**Geometry (5210) Mrs. Lauretta Miller Course Requirements**

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*“Geometry offers a means of
describing, analyzing, and understanding the world and seeing beauty in its
structures. Geometric ideas can be useful both in other areas of mathematics
and in applied settings.”*

* Principles and
Standards for School Mathematics, p.309, 2000*

The study of geometry is closely related to algebra, using coordinate and al-gebraic means to verify properties of figures presented on a coordinate plane. Therefore, in addition to learning geometric principles, you will be reenforcing the fundamentals of algebra learned during your freshman year.

To ** succeed** in this
course you will need the following supplies:

· good thinking power (logic)/focus; willingness to work hard

· covered text (no contact paper)

· IBM ThinkPad; TI’84 Plus graphing calculator

· binder notebook; hole punch for insertion of worksheets

· pencils or pens (erasable); ruler and protractor; multi-click color pen; highlighter

**CLASSROOM PROCEDURE:**

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**Homework** is assigned daily. Answers to odd-numbered
problems

are provided in the back of the
text. Be sure to check these problems before arriving at class. You will have
the opportunity to question me about the assignment and make necessary
corrections at the beginning of each class. HW is posted daily on my website on
“**due date**” rather than date assigned. Do it directly in your NB following
that day’s notes. **You are responsible for learning how to do every problem**.
Each assignment automatically includes the careful reading of the text’s
coverage of the topic.

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**Class Participation** ** **

You are expected to be **active**
participants by taking notes, copying sample problems, questioning when
confused, carefully listening to and responding to questions asked, and doing
class drill work. Keep your notebook neat and well-organized; it will function
as your “**mini-textbook**” and will be your study guide for this course.
Test and quiz problems are often drawn from class or HW problems.

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**Attendance**

Mathematics is such a
structured, sequential investigation that you truly handicap your understanding
of the material with any ABSENCE. It is your responsibility to get class notes
missed and to check to see if tests or quizzes were announced during your
absence (refer to my website or contact a classmate). If you are absent on the
day of a test or quiz (without missing actual lessons), be prepared to take test
or quiz __immediately__ on the day of your return (before school, at
lunchtime, or after school). For an extended absence, you are to meet with me
on the day of your return to arrange for lesson coverage and test/quiz make-up.

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**GRADE**

**Homework **is graded for
effort, not accuracy using a 2, 1, 0 point system. The original problem and
procedural steps must be written for full credit. You will be allowed to miss 1
assignment per marking period without being penalized. HW represents **10% of
your marking period average.**

**Class work **represents**
10% of your marking period average.**

**Quizzes **represent** 30%
**and** Tests **represent **50% of your average. **Quizzes are given on
parts of chapters, tests at the conclusion of each chapter. Given the
structured nature of math, much of this work is cumulative. If you are absent
on the day of a test or quiz (without missing actual lessons), be prepared to
take test or quiz __immediately__ on the day of your return (before school,
at lunchtime, or after school). For an extended absence, you will be expected
to meet with me on the day of your return to arrange for lesson coverage and
test/quiz make-up.

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**Academic Honesty: **A student’s performance on HW, quizzes,
and

tests should be a clear
indication of **her** understanding of the material. A student who gives her
work to another to be copied is as guilty of intellectual dishonesty as the
student who takes that work. ** Academic dishonesty** is considered a
very serious matter (see Handbook) and will be dealt with by the teacher and
reported to the Principal.

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**Extra Help** is always available!! Be sure to take advantage
of this

before homeroom, at lunch or after school – you can find me in room 204. Algebra is the foundation of all upper level mathematics. When you come to class, take notes, do HW, ask questions, and strive for true understanding of concepts, you will play the game well! Feel free to e-mail me at LMiller@ihahs.com as needed.

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I look forward to sharing my love of math with you and to encouraging
you to succeed in achieving these most important skills!*