Course Outline

Algebra 1

Mr. Reihner

preihner@trinityhillers.net

(724)–225–5380 (ext 6234)

 

Course Description:

The course is designed to build a strong foundation in algebra topics and material.  Students should have a firm grasp of the underlying mathematical concepts while using algebra as tools for solving real–life problems.  The integration of technology and consistent problem–solving strategies will help develop strong algebraic skills.

 

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Variables, Function Patterns, and Graphs

Unit 2: Rational Numbers

Unit 3: Solving Equations

Unit 4: Solving Inequalities

Unit 5: Graphs and Functions

Unit 6: Linear Equations and Their Graphs

Unit 7: Systems of Equations and Inequalities

Unit 8: Exponents and Exponential Functions

Unit 9: Polynomials and Factoring

Unit 10: Quadratic Equations and Functions

Unit 11: Radical Expressions and Equations

Unit 12: Rational Expressions and Functions

 

Expectations:

  1. Bring a pencil, chrome book, calculator, and a binder, with paper every day
  2. Be prompt – Be in your seat when the bell rings
  3. Be respectful
  4. Raise your hand if you would like to contribute to the classroom discussion or need help
  5. Cooperate with others in the class
  6. ALWAYS give every task your best effort

 

Homework:

  1. Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class, unless otherwise instructed.
  2. Assume that all homework assignments will be graded, as it will not be announced ahead of time which homework assignments will be graded.
  3. Always put the entire heading on top of every assignment.  This includes your full name, date, period, and assignment title.
  4. Completed homework assignments are essential to pass this course.  It is imperative to keep up with the work load in this class as it is very demanding.  I strongly recommend that all students keep up with the work on a DAILY basis.
  5. If more than 5 homework assignments are missed during any given 9–week period, the student’s grade will drop by one letter grade.  This will continue at increments of 5 until the student fails the class.

 

Absence:

The school district’s attendance policy will be enforced in the classroom.

 

Grading Scale:

The school district’s grading policy will be enforced in the classroom.

 

Grade Components:

Each grading period will contain the following components:

  1. Homework
  2. Quizzes
  3. Exams
  4. Notebook Check(s) – Notebooks are MANDATORY (each semester)
  5. In–Class Participation and bell work

 

Calculators:

  1. Students are required to have their calculator by September 12, 2019 Calculators will be an important part of Algebra I.
  2. Calculators are required for all four years of math at Trinity High School.
  3. Trinity Area School District does not supply calculators to its students. 
  4. It is the responsibility of the student to purchase his/her own calculator to use in any math course at Trinity High School.
  5. Absolutely no calculators will be loaned to students for completion of assignments or tests.
  6. The Math Department suggests the Texas Instruments TI-83 plus graphic calculator. The TI-30xII is an inexpensive alternative scientific calculator without graphic functions.
  7. Students may use a different brand’s scientific or graphic calculator.

 

 

 

Dear Parents or Guardians,

 

I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!  Please read the above course information and sign below.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or comments now and throughout the school year.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Paul Reihner

 

 

 

 

 

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