Integrated Math 130/140

Teacher: Suzanne Hickey
Extra Help: Mondays 3:05 - 4:15 Room 153 or by appointment.

Course Overview

This course will work to strengthen and expand topics from Algebra I and Geometry. The units of study are: Number Sense, Patterns, Relations and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics and Probability.  The units are aligned with the Massachusetts Common Core standards. In May the students will be taking the 10th grade Massachusetts math exam.  One goal of this course is to have each student proficient or advanced at the 10th grade level and well prepared for this exam.  Another goal is to provide the students with the knowledge and confidence they will need to continue their success next year in Intermediate Algebra.

Assessment Strands:

Accuracy (30%): Mathematics is a language that allows people to give exact answers. When calculations are not made correctly, computers don’t operate,bridges collapse, and checks bounce. Students are assessed in this strand primarily through their performance on quizzes and tests.

Logic (30%): Just like accuracy, how one arrives at a solution is also important. When reviewing student work, teachers look to see how problems are set up before they are solved. As math concepts become increasingly complex, making sure the logic is clearly communicated takes on greater significance. Students are assessed in this strand primarily through their performance on quizzes and tests.

Application (20%): Students complete unit projects each semester where the apply

their knowledge and explore solutions to in depth problems. These projects are graded on a variety of content and presentation standards.

Work Habits (20%): Students are assessed in this strand primarily through class participation and timely completion of assignments. Strong work habits are key to successfully learning the content of this course.

Course Schedule:

September Number Sense; Algebra review

October Solving equations, and using algebraic formulas

               Patterns, properties of arithmetic

November Ratios, proportions, percent

               Project: Percent matters

December Exponents, multiplying, factoring and solving polynomials using zero product rule

               Inverse variation, weighted averages

January Angles, properties of triangles

February Polygons interior, exterior sum thereom

March     Midpoint, distance, congruent figures, ratios, similar figures

April        Measurement in 2-D and 3-D

                Statistics and probability

May         Review topics to be determined by class need

10th grade Massachusetts math exam

June     Project: Remodeling and design

Course Policies & Expectations:

Academics – Your effort and willingness to wrestle with the material of this class is a key element to your success. You are responsible to yourself and to your classmates to produce your best work and to come prepared to class each day with all the needed materials and ready to work. The culture of this class encourages learning through sharing our mistakes and group solutions to difficult problems. Frequent participation in class is expected and an informal part of your overall grade. Participation can mean a variety of things including contributing to class discussions, posting solutions on the board, asking questions, and contributing to group work.

Materials – all items should be brought to every class.

Scientific Calculator: Texas Instruments, any version of model TI-30

Binder with dividers and loose-leaf paper

Homework and sharpened pencils with erasers

HonorsAny student is eligible to pursue honors credit for any semester of a math course.  The following outlines the program and requirements. 

1) Students complete an additional homework assignment approximately once every two weeks.  This assignment may be revised.  It is graded for correct answers and work shown to explain approach to the problems.  This is entered as a work habits grade and included in the strand with all course assignments.

2) Students take an additional honors level test at the end of each unit.  It is designed to push understanding further and consists of problems that apply both the material learned in the unit and general math principles and logic.  This test is graded using the same logic and accuracy strands used on the regular test.

3) During project work, an additional component of the project will be required.  It is also designed to extend understanding and application of the concepts covered.  This grade will be included in the application strand.

It is important to note that because honors grades are entered into the regular course strands, the student’s grade may be affected in either a positive or negative way.  Math is the only subject where taking honors can lower your grade in each strand and overall.  Sometimes a student will receive an honors B instead of the A they would have received without taking honors.

Students must receive a C or higher in every strand to earn honors status.   Also any student who is missing significant work in the regular course, will not be allowed to complete the honors program.

Honors assignments are available to all students in the class.  It is the only form of extra credit that a non-honors student can earn.  Some students get exposure to the honors in this way and then choose to take honors second semester.

Attendance – You are responsible for getting notes and assignments upon return to school and missing work is due within three days of your return. Assignments due on the day of absence are expected upon return to school. Assignments should be left in my mailbox if class does not meet that day.

Quizzes and Tests – Quizzes will be given in class once a week and will assess the understanding of the week’s lesson. Tests will be scheduled at the conclusion of a topic.

Homework – You can expect to spend approximately 30-60 minutes a night of quality homework time per class. It is your responsibility to make a reasonable effort to complete the homework and try each problem. Homework will be collected randomly but any homework problem is fair game for inclusion on a quiz so it is your responsibility to make sure you understand each problem.

Late Work Policy - All students are expected to complete work in a timely manner. Developing the mindset and skills to complete work on time will benefit students throughout high school, college, and in future careers.

If a student is not able to turn in a major assignment on time, he or she must make arrangements with the teacher within 24 hours of the due date. (Example: If an assignment is due at the beginning of class on a Monday, arrangements must be made by that time Tuesday, regardless if the class meets that day.)

At the discretion of individual teachers, students may be provided extra time to receive partial credit on major assignments. Make-up assignments must be submitted within 7 calendar days (1 week) from the original due date.

Assignments submitted before the 7 day window will receive a lower grade in the Work Habits strand (5 points lost for every day late) but fully assessed in all other strands.

Assignments turned in after the 7 day window will be graded as a zero in all strands.

Homework is due on a regular basis. Late homework must be turned in by the next class. Some homework will be reviewed in class and therefore is not eligible for late credit.