Geometry (5210)                   Mrs. Lauretta Miller                Course Requirements

 

“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:

·        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.    

·        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.

·        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. 

·        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.

·        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.

·        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.

 

 

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