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Algebra I Syllabus Instructor: Bob Cubellis Text: Glencoe Algebra I Conference Period: 1st hour Class Expectations: Students are expected to follow classroom rules at all times. Academically, it is required that students complete their homework in a timely manner, prepare for assessments, and participate in classroom activities. Learner Objectives: Read mathematical problems actively and critically. Write effective solutions to problems and projects Present solutions to problems effectively Use a variety of appropriate resources including the computer and calculator to solve mathematical problems Employ multiple critical and creative thinking strategies in reasoning and problem solving Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of how mathematics can be used outside the mathematics classroom And meet all of the course objectives listed below Topics Include: Connecting with Algebra Using Real Numbers Balancing Equations Graphing to find slope Writing linear equations Solving and graphing linear inequalities Systems of linear equations and inequalities Rules of exponents Polynomials and Factoring Solving quadratic equations and functions Radicals and Geometry Grade weights: Chapter tests/quizzes 50% Homework 30% Quarter tests 20% Final exams are comprehensive and are given at the end of each semester. Attendance and Makeup Work: Class attendance is mandatory for you to master math. If you are gone due to school functions, your work is due the next day, no exceptions. If you have an excused absence, you have two days to make up your work. All tests and quizzes are to be made up within 2 days either before or after school. This is your responsibility to schedule. Homework: Homework will be collected on a daily basis. No late work will be accepted at all! No work will be accepted in pen. Notebooks: All students are required to have a notebook or folder, which consists of: Two pockets with brads in the center. All notes will be in the center section. One pocket will contain assignments, the other quizzes and exams. Collected at the end of each quarter for a TEST GRADE. Calculator Contract: There are enough calculators for each student to use within the classroom. You will be assigned your own calculator at the beginning of the year, to be shared with other classes. No calculators shall be taken home. It is highly recommended that you obtain your own scientific calculator. All Algebra I students are required to take the End of Course Exam ( EOC). This will be the final exam for the year. It is 20% of your grade. Helpful Hint: Don’t get behind! If at any point you feel like you are slipping behind, please let me know. If you get too far behind, it will be difficult to catch up. At this level of mathematics you are already aware of the study time needed. It will be to your benefit to complete homework as a group and study for tests as a group. The key to success is to pay attention, do all assigned work, use class time wisely, ask questions, and most of all ask for help! I’m looking forward to a great year!