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Math 2 is the second year of a three-year sequence intended to prepare students for calculus-based courses 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: 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 them 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 short 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 beforehand.
- Chapter Tests: The majority of each test is written algebra. Students know in advance what most or all of the items will be (although not the exact problems), and they can study for them explicitly. About a quarter of the test is multiple-choice questions. These are broader in scope and not necessarily known in advance. Students may make an emergency note card in class before the test. One time during the test, students 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: You need to bring your notebook (which I will provide for you) and a pencil every day. To stay organized, you may also want to bring colored pens and a binder.

Online Materials: Almost all aspects of the course are available at ewyner.com, including class notes and slides, the textbook, and the practice quiz for each section.

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

Extensions: You can change the due date of any assignement to any date before the test, 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 can be turned in any time until the day before the test.

The most challenging part of a math class can 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: There is 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.

Accepted: You can turn late work in to the Math 2 To-Be-Graded tray until the day before the chapter test.

Unaccepted: Work turned in on or after the day of the test, or turned in somewhere other than the Math 2 To-Be-Graded tray (such as by email or to the office) will not be graded.

Scoring: You can request an extension in advance to get full credit on late work (see above). Late work without an extension may be graded down by a small amount, generally no more than 2 ponts. To make up for lost points due to legitimate, unplanned absences, you can submit each late assignment with a readmit slip from the office. Alternatively, you can choose to have your semester grade automatically rounded up if it is 89, 79, 69, or 59.

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

I will reach out to you in case of...:

- Incorrect Course Placement: if Math 2 might not be the correct course placement for this year
- Major Change: if there is a sustained, major change in effort that may indicate bigger problems
- Danger of Failing: if the overall grade is low and time is running out to bring it up before the end of the semester

Please reach out to me in case of...:

- 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