Teaching Staff 2014 – 2015:
 A. Woods
[email protected]
 B. Richardson
[email protected]
Room 230
Room 333
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Mathematics 11 and Advanced Mathematics 12 OR
Successful completion of Mathematics 11 and Mathematics 12 AND demonstrated very good to outstanding
performance in relation to the curriculum outcomes prescribed for Mathematics 11 and Mathematics 12
Textbook: Mathematical Modeling , Book 4 (Thomson Nelson 2002)
Course Overview: This course is designed for students who intend on pursuing science, engineering and
medical related degree programs. This is a challenging course that is suited to students who have a keen
interest in mathematics. This course is designed to prepare students for Calculus. Course content includes
the study of sequences, polynomial, rational, irrational, absolute value, exponential, logarithmic and
trigonometric functions. As well, an introductory look at complex numbers and polar graphing.
Course Outline:
Sequences and Series
Functions - a new Perspective
Assessment: 25%
Combine functions using addition, subtraction, and/or multiplication. Interpret and analyze
these combined functions and use their graphs to solve problems.
Apply transformations to functions
Find the equations of combined functions from graphs
Solve polynomial equations and inequalities
Form, interpret, and analyze composite functions. Use graphs of composite functions to solve problems.
Interpret slope to find average and instantaneous rate of change
Find the slope of the tangent to a graph at a point using a derivative
Compare the graph of a function to the corresponding graph of the slope of the tangent
Find the equation of a polynomial function from given points and/or intercepts
Use the power rule to find the derivative of a polynomial function
Sketch the graph of polynomial functions using intercepts and critical points
Solve maximum/minimum problems using a derivative
Functions, Part II
Assessment: 20%
Demonstrate an understanding of recursive formulas
Represent sequences graphically
Develop, analyze and apply procedures to describe sequences algebraically
Develop, analyze and apply procedures to evaluate the sums of series
Develop proofs of mathematical statements using mathematical induction
Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of limit in the context of sequences and series
Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of convergence and divergence
Apply convergence in a variety of contexts
Demonstrate an understanding of how to find the area of a region under a curve
Assessment: 25%
Plot the graphs of the functions in the transformational form and use these functions to model real-world phenomena.
Identify the zeros, the vertical, horizontal, and oblique asymptotes, and the points of discontinuity of rational functions, and
sketch the graphs of these functions.
Simplify rational expressions and complex fractions
Solve problems that involve rational equations
Analyze the effect of taking the square root of polynomial and rational functions, plot the graphs of irrational functions, and
use these functions to model real world phenomena.
Analyze the effect of taking the absolute value of polynomial, rational, and irrational functions, determine the domain and
range of these absolute-value functions, and plot their graphs.
Analyze and plot the graphs of piecewise functions.
Review exponential and logarithmic functions and use these functions to model real-world phenomena.
Determine the value of e, plot the graph of ex, and use this natural exponential function to model real-world phenomena.
Analyze and plot the graph of y = ln x, and use this natural logarithmic function to model real-world phenomena.
Solve inequalities involving rational expressions and absolute values.
 Express angle measures in terms of arc length
 Model periodic behaviour and solve problems using periodic functions
 Identify equivalent trigonometric relations
 Describe transformations of periodic functions to model situations
 Combine trigonometric functions to create models
Use matrix multiplication to rotate images
Prove trigonometric identities
Solve trigonometric equations
Identify the graphs of the reciprocal trigonometric functions
Use reciprocal and inverse trigonometric functions and their graphs to solve problems
Complex Numbers
Assessment: 25%
Assessment: 5%
Explain the connections between real numbers and complex numbers
Represent complex numbers in a variety of ways
Construct and examine graphs in the complex and polar planes
Develop and evaluate mathematical arguments and proofs
Apply operations on complex numbers in both rectangular and polar forms
Translate between polar and rectangular representations, and investigate the relationships in the operations using graphs
Apply De Moivre's Theorem
Assessment is the process of gathering, from a variety of sources, information that accurately reflects how well a
student is achieving the learning outcomes in a subject or course.
A) Formative assessment is to show growth over time, determine student needs, plan next steps in
instruction, and provide students with descriptive feedback.
B) Summative assessment is to determine the extent to which learning has occurred for students.
Evaluation is the process of analyzing, reflecting upon, and summarizing assessment information and making
judgements and / or decisions based on the information gathered.
Unit assessments will consist of multiple opportunities for a student to demonstrate their understanding of the outcomes.
Such opportunities include (but are not limited to) tests, quizzes, in-class assignments, portfolios, comprehension
questions, and projects. Teachers will employ both formative and summative assessments in gathering information to
determine a student grade. No one method of assessment will be worth more than 50% of the unit.
Throughout the semester, students may feel that they have not successfully demonstrated their understanding of
particular outcomes and would like another opportunity to demonstrate that they now “Get It”. Please refer to the Multiple
Opportunities document on teacher/school website for more details.
Mathematics courses require commitment and students must take responsibility for achieving the outcomes. Students
need to make sure that they keep up with the work and seek help early if they encounter difficulties before they become
insurmountable. Extra help is available, please check with your teacher for times.
Students are NOT permitted to exempt the final exam.
Final Assessment:
80% Course Outline
20% Final Exam
Communication of Student Achievement:
A collaborative effort of all stakeholders (student / parent/ teacher) is important to ensure student academic success. In
an effort to maintain communications, a number of avenues are available.
 Class Web sites are updated daily
 Marks and attendance can be checked at any time on the Parent/ Student Portal of Powerschool. (If you do not
have a password for the portal, please contact the main office)
 The Auto-dialer calls home regarding unexcused absences and upcoming events.
 Parents and students are encouraged to contact the teacher via email if they have any concerns regarding
academic progress.
 Important dates include:
o Curriculum night:
February 10, 2015
o Parent/teacher interviews:
April 22 , 2015
o Multiple Opportunity Testing week:
June 1 - 12, 2015