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Welcome to Algebra 2! My name is Tosh Demsey and Ill be your instructor for this class. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you learn more about the fascinating language of mathematics. Language? Doesnt that just refer to subjects like English, Spanish, and French? Usually it does, but mathematics has a lot of things in common with linguistic languages. For example, mathematics has its own vocabulary and its own grammatical rules about how to communicate to others in writing and speech. Mathematics is not only the language of science, it is the language of patterns, logic, and abstract thought that provides a great deal of insight into the world around us. While you may think of mathematics as just memorizing a bunch of formulas, there is a lot of room for creativity in mathematics. There is often more than one way to arrive at the correct solution, and I encourage you to use both sides of your brain in this course. Think of today as the beginning of a journey. Ill be your guide.
Tosh Demsey
HYPERLINK "mailto:toshdemsey@cusd.com" toshdemsey@cusd.com
You can find classroom handouts, videos of classroom notes, and online resources to help you in this course at: http://www.mrdemsey.com
Course Description
This course will cover a range of mathematic topics that build upon your algebra and geometry classes. These topics include composite and inverse functions, conic sections, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, and probability.
Recommended Course materials
Scientific calculator
Graphing paper
Notebook paper
Pencils
3-ring Binder(s) for portfolio
Course Outline
Unit 1 & 2 Solving absolute value equations and inequalities; graphing linear equations, inequalities and systems of linear inequalities; solving systems of equations in two and three variables.
Unit 3 Simplifying monomials, adding and subtracting polynomials; factoring using the greatest common factor, difference of perfect squares, grouping, difference and sum of perfect cubes, and quantities; long division of polynomials.
Unit 4 Solving equations by factoring; graphing quadratic equations and determining the various parts and aspects of parabolas.
Unit 5 Simplifying radical expressions; solving quadratics using roots; simplify square roots of negative numbers using the imaginary number; simplifying and operations with complex numbers; plotting complex numbers in the complex plane; solving quadratic equations by completing the square; solving quadratic equations using the quadratic formula.
Unit 6 Evaluating nth roots; rational exponents and radical form; solving equations with roots and rational exponents; function notation; composite functions; inverse functions.
Unit 7 Simplify, multiply, and divide rational expressions; adding and subtracting rational expressions; solving rational equations.
Unit 8 Graphing exponential functions; exponential growth and decay; solving exponential equations; switching between exponential and logarithmic form; applying the properties of logarithms; solving logarithmic equations; approximating logarithmic values; change of base theorem for logarithms
Unit 9 Graphing, translating, identifying the components of, and writing the equations of conic sections (parabolas, circles, ellipses, and hyperbolas).
Unit 10 Tree diagrams; combinations and permutations; probabilities of single, multiple, independent, and dependent events.
Unit 11 Expanding binomials using Pascals triangle and the binomial theorem; calculating and understanding mean, variance, and standard deviation.
Unit 12 Sequences and series; algebraic sequences and series; geometric sequences and series; arithmetic and geometric means.
Unit 13 (for everyone except Seniors) Advanced factoring; trigonometric functions; special right triangles; simplifying and solving advanced rational expressions.
Grading guidelines
70% Assessments (Exams & Projects)
There will be an exam at the end of each unit. Exams will NOT be graded on a curve. There will be one project each semester. There will be a final at the end of each semester that is worth twice as much as each unit exam.
25% Homework
Every homework assignment is required to have your name, subject, period of class, and the assignment name. You are also expected to have good penmanship so that both you and I can easily read what you write. You are required to show all your work. See Mr. Demseys Homework Rubric for detailed point breakdown of homework assignments.
5% Participation, Behavior, Attendance (PBA) and Portfolio
You are expected to come to class on-time and prepared with the materials listed above. You are expected to fully participate in all classroom discussion, individual and group work, and other classroom activities including taking notes. You are also expected to follow the classroom and school rules. Each day you will receive PBA points based upon your fulfillment of these requirements. Any unexcused absence will count as 0 PBA points for that day. See Mr. Demseys PBA Rubric for detailed point breakdown.
Your portfolio is the collection of all homework assignments, notes, exams, handouts, etc. for this class. To receive full credit, the portfolio must be neat, complete, and organized chronologically. Portfolios will be graded at the end of each semester.
Grading Scale
97.5% A+ 92.5% A 90.0% A-
87.5% B+ 82.5% B 80.0% B-
77.5% C+ 72.5% C 70.0% C-
67.5% D+ 62.5% D 60.0% D-
<60.0% F
Mr. Demseys Classroom Rules
Every student has the right to a good learning environment in class. To ensure that all students have this opportunity, the following rules are set forth:
Treat everyone and their property respectfully.
Always do your best and never give up.
Be on task and stay on task.
No profanity or inappropriate language.
Bring the Course materials with you to class.
This is a food-free and drink-free classroom except water or drinks in spill-resistant containers.
No cheating or copying on exams or homework. Doing so will result in an automatic zero on the assignment and parental notification. One exception: if you are absent, you may copy the missed class notes from a reliable fellow student.
Restroom policy
You are permitted to leave class to use the restroom, blow your nose, etc. during class time up to 5 times during each semester. You must ask permission from Mr. Demsey prior to leaving class, you must take the restroom pass with you, and you should not be out of class for more than 10 minutes. You will receive extra credit at the end of each semester for each of the 5 times you do not use the restroom.
Policies on missed homework/exams
The number of days you are absent is the number of days (after you return) you have to receive full credit for homework. For example, if you are absent Monday and Tuesday, you have until Friday to turn in the missed assignments. If you are absent for an extended period of time, talk to Mr. Demsey to set up a reasonable due date. If you miss an exam, you must take a makeup exam on the designated day. Failure to do so will result in a zero on the exam. A retake exam will only be allowed if you take the original exam on the date of the original exam. If you know in advance that you will be absent, please notify Mr. Demsey as soon as possible (preferably at least three days in advance of your first absence) so that you can receive the assignments you will miss.
Mr. Demseys Office Hours
For my students who would like to receive additional help with math outside of normal class time.
Tuesday: Lunch & Afterschool until 4:00 p.m.Wednesday: Lunch & Afterschool until 4:00 p.m.Thursday: Lunch & Afterschool until 4:00 p.m.
Mr. Demsey reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus upon notification of all students.
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