• Math 2 Course Guide

Course Description

Math 2 students will examine functions of varied types, with an emphasis on quadratic functions and their use in modeling. They will develop skills in rewriting expressions, using exponent properties, and solving equations and inequalities. Students will understand the geometric concepts of congruence and similarity in terms of transformations. They will investigate geometry theorems about triangles, parallel lines, and circles, and prove them by writing deductive proofs and coordinate proofs. They will compute and interpret probabilities of compound events and conditional probabilities.

Math 2 students will engage in mathematical practices such as making sense of problems, reasoning and constructing arguments, modeling, and using structure. They will use tools including graphing calculators and geometry software.

 Unit 1: Deductive Geometry Ch. 6 Unit 2: Exponents and Radicals Ch. 1 Unit 3: Polynomials and Quadratic Functions Ch. 2, 3 Unit 4: Function Concept Ch. 4A, 4B Unit 5: Coordinate Geometry Local materials Unit 6: Area and Volume Local materials Unit 7: Similarity and Right Triangle Trigonometry Ch. 7, 9 Unit 8: Circles and Analytic Geometry Ch. 8 Unit 9: Probability Ch. 5

Chapter references are to our textbook Integrated CME ProjectMathematics II.

Materials

You will need these school supplies: three-ring binder, notebook or loose paper, and a graphing calculator (other helpful supplies: graph paper, ruler). A graphing calculator is an important everyday tool in this course. LHS strongly recommends that all grade 9 students have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator.

You will also have a hardcopy textbook. You will need to use your textbook during class most days. If you wish, you may leave your textbook in the classroom. However, remember that you are still responsible for the book you were assigned.  If you choose to leave your book in the classroom you must have it covered.

Classroom Expectations
• Come to class on time and prepared to learn (paper/pencils out and ready)
• Have cell phones turned off and put away (unless otherwise instructed)
• If someone is speaking to the class, please show respect and refrain from talking
• Keep the classroom clean
• Ask Ms. Lifrieri before leaving the room

Homework

Students will be assigned homework almost every night.  The homework will be due the next class meeting unless another due date is explicitly stated by the teacher. Doing the homework on the night it is assigned is vital to your learning because the homework will often be the starting point for the next class. The choices you make around homework completion will either facilitate or undermine your success.  Homework will be checked frequently by a variety of methods, which may include: viewing or collecting any recent homework to check it for either completion or correctness (either on the whole or of selected problems), or giving a short, unannounced homework-based quiz.

Make-up Work

When you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed (check my website for homework and ask a classmate what happened during class), and then I will provide reasonable support to help you catch up. Following the usual practice at LHS, the time allowed for completing missed work is usually one day for each day missed. However, if there is a test or an assignment due on the first day of your absence, you are responsible for it on the day you return. Also, if you miss class because of a field trip, you must be prepared for the next class just as if you had been in class.

There will be a test at the end of each unit, and most units will also have intermediate tests/quizzes. Anything that counts in the grade will have a point value based on its importance or length.  For example, a homework quiz might count for 2 points and a quiz might count for 30 points.  Your report card grade will be based on the total points earned during the quarter and your final grade will be based on the four quarter grades and a course-wide final exam.

Getting Help

If you feel confused about a topic, need some extra explanation, or just have a quick question, make the time to get extra help as soon as possible. Ms. Lifrieri is available in the math office (Room 713) every day after school and sometimes during the day (B, D, or E block by appointment). It is helpful if students make an appointment ahead of time but do not hesitate to stop by whenever needed. Students (and parents) should feel free to contact Ms. Lifrieri with any questions or concerns.  The best method is to email mlifrieri@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us