Syllabus

 

 Spring Creek High School

Class Syllabus

 

Contact Information

Ms. Suzanne Kemp

E-mail: suzannekemp@wcps.org

School phone number: 919-751-7160

Room Number: E117

Planning period: 4th block

Description of courses

  • Math I Course Level: S Credit: 1
    Based on the NC Standard Course of Study for Mathematics, Math I reflects on 6 conceptual categories: number & quantity; algebra; functions; geometry; statistics & probability; and modeling. While all six conceptual categories are addressed, particular emphasis will be given to algebra and functions. Topics covered include: extending the properties of exponents to rational exponents; reasoning quantitatively and using units to solve problems; seeing structure in expressions (linear expressions, integer exponents, quadratic expressions); performing arithmetic operations on polynomials; creating equations (linear and exponential); reasoning with
    equations and inequalities (linear and exponential); interpreting functions (linear and exponential); building functions; constructing and comparing linear and exponential models; experimenting with transformations in the plane; expressing geometric properties with equations; explaining volume formulas and using them to solve problems; and interpreting categorical and quantitative data. Graphing calculators will be used to explore various standards. At the end of this course, the student will take the NC READY End-of-Course
    Test for Math I.
  • Advanced Functions & Modeling Course Level: S Credit: 1 Prerequisites: Math I, Math II, & Math III
    Advanced Functions & Modeling provides students an in-depth study of modeling and applying functions. Work, home, recreation, consumer issues, public policy, and scientific investigations are some of the areas from which applications may originate. Based on the 2003 NC Standard Course of Study, emphasis is placed on solving problems by analyzing data, applying probability concepts, and using functions (logarithmic, piecewise-defined, power, trigonometric, and recursively defined). Appropriate technology, from manipulatives to graphing calculators, will be used to explore various objectives. This course will satisfy the fourth year math
    requirement for the public universities in the UNC system.

  • Math II Level: S Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Math I  Based on the NC Standard Course of Study for Mathematics, Math II continues a progression of the standards studied in Math I, reflecting on 6 conceptual categories: number & quantity; algebra; functions; geometry; statistics & probability; and modeling. While all six conceptual categories are addressed, particular emphasis will be given to algebra, functions, and geometry. Topics studied include: extending the properties of exponents to rational exponents; reasoning quantitatively and using units to solve problems,; seeing structure in expressions (polynomial expressions); performing arithmetic operations on polynomials; creating equations (quadratic and inverse variation functions; common logs and exponential equations; trig equations and right triangle trigonometry; compound variation); reasoning with equations and inequalities (factorable quadratics; inverse variation); interpreting functions (quadratic, power, inverse variation, and simple trig functions); building functions; congruence (transformations; proving geometric theorems; making geometric constructions); similarity, right triangles, and trigonometry; expressing geometric properties with equations (derive the equation of the circle using the Pythagorean Theorem); geometric measurement and dimension; making inferences and justifying conclusions regarding statistical experiments; and conditional probability and the rules of probability. Graphing calculators will be used to explore various standards.
  • Math II - Honors Level: H Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Math I  Math II demands a more challenging approach to the study of the 6 conceptual categories identified in the Standard level of Math II. Students will be given opportunities for advanced work to promote rigorous academic study. The course requires students to take greater responsibility for their learning by participating in activities that promote problem-seeking and problem-solving, critical analysis, and reflective thinking. Emphasis is also placed on practical applications and modeling. Graphing calculators will be used to explore various objectives.
  • Probability & Statistics – Honors Level: H Credit: 1 (Elective) Prerequisites: Advanced Functions & Modeling or Discrete Mathematics or Pre-Calculus. NOTE: This elective is a recommended Lead-in Course for AP Statistics. It does not count as a math credit for graduation.  Probability & Statistics is an academically rigorous course designed to support the topics that are studied in AP Statistics. The course provides opportunities for students to be involved in a variety of data driven activities. It introduces students to major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Graphing calculators will be used to explore various objectives. It is recommended that the student take Probability & Statistics during 1st semester and AP Statistics during 2nd semester.
  • Advanced Placement Statistics Level: AP Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Probability & Statistics NOTE: This is a recommended companion course to follow Probability & Statistics.  Advanced Placement Statistics is a rigorous course designed to be the equivalent of a freshman level college course. It introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students will observe patterns and departures from patterns, decide what and how to measure, produce models using probability and simulation, and confirm models. Appropriate technology, from manipulatives to graphing calculators, will be used regularly for instruction and assessment. The course is taught according to the outline described for AP Statistics by the College Entrance Examination Board. The student will be required to take the AP Statistics Exam. The AP Exam fee for this course is approximately $89. This course will satisfy the fourth year math requirement for the public universities in the UNC system.

***Pacing guides can be found on the Wayne County Public Schools’ website.

 

Instruction

This course will involve hard work and dedication to learning, not memorization. Learning will occur through a variety of ways including discussion, hands on activities, group work, individual work, projects, and technology. Keep notes of anything you may want to reference later.

Classroom Expectations

Rules:

  • If it is a school policy, it is a classroom policy. No gum, food, or drink allowed in class.
  • Come to class prepared (book, paper, pencil and notes, awake and ready to learn, etc).
  • Take care of personal business between classes, including bathroom breaks.
  • The teacher dismisses class, not the bell. Have all work in the box, calculators and books put away, trash off the floor, and be quiet in your seats.

Absences:

  • Absent work must be turned within five days upon return to school.
  • If a student is absent the day of a quiz, must take the quiz the day he/she return to class.
  • If a student is absent the day of a test, he/she will need to make up the test the day they return during class.
  • YOU are responsible for getting what you missed.



Supplies Needed

Pencils/Pens

Paper (notebook or loose leaf)

Binder/Folder

Box of tissues

Colored Copy Paper

TI-83 or TI-84 calculator (strongly suggested)

Hand sanitizer

Dry erase markers

Grading

Grades will reflect assessment of individual master of the course curriculum. Assessments will be based on individual achievement of established standards and not on student comparisons.

Grades are weighted to give the intended importance to each learning goal and to each assessment. Grades in this class per nine weeks include assignments and activities in the following categories:

  • 50% Tests/projects
  • 50% Quizzes, homework, and class work

Final Exam will account for 25% of the student’s final grade.

Homework

Homework will be given and may be checked for completion or for a grade. Students can make up homework assignments. Homework is to be done on a separate sheet of paper, showing all work.

Quizzes

Short quizzes may be given several times a week, which may or may not be announced; therefore students should be prepared every day to take a quiz by studying and doing homework.

Tests

Tests will be given at the end of each unit concept. They may include some multiple choice and free response items.

 

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