## Algebra I Syllabus

**Supply List:**

3-ring binder, pencils, paper, graphing calculator (TI-84+ Family preferred & referenced in text), internet access.

**Textbook:**

Wetzel, Mark, Gene Bucholtz, Steve McKisic, and Tamera Knisely. Algebra I. BJU Press, 2012.

**Course Structure:**

Algebra I will present topics in a logical order with detailed examples to promote student comprehension. It will also focus on the integration of algebraic concepts in technology and real-life applications. Prior to each lesson, students will be required to view and summarize an introductory lesson (usually Khan Academy) to preview new concepts. Students will then actively participate in daily course lectures and practice, and will then be required to practice concepts on their own. Topics covered include:

- Simplifying numeric and algebraic expressions before solving and graphing linear equations.
- Evaluation of inequalities, and their system.
- Mastery of polynomials, rational expressions, and radicals.
- Solving rational and quadratic equations.
- Special features focus on probability, statistics, historical figures, and numerous spiritual connections.

**Class Work:**

Mathematics requires many examples and much practice to master the skills needed advance further. In class, students will be expected to take notes and work the example problems along with the teacher. Good notes are essential and will be checked periodically.

**Homework:**

Mathematics requires repetition and practice in order to master a skill. Students will have an average of 15-20 minutes of homework per night, including the online preview of the next day’s lesson. Homework will be checked and reviewed at the beginning of each class. If corrections are necessary, the student should correct the paper. Often, homework may be graded in class and counted as the equivalent of a quiz grade.

Assignments must be on time and complete. Specifically, online entries must be submitted by midnight before the day they are due. The only acceptable excuses for incomplete homework are the student’s illness, an emergency, or attendance at a church event the evening of the assignment. (Note: If a student attends a church event, such as a conference, revival meeting, special service, youth group activity, etc., and is unable to complete an assignment, special allowance with no penalty will be made for students to complete this work later.) In these situations, contact from a parent would be helpful. If a student fails to bring in homework or the assignment is incomplete, there will be a 10% deduction for each day the assignment is late.

**Tests and Quizzes:**

Because formal assessment is a vital part of the learning process, quizzes and tests will be administered frequently. Announced or unannounced quizzes will be given after two to four sections in a chapter, and a chapter test will be given at the completion of the entire chapter. Students will also be given a semester exam at the end of the fourth quarter. The semester exam will be comprehensive.

**Evaluation:**

Quarter grades will be given on a nine-week basis. The quarter grade will be computed as follows: 1/3 Daily average (notebook and homework, online and written completion, grades), 1/3 Quiz average (announced and unannounced quizzes), and the remaining 1/3 Test average (end of chapter tests).

A semester grade will be given following the fourth quarter. These grades will be computed as follows: 40% for each quarter grade and 20% for the semester exam.

**Attendance:**

Because attendance is vital to a student’s success in mathematics, students are strongly encouraged to be present and on time to class. If a class must be missed due to illness or emergency, students will have as many school days to make up homework, quizzes, or tests as the number of school days missed. For students with good attendance each quarter, the lowest quiz grade and the lowest homework grade may not be included in the student’s quarter average.

In the case of a class cancellation due to inclement weather, field trip, or other school activity, all assignments (homework, quizzes, or tests) will be due the next scheduled class time. Any students aware of an absence ahead of time should get their assignments before missing class.

**Rules and Expectations:**

It is important to maintain an orderly atmosphere that is conducive to learning. This will create an enjoyable classroom for both the student and teacher. Students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Students should be in their assigned seats and ready with all important materials when class begins.

2. Students should remain in their seats unless given permission by the teacher to get out of their seats. Students will be permitted to get out of their seats for a tissue or to sharpen a pencil, as long as the teacher or another student is not speaking.

3. Students are expected to adhere to a no communication policy, unless directed by the teacher to do so.