Observations and experiments are used by scientists (to test their theories), and by engineers (to test their designs), yet both depend on mathematics. Mathematics can model relationships to find solutions, yet mathematics depends upon logic and reason to justify its claims. We will use graphing and numerical methods to discover and understand mathematical postulates and theorems, but also algebraic and analytical methods for justifying our conclusions whether it be for mathematical rigor, or for scientific, engineering, financial, or some other application. The more you can explain, the more you will retain! Help each other as you work through homework and classwork by asking for and offering explanations why a method or conclusion might be correct. I will be available after school Tuesdays and Thursdays from 23:30 in Room 204 if you need extra help.
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Complete, accurate and neat  Name not on every page, or incorrect answer on one or more problems or necessary work (to arrive at the answer shown) is missing (for one or more problems) 
Questions not written out (for one or more problems) or One or more problems not attempted 
Many problems were not attempted  No work brought to class 
An example of not being prepared is not having the previous homework, notes, pencil or textbook out at the start of the lecture, or failing to bring your book, paper, pencil, charged iPad or calculator to class. Please turn off your phone and/or wireless device(s) and put them in your book bag outside.
If you were absent, you must bring your yellow readmit slip to the next class, since an unexcused abscence counts for 0% for any assignment that day.
The pace and rigor of the class is such that any time distracted by the iPad will significantly impact a students' progress in a negative way. To help focus your attention, please doubleclick the home button and quit all communication and entertainment apps before class begins. Students will be expected to monitor their behavior with the iPads with little direction from the instructor. Any time or attention diverted by technology will result in a decreasing chance of a successful performance in this class.
As per the student handbook, students are responsible for work missed due to absence the day they return. If you are present and a quiz or test is scheduled, you must take it. Makeup tests usually have more (or more difficult) questions. It is a good idea to have the contact information of several classmates to see what material and assignments were covered during your absence. If you miss a quiz you cannot gain any points for it. If you know you will be absent for a test, you may schedule to take it before the actual test date if prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. In the case of an extended illness special arrangements should be made with the Academic Vice Principal, Mr. Trujillo.
NONTESTING 15%  (Department requires 1520%) 

Classroom Work 5%  Based upon the completion of worksheets, and other classroom activities. You must bring a textbook, iPad, calculator, paper and pencil to each class. 
Homework 5%  Grading is based upon doing assignments according to the description above. 
Homework Quizzes 5%  short quizzes current homework assignments, as well as webwork assignments. 
TESTING 65%  (Department Requires 6070%) 
Quizzes 15%  longer quizzes, based on combining ideas from the homework, done on weeks without a test. 
Tests 50%  Hour long tests that integrate chapter topics into your problem solving skills. 
EXAM 20%  (Department requires 1520%) 
Qtr Exams 20%  90 minutes, comprehensive, usually with a section using the calculator, and another section that prohibits the use of a calculator. 
It reminds me of how the Presidential election works, using the electoral college instead of popular vote. If all the candidate's supporters are in the same state, it isn't as effective as having supporters in different states, since to with the election, you have to win over a lot of big states. Similarly, it would be best for a student to do well in as many categories as possible, especially the categories that are worth more.
The gradebook automatically does the following calculation:
.05*(average classroom work) + .05*(avg homework) + .05*(avg hw quiz) + .15*(avg quiz) + .50*(average test) + .20*(avg exam) = overall percentage  

(While plusses and minuses are indicated on the grade report, they are ignored and not used in computing the student's grade point average (GPA).
You can link to the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project web page here. Half way through the year you should be able to pass the Math Readiness (MR) test, which is what would be required to enrolled for the Precalculus Course at a fouryear university. At the end of the year, you should be able to pass the Calculus readiness (CR) test, which is what would required before enrolling in Calculus at a 4year college or university.
Before attempting them, get at least two (2) sheets of blank paper (no calculators allowed) and allow yourself one hour in a quiet place. Unlike an AP or SAT exam, try not to guess. The idea is to find out which skills you need to improve, and you don't want a lucky guess to hide an area of deficiency. At the end of the test it tells you which of six (or eight for the CR test) areas of math each question is evaluating.