AFM class information

Information for Mrs. Purvis’   Advanced Functions and Modeling


Recommended supply list:

*3 ring binder, *loose leaf paper, *pencils / pen, *colored pencils (markers), *calculator (TI-83+ optional)


Semester grade:  37.5%(Q1)+37.5%(Q2)+25%(E) 

This course will require a NC FINAL EXAM

9 weeks grading: Tests  50%,   cw/hw  50%,


Lesson Openers will be on the board at the beginning of class.  Students should copy this down and work out the given problems.  (These problems should be kept in a separate section of your notebook to be turned in on the announced day.)  Students will be graded on participation.  If the student is absent, it should be recorded in the notebook in place of the lesson opener problem.


Class work/homework:  Assignments that are not completed in class will be homework.  The odd numbered problems are assigned on worksheets and turned in on the date due; if it is late the even numbered problems will be required to receive a grade.  Students may also re-do (even) worksheet to improve their grade.  All work done to arrive at the answer must be shown or recorded. (use the teacher examples for what work needs to be shown). For example, if you use a calculator, then write on paper what was typed in the calculator, complete with symbols used such as ( ). If the calculator procedure is redundant, then you only need to list the steps one time.  Papers turned in with just a list of answers will not be accepted for full credit.


Due to the lack of availability of text books, this class will not have an assigned text book. Therefore it will be important for students to take notes for reference and studying.  Students may check out a book to use or can obtain a CD to download.


Tests will consist of a few sections or a whole chapter/unit.


Makeup work and retesting is allowed for all work  assigned in my classes.  It should be made up in a timely manner. There will be deadlines posted every 3 weeks.


Homework passes are earned for perfect attendance with no tardies (it doesn’t matter if it is excused) for a week, for an A on a test, or for extra credit work. Homework passes may be used to cover one assignment on book work or worksheet. Unused passes will convert to extra credit bonus points at the end of the nine weeks.


Hall passes are issued at the beginning of each nine weeks and are used for the student to take care of personal business 3 different times during my class time. The student will present the pass to be dated, timed and signed.

Unused “blocks” are worth bonus points on a major test at the end of the nine weeks.  The student is responsible for the pass whether it is used or saved.  Lost passes can not be replaced but damaged passes may be replaced if returned to the teacher. 


Think about it:

What you will be tomorrow

depends on the choices

 you make today.








Steps for class success:

  1. No cell phones or electronic devices allowed during class time.
  2. BE IN CLASS.    A student is in jeopardy of not receiving credit for a course if he/she has more than 6 absences for the semester.
  3. BE ALERT & READY TO LEARN.  Listen attentively to the teacher or classmates who are discussing the lesson.
  4. CONTRIBUTE TO THE CLASS.  Point out insights you may have on the lesson or helpful hints, do problems on the board, help other students, ask probing questions, do extra problems, etc.
  5. ASK IMMEDIATELY WHEN HELP IS NEEDED:  Your questions will be answered in class, and if further help is needed, after school.
  6. DO ASSIGNMENTS DAILY.  Getting behind in math equals a lower average.
  8. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, practice
  9. BE RESPONSIBLE. Take responsibility for your education. Maintain an orderly notebook with notes for reference.
  10. OBEY SCHOOL AND CLASS RULES.  *Respect self and others, *remain in a seat until after the bell rings, *keep the room clean*promote a positive learning environment

 (the teacher reserves the right to amend this list or the one posted)




AFM is designed for those students who need a 4th math to meet graduation requirements.  AFM will prepare the student for college level math by reviewing algebra skills and exploring math concepts through projects, activities and traditional math practice.  Students are expected to participate in activities and projects and complete the follow through write up or test.  Projects will count as test grade and activities will count as a homework grade. (The secret to being successful in my class is come to school, do assignments on time, do any extra credit, retest ASAP if necessary, and keep on keeping on.)




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