Coordinate Algebra Syllabus


Textbook:  Algebra 1: Concepts and Skills (McDougal Littell) 


Course Description:

The fundamental purpose of Coordinate Algebra is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. The critical areas, organized into units, deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Coordinate Algebra uses algebra to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades. The final unit in the course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studied. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.


Course Purpose:
This is the first course in a sequence of courses designed to provide students with a program of study in mathematics.  This course is meant to prepare students for the Georgia End of Course Test in order to pass this class and move to the next course in the sequence.

1. Students will reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems.
2. Students will interpret the structure of expressions.
3. Students will create equations that describe numbers or relationships.
4. Students will understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning.
5. Students will solve equations and inequalities in one variable.
6. Students will solve systems of equations.
7. Students will represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically.
8. Students will understand the concept of a function and use function notation.
9. Students will interpret functions that arise in applications in terms of the context.
10. Students will analyze functions using different representation.
11. Students will build a function that models a relationship between two quantities.
12. Students will build new functions from existing functions.
13. Students will construct and compare linear and exponential models and solve problems.
14. Students will interpret expressions for functions in terms of the situation they model.
15. Students will summarize, represent, and interpret data on a single count or measureable variable.
16. Students will summarize, represent, and interpret data on two categorical and quantitative variables.
17. Students will interpret linear models.
18. Students will experiment with transformations in the plane.
19. Students will use coordinates to prove simple geometric theorems algebraically.

Grading Scale:   
The students will be evaluated with the following grading scale.  Progress reports given every 4½ weeks with a report card given out at the every 9 weeks. 

  Unit Assessments (Common/Summative)  60%
  Concept Tests, Quizzes, and Projects (Formative)   30% 
  Daily Assignments (Homework, Classwork, and Tasks)  10%

  EOCT / Final Exam 20%

Make-up Work:
If you are out for any reason it is your responsibility to get the notes from someone the day you come back and make-up any assignments from that day(s) within 3 days of returning to school.  If you are out on the day of a test, it is your responsibility to setup a time to make the test up.  If you miss class due to
Out-of-School Suspension, you not be able to make-up any work and will receive zeroes for those assignments.

Unit assessments will be given at the end of each unit with concept tests (or mid-concept tests) given every 3-5 days.  Quizzes will be announced 2-3 days in advanced, but will not be given over every concept.

Class Rules 
1. Class Expectations:
Be respectful
Listen to understand
Include yourself
 Set aside judgment
  Stay focused
2. Come to class on time and be in your seat when the bell rings.
3. Obey all school rules.
4. Bring materials to class everyday.

Exam Exemption Policy:
Students may earn exemption from final exams.  The following guidelines are used in granting exemptions:
• 90 average with ≤ 5 absences (regardless of excused or unexcused)
• 85 average with ≤  3 absences (regardless of excused or unexcused)
• 80 average with 1 absence (regardless of excused or unexcused)

I will be available for extra help in the mornings from 7:00am until 7:20am.  I will be available on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2:45pm – 3:15pm.  Please do not hesitate to come in for help any time.