Algebra I Information

Overview of Algebra I

Mr. Tice

Here are the major mathematical concepts you will learn this year:
  • Interpret the structure of algebraic expressions
  • Write equations in equivalent form to solve problems
  • Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials
  • Rewrite rational expressions
  • Create equations that describe numbers or relationships
  • Explain the reasoning involved in solving equations
  • Solve equations and inequalities that have one variable
  • Solve systems of equations (simultaneous equations)
  • Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically
  • Write and use function notation
  • Explain the relationships between variables represented by functions
  • Read and analyze functions written in different forms
  • Create functions that model the relationship between variables
  • Create new functions from existing functions
  • Construct and compare linear, quadratic and exponential models and use them to solve problems


In addition to the concepts you will learn, you will also develop these mathematical skills/practices:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments when solving a problem
  • Model situations with mathematics
  • Use appropriate mathematical tools strategically
  • Be accurate in your work (attend to precision)
  • Look for and make use of patterns





Your final trimester grades are calculated using the St. John School grading scale:


A: 90-100%

B: 80-89%

C: 70-79%

D: 60-69%

F: <60%


Your work will be awarded points based on the difficulty and relative importance of the assignment:

  • Daily assignments: 0.5 point
  • Weekly checkpoint quizzes: 5 points
  • Mid-unit quizzes: 10 points
  • End-of-unit assessments: 100 points
  • Summative projects: depends on the project


If you turn in an assignment and it does not meet my expectations, I will return it to you and ask you to do it again.


Your grades will be posted on Power School in a timely manner.


Your final grade is calculated by dividing the number of points you have earned by the number of points possible in a trimester.

You will take a checkpoint quiz every Thursday, to see how well you’ve learned the ideas we discussed that week. If you score 4/5 or better on a given quiz, I will assume that you’ve mastered the material that week. If you score less than a 4/5 on the quiz, I will ask you to see me outside of class for additional help.


Friday Math “Club”:

On most Fridays, we will be working on developing our strategic problem-solving skills. Usually, this will involve a national program called “Math Counts.” On other occasions, we will play games or go online. There are also opportunities to participate in regional mathematics competitions; see me if you’re interested.