# Algebra A Class

Welcome to Algebra A. The main goal of Algebra is to
develop fluency in working with linear

equations.

Students will extend their experiences with tables,
graphs, and equations and solve linear

equations and inequalities and systems of linear equations and inequalities.
Students will

extend their knowledge of the number system to include irrational numbers.
Students

will generate equivalent expressions and use formulas. Students will use
technology and

models to investigate and explore mathematical ideas and relationships and
develop

multiple strategies for analyzing complex situations. Students will analyze
situations

verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically. Students will apply
mathematical

skills and make meaningful connections to life’s experiences.

If you are a curious and well-prepared student, or if you
are just willing to give it a try, ( but I

mean really give it a try!!), strap on your safety belt. This is going to be
quite a ride!

## Materials:

**Required: **Pencil (work done with a pen, marker,
etc. is only worth 50%), Binder (3-ring or

3-prong), Notebook Paper, Textbook (provided), Book Cover (Obtain your own, or
use one I will

provide, but the book must be covered!)

**Optional:** Calculator … not really encouraged, in most cases, not allowed.

Ruler, Graph Paper (Engineering paper is fantastic! There are also internet
sites which allow you

to print graph paper.)

## Grading:

Because Centennial is a high stakes school, students who
score below 70% for the term will not

have completed the requirements for advancement. Students must pass all terms of
7^th and 8^th

grade math in order to be accepted at Timpview HS.

Grading Scale:

93% A | 77% C+ |

90% A- | 73% C |

87% B+ | 70% C- |

83% B | 50%-69% I |

80% B- | 0-49% See administration. |

The grades will be determined from the following categories:

Class Participation 20%

Notebook 10%

Assignments 20%

Quizzes 15%

Indicators 25%

Projects 10%

Some German will be used in the classroom to assist the
learning of the students. It will not be

used in the grading other than as participation.

Class participation points may be missed for such things
as (without being limited to) disruption,

absence/tardiness, and lack of participation.

A notebook needs to be kept. Notebooks will be checked
every week. Points will be determined

by neatness, completeness, and content.

All assignments, regardless of length, will be worth the
same 5 points. A few assignments will

be in-class assignments, but most will require some work at home to be
completed. Assignments

are due the day after they are given. Late assignments receive no credit.
Extenuating

circumstances may be considered.

Quizzes are given daily during the first two (2) minutes
of class. Quizzes may not be made up,

except for excused absences . . . a legitimate note is required.

Indicators will be given, as appropriate, at the
culmination of a unit. There will be no “retakes”

or “test corrections”.

Projects are where the students really get to show off. A
list of choices will be provided from

which the students will choose to do different projects. They may be individual
or group,

depending on the project. Some students will need to do more projects than
others because the

point values will be different depending upon the effort required and complexity
of the project.

Write-ups are required as part of the projects. The write-up should show
thoughtful insight to

the project process and purpose. An outstanding project and write-up may be
worth more than

100 points. The extra points may apply to the current term (max 25) or carry
over to the next

term’s project (max 100), but not both.