MFM2P – Grade 10 Foundations of Mathematics

Course Description:

This course enables students to consolidate their understanding of linear relations and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and hands-on activities. Students will develop and graph equations in analytic geometry; solve and apply linear systems, using real-life examples; and explore and interpret graphs of quadratic relations. Students will investigate similar triangles, the trigonometry of right triangles, and the measurement of three-dimensional figures. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

Required Equipment: textbook, notebook, pencils, eraser, ruler and scientific calculator

For the notebook, a 3-ring binder reserved solely for mathematics containing dividers, lined paper and graph paper is ideal. Calculators without a camera, WIFI or graphing abilities may typically be used during classes, tests and the exam.

Big Ideas In This Course:

  • High school mathematics studies patterns and relationships between quantities.
  • Mathematics uses higher order thinking.
  • Mathematics uses models to solve real-world problems.
  • Mathematics is a way of representing and communicating ideas.
  • Mathematics encourages students to become independent learners.

How do I become an Independent Learner?

  • Be organized with a complete set of supplies, notes, exercises and study sheets.
  • Complete and correct exercises daily and review/study regularly.
  • Track your progress, seeking extra help when needed.
  • Take ownership for your learning.

Homework: Homework will be assigned daily and will be checked on a regular basis. The expectation is that all solutions are neat, complete and written in pencil. Check your answers for each question using the back of the text. Please see me for extra help if needed – don’t fall behind!

Tests/Quizzes: Quizzes will be given throughout each unit, and may or may not be announced. Tests will be given at the end of each unit. If you are absent on the day of a test or quiz, you will be required to write the assessment on your FIRST day back to school. If you know that you are going to be absent on the day of an assessment, it is your responsibility to make alternate arrangements with me PRIOR to the absence.

Attendance: If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to complete the notes, activities and homework which has been missed.

Course Evaluation:

Student work will be evaluated using a balance of the Ministry’s four achievement chart categories: knowledge & understanding, thinking, application, and communication.

Throughout the course, teachers will gather evidence of student learning of the Big Ideas through observations, conversations, and student-produced work.

Seventy percent (70%) of the final mark will come from term work, and thirty percent (30%) will come from final evaluations. Report card grades will reflect the student’s most consistent level of achievement, with consideration given to more recent evidence.

Guidelines for Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting

Missing Work

Students are expected to submit all required work by the assigned date, as evidence of their understanding of the Big Ideas. All essential learning must be demonstrated in order to earn a credit. Missed assessments jeopardize a student’s ability to demonstrate this learning. Skills such as time management and planning will be reflected in the learning skills area of the report card.

Cheating and Plagiarism

To be successful in a course, each student must demonstrate all of the essential skills listed on the outline. Accordingly, it is important for each student to do his/her own best work.

If a student is suspected of cheating or plagiarizing, the student is still required to demonstrate the essential skill(s) for that particular assignment. The student will be required to redo all or part of the original assignment, or to complete an alternate assignment or assessment as determined by the teacher. Failure to do so will result in an “incomplete” for the essential skill(s) particular to that assignment or assessment and will jeopardize the credit.

There will be other consequences as determined by administration (e.g. recorded in the office plagiarism binder, limited access to school awards or scholarships, suspension, etc.) as per the school’s progressive discipline process.

Please refer to the parent/student handbook or the EDSS website for more details on these polices and other academic procedures.

Learning Skills

The Learning Skills and Work Habits section of the provincial report card is an integral part of a student’s learning. Students will be assessed in the following areas:

Responsibility

Independent Work

Organization

Initiative

Collaboration

Self-Regulation

The following scoring system is used for Learning Skills: E=Excellent; G=Good; S=Satisfactory; N=Needs Improvement