- Periodically check your child's notebook and folders
for completed, neat assignments. The textbook should be
home every evening, because there is
**an assignment every day.**Learning is a team effort. - Encourage development of good study skills, especially
**organization**of time (more than one class item may be active at once) and materials. A visual calendar is suggested. - Create a positive study environment at home for your child.
- Review your child's schedule to be sure they are getting adequate sleep and regular meals. Even good students fail to understand the long-term benefit of such when faced with short-term deadlines.
- Ask your child if [s]he needs extra help. Addressed concerns rarely become problems.
- Attend, whenever possible, Math & Science Center functions and conferences.
- Remember: Math & Science activities need
just like sports, dance, and music.*extra practice time* - I have read this course syllabus and will support the teacher in educating my child:

Parent's Signature: __________________________ Date: ___/___/2005

**Disclaimer:** This syllabus is subject to change should unanticipated events merit it.

Please also see
rules and expectations in an alternate presentation.

Instructor: Class period: |
Dr. Keith G. Calkins | Ms. Shirleen Luttrell |

M–F 8:00–8:50: Grade 9 (+5TT/-5F) | Geometry, SH100 | Accel. Students, SH102 |

M–Th 9:40–10:30: Grade 10 (-5TT; 8:55-9:40 F) | Algebra II, SH100 | Accel. Students, SH102 |

MW 12:25–2:10; F 12:25–1:15 | Precalculus, SH100 | |

TTh 12:25–2:10; F 1:25–2:10 | AP Calculus BC, SH100 | AP Calculus AB, SH102 |

Office/work phone: | SH106, 471-6629 | SH105, 471-6646 |

Classroom phone: | SH100, 471-6646 | SH102, 471-6646 |

Home phone: | 473-2572 | 473-3489 |

Office hours by appointment and: | M–Th 8:55–9:45, 10:40–12:20 | MWF 9:30–10:30, TTh 8:00–12:20 |

FAX | 471-3713 | 471-3713 |

AU Math Office phone: | 471-3423 HYH math hallway: | 471-2038 |

Assistants: | Lisa Thompson, Irena Nesterova, etc.?
| |

Bosses: | Don Rhoads, Math Department Chair | 471-3424 |

Tonya Snyder, MSC Coordinator | 471-7725 | |

Bill Richardson, Dean, College of Arts & Science | 471-3411 |

- We will promote classrooms as mathematical communities.
- We seek logic and mathematical evidence as verification.
- Help develop self-confidence in ability to derive correct answers.
- Promote conjecturing, inventing and problem-solving instead of merely finding the correct answers.
- Develop a positive attitude toward mathematics and statistics.
- Confidently use problem-solving approaches to investigate and understand mathematical content.
- Recognize and formulate problems from inside and outside mathematics.
- Clarify thinking about mathematical ideas and relationships.
- Formulate mathematical definitions and discover generalizations.
- Express mathematical ideas orally, symbolically, and in writing.
- Read mathematics with understanding.
- Ask clarifying and extending questions related to mathematics.
- Utilize and value connections among mathematical topics and between mathematics and other disciplines especially by modelling real-world situations.
- Appreciate the similarities of seemingly different mathematical systems.
- Represent situations involving variable quantities with matrices, expressions, equations/inequalities.
- Understand concepts of probability distributions, regressions, estimates, testing, inferences, and statistics and their uses.
- Effectively use tables and graphs to interpret expressions, equations, and inequalities.
- Develop the necessary background for further mathematics.

100% | A+ | 80% | B+ | 65% | C+ | 50% | D+ |

90% | A | 75% | B | 60% | C | 45% | D |

85% | A- | 70% | B- | 55% | C- | 40% | D- |

There is about 45 minutes (varies substantially with the student)
of reading/homework to be done **every school day**.
Often, a portion of the homework may be completed in class.
Assignments are thus frequent, but of moderate length.
**Work must be shown for each problem to receive credit.**
Homework must be done **neatly**, presented in order, on standard-sized,
white, 3-hole punched paper, with **no ragged edges**
*i.e.* not torn out of a non-perforated spiral notebook).
**Use of pencil (not pen) and eraser (not scribbles) encourages neatness
and is also required.**
A vertical problem solving format must also be followed.
Work not meeting these standards, especially if done in
crayon, reddish, or glittery tones will be refused.
All homework is due at the start of class unless specified otherwise.
*i.e. *45° angle
and 1/4" optimal).
Be prepared to present your homework to the class. Quiz and test
questions often come from the textbooks, or even directly from the homework.
Some homework may be graded on a mastery (redo/all or nothing) basis,
with incorrect problems being sent back for correction until they are done correctly.
Such redos should be dated and done in a **timely** manner (within one week).

Late homework loses value every day the Center is open.
After one week, late work is only of remedial value.
After two weeks, late work must be accompanied by a parental note
clearly detailing the extenuating circumstances.
However, after the scheduled start of the sectional test, **late work**,
especially chapter reviews, **will not be accepted**.
If absences intervene, please bring a parental note indicating excuse,
preferably beforehand.
Absences and timely written indication of excuses will be taken
into consideration in determining the value of late work.

