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Math 2 is the second year of a three-year sequence intended to prepare students for calculus-based course in high school and college. First semester focuses mainly on algebraic fundamentals, and second semester focuses mainly on quadratics. Writing and understanding mathematics as a language is a focus throughout the year.

Course Level: The content of Math 2 is fairly straightforward and not overly conceptual. However, math is challenging for many, and Math 2 is no easier than Math 1. Three key factors that lead to success in Math 2 are solid fundamentals (see below), good use of class time, and studying for quiz retakes and tests.

Units of Study: Arithmetic and algebra, terms and factors, geometry, right-triangle trigonometry, factoring, graphs of quadratic functions, square roots, and probability

Math Fundamentals: Starting this year, every math course at SVHS has these Math Fundamentals as part of each final, as an understanding of these concepts and procedures is essential to most topics in all algebra-based high school and college math courses. In Math 2, all of these topics are covered in depth in the first semester.

Work done in class: ~25%

- Classwork: A set of problems aligned with each section of notes is done together as a class. In addition, a few points are given periodically for things such as class preparation and in-class practice problems.
- Reviews: Reviews are done in self-selected groups of four. Each group gets four different versions of the review that are very similar except for being different levels of difficulty, allowing each student to choose one that is at the level that would most help him or her prepare for the test. Reviews also serve as study guides, and students often take it upon themselves later to print one or more of the other versions at home to practice.
- Team Quizzes: Students prepare for each final in teams. This allows for the dual purposes of providing for students struggling on specific concepts to have in-class tutors for these concepts and enabling strong students to solidify their understandings through explaining the concepts to others.

Work done at home: ~15%

- Online Quizzes: Each section has a four-question multiple-choice quiz covering the key concepts of the section. Online quizzes can be resubmitted until a perfect score is achieved.
- Homework: Each chapter has one homework assignment. Every problem is individually selected to avoid redundancy within assignments and has a hint provided in case students are unsure how to start it. Homework is graded on completeness of work shown and on corrections made in class, but not on accuracy.
- Study Guide: An example of each topic covered in class throughout the semester is included in the study guide. Full solutions and explanations of these are in the online notes.

Quizzes and Tests: ~60%

- Section Quizzes: To help students stay on top of the material, there is a small quiz after each section, usually the following day. A practice quiz is done in class before each quiz.
- Chapter Tests: Tests cover both conceptual and procedural aspects of the content. Students may make a quarter-page emergency note card in class before the test. One time during the test, they can temporarily turn in their test and view the note card.
- Semester Finals: Finals cover content from the whole semester as well as math fundamentals. The calculations are generally simpler than on chapter tests. A section of each final is done with a partner.

Calculator: A calculator is required for Math 2. A cheap scientific calculator is sufficient, although students considering Honors Math 3 next year may benefit from purchasing a TI-84 Plus graphing calculator and using it this year in preparation for next year.

Computer: SVHS students are required to bring a Chromebook or other laptop to their classes. You can make arrangements with the school to borrow one if you are not able to get one of your own.

Other Materials: Bring whatever you would like to write with and stay organized.

The most challenging part of a math class tends to be staying caught up when absent. The following guidelines and opportunities aim to help with this.

Participation Assignments: You do not need to worry about making up participation assignments if you have an occasional absence.

Tests: If you miss a test, it will be given to you the day you return. Many students end up self-sabotaging by trying to put off tests indefinitely; this is not permitted in this class.

Class Makeup: Starting this year, there will be an after-school review and makeup session at the end of each chapter in Math 1, Math 2, and Math 3, to give you an opportunity to solidify any shaky concepts and to complete any missing assignments. Everyone is welcome, and students with multiple absences during the chapter are required to attend. This requirement may be waived by the teacher if you have all your assignments turned in, and your parent can also waive it by contacting the teacher. For extensive absences (three or more in the chapter), this parent contact must be in person so we can make a plan to make sure you don't fall behind.

Online Materials: Almost all aspects of the course are available at ewyner.com, including class notes, the textbook, and most other course materials.

Use of Resources: You can use the book, your calculator, and unlimited notes on almost all graded assignments except tests.

Extensions: You can select a new due date on any assignment for any reason, simply by submitting an extension request. The request must be submitted in person prior to the original due date.

Free C: You can request a “Free C” on any nontest assignment, in person and prior to the due date, once per grading period. When the assignment is due, it can be turned in normally, or the Free C form can be submitted in its place for a score of 70%.

Flexible Timelines: Quiz retakes, test explanations, and all late work (including extensions) can be turned in any time until the day before the test. Assignments cannot be turned in on or after the day of the test, or by email.

Study Sessions: In addition to the after-school review at the end of each chapter, you can at any point request a formal teacher-led study session for 4 to 12 students, given availability.

Chapter Updates: A few days before each chapter test, I will send an email with the following.

- Missing Assignments: a list of all graded assignments from the chapter, indicating which if any are missing and how to submit them by the late-work deadline
- Class Absences: a list of the days of class missed for any reason, if any
- Chapter Summary: a brief synopsis of what was covered in the chapter, plus studying tips
- Upcoming Information: information on upcoming events such as finals or next year's course selection

When I will reach out to you:

- Incorrect Course Placement: if Math 2 might not be the correct course this year, which is normally rare but was not uncommon last year after the year of distance learning
- Major Change: if there is a sustained, major change in effort that may indicate bigger problems
- In Danger of Failing: if the overall grade is low and time is running out to bring it up before the end of the semester

When you should reach out to me:

- Upcoming Absences: if you expect there to be multiple upcoming absences, or if there may be an absence on a test date (test dates are posted about a month in advance)
- Personal Struggles: if they are feeling overwhelmed by the course or they are dealing with ongoing personal or health issues that may interefere, and they are comfortable with you sharing this