Math 20-1

Please note: Most documents and announcements will be placed on Google Classroom. 

Course Outline

Teacher:       Miss Tjostheim  

Location:      Menno Simons Community School VC2                                

Time: Semester 2, Block 1

Purpose of the Course:

Math is useful in any career; however, different careers require different types of Math. This course is designed for those who wish to purse a career in the fields of mathematics, sciences, business, or engineering. These fields open up hundreds of careers and jobs in everything from finance to medicine to design to space exploration.

This course continues where we left off in Math 10C, exploring functions and relations in order to build logical thinking and build the foundation necessary for calculus. 

General Student Expectations:

  1. Students will come to class regularly, on time, and with all of their materials so that they can benefit from as much class time as possible;
  2. Students will respect theirs and each other’s learning by not disrupting each other;
  3. Students will keep their notes and assignments for review and study
  4. Students will work diligently in class, try their hardest, and complete their assignments.
  5. Students will ask questions if they do not understand any of the concepts. 

Class Materials:

TextbookPre-Calculus 11 (McGraw-Hill Ryerson)

Please bring your textbook to class every day, along with a pencil, an eraser, and a graphing calculator (TI-83Plus or TI-84Plus are recommended).  You will also need grid paper and lined paper to complete assignments.

Google Classroom: Because we are spread out across the division, we will use Google-Classroom and Maplewood for assignments, notes, and marks. The access code is: fdrnbmw

Assessment and Evaluation:

You will be assessed regularly through classroom observation and opening and closing questions. Your grade is based on your participation in practice problems, unit tests, and the final exam.

Tests (50%)

At the end of each unit, you will complete a multiple choice and short answer test. These will serve as a summative assessment of your learning.  

Final Exam (30%)

30% of your overall grade in preparation for next year’s diploma exam. It will have questions from all of the chapters you have studied throughout the year.  

Practice Problems (20%)

After each topic, you will be assigned questions from the textbook. Practicing what you have learned in class is essential to enhancing your skills and understanding. You will be marked for your participation in these problems. Please note, because your textbook comes with a key, it is essential that you show your work in order to earn full participation marks.

In addition, you will be given some assignments during the chapter as a mid-chapter review. These questions will be based on the textbook questions and must be handed in for a mark. All questions for that chapter will be due the day of the test.

Late and Missed Assignments or Tests

It is important to come to every class as each day we will be covering new information. Sometimes, however, absences are unavoidable. When this happens, please let me know as soon as possible, ideally beforehand, so that we can arrange a time for you catch up on your work. Grades on late assignments or missed tests will not be affected by excused absences (as determined by the teacher). Late assignments or tests from unexcused absences will result in a lower grade.


There is a lot of material to cover in Math 20-1. In order to do well, it is essential to complete the questions at the end of each topic. Often, there will be time to practice these in class; however, if not, you will need to finish the questions on your own time or in Success Block. All assignments will be due on the last school day of the week.

Extra Help

It is okay to make mistakes or have trouble in math, but it is not okay to stay that way. If you are having difficulties understanding a particular concept or unit, it is best to come for help sooner rather than later.  Please ask me questions in class or send me an e-mail ( with what is confusing you. MSCS and WCS can also ask me questions during Success Block MWF (I will be at WCS on Mondays and Fridays as needed). If you are a RECS student, you may connect with me via Google-Hangouts during your Flex Time on MWF.  

Test Rewrites will be available for each unit. You may request to complete one during a success block after finishing a test. In order to write it, however, you must have completed all of your assignments for the chapter. The recommended minimum grade for a test is 65%

Course Schedule




Test Date

Chapter 6 - Trigonometry


9 classes

Feb. 13

Chapter 4 – Quadratic Functions


9 classes

Feb. 28

Chapter 3 – Quadratic Equations


11 classes

Mar. 20

Chapter 5a – Linear and Quadratic Inequalities  


6 classes

Mar. 29

Chapter 5b –  Systems of Equations


7 classes

April 17

Chapter 2 – Radical Expressions and Equations


9 classes

May 1

Chapter 6 –  Rational Expressions and Equations


10 classes

May 16

Chapter 8 –  Absolute Value and Reciprocal Functions 


9 classes

May 31

Chapter 1 – Sequences and Series


9 classes

June 14


















Parent/Guardians: If you have any questions or concerns about anything, please feel free to contact me at I will respond to these e-mails either before or after school each day. Alternatively, you may call the school 780-685-2340 from 3:45pm – 5:00pm.