Algebra 1

Syllabus- 2016-2017


This year we will be using Florida Algebra 1 by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt. This text book is a consumable and will stay in class. Selected work will be taken out of the book and placed in the student’s math binder.

Course Description

The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend mathematics that students learned in their middle schools. The critical areas, called units, deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. The Standards for Mathematical Practice apply throughout each course, and together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

Florida Standards for Mathematical Practice

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics.

5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

6. Attend to precision.

7. Look for and make use of structure.

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Course outline

EDMODO CODE : rexwws

Semester 1:

  • Operations with Polynomials.
  • Model, Solve and Graph Linear Equations and Inequalities.
  • Model, Graph and Solve Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities.
  • Compose and Graph Polynomial Functions.
  • Model, Solve and Graph Quadratic Equations.

Semester 2:

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Rationals Exponents and Radical Expressions
  • Model and Graph Exponential Functions
  • Compare Equations and Functions
  • Piecewise and Absolute Value Functions
  • Square Root and Cube Root Functions

Supplies Needed

  • 1 Composition Note book
  • Laptop
  • Pencils: Homework and Classwork will be completed in pencil.
  • Pens and erasers.
  • Scientific calculator: Please no graphing calculators.
  • Paper: An ample supply of loose-leaf notebook paper.
  • Graph paper
  • Ruler , index cards (2- big packs regular size)


  • Wireless Mouse
  • Stylus

  • Headphones

Parents as Partners

Family involvement is an essential element for a student’s success in mathematics. Be positive and support homework, don’t do it for them. Think of yourself as a guide rather than your child’s teacher. You can help by asking questions and listening. There will be tutoring available after school.

School Expectations

· Any student not in their seat and ready to learn when the bell rings will be marked tardy!

· No hall passes will be given out the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of class.

Grading Summary

Bell Work (BW) & Classwork (WW) 40%

Bell Work will be completed in the first 10 minutes of every class and graded on the spot. Each day will be worth 2 point for a total of 10 points a week.

Every Tuesday we will have writing prompt to show critical thinking in math. These will be graded on development of critical thinking and problem solving. Each writing prompt will be worth 10pts.

Assessments (Tests and Quizzes) (A) 60%

Summative Tests and projects.

*Students should check progress book weekly for updates on grades. Please come to me before or after school if there are any questions about your grade. Please do not wait until the end of the quarter.


Grades will be based on total points earned out of total points possible.

A 90-100%

B 80-89%

C 70-79%

D 60-69%

F < 59%

Classroom Rules

1. RESPECT - Respect your classmates, your teacher, yourself!

2. Be Prepared - Pencils sharpened before class starts; use of restroom during passing period; homework, math journal and pencils out on desk at beginning of class.

3. NO CELLPHONES. There is a time and place for cell phones and electronic devices, and I will tell you when.

4. No eating in class.

5. One Voice - Raise your hand and wait to be acknowledged.

6. Language - Keep it clean.

7. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.

8. Follow Directions.

9. Be your very BEST, every second of every moment of every day!

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My name is Ms. Richardson and I will be your Algebra 1 teacher for the whole year.