Extra credit for completing and turning in chapter reviews early
will be rewarded. The bonuses are as follows:
10% for the first Center school day, 15% for two Center school days,
17.5% for three Center school days, 18.75% for four Center school days, up
to a maximum of 20% in the limiting case.
In general, quizzes may not be made up and may be "attendance" in nature
(*i.e.* recorded as a zero not a **D**o **N**ot **R**ecord).
The interdisciplinary project will be included in your grade
when required (see science class) or
accounted as **extra credit** when not required.
Participation as judges (for elementary school entries) by upperclassmen
will also be rewarded with similar **extra credit**.

Just like good writing is based on learning the alphabet, how to read,
good grammer, literature, *etc.*, good mathematics builds on the basics
of numbers, expressions, functions, symbols, concepts, and vocabulary.
With this in mind the following suggested minimal
retention schedule has been developed to help answer the question
as to how long various class documents should be retained:
1) homework should be kept until the end of the semester;
2) quizzes and review exercises should be kept all school year;
3) tests, exams, contests, and booklets should be retained until graduation.
Of course, it isn't practical to bring everything all the time so
some optimization of notebook content is expected. Half an inch,
if optimized should suffice.

Gum is not allowed in the math classrooms due to problems with
the all too common improper disposal of the hazardous waste product.
Food and beverages have been a dilemma because science classes meet
in labs where OSHA rules forbid such and computer classes meet
in computer labs where these items are also forbidden.
Math has been extremely tolerant over the years, especially regarding
afternoon students whose schedules do not provide a lunch period.
Freshmen and sophomores often arrive hungry (partly that's just being a teenager!).
Students are expected to be responsible
(avoid and promptly clean up spills), don't let food
interfere with either your own or other's school work, *etc.*
Litter, especially from spiral notebooks, food, or drinks will not be tolerated.
**PLEASE DO NOT DISPOSE OF LIQUID-FILLED CONTAINERS,
PARTIALLY OR OTHERWISE, (unless well sealed) IN THE TRASH CAN.**
Citizenship, including being responsible for your own mess,
can factor significantly into a student's grade if warranted.
Citizenship includes, but is not limited to, attendance and
respect for others and their property.
**Horseplay, teasing, and other such actions are generally
disruptive and outside the expected decorum of Center students.**
Students generally should expect not to be
touched by other students and public display of affection
(holding hands, kissing, *etc.*) should not be observed.
All our classes are honors classes and corresponding behavior is
expected from all our students, including:
neatness, orderliness, and cleanliness.
Please push your chairs in before you leave and
return your area to it's original, pristine condition.
Vulgar or offensive language, cursing, or offensive behavior/gestures
are unacceptable and accordingly will subject one to disciplinary action.

"Dress or grooming that attracts undue or negative attention is not
acceptable. Short shorts and bare midriffs are examples of inappropriate
dress." For the entire Smith Hall area this page 8
handbook statement shall be interpretted as follows:
1) short shorts/skirts (defined as exposing more than one hand
(4" maximum) above the top of the kneecap when standing);
2) cleavage exposure: pectoral or gluteal
(typically caused by low/loose necklines or waistlines);
3) undergarment exposure
(sit/stand/bend properly and/or use adequate coverage);
4) tight-fitting clothes (such as outline pudenda or nipples);
are all unacceptable.
If dress is deemed inadequate, it will be called to the attention
of the Center Coordinator and additional coverage even for
sleeveless/spaghetti strap tops, in the form
of a tee shirt, for example, may be provided.
An August 4, 2005 USA Today article reports on a Tulane
University study which shows women who emphasize their
sexuality while at work by the way they dress, speak, and act
got **fewer** promotions and raises than those who did not!

The bulletin board (and associated push pins), computers, TV's,
overhead projector, black and white boards, chalk, markers, pointers,
printer, VCR, posters, reference books, answer keys, *etc.*
are not toys and are to be left alone unless instructed otherwise.
You are expected to study in such a manner as to not disrupt your fellow
students. ("Four foot or indoor voices'' must be used when discussion is indicated.)

The Handbook (page 10) now specifically bans the use of personal
electronic devices, such as cell phones, MP3/DVD players, recorders,
*etc.* during class. The occasional need for emergency contact
via vibrate instead of any obnoxious ring tones is understandable
but must not be abused.

- e-mail: calkins@andrews.edu
- voice/mail: 269 471-6629/ BCM&S Smith Hall 106; Andrews University; Berrien Springs;
**classroom:**269 471-6646; Smith Hall 100/**FAX:**269 471-3713; MI, 49104-0140- home: 269 473-2572; 610 N. Main St.; Berrien Springs, MI 49103-1013
- URL:
http://www/andrews.edu/~calkins/math/syll.htm

- Copyright © 2005, Keith G. Calkins. Revised on or after August 28, 2005.
**Freshmen Kick-Off, August 24, 2005**