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Advanced Algebra

Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry

Syllabus 2016-2017

Ms. Maletsky-

Ms. Meyer-

Course Description:

Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry builds on math skills that students began to develop in Algebra. In this course, we will be focusing on advanced algebraic models and functions, and relating these ideas to real-world situations and applications. Throughout the course, you will use technology to build foundational skills, solve problems, and visualize math. You will engage in problem solving both collaboratively and independently.

Course Objectives:

Students will:

  • Use cognitive skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and ethical analysis

  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  • Understand that mathematics is a tool for organizing ideas and addressing questions

  • Use algebraic models to analyze real-world phenomena

  • Prepare for success on the PSAT and SAT

Materials required: You must have these materials by Monday, September 12

  • at least one writing utensil, preferably a pencil

  • A spiral notebook for this class only

  • A folder for this class only


  1. Exponents and exponential functions

  2. Data and Statistics

  3. Quadratic functions

  4. Graphing conic sections

  5. Angles, triangles, and trigonometry

Ideas for if you need help:

  1. Check your notes for similar examples or helpful formulas.

  2. Ask a friend to help you get started, but don’t copy their work!!!

  3. Go to and search for the topic we’re studying. You can watch a video or try some practice exercises to help you feel more comfortable with the topic.

  4. Email Ms. Meyer and Ms. Maletsky with your specific question.

  5. Come in any day before school. Both teachers are almost always there at 7:30.

  6. Arrange a time to stay after school with one of your teachers.

Academic Integrity:

  • Students who have exactly the same work will both receive 0s.

  • Students who are cheating on quizzes, tests, and exams will also receive a 0.

  • Plagiarism will also result in a 0 on that assignment.  

  • If you are helping your friend, make sure that you don’t tell them the answer. You can show them where they made a mistake, you can say that you got a different answer, you can ask questions, you can talk through examples together. If you don’t know how to help without letting them copy your work, have them go ask Ms. Maletsky for help.


Grades will be determined using the following percentage breakdown:

Participation: 15%

Homework: 15%     

Mastery: 50%

Growth: 10%

Final Exam: 10%            

A = 100% to 90%

B = 89% to 80%

C = 79% to 70%

D = 69% to 60%

F = 59% and below


This part of your grade includes Do Nows, explaining math problems to the class, and completing in class assignments individually and in groups.


Homework assignments will be given frequently. Your homework must be ready to turn in at the beginning of the class period.


Your mastery grade will include mental math objectives and content-related objectives for the current unit. These grades will come from quizzes, tests, projects, conferences, and other opportunities for you to show that you have mastered the content. Some standards will continue across unit and you will have multiple opportunities during each semester to demonstrate mastery of a particular standard.


This category refers to how much improvement a student demonstrates on a set of college- readiness related-standards, as measured by periodic “interim exams”.

Final exam

The final exam will be a cumulative assessment at the end of the semester based on standards assessed throughout the semester. There will be no retakes on the final exam.

Absences: If you are absent, you must copy the notes from someone on your own time- NOT during class. You also need to get the work you missed from Ms. Maletsky.

  • Students with unexcused absences will receive a zero for any assignments due the day of your absence as well as any participation or homework given the day you missed.

  • Students with excused absences must turn in assignments due the first day of your absence the day you return, or they will be considered late. You will have one day for every day missed to complete all assignments given during your absence.

Late Work:

  • Late homework will not be accepted.

  • Major assignments will be accepted late with a 10% penalty each day up to 10 days (two school weeks) after the due date. .