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Advanced Mathematical Decision Making
Fall 2015
Course Teacher: Mr. Michael Branson
AMDM web page:
Course Description:
Welcome to AMDM! This is an exciting and dynamic course in which we will work together to
explore ways that math is used in the “Real World”. This course requires that you use all the
skills learned in Coordinate Algebra, Analytic Geometry, and Advanced Algebra in order to
investigate and solve application problems. I am very excited about this class and hope to have
an amazing semester.
First Semester Topics Covered / Units of Study

Unit I: Analyzing Numerical Data
Unit II: Probability
Unit III: Analyzing Statistical Studies
Unit IV: Using Recursion in Models and Decision Making
Unit V: Using Functions in Models and Decision Making
Unit VI: Decision Making in Finance
Unit VII: Networks and Graphs

Other major resources: Material will be drawn from a variety of resources.
Special materials to be provided by the student:
 3-Ring Binder Devoted to
AMDM (recommend 2.5inch3inch)
 Notebook and Graph Paper
 Dividers (at least 5 tabs)
 Pencils

Set of 8 colored pencils (optional
but helpful for graphing and

NOTE: Graphing calculators will be used daily in this course. Students will be assigned a TI83 calculator for daily use in the classroom. These will remain the property of TCHS and must
be returned in good working condition with cover intact at the end of the block or a fee of $135

will be charged. If a student already has a graphing calculator, he/she may opt to use his/her
Grading Policy:
3rd Nine Weeks
 55% = Formative Grades – quizzes, daily work, homework
 45% = Summative Unit Tests – all tests will be announced in advance
4th Nine Weeks
 55% = Formative Grades – quizzes, daily work, homework
 45% = Summative Unit Tests – all tests will be announced in advance
Semester Grade
 40% = 3rd 9 Weeks Average
 40% = 4th 9 Weeks Average
 20% = Final Exam
NOTE: One or two daily grades may be dropped each grading period. If higher, the 9 week
exam will replace the lowest test grade each 9 weeks.
Office Hours:
Please let me know if you need extra help. I will be available before school from 7:45 until 7:57
AM and after school from 3:15 until 3:45 PM (except Thursdays and any meeting days).
Makeup Work Policy:
The faculty of TCHS believe that the work assigned to students is meaningful and that students’
failure to complete work jeopardizes their academic success. Therefore, students are required to
complete assignments, regardless of the reason for the missing work. Assignments submitted
after their due date will receive a grade reduction because students need to assume responsibility
for meeting deadlines and to learn that there are consequences when deadlines are not met.
Failure to complete makeup work is considered an insubordinate act on the part of the student,
and will result in parent contact and administrative referral. Please refer to the Student
Achievement Policy in the handbook for more details.
For students who have three of more consecutive absences, parents may request missed
assignments by calling Mrs. Celeste Jackson in the Guidance Office. Mrs. Jackson will notify the
teachers to bring assignments for the student to the guidance office by 2 PM of the followings
day for the parent to pick up.
Student Achievement Policy (SAP):
Students with an absence are allowed a minimum of three days up to the number of days absent
to complete missed assignments. Assignments made prior to an absence are not considered
“missed” and may be due upon the student’s return to school. If assignments are not completed
within this time frame, they are considered “late” and are subject to the consequences outlined in
the late work policy.

Late Work Policy:
Consequences for late work are as follows:
 10% of the assignment’s value will be deducted from the grade earned on the late
assignment. A student/teacher conference will be held to establish an extended due date.
 Parents will be contacted if the student does not turn in the assignment on the extended
due date.
 If work is not received after parent contact, the student will be referred to an
administrator. 30% of the assignment’s value will be deducted from the grade received at
this point.
 If work is not received after parent and administrator contact, no credit will be awarded
for the assignment.
Discipline Policy:
Class Rules
1. All TCHS rules will be enforced in our classroom (including dress code and ID).
2. Follow instructions the first time given.
3. No student has the right to interfere with the instruction of another student. Disruptive
students will be dealt with quickly and removed from the classroom. Parental contact
will follow.
4. Each student must be prepared to learn every day. This includes arriving on time with
notebook, pencil, and calculator. Students should have materials out and be prepared to
start class when the tardy bell rings. Students should not expect fellow students or the
teacher to provide them with paper and pencils.
5. Cell phones may be collected during class at any time and may only be used when
directed by the teacher. If an electronic device is seen during an assessment, it will be
considered cheating. The student will receive a grade of zero, and the grade will not be
General Discipline Consequences
1. Teacher Consequence (such as verbal warning, conference, detention with teacher)
2. Parental contact
3. Office referral
NOTE: Consequences may be altered to match TCHS discipline policies.
Restroom Policy:
The appropriate time for restroom/water is before and after class. The record of visits will be
documented by the teacher. If a medical condition exists requiring more frequent visits,
documentation must be provided to secure the appropriate medical pass from the school nurse.
Attendance Policy:
The attendance policy as stated in the TCHS Student Handbook will be followed.
Tardy - You must be in your desk ready to work (pencil in hand and paper) to be considered on
time. The door will be locked at the tardy bell for the hallway sweep and you will be required to

have a PLACSO pass to enter class. You should develop a good habit of being on time. However,
if you are tardy, please enter the room quietly, hand the teacher your pass, and have a seat
without disrupting the class.
The RESPONSIBILITY for appropriate dress, behavior, attendance, attitude, and
ultimately learning is on the shoulders of the STUDENT! I will do my best to prepare
meaningful lessons and help in any way possible. However, I cannot learn for you ... that is
your job!
 All students will actively participate in class.
 All students will present work to class.
 All students will present work that reflects their best abilities.
 All students will be responsible to complete any outside work.
 All students will be challenged.
 All students will experience successful problem solving.
 A notebook, pencil, and calculator should be on your desk when the bell rings.
 Students should begin working quietly on the warmup when the bell rings.
 Copy any problems and/or notes from the board word for word; no short-hand.
 PAY ATTENTION!! You will be lost if you fail to do so.
 Remain on task at all times.
 You must work as a group. This means you are all on the same problem at the same time.
For example, Johnny should not be on number 2 while Sally is on number 4.
 Follow protocol. If you followed protocol and I have not gotten to you yet, as a group
attempt the next question and wait patiently.
 “I do not know how to do this” is not an excuse to be off task.
 Do not expect help if you have not attempted anything.
 Everyone will present on a weekly basis.
 Be respectful to others during presentations.
 Take notes on important concepts/topics. (Anytime I say “write this down”).
 Respectfully ask questions!! This is your opportunity for clarification. I will not let you
leave misinformed.
What to do if you are stuck (protocol)
1. Look back at your notes from the opening or previous day
2. Ask a group member
3. Ask another group which is next to you (you CANNOT get up and move around the
room unless instructed to do so)

4. Ask me (as a last resort)

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