Math 1 Syllabus (2008-09)


Math 1 (Algebra) introduces students to the "language" of algebra and its applications. The topics that will be covered are:

Language & Tools

Composition & Construction

Integrated Topics

Classroom Expectations

For for those of you who need specific classroom rules, we will begin the year with the following (very simple) Classroom Code.  We can update it as necessary throughout the year.

  1. Be On-Time
  2. Come Prepared to Listen, Think, Participate & Ask Questions
  3. Treat Each Other with Respect, Fairness and Honesty
  4. No drinks or food - except water.

Grading Approach

Your quarter and semester grades will be determined as follows:

Quarter Grade   Semester Grade
Projects & Assessments
1st Quarter Grade
2nd Quarter Grade
Semester Final (*)


Your letter grade is based on a standard 100 point scale. Additional information related to grading is included below.

* - Students with a semester percentage grade of 80% or better prior to the final have the option to not take the Semester Final. However, if they do choose to take the final (to improve their grade) the score on the final cannot lower their grade - it can only help! To have this option, students must also meet the following criteria for the semester:

Class Notebook

Students are required to keep a Class Notebook for class notes and assignments. You may use your notebook on all tests/quizzes (unless I tell you otherwise ahead of time), so keeping it up-to-date and organized is a good idea.

Projects & Assessments

Projects will be assigned throughout the class. Assessments will consist of in-class and take-home tests & quizzes.


Assignments (homework) will typically be given each day. All assignments should be completed in your class notebook. Typically, time will be given in class to complete most, if not all, of your assignment.

Late/Missed Work

All work is due on the scheduled date or, in the case of excused absences, consistent with PHS Absence Policy. The only exception to this rule is when a request to complete work at an alternate time has been discussed with me ahead of time.  In this case, I will typically be quite flexible.


Students will occasionally use a calculator or computer in this class.  Personal calculators/computers are not required but are recommended. If you do not have a calculator/computer one will be provided during class.

You can check out a calculator for overnight use from the library. NOTE: If something happens to the calculator while it is in your care you are responsible for the replacement cost ($90).  Please let me know as soon as possible if your calculator is missing.