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    Advanced Quantitative Reasoning  2016-2017                                                                                                                                             Mr. T.C. Watt 

    twatt@ems-isd.net

    Course Description

    In Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, students continue to build upon the K-8, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry foundations as they expand their understanding through further mathematical experiences. Advanced Quantitative Reasoning includes the analysis of information using statistical methods and probability, modeling change and mathematical relationships, and spatial and geometric modeling for mathematical reasoning. Students learn to become critical consumers of real-world quantitative data, knowledgeable problem solvers who use logical reasoning, and mathematical thinkers who can use their quantitative skills to solve authentic problems. Students develop critical skills for success in college and careers, including investigation, research, collaboration, and both written and oral communication of their work, as they solve problems in many types of applied situations.

     

    As students work with these mathematical topics, they continually rely on mathematical processes, including problem-solving techniques, appropriate mathematical language and communication skills, connections within and outside mathematics, and reasoning. Students also use multiple representations, technology, applications and modeling, and numerical fluency in problem-solving contexts

     

    EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS

                    All students will actively participate in class.

                    All students will present work to class.

                    All students will present work that reflects their best abilities.

                    All students will be responsible to complete any outside work.

                    All students will be challenged.

                    All students will experience successful problem solving.

     

    Supplies

                    3-Ring Binder or Folder                     Notebook paper

                    Pencils                                                                    Red Pen

                    Highlighters

    4 AAA Batteries – students must bring batteries to use the calculators. Students who have their own graphing calculator may bring it instead of batteries.

     

    Class Rules and Expectations

    1. Be on time.

    • 1st Tardy = Warning

    • 2nd Tardy = 10 min. detention with teacher AND parent contact

    • 3rd Tardy and beyond = Referral to Principle

    • More than 15 minutes late is an absence.

       

      2. Pay attention in class.

    • Ask questions when you don’t understand.

    • Cell phones, iPods, and other non-instructional items should be kept put away or they will be confiscated.

       

      3. Complete the homework yourself.

    • Show work on all assignments, quizzes and tests. No work = no credit. Partial credit may be given for incorrect answers.

    • Getting answers from someone is not “getting help” and giving the answers to someone is not “helping,” it is cheating.

    • Copying someone else’s homework will result in a grade of zero (0) for the person who copied AND the person who let their work be copied.

       

      4. Come to tutoring when necessary.

    • You must come to tutoring to be able to retest. No tutoring = No Retest

       

      5. Demonstrate respect for people and property.

    • Stay seated.

    • Raise your hand.

    • Use appropriate language.

    • Don’t touch other people or their things. 

    • Don’t write on or otherwise damage school property, including books, desks, and calculators.

    • Abide by the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

    • No food or drinks allowed in the classroom.

       

      Grading System

       

                    6 weeks Grade                                                                                    Semester Grade

    60%  -  Tests/Projects/Presentations                                            85%  -  6 weeks Grades Avg.

    40%  -  Quizzes/Daily Work/Homework                                     15%  -  Semester Exam

     

    First Semester Topics Covered / Units of Study

     

    Unit VII: Networks and Graphs

    • Circuits, Paths, and Graph Structures

    • Spanning Trees

    • Graph Coloring

    • Program Evaluation and Review Technique


          Unit I: Analyzing Numerical Data

    • Estimating Large Numbers

    • Using Ratios, Rates, and Percents

    • Using Averages, Weighted Averages, and Indices

    • Using Check Digits to Validate Identification Numbers


          Unit II: Probability

    • Determining Probabilities

    • Everyday Decisions Based on Probabilities

    • Expected Value

       

      Make-Up Work

      AQR is a rigorous course and much of what we learn in this class will come from in-class projects, group discussions, and collaborative projects.  Regular attendance in this class is crucial to students’ success. Students with an excused absence from school are expected to make up work missed.  Students who are absent but had prior notice of upcoming assignments or tests must complete the assignment or test on the first day back to school.  Being absent the day before a test does not excuse a student from taking the test. Students shall receive a grade of zero (0) for any assignment or test not made up within the allotted time.

       

      Retesting (Grade Reporting Handbook pg. 18-20)

      A student will be given the opportunity to retest within 5 school days if the student:

      1. Makes below 85 on the first test AND

      2. Attends tutoring to improve mastery of the concepts and material prior to the deadline.

      No tutoring = No Retest

       

      • A student will not be allowed to redo an assignment for which he/she received a zero or to retake a test for which the student received a zero. In addition, the student must have made an attempt on the initial assignment/assessment.

      • The highest available grade on the retest for a failing grade is a 70%.

      • The highest available grade on the redo/retest of a passed major graded assignment or assessment for an initial grade of 70-84 is an 85.

      • The opportunity to redo/retest on a passed major graded assignment or assessment is a one-time offering per assignment/assessment.

      • Reteaching and redo/reassessing provisions do not apply to daily assignments, quizzes, six-weeks test given last week of six weeks, and semester final examinations.

       

      Late Work (Grade Reporting Handbook pg.13-14)

      • An assignment may be turned in under the following guidelines:

      o 1 school day late – maximum score is 85

       A 100 would record as an 85 (100 x .85)

       An 80 would record as a 68 (80 x .85)

      o 2 school days late – maximum score is 70

       A 100 would record as a 70 (100 x .70)

       An 80 would record as a 56 (80 x .70)

      o 3 school days late – maximum score of 60

       A 100 would record as a 60 (100 x .60)

       An 80 would record as a 48 (80 x .60)

      • No late work accepted after 3 school business days and a zero is recorded in the grade book.

       

      Tutoring Times

      Tutoring should be utilized to clarify concepts that were not grasped in class, to get help with homework, and to make corrections on quizzes and tests.  You may choose to attend tutoring in the morning or afternoon, whichever is most convenient. 

                     

      Days             Morning          Afternoon         

                      M-F            8:30-9:00           4:20-4:50           

       

      Extra Credit is not offered.

      From time to time there may be bonus questions on tests or quizzes, but in general no extra credit will be offered.  Complete your assignments, come to tutoring, retest when necessary, and you will be successful.