Algebra I Syllabus

TEXT: Larson Algebra I; Holt McDougal

Major Concepts/Content: Algebra 1 is intended to build a foundation for all higher math classes. This course will review algebraic expressions, integers, and mathematical properties that will lead into working with variables and line orequations. There will be an in-depth study of graphing, polynomials, quadratic equations, data analysis and systems of equations through direct class instruction, group work, homework, student projects and technology.

Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities include teaching students to plan, organize, and complete various activities using as many real-world models as possible . This course involves inductive reasoning, extended projects, classroom presentations by students, open-ended investigations, and written justification by students of the solution to the problems. Cooperative learning techniques and appropriate technology should be utilized throughout the course. Students will  have access to graphing calculators as needed.

Major Evaluative Techniques: Many evaluative processes will be used to assess student’s written and oral work.  These include but are not limited to multiple-choice, short-answer, discussion, or open-ended questions; homework; projects; and class presentations. Students will also be required to successfully complete written tests, which present problems with a range of difficulty based upon expectations for the course.  Testing formats will include restricted time tests, and take-home tests.  Assessment methods can be supplemented by student-produced analysis of problem situations, solutions to problems, and reports on investigation.  Students will be provided the opportunity to do chapter projects that capture the concepts and skills presented throughout the chapter unit that emphasizes real world situations.

Essential Expectations: Upon successful completion of Geometry, the student should be deal with problems relating to the following :

  • Points, lines and planes
  • Linear equations and their graphs
  • Measurement on the coordinate plane
  • Principles of polygons, quadrilaterals, and circles
  • Transformations, translations, rotations, and reflections
  • Theory of trianglesPythagorean Theorem
  • Sectors and are length
  • Surface area and volume
  • Theory of parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Requirements for congruency
  • Structure of a proof
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Right angle trigonometry
  • Behavior of vectors
  • Inscribed and circumscribed figures
  • Chords, secants, and tangents of a circle
  • Construct geometric figures using a straight edge and compass

Grading Policy: 90-100: A;  80-89: B; 70-79: C;  60-69: D;  59 or below: F. The lowest grade given for a failing “attempted” assignment is 50.

Being Successful : There will be at least one quiz given each week in addition to approximately two tests per quarter. If students do poorly on a quiz, they can request a second attempt to obtain a passing grade. The primary goal is to do whatever can be done to enable the student to achieve success.

Homework Policy: Late homework will only be accepted with a valid and substantial excuse from home.

Tardy Policy:  This is a very rigorous course in mathematics, and students are required to be in class, on time and prepared to learn.  Students will be marked tardy if they arrive to class without their textbook, notebook, or pencil.

Tutoring / Extra Help: All students are encouraged to schedule time for extra help during their seminar period.

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