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Advanced Algebra F (AAF) Syllabus

2012/2013 School Year Mr. Prystalski 708.434.3476 Course Description Advanced Algebra F is an accelerated second year algebra course. Topics will include functions, systems of equations, conic sections, logarithms, radicals and rational expressions, sequence and series, and complex numbers. Within each topic, we will explore the different concepts from graphical, numerical, and algebraic perspectives. The relationships between these perspectives will add insights to understanding each topic. My hope is that each student becomes an active participant in developing their own mathematical understanding. This means taking daily class notes, working homework problems to the best of your ability, reading the text section, asking questions of one another and of the teacher, seeking help, working together, and being organized. You get the idea..This is an Accelerated class, I expect that most of you do this already, but I will reinforce these work habits as we go along. Lastly, I hope that with your hard work and bright minds, and a little bit of my guidance, you will continue to enjoy learning mathematics, and appreciate its challenges and its beauty. Materials Students will need to bring the following to class: textbook (Algebra and Trigonometry-Functions and Applications by Paul A. Foerster), notebook pencils graphing calculator (TI-Nspire) Grade Computation Your grade each quarter will be computed as follows: Exams/Quizzes 75%, Homework 15%, and Projects/Participation 10%. The grading scale is A-----B-----C-----D-----F 100% - 90.0% 89.9% - 80.0% 79.9% - 70.0% 69.9% - 60.0% below 60%

Exams/ Quizzes An exam will be given at the end of each chapter worth a total of 70 to 100 points. There will be no surprise exams. A quiz can be given at any time during a chapter, worth approximately 20-40 points. Exams and quizzes are separated into calculator and noncalculator sections. Homework At the start of each new chapter, you will be given an assignment calendar that lists all assignments, quizzes, and exam dates. Homework will be assigned on a daily basis. I expect that each problem will be completed and work or a graph or a diagram will be shown for each problem. You will be asked to reproduce homework problems in the form of a homework check, which will be administered every few days. Therefore, it is important to keep your homework organized, correct all problems we review as a class, and ask homework questions. Projects/Participation The project grade will include some individual and some group problems that help bring a real world application to the material. Behavior Students are expected to respect all members of this class and any instructors you may have. This journey will take collaboration and it is imperative that you are able to work with others. Any student who cannot be a positive participant in class will be asked to leave and report to the discipline dean. The schools attendance and ID policy will be followed at all times. Make-Up Work If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain the class notes and assignment from my twitter site ( ) and syllabus. You will be expected to make up any missed exams the day you return. Academic Honesty It is my expectation that you will approach your work in this course with honesty and integrity. Failure to follow these expectations will result in a zero grade on the assignment or exam and parent contact will be made immediately. Please, do not let me suspect you of any of this. Office Hours and Extra Help: I will be available for tutoring by appointment after school on a daily basis except Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Tutoring is also available in the second floor library before and after school and during all class periods. Homework credit is given to those students who attend tutoring if they have completed all other course requirements (all homework, tests, and quizzes). I consider homework credit to be a reward for those students who have completed the course requirements and choose to spend more time learning mathematics. Homework credit will never be used to bail out a student who is performing poorly.

Helpful Hints: Review your notes before starting your homework. Your homework is your practice time. Use a pencil. Complete all the problems. Stay on schedule. Ask questions in class especially concerning your homework. Find a study buddy. It helps to talk about the homework problems. Be respectful, courteous, and considerate of your classmates. Only one person can speak and be heard at a time. Raise your hand if you want to participate. Be prepared to practice a lot. Enjoy yourselfmath is FUN! Cell Phone Policy: Cell phones are never allowed to be out or in use in the classroom. The phone should be securely stored away prior to entering the classroom. If a cell phone out during any assessment for any reason, the grade for that assessment will be a zero. Food and Drink: Room 240 is next to the faculty cafeteria and above the student cafeteria. In order to minimize the probability of mice inhabiting the classroom and due to allergy concerns, no food, drink , or water may be brought into the classroom unless it is a medical necessity. Electronic Devices: The only electronic device allowed in the classroom is a calculator. All other devices (MP3 players, phones, cameras, etc.) should be stored away securely before entering the classroom. ETC: You may not reschedule a test on the day of the test. A class cut on the day of an exam will result in a grade of zero for that exam. Dont be late. The tardy policy will be enforced. I do not accept late work. Visit the nurse before or after class. Food and water is not allowed in class. Incomplete homework will never be given a grade above half credit. Skipping graphs would be an example of incomplete work. Sloppy work is equivalent to incomplete work. If I cant read your writing, then print or type. I seldom give out bathroom passes. Homework is due at the beginning of class on the due date. Do not tell me that you did not do your homework because you did not have a calculator. Cheating on an exam will result in a grade of zero for that assessment. Keep track of your own grades. If you take a vacation, you must keep up to date. Crying is not an effective strategy for successful negotiation. Smiling is an effective strategy! Student Progress: (for parents) If your e-mail address is registered with the school, you will receive periodic updates on your childs progress in the form of an e-mail. Please feel free to call or e-mail me with progress requests at your convenience.

