Mill Creek High School COURSE SYLLABUS COURSE TITLE .....Integrated Algebra 2 TERM .........................Fall 2012 TEACHER .............Ms Jennifer Lynch Room #......................1.592 Email Address Jennifer_Lynch@gwinnett.k12.ga.us School Web Page http://www.millcreekhighschool.org/index.php Go to: TEACHERS => MATH => Jennifer Lynch I will be available every day after school except for Monday. Please realize that other responsibilities and Teacher Support commitments may arise that limit my availability. Additional help sessions are available through the Math Department on Tuesdays and Thursdays both before and after school, so check the bulletin boards for updated times and locations. COURSE DESCRIPTION This is the third class in a sequence of college preparatory mathematics courses designed to prepare students to enter college at the calculus level. This course includes linear systems, exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices, polynomial functions of higher degree, conic sections, and normal distributions. With successful completion of this course, students are expected to take Integrated Trigonometry next year. Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed all credits in Integrated Algebra I and Integrated Geometry. COURSE CURRICULUM CONTENT The entire list of Academic, Knowledge and Skills for each of the following curriculum strands in this course can be accessed through the district web address at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us AKS STRANDS UNITS/TOPICS A. Process Skills 1. Algebra: Linear Systems, Matrices, Vertex-Edge B. Geometry Graphs C. Algebra 2. Algebra: Polynomial Functions D. Data Analysis and Probability 3. Algebra: Rational Exponents, Square Root E. Reading Across the Curriculum Functions 4. Algebra: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 5. Geometry – Conic Sections 6. Data Analysis and Probability INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Published Materials Instructional Supplies McDougal Littell: Mathematics 3 (Green Book) 1. Pen /Pencil 2. Paper/Graph Paper/Notebook/Binder/Folder (Book is also available online for students free of charge) 3. Graphing Calculator (Ti-83/84/89) and/or Ti-30X EVALUATION AND GRADING Assignments Grade Weights Grading Scale Homework & Classwork Classroom Assessments: 35% A: 90 and above Quizzes Assignment Quizzes 5% B: 80 – 89 Tests Quizzes 30% C: 74 – 79 Performance Final Summative Assessments (Tests): 45% D: 70 – 73 Final Exam Final Exam: 20% F: 69 or below Performance Final Exam 5% Objective Final Exam 15% The teacher has the right to change the syllabus at any time if necessary. OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION Final Exams: - Final Exams count for 20% of the student’s average. - Final exams will be given on Friday, Dec 14th, and Monday, Dec 17th through Wednesday Dec 19th Summative Assessment (Tests): - Tests count for 45% of the student’s average. - There will be 5 tests in IA 2. Near the end of the semester, students will have an opportunity to re-take one test from the semester that they have failed, in an effort to raise that test grade to a maximum of a 70. Students will be allowed one re-test attempt. If the student does not improve on the re-take, the original grade stands. Re-take opportunities will be offered only at times designated by the teacher, and all re-takes will be near the end of the semester. It is the student’s responsibility to make time in their schedule to attend the re-take opportunities. - Also, the grade on the multiple choice portion of the final exam can be used to replace the lowest test grade of the semester (including the midterm). That grade WILL NOT replace any quiz grades. - The midterm exam will count as a test grade, and it cannot be used to replace any quiz grades. - All Test dates are located on my calendar that is located on my web page. Re-test dates will be announced and placed on the calendar after the original test. Classroom Assessment (Quiz, Tasks, Assignments): - Quizzes and Tasks count for 30% of the student’s average. o Quizzes will be given throughout a unit to check progress. o Students will be able to replace their Quiz grade with their Test grade, as long as the Test grade is higher than the quiz grade. There will be no re-takes for quizzes. o Tasks will consist of assignments that the students are given that may take a few days to complete. These tasks will be complete both in class and outside of class. - Assignments will count for 5% of the student’s average. o Assignments will consist of homework assignments that the student is asked to complete at home. o Each unit test will have at least 1 homework grade a week, if not more. These grades will appear as homework quizzes. These homework quizzes are usually given on the same day as regular quizzes and will be open notebook. It is important that students keep up with practice assignments and label them properly so that they can find certain practice assignments and problems when they are asked to. o All homework assignments will be reviewed in class the day after they are assigned. At this time, students will be able to ask about any questions that they may have had trouble with. Students will be able to correct assignments before the homework quiz is given. o Since ALL homework quizzes will be OPEN notebook, it is the students responsibility to make sure that they have their homework on them at all times. Extra Help: - Tuesdays and Thursdays are the days teachers will be available for students to get extra help before and after school. We encourage all students to take advantage of these offerings when they are available. - I will post these offerings on my website. If there are any changes due to personal scheduling conflicts, I will let the students know, so that different arrangements can be made. Calculator Usage Policy: - All students should have their own calculator - The suggested calculator is a Graphing Calculator, but a TI-30X is also allowed. - There will be assignments and assessments where the teacher may prohibit the use of calculators for pedagogical reasons. Please communicate with your teacher if you have any questions. The teacher has the right to change the syllabus at any time if necessary. Make Up Work: - Students are responsible for making up all assignments missed from absences and will be held responsible for these assignments on assessments. - If students miss a chapter test, they will need to schedule a make-up time after school (before school not available because of time). - Students that miss the day before an assessment will be expected to take the assessment if they return the next day, since the day before a test will be review. Those who miss 2+ days leading up to an assessment will have an option of taking the assessment at a later time. Ms. Lynch’s Web Page: - I will try to post all assignments, announcements and documents on my page of the school website at www.millcreekhighschool.org > Teachers > Math > Jennifer Lynch - It is a very high priority of mine to keep this updated with current information. How to be successful in Math…. - All students need to have an open and positive mind set about math. If you did not have a positive outlook about math in the past, this is a new year…your mind set can change. I have every intention on helping you do your very best this year, but you have to WANT to be SUCCESSFUL. If you want to be successful, YOU WILL BE. - Please come to class prepared to learn every day. - Please come to class with all of your necessary supplies: workbooks, notebooks, pencil and calculators. - Take GREAT NOTES…they are helpful now and in the future. - Be neat about all of your work and make sure you SHOW ALL WORK - Don’t be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS. - MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON TIME!!!! - Students should keep up with their own grades. Grades can be accessed at any time through the GCPS Parent Portal. Cell Phones / Electronic Devices: - Any use of a cell phone or electronic device during an assessment will be considered cheating. This results in a grade of zero, parental contact, and possible disciplinary action. Mill Creek High School Mathematics Honor Code Mission: Mill Creek High School Math Department places a high value on both academic integrity and social responsibility. Activities such as lying, cheating, stealing, and plagiarizing violate the fundamental principles which guarantee each Mill Creek student the right to an enlightened and fair education. Thus, an honorable person recognizes no distinction between attempting a dishonest act and getting caught in that act, and does not tolerate dishonesty of others. Involvement in unethical and dishonest activities demands consequences that reflect these high standards to which we all aspire. Additional Resources: - Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/ (Contains video lessons and guided practice) - On-line textbook: Contains plenty of practice and review activities, as well as practice quizzes and tests. http://www.classzone.com/cz/books/hs_math_3_ga/book_home.htm?state=GA IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK The teacher has the right to change the syllabus at any time if necessary.
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