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Mr. Nicholas Yates Mathematics and Engineering Teacher Patterson High School, Transportation & Engineering Academy, Room 110 2010-2011, 2nd Semester CONTACT INFORMATION: Mr. Yates e-mail: Mr. Yates cell phone: Patterson main office phone:
firstname.lastname@example.org (443) 462 – 9049 (410) 396 – 9276
COURSE OBJECTIVE: This honors-level course will provide students with a strong foundation in the practical and theoretical applications of polynomials, matrices, conic sections, and transcendental functions. It will teach skills such as solving quadratic equations, analyzing growth and change, and algebraic problem-solving. This class will have a strong focus on developing mathematical literacy skills through reading, writing, and research, and will also examine the applications of mathematics to the fields of science and engineering. For many students, this course is a prerequisite for the study of precalculus, probability and statistics, business math, and/or calculus classes that build on the concepts of advanced algebra and trigonometry. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Where Algebra 1 focused on linear equations—their graphs, solutions, and applications —Algebra 2 is the study of equations of degree 2, which include such diverse geometric manifestations as parabolas, ellipses, hyperbolas, and circles. We learn techniques to solve quadratic equations, as well as further techniques to solve systems of linear equations. Equations of the second degree have applications from astrophysics (planetary motion) to geometry (Pythagorean Theorem) to sports (how a basketball travels through the air). The connection to circles and right triangles marks the transition to trigonometry, a subject which introduces angle measurement to the algebraic context of functions, equations, and graphs. Algebra 2 with Trigonometry 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 … it is written in the language of mathematics.” COURSE OUTLINE: 3rd Quarter: Algebra Exponents & Scientific Notation Polynomial Arithmetic FOIL and Factoring Analyzing Parabolic Graphs Quadratic Formula & Applications Complex Numbers Matrices & Systems of Linear Equations Research Paper on Linear Systems
Linear Inequalities 4th Quarter: Analysis Trigonometry of Triangles Trigonometry of the Circle Periodic Functions Trig Identities Exponents & Logarithms Exponential Growth Solving Equations
A Look Back at Functions Final Projects & Student Portfolios COACH CLASS: Mr. Yates is available for coach class to provide extra help (please sign up!): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon 3:40-4:30pm Every morning 8:00-8:30am Wednesday evening at SE Branch Enoch Pratt Library 6:00-8:00pm (by appointment) 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:
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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 can make arrangements to be there any 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.
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Daily homework and classwork are essential components to learning the material in this course. Homework is assigned daily except Friday, and I am available for extra help nearly every day. I shall collect assignments on a daily basis and provide timely feedback to you to help you learn the skills of geometry. Quizzes will be given weekly, generally on Thursdays. Quizzes will assess your understanding of algebraic and analytic concepts and your acquisition of relevant skills. Each quiz will include new skills but also reassess older skills. Your grade for each skill will be overwritten with the most recent assessment of that skill. You may reassess (in coach class, one skill per day) until you demonstrate mastery of each skill. This course is project-driven. There will be a number of group and individual projects over the semester, including applications of A2T to engineering, art, population growth, the Olympics, and the physics of free fall and projectile motion; a research paper/presentation; and a summative portfolio/final project. There will be opportunities to redo/retake projects and quizzes for full credit, as part of the mastery-redo policy.
MATERIALS NEEDED: pencil(s) and pen(s) a three-ring binder loose-leaf lined paper, to fit binder RULES:
[at home] a basic 4-function calculator (+, -, x, ÷) [recommended] scientific or graphing calculator
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. REWARDS: 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. CONSEQUENCES: 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. PROCEDURES: 1. As soon as you enter the classroom, place homework in your class’s bin and begin work on the Challenge of the Day. 2. You will have homework four days a week—every day except Friday. 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. You will sign the late book if you arrive late, and get it signed by Mr. Yates to verify the time recorded. Mr. Yates’s time is the final record 5. At the end of class, most days, 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. Homework and all assignments are posted daily on TS3/Blackboard (www.bcpss.org). If you are absent or miss class for any reason, you are responsible for learning the material & making up missed work, by looking on Blackboard, and/or by coming to coach class. 7. Be imaginative and creative—have fun with the math!
We’ll have a great year together—I’m looking forward to our class.