Math 1 Syllabus (200809)
Overview
Math 1 (Algebra) introduces students to the "language" of algebra and its applications. The topics that will be covered are:
Language & Tools
 Numbers & Number Systems
 Mathematical Operations and Properties
 Translation (EnglishtoMath, MathtoEnglish)
 Variables, Equations, Inequalities & Functions
 Coordinate Plane & Graphing
Composition & Construction
 Linear Equations & Inequalities (including Systems of Equations)
 Exponential Equations
 Polynomial Equations
Integrated Topics
 Data Sets & Correlation
 Probability
 Trigonometric Ratios (Sine, Cosine & Tangent)
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.
 Be OnTime
 Come Prepared to Listen, Think, Participate & Ask Questions
 Treat Each Other with Respect, Fairness and Honesty
 No drinks or food  except water.
Grading Approach
Your quarter and semester grades will be determined as follows:
Quarter Grade  Semester Grade  

Projects & Assessments 
90% 
1st Quarter Grade 
40% 

Homework 
10% 
2nd Quarter Grade 
40% 

Semester Final (*) 
20% 

TOTAL 
100% 
TOTAL 
100% 
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:
 No more than 1 unexcused absence.
 Less than 5 tardies.
 No disciplinary actions associated with my class (detentions, etc.)
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 uptodate and organized is a good idea.
Projects & Assessments
Projects will be assigned throughout the class. Assessments will consist of inclass and takehome tests & quizzes.
Assignments
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.
Calculator/Computer
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.