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Introduction to Pre-calculus Math

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Confidently solve problems Communicate and reason mathematically Increase mathematical literacy Make connections between mathematics and its applications

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Engaging and persevering in mathematical problem solving Thinking and reflecting on your personal progress Contributing positively to discussions Taking risks – it is okay to make mistakes! Working both independently and as a contributing member of a group Using a variety of mathematical processes Using mental math and estimation Incorporating technology and visualization skills

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Numbers ◦ Develop number sense (rational numbers, powers and exponents) Patterns and Relations ◦ Use patterns to describe the world and solve problems ◦ Use a variety of algebraic expressions to solve problems (variables, equations, polynomials) Shape and Space ◦ Measurement and circle geometry ◦ Characteristics of 3D objects and 2D shapes and analyze the relationships among them ◦ Describe and analyze position and motion of objects and shapes Statistics and Probabilities ◦ Collect, display and analyze data to solve problems ◦ Use experimental or theoretical probabilities to represent and solve problems involving uncertainty

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Rational Numbers Powers and Exponents Scale Factors and Similarity Introduction to Polynomials Multiplying and Dividing Polynomials Linear Relations Solving Equations Linear Inequalities Circle Geometry Symmetry and Surface Area Data Analysis

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Summative Tests: Tests are written at the end of each unit. All tests are cumulative in nature, however, are mainly based on the current unit. The student is responsible to inform the teacher and seek help if she is in need of extra revision at least 24 hours prior to a test date.

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Quizzes: Quizzes are used to assess current understanding and occur approximately once a week. Quizzes are helpful in adjusting teaching and learning strategies as students progress towards achieving the learning outcomes. Homework: Assignments are given on a daily basis. All assignments are mandatory. Some assignments are formative in nature, in that they indicate where concepts have been grasped, or where continued work needs to occur in order to master content. Other assignments are more summative in nature in that a student is displaying their firm grasp of concepts, and is required to apply them on specific tasks. Students are to speak with the teacher at the beginning of class if an assignment is incomplete. This student is then responsible to complete said assignment and show the teacher the following class. Please advise the teacher if a class will be missed due to foreseeable circumstances.

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Personal reflections: Students will continuously be encouraged to think about their mathematical thinking. This includes reflecting about their learning, their progress, the strategies that are working for them, investigating their thinking processes and seeking to understand their own role in their mathematical literacy.

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The final grade in the course is allocated on the following basis: ◦ 60% term work (homework, quizzes, assignments and projects) ◦ 10% mid year assessment pieces ◦ 30% final exam

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Tutorials for students wanting to feel more confident in the topic are available, at lunch hour or 3:30, upon request. Students must give suitable notice so that an appropriate meeting time can be arranged. It is always beneficial to request extra help as soon as needed, rather than wait until the test. We also encourage students to take advantage of the Learning Centre, which is open every lunch hour and after school.

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Show respect for self and all members of the class at all times. Prepare and present course material in a sequential manner. Support student learning by providing opportunities for students to question and clarify the material presented. Prepare assessments that reflect the work presented. Provide students with information about their learning in a timely manner. Keep accurate records of all assessments to ensure evaluative information is derived from the stated sources and as outlined to students. Provide time outside the classroom experience for students, who choose, to receive additional support on a regular basis.

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Show respect for self and all other members of the class at all times. Bring all required materials to each class. Be on time for all classes. If for any reason a student is not in attendance for a class that student is responsible for getting assigned work from the teacher or from a classmate. This work must be completed. Maintain all work in a neat and organized manner. Complete all assigned homework. Generally homework is due the day after it is assigned unless otherwise stated by the teacher. Meet all due dates for assignments. Seek help from the teacher or classmates when experiencing difficulty. Write unit test(s) during re-write session, Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, in the event the student is absent for a specific unit test.

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Work hard Be responsible for your learning Improve your skills Don’t quit when it gets tough Ask questions Be curious Get help when you need it Have fun!

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