Algebra 1 Syllabus

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Algebra 1 Syllabus

Instructor: Charles “CJ” Perkins


School Phone: (606) 928-7100

Textbook: Algebra 1, Prentice Hall Mathematics Series,

Online Resources:



1.Review Chapters 1-2 (supplementing with graphing calculator technology)

  • Order of operations

  • Real number system

  • Patterns and functions

  • Scatterplots

  • Mean, median, mode, and range

  • Computation with rational numbers

  • Basics of using graphing calculator

  • Theoretical and experimental probability

2. Solving Equations and Inequalities (Chapters 3 – 4)

  • Solve two step, multi-step, and variables on both sides equations

  • Ratio, proportion, and similar figures

  • Percent change

  • Estimating square roots

  • Pythagorean theorem

  • Solving and graphing inequalities

  • Solving compound inequalities

  • Solving absolute value equations and inequalities

3. Graphing Linear Equations (Chapters 5-6)

  • Plotting points in a coordinate plane

  • Graphing linear equations using a table, using x-y intercepts, and using slope/y-intercept equation

  • Finding the slope of a line

  • Interpreting slope as a rate of change

  • Graph and interpret equations representing real-life situations

  • Identify functions

  • Use functions to represent real-life situations

  • Express real-life situations with a linear equation

  • Making scatter plots and finding a line of best-fit for a set of data

  • Writing equations of lines given a point and the slope or given two points of the line

  • Using point-slope and standard forms for linear equations

  • Using calculator technology

Projects: Barbie Bungee Jump, Fahrenheit vs. Celsius using the CBL

4. Solving and Graphing Systems of Equations and Inequalities. (Chapter 7)

  • Solving systems of linear equations by graphing, substitution and linear combinations

  • Solving systems of linear inequalities

5. Exponents and Exponential Functions (Chapter 8)

  • Multiplication and division properties of exponents

  • Zero and negative properties of exponents

  • Scientific notation

  • Exponential growth and decay functions

Project: M & M activity to model decay

6. Polynomial and Factoring (Chapter 9)

  • Addition, subtraction and multiplication of polynomials

  • Factoring x2+ bx + c and ax2 + bx + c

  • Factoring special cases

  • Factoring by grouping

7. Quadratic Equations and Functions (Chapter 10)

  • Graphing quadratic equations

  • Simplifying square roots

  • Solving quadratic equations by completing the square, by factoring ,and by the quadratic formula

  • Applications of the discriminate

  • Graphing quadratic inequalities

  • Solving polynomial equations

8. Radicals Expressions and Equations

  • Simplifying radicals

  • Functions involving square roots

  • Operations with radical expressions

  • Solving radical equations

9. Rational Expressions and Functions

  • Simplifying rational expressions

  • Multiplying and dividing rational expressions

  • Adding and subtracting rational expressions

  • Dividing polynomials

  • Solving rational equations and functions

  • Permutations and combinations

10. Probability for Alg I

  • Frequency and Histograms

  • Samples and Surveys

  • Two-Way Frequency Table

  • Permutations and Combinations

  • Theoretical and Experimental Probability

  • Simulations

  • Compound Events

  • Conditional Probability


Students will be assessed using points from the following categories:

  • Homework & Activities –70%

  • Tests, Quizzes and Projects-30%

Homework will occur almost daily and will be evaluated the following day. Tests will occur at the end of each chapter and may contain short answer, multiple choice, essay and/or open response questions. In each chapter there will be one or two quizzes, which may or may not be announced. Activities and projects will be evaluated using a guide given to the student at the beginning of the assignment.

Helpful Hints: Students are encouraged to actively participate in all class discussions by making appropriate comments in appropriate ways; asking questions by raising hands; putting work on the board when asked; participating in group work as a contributing member; and answering questions when called upon.
To Discuss Your Child’s Progress: Please call the school and leave a message or make an appointment for a conference to insure that instructional time is uninterrupted. I will return your call or schedule a conference either after school hours or during planning time. I can also be reached via E-mail.

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