Overview of Algebra I
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:
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.