
General Course Information
Prerequisites
None
Course Description
The course will build comprehensive mathematical knowledge base that the students will use to move on to higherlevel mathematics. The course will provide lessons to meet the standards on Operations on Numbers and Expressions, Algebraic Expressions, Linear Relationships, Linear Equations and Inequalities, NonLinear Relationships and Equations, and Data, Statistics and Probability using the investigative approach. Appropriate technology will be used on all lessons.
Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to make sense of important algebraic concepts, learn essential skills, and discover how to use algebra in real life situations.
Required Text & Learning Resources
Discovering Algebra An Investigative Approach by Murdock, Kamischke, and Kamischke
TINSpire calculator
Assignments & Academic Calendar
Data Exploration
Bar Graphs and Dot Plots
Summarizing Data with Measures of Center
FiveNumber Summaries and Box Plots
Histograms and Stemandleaf Plots
Activity Day: Exploring a Conjecture
TwoVariable Data
Estimating
Using Matrices to organize and Combine Data
Quizzes and Test
Proportional Reasoning and Variation
Proportions
CaptureRecapture
Proportions and Measurement Systems
Direct Variation
Inverse Variation
Activity Day: Variation with a Bicycle
Evaluating Expressions
Undoing Operations
Quizzes and Test
Linear Equations
Recursive Sequences
Linear Plots
TimeDistance Relationships
Linear Equations and the Intercept Form
Linear Equations and Rate of Change
Solving Equations Using the Balancing Method
Activity Day: Modeling Data
Quizzes and Test
Fitting a Line to Data
A Formula for Slope
Writing a Linear Equation to Fit Data
PointSlope Form of a Linear Equation
Equivalent Algebraic Equations
Writing PointSlope Equations to Fit Data
More on Modeling
Applications of Modeling
Activity Day: Data Collection and Modeling
Quizzes and Test
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Solving Systems of Equations
Solving Systems of Equations Using Substitution
Solving Systems of Equations Using Elimination
Solving Systems of Equations Using Matrices
Inequalities in One Variable
Graphing Inequalities in Two Variables
Systems of Inequalities
Quizzes and Test
Exponents and Exponential Models
Recursive Routines
Exponential Equations
Multiplication and Exponents
Scientific Notation for Large Numbers
Looking Back with Exponents
Zero and Negative Exponents
Fitting Exponential Models to Data
Activity Day: Decreasing Exponential Models and Half Life
Quizzes and Test
Functions
Secret Codes
Functions and Graphs
Graphs of Real World Situations
Function Notation
Defining the Absolute Value Function
Squares, Squaring, and Parabolas
Quizzes and Test
Introduction to Geometry
Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
Finding the Midpoint
Squares, Right Triangles, and Areas
The Pythagorean Theorem
Operations with Roots
Quizzes and Test
Quadratic Models
Solving Quadratic Equations
Finding the Roots and the Vertex
From Vertex to General Form
Factored Form
Activity Day: projectile Motion
Completing the Square
The Quadratic Formula
Cubic Functions
Quizzes and Test
Probability
Probability Outcomes and Trials
Counting Techniques
Quizzes and Test
Exam Dates
Time
MidTerm Examination – TBD
Final Examination – TBD
Course Policies
Grading (credit) Criteria
Quarter Grades Final Grade
Value
Category
Value
Category
20%
Class Work
20%
Quarter 1
10%
Notebook
20%
Quarter 2
15%
Homework
10%
MidTerm Exam
25%
Quizzes
20%
Quarter 3
30%
Tests
20%
Quarter 4
10%
Final Exam
Late Work
Late work will not be accepted beyond the cutoff dates that will be established and posted throughout the quarter. All late work is subject to a grading penalty to be determined by the number of days past due an assignment is.
Student Conduct and Discipline
Each student will be assigned a textbook at the beginning of the year. If the text book is not returned at the end of the year, the student will be responsible for paying a $70.95 book fine. In addition, each student will be assigned a graphing calculator to be used during class time. If the calculator is lost or damaged during the class period, the student will be responsible for paying a $127.95 calculator fine.
Please refer also to the Student/Parent Handbook for further rules and procedures concerning students’ behavior.
Academic Integrity
Scholastic Dishonesty, any student who commits an act of scholastic dishonesty is subject to discipline. Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and/or the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person. If any of the above mentioned action occurs, their will be an investigation by the academy administrator and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.