August 23, 2012

Dear Parent/Guardian, Welcome to a new school year! I have the privilege of teaching your child math this school year and I am definitely looking forward to the challenge. In class today we discussed the attached expectations sheet and I expressed my firm belief that everyone will succeed in this class. It is very important that students keep up with their daily math homework and that you know that they will always have an assignment sheet for this class. Please take a few minutes to read the expectations and discuss them with your child. If you could fill in the bottom portion and return this letter with your child on Friday, I would greatly appreciate it. I am looking forward to a great year! Feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns about your child. I am most accessible by email throughout the school day. The best time to reach me by phone would be before or after school, but feel free to leave a message anytime. Thursday, September 6th at 6:00 pm is Open House; feel welcome to stop by that evening to discuss your childs class. Sincerely,

Lawrence Prystalski Math Department 708.434.3240

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Advanced Algebra Learning Targets

Basic Skills Boot Camp Review

(Review, we assume mastery from previous courses)
I can define and calculate slope using multiple representations. Given any form (slope-intercept, standard, point-slope), I can graph a linear function. Given any information, I can write the equation of a line. I can explain what makes lines parallel. I can identify parallel lines given a table, graph, or equation of lines. I can use linear functions to solve real life problems. I can explain what makes lines perpendicular. I can identify the slopes of perpendicular lines to be opposite reciprocal. I can identify perpendicular lines given a table, graph, or equation of lines. I can manipulate an equation to solve for a specific variable (one-step multi-step). I can set up, solve, and answer word problems. I can find the solution of an equation that is not a number (literal equation). I can use my calculator to correctly evaluate, graph, and analyze a table. I can use function notation to find values of x and y. I can use function notation to complete an ordered pair.

1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 I I I I can perform mathematical operations with matrices. can use matrices to represent and manipulate data. can calculate the inverse of a matrix. can calculate the determinant of a matrix.

2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 I can solve a system of equations: algebraic (elimination, substitution), numerically (tables), graphing.* I can understand infinitely many solutions and no solution in a system of equations.* I can set up and solve a word problem using systems. I can determine the number of solutions to a system of linear equations. I can solve a linear system algebraically using matrices. I can solve a system of linear inequalities and determine the solution set. I can use systems of equations and inequalities as mathematical models.

Absolute Value functions

3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 I I I I I can solve an absolute value equation and inequality. can identify the domain and range of an absolute value function. can make an accurate graph of an absolute value function. can solve a system that contains an absolute value function. can use an absolute value function and its translation to model a set of data.

Quadratics I
4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 I can write a quadratic in standard form. * I can factor out the GCF. * I can factor a quadratic trinomial when a 1. I can calculate and interpret the discriminant. I can solve a quadratic equation (factoring, square roots, quadratic formula) when not in standard form. * I can express the relationship between factors, roots, and zeros. I can find complex number solutions of quadratic equations. (Ex: 16 = 4i )

Quadratics II
5.01 5.02 I can identify and graph the x-intercepts and the y-intercept of a quadratic in standard form, vertex form, and intercept form. I can identify and graph the vertex and the axis of symmetry of a quadratic in standard form, vertex form, and intercept form. I can manipulate a quadratic equation into standard form, vertex form, or intercept

5.03 form. 5.04 I can model data with quadratic functions. 5.05 I can recognize the transformations of a quadratic equation.

Polynomial Mechanics
6.01 I can classify a polynomial according to the degree. * 6.02 I can use properties of exponents to evaluate and simplify expressions involving powers. * 6.03 I can add, subtract, and multiply polynomials. * 6.04 I can divide a polynomial using long division and synthetic division. 6.05 I can factor a polynomial function with degree 3 or higher. 6.06 I can solve a polynomial equation of degree 3 or higher.

Polynomial Functions
7.01 7.02 I can graph a polynomial of degree 3 or higher using end behavior and intercepts. When using long or synthetic division, I can use the factors to find the zeros of the polynomial (remainder & factor theorem). 7.03 I can find all the zeros (rational, irrational and complex) using the rational root theorem. 7.04 I can connect the degree of a polynomial to the number of zeros and multiplicity. 7.05 I can graph a polynomial on a calculator and be able to identify: degree, number of turns, and the multiplicity of zeros.

Powers, Roots, and Radicals

8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 I can evaluate and simplify the nth root of a real number or a variable using both radical and rational exponent notation. I can use square root or cube root function and their transformations to model data. I can solve a radical equation and identify extraneous solutions. I can take the composition of two or more functions. I can find a functions inverse algebraically and graphically.

9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 I can recognize and graph exponential growth and decay functions. I can use exponential growth and decay functions to model data. I can distinguish between linear, quadratic, and exponential data given a table. I can recognize the natural number e as a value and use it as the base in an exponential function. 9.05 I can graph logarithmic functions. 9.06 I can convert from logarithmic to exponential form and recognize that they are inverses.

9.07 9.08

I can recall and use the properties of logarithms to expand and condense expressions. I can solve exponential and logarithmic equations.

Rational Functions
10.01 I can use a direct, inverse, and joint variation equation to model data. 10.02 I can graph rational functions and identify domain, range, asymptotes, end behavior, and intercepts. 10.03 I can reduce a rational expression. 10.04 I can multiply and divide rational expressions 10.05 I can add and subtract rational expressions with like and unlike denominators. 10.06 I can simplify complex fractions. 10.07 I can solve rational equations.

11.01 I can convert from the standard form of a circle to the form that identifies the center by completing the square. 11.02 I can identify and graph a circle, centered at the origin and translated. * 11.03 I can identify and graph an ellipse, centered at the origin. 11.04 I can identify and graph a hyperbola, centered at the origin.

Sequence and Series

12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 I can find the equation of a general sequence and series. I can define, identify and apply arithmetic sequences. I can define and find the sum of an arithmetic series. I can define, identify and apply geometric sequences. I can define and find the sum of a geometric series.