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Mr. Clevenger's Syllabus-Algebra I


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SYLLABUS:      Course Title_Algebra I_________  Grade level: 8th______


Instructor Information:


Instructor:  Nate Clevenger Emailnclevenger@girard248.org
School Phone:  (620) 724-4114 Planning Period Time available for phone call:  9:45-10:34




Course Outline: (you can delete this section if you choose to use the next section "Course Standards")

McGraw Hill-Glencoe: Algebra I
Chapter Subject
Expressions, Equations, and Functions (Ch 1)
  • Represent relationships among quantities using tables, graphs, verbal descriptions, and inequalities
  • Use symbols to represent unknowns and variables
  • Find specific function values and solve equations in problem situations
  • Use the Commutative, Associative, and Distributive Properties to simplify algebraic expressions
  • Interpret and mike critical predictions from functional relationships
  • Describe independent and dependent quantities in functional relationships
  • Identify mathematical domains and ranges and determine reasonable domain and range values for given situations, both continuous and discrete
  • Connect equation notation with function notation
Linear Equations (Ch 2)
  • Describe functional relationships for given problem situations and write equations to answer questions arising from the situations
  • Represent relationships among quantities using diagrams, verbal descriptions, and equations
  • Find specific function values, and transform and solve equations in problem situations
  • Solve problems involving proportional change
  • Use the Commutative, Associative and Distributive Properties to simplify expressions
Linear functions (Ch 3)
  • Create, use, translate, and make connections among algebraic, tabular, graphical, or verbal descriptions of linear functions
  • Interpret the meaning of intercepts in situations using data, symbolic representation, or graphs
  • Determine the intercepts of the graphs of linear functions and zeros of linear functions from graphs, tables, and algebraic representations
  • Look for patterns and represent generalizations algebraically
  • Develop the concept of slope as rate of change and determine the slope from graphs, tables, and algebraic representations
  • Interpret the meaning of slope in situations using data, symbolic representations, or graphs
  • Relate direct variation to linear functions and solve problems involving proportional change
Equations of Linear Functions (Ch 4)
  • Write equations of lines given specific characteristics
  • Interpret and predict the effects of changing the slope and y-intercept in applied situations
  • Interpret and make decisions, predictions, and critical judgements from functional relationships
  • Collect and organize data, make and interpret scatter plots, and model, predict, and make decisions and critical judgements in problem situations
  • Solve an equation of the form f(x) = c for a simple function f that has an inverse and write an expression for the inverse
Linear Inequalities (Ch 5)
  • Formulate linear inequalities to solve problems
  • Investigate methods for solving linear inequalities using the Properties of Inequality
  • Solve linear inequalities
  • Interpret and determine the reasonableness of solutions to linear inequalities
Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities (Ch 6)
  • Analyze situations and formulate systems of linear equations in two unknowns to solve problems
  • Solve systems of linear equations and linear inequalities using graphs and algebraic methods
  • Interpret and determine the reasonableness of solutions to systems of linear equations and linear inequalities
Exponents and Exponential Functions (Ch7)
  • Simplify polynomial expressions and apply the laws of exponents in problem-solving situations
  • Graph and analyze exponential functions
  • analyze and represent situations involving exponential growth and decay using tables, graphs, or algebraic methods
  • relate geometric sequences to exponential functions, and write recursive formulas to represent sequences
Quadratic Expressions and Equations (Ch 8)
  • Add, Subtract, and multiply polynomials
  • Factor as necessary in problem situations
  • Solve quadratic equations using concrete models, tables, graphs, and algebraic methods
Quadratic Functions and Equations (Ch 9)
  • Identify and sketch the general forms of quadratic parent functions
  • Analyze graphs of quadratic functions and draw conclusions
  • Make connections among the solutions of quadratic equations, the zeros of their related functions, and the horizontal intercepts of the graph of the function
  • Solve quadratic equations using concrete models, tables, graphs, and algebraic methods
  • Use characteristics of the quadratic parent function to sketch the related graphs
  • Analyze functions with successive differences and ratios
  • Identify and graph special functions
Radical Functions and Geometry (Ch 10)
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and simplify radical expressions
  • Solve radical equations
  • Use the Pythagorean Theorem and trigonometric ratios to solve problems
Rational Functions and Equations (Ch 11)
  • Analyze data and represent situations involving inverse variation
  • Graph and analyze rational functions
  • Identify excluded values from rational expressions and simplify rational expressions
  • Multiply and divide rational expressions and use dimensional analysis
  • Divide a polynomial by a monomial or binomial
  • Add and subtract rational expressions with like and unlike denominators
  • Solve rational equations and eliminate extraneous roots


Click to see Expectations and Procedures for Algebra


Materials: It is the expectation that you will bring the following to class everyday.

1) Textbook

2) iPad that is charged

3) Pencil, ink pen, paper


 Grading Policy:                                                    Calculation of Final Trimester Grade:

A =90-100%                                                            Simple Average based on Total Points possible

B =80-89%                                                                               OR

C =70-79%                                                             Weighted Categories:

D =60-69%                                                                  60%  Tests

F =0-59%                                                                    40%  Daily Assignments

Absences:  If you are absent, when you return to school it is your responsibility to check with each teacher to see what you missed during your absence. Based on the number of days you missed, you will have that same number of days to submit make-up assignments. 

Late Work:  One extra attempt to be grade at 80% partial credit

iPad Policy in this class:  You are NOT allowed to use your iPad for personal pleasure (gaming, internet surfing, ...) in this class unless the teacher has verbally given permission for students to do so.