Applied Math 20 Course Outline

Course Philosophy
Applied mathematics gives students a clearer picture of why they are learning mathematics by offering students the opportunity to experience via hands-on. Students learn by attaching meaning to what they do and construct their own meaning of mathematics. The approach used in applied mathematics is primarily data driven, using numerical and geometrical problem-solving techniques. This course is designed to allow students to show responsibility as they work independently and explore connections among other mathematical areas, other school subjects and real-life applications. Students learn to apply their knowledge they gain to situations inside and outside the classroom.

Processes and Strands
Applied Mathematics 20 consists of seven topics, with sub-strands that are interwoven throughout the text and Program of Studies. The topics are Graphs, Non-linear Functions, Linear Systems, Linear Programming, Finance, Circles, and Measurement.

The Applied Math 20 Program of Studies identifies seven critical mathematical processes for students learning mathematics and to encourage lifelong learning: Communication, Connections, Estimation and Mental Mathematics, Problem Solving, Reasoning, Technology, and Visualization. Each specific outcome incorporates one or more of these seven interrelated mathematical processes that are intended to permeate teaching and learning.

Evaluation consists of two major components: term work, worth 60% of the final grade, and a final exam, worth 40% of the grade. The term work consists of the 30% weighted average of the two reporting periods.

  • Projects – Students will complete projects that related to the topics studied. Due to time constraints, not every unit will have a project associated with it. Projects will be evaluated as part of the assignment and homework category.
  • Homework and Assignments – Besides a daily demonstration of a willingness to participate in class activities and exercises, the student who attends regularly and shows a consistent, conscientious effort towards the course material will do well here. Homework may be assigned on a daily basis with an expectation that it is completed for the next day. Assignments will be given weekly and due on the assigned date.
  • Quizzes and Unit Tests – Quizzes will occur about twice a chapter and may not always be announced. Unit tests will pertain to the current and past units.
  • Midterm and Final Exams – The midterm exams are not yet scheduled. The final exam will take place during the scheduled exam week at the end of January 2010 and will cover material from the entire course.

Assessment Strategy
60% First and second reporting periods:

  • 30% Homework, Projects, Assignments
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 25% Unit Tests
  • 25% Midterm Exams

40% Final Exam


  1. Graphing and Design: Sept 2 – Sept 17 (10 days)
  2. Regression Non-Linear Functions: Sept 18th – Oct 4th (11 days)
  3. Linear Systems: Oct 5th – Oct 21th (11 days)
  4. Linear Programming: Oct 22nd – Nov 6th (12 days)
  5. Finance: Nov 9th – Dec 3th (13 days)
  6. Circles: Dec 4th – Dec 18th (11 days)
  7. Measurement: Jan 4th – Jan 15th (10 days)
  8. Review: Jan 18th – Jan 22nd (4 days)
  9. Final Exam: Exam week in January

The above dates are a rough estimate of the timeline. It may change according to the needs of the class.

General Expectations

Class time: Students are expected to start on time and to work until the end of class, unfinished work must be finished at home. All assigned work must be completed. If finished early as student is required to review previous material.

Homework: Unfinished work must be finished at home. All assigned work must be completed. Work/assignments/notes must be clear and complete, organized and neat, dated and titled. Example: Corell notes

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