Kenwood Academy Math Department
Algebra Syllabus 2011-2012
Mr. Im E-mail: email@example.com
Phone number: 535-1409 Tutoring Hours: MWF 3:00-4:30
Algebra1 is a study of the language, concepts and techniques of Algebra that will prepare students to approach and solve problems
following a logical succession of steps. Skills taught in the course lay groundwork for upper level math and science courses and have
practical uses. The course focuses on linear functions and equations, which provide the mathematical tools necessary for consolidating
and representing ratios and proportional reasoning. The course will involve a study of quadratic functions and equations. Throughout
the course there will be an emphasis on learning how to use basic algebraic tools to represent problem situations and to solve
important classical problems.
Learn to use basic algebraic tools to represent problem situations
Gain sound understanding of functions and their multiple representations
Develop a solid understanding of rate of change
Model and solve important problems with linear, exponential, and quadratic functions and related equations
Textbook and Resources:
Algebra 1: Illinois Edition
This class addresses the following standards as mandated by the Illinois Board of Education. We use the College Readiness Standards
produced by the ACT as well as the Illinois Learning standards. A full list is available at
http://www.act.org/standard/planact/math/index.html A detailed breakdown of the Illinois standards is available at
College Readiness Standards Illinois Learning Standards
Basic Operations and Applications State standard 6: Demonstrate and apply a knowledge and
Numbers: Concepts and Properties sense of numbers, including numeration and operations,
Expressions, Equations and Inequalities patterns, ratios and proportions
Graphical Representations State standard 7: Estimate, make and use measurements of
objects, quantities and relationships and determine
acceptable levels of accuracy
State standard 8: use algebraic and analytical methods to
identify and describe patterns and relationships in data, solve
problems and predict results
State standard 9: Use geometric methods to analyze,
categorize and draw conclusions about points, lines, planes
Pencils Textbook 3 ring binder
Pencil sharpener Loose-leaf paper Dividers
Colored pen (not black or blue) Scientific/graphing calculator
Fee: Students are required to pay a $10 mathematics fee. Students who do not return a textbook will be charged a $65 fee.
Assignments will be given daily. Assignments are essential to the study and mastery of this course. Assignments are viewed as a
reinforcement of the concepts discussed in class daily and will be factored into the final grade. It is the student’s responsibility to
record these assignments in their student planner. Students are responsible for having all assignments completed on time however, not
all assignments will be collected. It is the student’s responsibility to make up and turn in assignments one day after returning from an
absence. Late assignments are not acceptable. Students will receive full credit on written assignments if the assignment is
completed. Refer to Kenwood Academy Website for updated assignments.
Format for Assignments
Complete all assignments on loose-leaf notebook paper ONLY
The heading should look as follows:
Name Period Date
Page# and Problems #s
To receive full credit
o Write problem number
o Show all necessary work for each problem
o Draw any diagrams that go with the problem
o Graded and Corrected in colored ink (not blue or black)
Failure to follow proper procedure will result in a reduction of points on the assignments.
Scoring Rubric for Assignments
10 All problems attempted, problem number is written, all necessary work is shown, diagrams are
drawn and corrections are made in red pen
5 Not all problems attempted and problem number is written, or most necessary work is shown, or not
all diagrams are drawn and corrections are made in red pen
0 Less than half the problems attempted and problem number is written or not all necessary work is shown, or diagrams are
missing, or no work at all
How to be successful with homework
Homework is graded based on effort. Each assignment is worth ten points. It is in your best interest to do the homework because it
enables you to apply the concepts you’ve learned, participate in class, and ask questions. If you are assigned twenty problems for
homework, you are responsible for all twenty problems. If you complete half the work don’t expect full credit. If you have difficulty
with a problem while doing your homework, then try to follow the tips below.
Find a quiet place with bright lighting to complete your assignment
Before you start your homework, read the section and study the examples presented.
Work out the problem as far as you can. You must make a good faith attempt for every problem.
If you encounter difficulty with a problem, look in your notes to see if you can find a similar problem that was done in class
If you still can’t find the solution, come to class the next day and ask questions
Tests are generally given at the end of a chapter and at the teacher’s discretion. Quizzes are given regularly. There is to be no
talking during a test or quiz. If you have a question please direct it to Mr. Im. If caught talking we will assume the student is
cheating. Students are also expected to show all work to receive full credit on exam problems. If there is an exam scheduled on the
day that you have a field trip, you should make arrangements ahead of time to take the exam. Make-up exams are only given if you
have a legitimate absence. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements within one day after returning from an absence to
make up a quiz or test. If arrangements are not made students will not be allowed to make up the exam and will receive a zero.
There will be opportunities for test re-takes or test corrections.
How to study and be successful in this class
Come to class on a regular basis and be prepared to learn and do your best
Complete the bellringers diligently
Take neat and organized notes as instructed by teacher
Do not hesitate to ask questions if you need to.
