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Paul Larson

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Email: plarson@scusd.net

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SYLLABUS

 

EXPECTATIONS

The workload for a mathematics class requires organization and wise use of time.  If you fall behind, it will make success very difficult.  Since class discussions, participation and lectures cannot be duplicated, daily attendance is crucial to your success in mathematics.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed and make-up the work.  You are expected to complete assignments on time, be prepared for class and participate actively in all discussion.  I have high expectations for each of you.

LIFELONG LEARNING STANDARDS

  • Students are expected to be effective communicators of mathematics.  They will explain the reasoning supporting problem solutions and work in cooperative groups.
  • Students are expected to be self-directed learners of mathematics.  They should take all notes, read the textbook, complete all homework, track their grades and ask for help when needed.

COURSE POLICIES

  • AbsencesIf you are absent, it is your responsibility to complete missed assignments.  For excused absences, you have as many days to turn in missing work as days you were absent.  Missing tests and quizzes will be made up after school during tutoring.  Homework assignments missed due to unexcused absences or suspension are due the day you return while missing tests and quizzes will be made up after school during tutoring within one week.  Denoted with an “M”, missing assignments are worth zero points. Special group activities may be excused.  Denoted with an “E”, excused assignments do not affect grades.
  • Tardy.  Students must be in their seats and ready to work when the bell rings.  All unexcused tardies will result in a half-hour detention.
  • Materials.  Each day students are expected to bring a pencil and notebook.  Due to the lack of lockers, I will tell you when you need to bring your textbook to class.  All work missed due to lack of materials will receive zero points.

CLASS RULES

  • Come prepared, actively participate, and help each other
  • Don’t swear or curse
  • Treat yourself and others with respect
  • Don’t let me see or hear electronic devices (other than calculators)
  • Keep the room clean; pick up trash; and no food/gum/drink (except water) is permitted
  • Wait for permission to leave the room
  • All rules outlined in the Wilcox High School Student/Parent Handbook apply in the classroom. Any student who disturbs the learning of any other student will be removed from the classroom and referred to the office for disciplinary action

CALCULATORS

  • AP Statistics.  The College Board administers the AP Statistics exam on Wednesday, May 16th.  They expect you to bring a graphing calculator with statistical capabilities to the exam and to be familiar with its use.  Our textbook integrates with the TI-84 calculator, which I recommend that you buy.  If this is a problem, please see me so we can resolve it.
  • Trigonometry.  A graphing calculator is an important tool in exploring trigonometry since it allows you to focus on concepts rather than on calculations.  Our textbook integrates with the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 calculators.  I strongly recommend that you buy a TI-84 calculator and become familiar with its use.  It will serve you through college and it is permitted when taking the SAT, ACT, and AP tests.

ASSIGNMENTS

  • Individual Tests.  Tests will be announced in advance and will normally last the entire period.  In most cases there will be a test at the end of each chapter and will include all information from that chapter.  Note:  All material covered on previous tests is allowable on any test throughout the school year.
  • Individual Quizzes.  Quizzes will range from a single problem at the beginning of class to a few questions.  They are normally much shorter than a test and will focus on one or two topics from the current chapter.
  • Homework.  The purpose of homework is to practice concepts learned in class.  Completing all homework is a key to succeeding in class.  Assignments will be collected daily so we can check for understanding.  Credit will be given according to neatness, completeness, and organization.  Late homework is not accepted.
  • Group Tests, Quizzes and Activities.  Students will occasionally work in teams.  These are excellent opportunities to identify topics that may need to be reviewed before the individual test or quiz.  If a student is absent during a group test, quiz or activity the points will not be averaged into the grade (they will be excused) and the student’s grade will not be affected.
  • Finals.  At the end of each semester there will be a district or department final.
  • Cheating.  If you cheat on any assignment, you will be given a score of zero, your parents/guardians will be notified, and you’ll receive a referral.

HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS

  • complete work neatly, in pencil only.
  • include a heading in the upper right hand corner (full name, assignment, and date)
  • write out each problem completely and show your work
  • turn work in on time (late work is not accepted)

GRADE WEIGHTING

  • Homework: 20%
  • Quizzes: 25%
  • Tests and Major Projects: 35%
  • Final Exam: 20%

 GRADING

 

Grade Weighted Overall Points
A 100% to 93%
A- Less than 93% to 90%
B+ Less than 90% to 87%
B Less than 87% to 83%
B- Less than 83% to 80%
C+ Less than 80% to 77%
C Less than 77% to 73%
C- Less than 73% to 70%
D+ Less than 70% to 67%
D Less than 67% to 63%
D- Less than 63% to 60%
F Below 60%


EXTRA HELP

There are many opportunities available to students who need extra help.  I am available to assist you after school in room P106 (until 4 p.m.) on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.  Upon request, I am available other days.  If you have a problem, get help as soon as possible.  Don’t wait until it is too late.

PARENTS

Please contact your me if you have any questions regarding the policies outlined on this syllabus, or to discuss your student’s progress.

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