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Welcome to the Pilot Year of OnRamps Pre-Calculus.  Below will highlight some of the most important things about the class, but a more detailed outline will be handed out to students and covered in our meeting on the evening of Thursday Aug. 25th.

** Please understand, the first semester is a qualifying semester for the college portion.  To officially enroll in the UT Austin course Spring 2017, students must obtain a grade of 75% or higher during the first semester on the UT Austin required assignments and/or assessments.  A student may also enroll in the UT Austin course by meeting the requirements of TSI in mathematics.  Any student that did not meet that requirement will continue in the course, but will work only towards earning the high school grade**

COURSE DESCRIPTION  (as presented by the University of Texas at Austin)

Using a creative and connected approach, students deepen and extend their knowledge of functions, graphs, and equations from their high school algebra and geometry courses so that they can successfully work with the concepts in a rigorous university-level calculus course. This course is designed to push students well beyond “drill and kill” exercises, emphasizing conceptual understanding of mathematical definitions and developing logical arguments with their peers.
This course may be used to fulfill the mathematics component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following three core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, and empirical and quantitative skills.

Course Pre-requisites 
Students in the high school course must have completed and passed Algebra II.

Course Learning Outcomes:  
By the end of this course, students will have a deeper and more connected understanding of the following units: 
1. Functions, Rates, and Patterns
2. Algebra and Geometry
3. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
4. Trigonometry
5. Limits and Rate of Change of Functions
6. Exploring Other Coordinate Systems
7. Sequences and Series

Format and Procedures
This course uses Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL), a pedagogy designed to engage students in the educational process.  Inquiry-Based Learning is a student-centered methodology, which emphasizes the importance of the active construction of learning. Therefore, students are expected to pose questions, make decisions, design plans and experiments, discuss, collaborate, communicate results and provide justified answers and explanations when engaged in the inquiry process.

Classroom Expectations:

Class attendance: Attendance is critical to the learning in this course.  If an absence is expected then arrangements should be made with the OnRamps Instructor prior to the absence.  If an absence is unexpected then students must communicate with the OnRamps Instructor as soon as possible to make arrangements to make up the missed work.  If missed assignments are not made up in a timely manner the grade may result in a zero. (The professor defined a timely manner as one week from absence).

Class participation: Participation with peers is a critical feature to this course.  Presenting work with the class is also a frequent expectation of the students.

Behavior expectations:  Students should conduct themselves in a collegial manner with their peers and instructor.

Grading:
College Grade: 90% Tests (7 total, no retakes), 9% Explorations (12 total), 1% Online Modules
High School Grade: 35% Tests (Given by the college, no retakes), 35% Quizzes (Given two opportunities to take each), 30% Daily Work (Explorations and Homework)

Technology Requirements:
 Students will be required to have access to the internet outside of the classroom.  If it is not available at home, please make arrangements to come early or stay late to use school computers.  Online assignments are not everyday, and should not require a large amount of time throughout the year.

The college grade for this course can in no way be talked about with a parent.  Any questions concerning a college grade must be communicated by the student directly to the college professor of record.
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