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"In mathematics you don't understand things.
You just get used to them."
Johann von Neumann (1903 - 1957)
You are accountable for your
success in any class. You are responsible for your learning and ultimately the
grade you receive. Attendance (both mentally and physically) is necessary for
success. You are expected to read sections in the textbook before
attempting the problem set.
Mathematics is a skill, and the
best way to improve a skill is to practice it. Note taking and participating in
class activities are essential for success. You cannot master mathematics with
a passive attitude. You need to come to class prepared to discuss
previous material and to ask questions regarding any unclear areas. You are
responsible to indicate topics that need to be reviewed, before moving forward.
Mathematics can be challenging
and problems may have many steps to complete. You will be prepared to answer
all questions posed in assessments. You will be successful if you dedicate yourself
to the time and effort needed to practice the required skills.
Keep in mind that the classroom
community must be one of mutual respect. Responsible and respectful behavior
toward everyone in the room is expected at all times. Orderliness and organization
are essential to learning. Of course, no cell phones are allowed in class.
One of the more difficult challenges to high school students is the process of understanding the connections in the coursework they are required to take; research shows that mathematics is one such subject. Well, hopefully here we can provide you with the information to minimize the stress most students associate with the topic. The provided notes and resources should make your year, if not pleasant, at least more enjoyable than expected.