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Math 10 Syllabus

Ms. Parunee Kaosayapandhu


parunee.kao@mahidol.edu

Mr. Madjid Hamlat


madjid.ham@mahidol.edu

Mr. Robert Badaracco


robert.bad@mahidol.edu

Course Text
Thong, Ho Soo, and Khor Nyak Hiong. New Additional Mathematics: Pure. Singapore:
Marshall Cavendish International, 2013. Print.

Course Overview
By the end of this course, students will be able to apply both algebraic and
geometric analysis into everyday life and activities. Students will be expected to learn
and perform very complex algebraic and geometric reasoning. Topics will be combined
from both fields, with emphasis on real-world examples and logical reasoning.

Course Outline
This course will be broken up into a series of ideas and how those ideas are
pieced together to create complex algebra and geometry. Students will start with linear
and nonlinear equations, polynomials, exponents and logarithms, functions and end
with trigonometry.
A brief outline of the topics is as follows:
● Linear and nonlinear equations
● Inequalities
● Exponents
● Logarithms and Natural logarithms
● Quadratics
● Polynomials
● Distance, midpoint, and slope formulas
● Line equations
● Intersections
● Functions
● Trigonometry

Calculator Need and Use


This class can and will be using calculators for various parts of class
assignments. While many math classes place a great deal of emphasis on calculator
use, this class will be placing more on process and rationale. Students should have
access to a calculator, and due to many different reasons, students will never be
allowed to use their cell phone calculators during testing situations.

Group Work
Students will be required to work in research groups with other students and
present their answers in an educated way to the rest of the class.
Students will be required to participate in groups to review, work on, correct, and
evaluate mathematics on a regular basis. Group work has been shown to help many
different learning types to solidify knowledge and can help to provide for a deeper
understanding. In that light, group work will be highly encouraged in this class.

Work Policy
Students will always be expected to show work, no matter how “simple” or “easy”
the problem appears to be to the student. If there is no work shown, the teacher may
ask the student to write down their work and explain their rationale to the teacher, or
receive no credit for that problem.

Quizzes and Tests


Quizzes will be given on an almost daily basis (usually consisting of about five
minutes worth of work and tests will be given about every three weeks or so. The course
instructor reserves the right to change this based on the class performance or any other
reason that will enhance the educational experience.
Projects
Projects will play a key factor in this course, with each semester having at least
one project that should last the length of the semester and all students having multiple
days of in-class time to complete. Project rubrics and expectations will be made clear on
the day the project is announced.

Grading Scale
Grades will be issued based on the following percentages. Students will receive
most of their graded points from larger tests, with a much smaller percentage coming
from the daily check-up quizzes and homework checks. Projects can and will be
factored into the final grade at a similar point value as tests.
90-100% A
85-89% B+
80-84% B
75-79% C+
70-74% C
65-69% D+
60-64% D
0-59% F

The grading scale for the points allotted in class will be as follows:

60% Chapter Exams, Quarter Exam and Final Exam


Note: Quarter Exam and Final Exam weigh twice the Chapter Exam

20% Participation

10% Homework

10% Quizzes/Project
Note: Any quiz that is missed due to a tardy will not be given again for
make-up.
Classroom Expectations
● Students will be on time and ready to learn at the start of every class. Students
will be seated with materials out and ready when the class period is starting, not
still coming in through the door.
● Students will be respectful of each-other, the teacher, and the classroom
environment.
● Cheating will never be tolerated. Cheating can and will cause an F grade (0%) on
the assignment in question.
● Honesty and integrity will be maintained at all times
● Cellular phones, cameras, and other recording devices will never be out for any
reason in class unless pre-approved by the teacher. If the item causes any sort of
distraction or is in violation of any sort of school rule, it will be turned over to the
Dean of Students, who will then deal with the student in question accordingly.
● Dress code standards will be maintained at all times
● Bathroom trips will be kept to a minimum, and will not take place during the first
15 minutes of class.
● You are expected to bring a notepad or a binder. You should take notes from
the board.
● You will also need a laptop or tablet and a calculator which you should bring to
class.
● If you have a scheduled excused absence let your teacher know one week prior
to that outage and obtain homework and lesson material before the absence.
● If a student has not completed a homework assignment by the start of class he or
she will receive a grade of zero for that assignment. If a student misses a lesson
with an unexcused absence then any homework or quizzes for that class will
receive a grade of zero. If a student misses a class that student should find out
any homework that was due and turn it in on the due date. Missing a class is not
an excuse for not doing the homework.
● If a student misses a lesson, he/she should be responsible for finding out what
homework, assignments, or any lesson materials that he/she has missed. Ask
other students or the teacher anytime when it’s necessary.
● If a student misses a quiz with an excused absence they schedule a time to
retake the quiz.
● Unless there is a medical emergency there are no make-up mid-term exams.
Instead the final exam for the semester is worth twice as much.
● Make-up final exams will only be considered on a case by case basis with a
written petition from the student and parent.
● Please conduct yourself politely, disruptive behavior is not allowed.
● Please feel free to ask questions at any time. There are no bad questions.
Rules may be added or changed based on need or school rules.

Closing
Mathematics is a wonderful exploration of the world around us, and this course is
designed to take a student through a journey of a few of the aspects of mathematics in
the world around them. This course is stressing content and complexity, and should be
viewed as a way to explore applicable mathematics, along with exploring the more
abstract side of the theory of mathematics. Year 10 also will require the memorization
and implementation of various formulas, and students should ask questions at any time
to try to understand the application of these geometric and algebraic ideas.

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(Parunee Kaosayapandhu)

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