Math 2 Course Information Sheet 2022

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General Information

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.


Assignments

Work done in class: ~25%

Work done at home: ~15%

Quizzes and Tests: ~60%


Required Materials

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.


Absences

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.


Things to Make Life Easier

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.


Parent Communication

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

When I will reach out to you:

When you should reach out to me: