Course Syllabus

Villa Academy Middle School

Algebra AB

Teacher:  Lindsay Kapek

Room: 523

Extension: 247

Email: lkapek@thevilla.org

About this Course:

Algebra provides the building blocks for all further math courses, as well as many every-day applications and ideas. A strong foundation in Algebra is fundamental for success in further math (and science) courses.  In this course students will learn the basic content and skills of traditional algebra.  Using what they have learned in Pre-Algebra and previously, students will apply their knowledge to learn new, more abstract ideas and concepts.  Students will learn how to think in mathematical ways to help solve more complex problems in different areas of application.  Students will have opportunities to work individually and in collaborative groups to solve problems encountered in business and science.  Students will learn how to translate word problems into different forms of algebraic expressions   Students will learn how to take notes so that they can use the information to help them solve problems and justify the steps in their solutions to a problem.

 

EXPECTATIONS:

Students are expected to:

  • Be on time to class every day and in their seats at the designated start of class
  • Bring the required materials to class every day (see list below)
  • Be alert and pay attention during class discussions
  • Take notes during class discussions and presentation of new information
  • Be prepared to share their answers to homework assignments
  • Be respectful of their classmates and teachers at all times
  • Ask permission to leave the classroom at all times
  • Do all homework, tests, and quizzes in pencil
  • Put the proper heading on homework assignments
  • Correct their homework assignments and ask questions about problems they missed
  • Turn in homework on the day after it is assigned unless told otherwise by their teacher
  • Turn in missed assignments due to being absent within 3 days of their return to class unless prior arrangements are made with their teacher
  • Try their best on assignments and assessments
  • Have a positive attitude

 

Students can expect to:

  • Have 20 to 30 minutes of homework each night, if they do not use class time given to work on assignments
  • Have a classroom environment that is conducive to learning
  • Receive help from their teacher at anytime during class, before school, or after school
  • Be able to ask questions and receive an answer that they understand
  • Have the subject matter presented in a way that allows them to learn
  • Learn methods that will help them solve real world problems
  • Learn the information that will allow them to be successful in future math classes
  • Have tests and quizzes graded within a reasonable amount of time, they may not be returned until all students have taken the test

 

MATERIALS:

Students are required to bring the following to class every day

  • Pencil and colored pen to correct assignments
  • Math Notebook (Spiral, graph paper if possible)
  • Their textbook
  • Paper and graph paper
  • Calculator (TI-30x recommended)
  • Optional (but preferred)
    • Scissors
    • Glue stick

 

GRADING POLICY:

Assessments (40%)

  • Problems will be similar to those assigned for homework and in class assignments, as well as problems that will require the student to apply their knowledge of current and past work.
  • Students will be given partial credit on problems where the answer is not correct as long as they show the steps for solving the problem.
  • Students will be able to use their notes on their assessments
  • One assessment will be given per unit

Quizzes (20%)

  • Problems will be similar to those assigned for homework and in class assignments, as well as problems that will require the student to apply their knowledge of current and past work.
  • Students will be given partial credit on problems where the answer is not correct as long as they show the steps for solving the problem.
  • Students should expect 1-3 quizzes per unit

Classwork/ Homework (30%)

  • Daily assignments will be graded on a 4 point scale.  Points are based on the students attempt to complete the assignment
  • In order to receive full credit on a homework assignment, students must correct all problems that were incorrect and show the proper steps for completing the problem

 

Projects (10%)

  • Students should expect one project per trimester
  • Students will be given expectations and a rubric when the project is assigned
  • Class time as well as home time will be used to complete each project

Grading Scale is the same as Villa’s Middle School grading scale.

CURRICULUM:

 

Unit 1:  Intro and Review

  • Expressions
  • Equations
  • Graphing

Unit 2: Solving Equations

  • Multi-step
  • Equations with variables on both sides
  • Ratio, rates, conversions
  • Proportions

Unit 3: Inequalities

  • Multi-step inequalities
  • Compound inequalities
  • Absolute value equations and inequalities

Unit 4: Functions

  • Graphs
  • Patterns and linear equations
  • Writing rules and graphing rules

Unit 5:Linear Functions

  • Rate of change and slope
  • Direct variation
  • slope intercept form
  • standard form
  • Parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Scatter plots
  • Graphing absolute value functions

Unit 6: Systems of Equations and Inequalities

  • Solving systems by graphing
  • Solving systems by elimination
  • Solving systems by substitution
  • Linear inequalities
  • Systems of linear inequalities

Unit 7: Exponents and Exponential Functions

  • Exponent rules
  • Radicals
  • Exponential functions
  • Growth and decay functions

Unit 8: Polynomials and Factoring

  • Adding and subtracting polynomials
  • Multiplying polynomials
  • Factoring polynomials

Unit 9: Quadratic Functions and Equations

  • Quadratic functions
  • Solving quadratic equations
  • Factoring to solve
  • Completing the square
  • Quadratic formula

Unit 10: Radical Expressions and Equations

  • Pythagorean theorem
  • Simplifying radicals
  • Solving radical equations
  • Graphing square root functions
  • Trig ratios

Unit 11: Rational Expressions and Functions

  • Simplifying rational expressions
  • Multiplying and dividing rational expressions
  • Adding and subtracting rational expressions

Unit 12: Data Analysis and Probability

  • Data Organization
  • Probability