IB Math HL 1
Dear IB Math HL 1 Students (and Parents / Guardians):
Welcome back to the start of another exciting year at Portage Central! I hope that you and your family had a great summer. This letter is to inform you about your child’s IB Math HL1 class.
From speaking with other teachers and my own experience, students do best when they have an understanding of the conceptual underpinnings of mathematics. Rather than making the course a long laundry list of skills that students have to memorize, this course stresses the why behind the major ideas and interweaves them with other subject areas. If students can grasp the reasons for an idea or theorem, they can figure out how to apply it to the problem at hand.
The information contained in this letter is also available to you, the student, on my Google Site at https://sites.google.com/a/portageps.org/mrs-frink/home/ib-math-hl. You must be logged in with your school account to view the page.
To help prepare for the rigorous upcoming year, I'm asking that you refresh your memory by reading and completing Chapter 1 prior to September 5th. The first chapter in our IB Math HL textbook is meant as a review. The chapter is available in the documents tab.
Additional chapter one material is available on my Google Site: https://sites.google.com/a/portageps.org/mrs-frink/home/ib-math-hl/documents-2013-2014/class-notes
Please complete the following problems from the textbook. Homework problems are at the end of each section.
Solutions are available as a .pdf attached to this email. I encourage you to check your work as you progress to make sure you are getting the questions and methods correct. I recommend trying all questions without a calculator at first. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have!
As a possible warning, a few students experience “grade shock” in IB Math HL. You have been among the top students in every math class in which you have ever enrolled. It's a new experience to be among a class of students who are as talented as you are. It’s hard on the egos of some students to get their first A- or B at midterm.
To alleviate this concern, we'll talk about our goals for the year and how important it is to persevere and do your best. This will hopefully help you focus on learning the material rather than competing against each other. As always, if you feel extra help is needed, I'm available before and after school. Appointments can be set up (especially if you're traveling from PN) for longer time intervals if necessary. It's important to ask for assistance early because most new topics will build off of old ones discussed.
We'll spend the first full day back to school going over the questions from chapter one before moving on to chapter two. Please bring your work with you on Wednesday, September 5th. Thank you for your dedication, even before we're officially back!
Instructor: Mrs. Frink is available for extra help before and after school by appointment.
Classroom Phone: 269-323-5225 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Google Site: https://sites.google.com/a/portageps.org/mrs-frink
Textbook: A copy of this book will be assigned and must be returned in excellent condition at the end of the year. If damage or loss occurs during the year, the replacement cost is $101.00 and the rebinding fee is $11.00
Wazir & Garry, Higher Level Mathematics, Pearson Baccalaureate © 2012
Online Textbook: If you are on a school computer, you must clear the internet history!
User name: PC2018
Materials: It is strongly recommended that each student have his/her own graphing calculator. (TI-83+, TI-84 +, or TI-NSpire (non-cas)). A limited amount are available in the classroom on a first come, first serve basis. Instruction will be done with the TI-NSpire and TI-84. The TI-89 and TI-92 are not permitted on quizzes and tests. Each student should keep an organized notebook. I recommend at least a 2 inch three ring binder with a spiral notebook.
Grading: During a semester, students will be graded on the following categories which are weighted as follows:
• Homework (10%)- It is impossible to understand mathematics without writing notes, reflecting on class and readings, and doing homework. Homework will be checked for completeness. It will be randomly graded on correctness and quality of work. All notes from daily lectures should be written in a notebook with proper headings (Date & Title). If a student misses a day- the student is responsible for obtaining the notes for that day. Late homework will be accepted for half credit on the following day, with no credit awarded after that.
• Tests & Quizzes (90%)- There will be approximately one quiz or test each week. Quizzes will be short and possibly unannounced. Tests will take place at end of a chapter or unit. They will be larger in point value and will be announced. Per department policy, no retakes will be given.
Over the two year course, an IB Mathematical Exploration will be assigned and assessed by your teacher as well as externally moderated by IB. Grading Criteria are available on the Google Site.
Absences and Tardies:
All school absence and tardy policies will be consistently enforced. They are outlined in the student planner. In regards to tests and quizzes, students will be responsible for making up any quiz or test missed due to an excused absence. If a student is absent on a day(s) leading up to a test or quiz where new material is covered, he or she will have extra time to prepare for the assessment. If a student is only absent on the day of a test, he or she will take the test the day he or she returns to class. If a student has a pre-arranged absence on a test or quiz day (ADs, vacations, appointments, etc.) he or she must make arrangements prior to the absence to take the assessment. Any missing quiz or test will be graded as a “0”.
Students caught cheating may be given a zero on an assignment, test, or quiz with no makeup privileges and a behavior intervention form will be submitted to the appropriate office. IB consequences may also follow. Internal assessments that have been plagiarized will receive a class grade of zero and cannot be submitted to IB. Students will only be able to rewrite their IA for submission to IB. Please refer to the student handbook for further information on plagiarism and collusion.
Passes: The student planner serves as a pass and must be signed by the teacher. No planner = No pass!
· Per school policy, hats, backpacks, bags, and purses are not allowed in the classroom. Students will be given a tardy and sent to their lockers to return the item.
· Come to class on time and prepared (textbook, pencil, notebook, calculator).
Personal Electronics Policy:
· Laptops/Chromebooks may be used as note taking devices during the lesson.
· External sound must be turned OFF at all times.
· Cell phones allowed during work time.
Students are expected to put forth their best effort, get help when needed, ask questions, and have a positive attitude.