This course is designed to establish a strong foundation in the language of mathematics. Algebra serves as a prerequisite for all secondary mathematics courses. A spiral approach will be given to solving equations. Students will solve equations involving fractions, decimals, and irrational numbers.
Special emphasis will be placed on real-world applications. Students will thoroughly investigate linear and nonlinear equations, graphs and properties. Emphasis will be placed on practical application involving other disciplines and industry.
In addition, this course introduces the study of polynomials, factoring, and special products. Properties of positive exponents are developed with a brief introduction to negative and rational exponents. Rational expressions are explored and are applied to solving fractional equations. This course concludes with the presentation and application of the quadratic formula.
Text: Algebra 1, McDougal Littell
· You will be issued a log in for an online textbook at the beginning of the year
Preparedness for Class
· You are to use a 3-ring binder for this class so that you can keep your notes, homework and handouts in an orderly fashion.
· DATE ALL MATERIAL!!
· You MUST use PENCIL to do math work. I WILL NOT accept work in PEN!!
· You cannot go to your locker once you are in class!! BRING EVERYTHING YOU NEED!!!!
· Homework will be given several times a week. (See calendar for actual assignments) It is to be turned in electronically through Google classroom by 7:29 am on the day it is due--whether you are in school or not!!! Your grade will be based on completeness, not accuracy, so it is better to try than to leave answers blank. However, your work must look like you actually tried!
· There will be NO trips to lockers to retrieve homework. It is your job to upload it before the day starts. You will receive a zero even if it’s done, but not turned in electronically.
· If you have an unexcused absence, your homework for that day is an automatic 0.
· If you are in class when the homework is assigned, you are responsible for handing it in on it's due date, regardless of whether you are there or not.
Tests & Quizzes
· Tests will be given either at the end of each chapter or halfway through for long chapters.
· Quizzes will be given approximately once a week (about 2 or 3 sections)
· Partial credit will be given if I can follow your train of thought and your work is correct for what you did
· If you miss a test or quiz you will take a different version than the rest of the class. You have 5 days to make up a missed test or quiz on your own time (NOT IN CLASS!)
· There will be a midterm in January and a final in June. They will be averaged to give you a 5th marking period grade.
· NOTE: If you have completed all of you homework throughout the marking period, I will drop your lowest quiz score.
· I will be using a point system for your marking period grade. You and I will both keep a running tally of your grades that we always know where you stand in my class.
· The total amount of points will vary by marking period but the items will always be worth the following:
Test: 100 points Quiz: 50 points Homework: 10 points
Extra Help: I am available for extra help most days after school between 2:25 – 2:45 PM.
Phone: 732-222-9300 x 5308 (voicemail) Email: email@example.com
School Rules: Review school handbook for school rules.
Ways to Be Successful
1. Be on time 2. Never laugh at a classmate
3. Raise hand to ask or answer questions 4. Watch your language