it.
     Try your best. It is ok to be wrong, it is not acceptable to not try.
     Be attentive, and do not talk while others are talking.
     Be ready to begin at the tardy bell.
     Bring required materials every day.
     No i-Pods or cell phones may be used in class. The teacher will confiscate these items and parents will be called.

Late Assignments: All assignments are due at the assigned due date. Because of the nature of this class, late work will not be

Make-up Policy:
1. Upon returning to school from an excused absence, a student has as many days to make up work as he or she was absent. The
   student must ask for their missed work the first day that the student returns from their excused absence. Student must check the
   website for any missed assignments during their absence.
2. If a student is absent on the day of a quiz, test or notebook check that assessment can only be made up if the absence is
   EXCUSED. Make up tests are administered either before or after school on the appropriate make-up test date. Failure to show
   up for a makeup test will result in a zero.
3. Missed group work assignments will be made up by the student working as an individual.

Re-do Policy: Students will not be allowed to redo any tests that are given open note/open book. Major projects (1 per unit) will also
not be allowed to be redone.
I have read the entire syllabus information sheet and honor code on pages 1 through 4 of this packet. I understand the
information provided in this packet and will abide by it.

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I have read the entire syllabus information sheet and honor code on pages 1 through 4 of this packet. I understand the
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