Do your homework every night. Homework Assignments are listed on agenda as well as the Kenwood website.
Since 70% of your grade comes from tests and quizzes, you must study for these exams.
To prepare for exams, redo some problems from bell ringers and class notes. If there are concepts that you still do not feel
confident about do problems from the chapter review that apply to these concepts.
If a study guide or practice test is provided, complete every problem and use this as your guide for the type of problems that
will be on the exam.
If you feel that you are struggling with the material and need one-on-one assistance or just some extra practice, please feel
free to come to me for tutoring after school.
Test retake/correction policy- You will have the opportunity to retake or make corrections on some tests PROVIDED ALL
your homework for the chapter is complete. This will allow you to raise your test score by up to 50% of the credit you did
NOT earn. Also, this will take place after school on teacher decided days.
Students are expected to come to class regularly and on time. They are expected to enter the class respectfully, be seated and get out
homework and proper materials for taking notes. Students will not be allowed to enter class without an ID or after the tardy bell
without a pass. It is the students responsibility to get the assignments and notes missed when absent within one day of returning.
Missed assignments are due one day after the student returns.
Final Grade: Grading Scale:
Students will be graded on: 90% -100% = A
Assignments 15% 80% - 89% = B
Class Activities 15% 70% - 79% = C
Quizzes 20% 60% - 70% = D
Tests/Final Exam 50% below 60% = F
Overall Average = (assignment avg.)(.15) + (class activities avg.)(.15) + (quiz avg.)(.20) + (tests/final exam avg.)(.5)
Students are expected to take responsibility for their grade. It is important to spend time on this class daily. Feel free to confide in
your instructor if you are having difficulty and need extra help or tutoring. You are probably not alone, so do not feel embarrassed.
Students should keep an organized binder, stay aware of assignment and project due dates and check Gradebook regularly.
Timeline and Course Units (State Goal numbers are in parentheses)
Unit1 – Fractions and Decimals (6), Rational Numbers (6), Order of Operations (6)
Unit 2 - Solving Linear Equations (7, 8, 9)
Unit 3- Variables and Functions (6,7), Multiple Representations in the Real World (6,7,8) , Linear Patterns (8)
Unit 4- Constructing Graphs (8, 9), Exploring Graphs (10), Exploring Rate of Change in Motion Problems (6,7, 10),
Exploring Rate of Change in other Problems (6,8, 10), Understanding Slope (10), Understanding Y-Intercept (10), Creating
Linear Models for Data (10), writing the equation of a line and graphing a line (6,7,8)
Unit 5- Solving and graphing inequalities (6,7,8)
Unit 6- Formulating and Solving Systems (7, 8)
Unit 7 – Laws of Exponents (7,8,9), Operations on Polynomials (8, 9), Solving Quadratic Equations (7, 10)
Unit 8 - Graphs of Quadratic Functions (8, 10), Modeling with Quadratic Functions (10), , The Quadratic Formula (6, 7, 10),
Modeling with Exponential Functions (10), Modeling with Inverse Variation (6, 7)
Unit 9 – Simplifying Radicals and Radical equations (6,7,8), Pythagorean theorem (6,7)
Classroom Policies and Procedures
Respect for one another and classroom decorum will be maintained at all times. Students are expected to adhere to the
Chicago Public Schools Uniform Discipline Code and Kenwood Policy of conduct regarding academics, behavior and
dress. The following policies will be consistently enforced to ensure that every student receives the instructional time and
atmosphere that he/she deserves.
1. Be in class when the tardy bell rings.
2. Wear ID at all times.
3. Students will not be allowed to wear coats, hats, or other items that are on the Kenwood list of prohibited dress.
4. Students who come late to class are very disruptive to the rest of the class. If you are unavoidably late, please enter the room
quietly and with a pass. You may not enter class without a pass.
5. Come to class prepared to learn. (sharpened pencil, colored pen, paper, calculator, notes, book)
6. Take notes daily.
7. Do not get out of your seat without permission.
8. Do not blurt out questions or answers. Raise your hand and wait to be called on.
9. Ask questions if you do not understand what is on the board.
10. Respect all property. (School property, personal property, and other’s property)
11. Respect all ideas given in class and do not criticize anybody’s ideas or thoughts.
12. There will be limited restroom breaks. Students should go to the restroom before class and return before the bell rings. If
students are late they have to get a tardy pass. (This is not a suggestion it is a rule.)
13. Students leaving and returning to class during class is also very disruptive. Please take care of any personal business before
or after class. Students may not leave the classroom during class time unless there is a true emergency. If such an emergency
occurs, raise your hand, present a pass from your agenda book, collect your belongings and leave the room quietly.
14. All exams have a time limit. Students must turn in assignments and exams within the allotted time. Keep all graded work. If
questions arise, it is your responsibility to produce the original document for verification.
15. Cheating and/or plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated. Evidence of such will result in a grade of 0 on the assignment
or exam and possible disciplinary action
16. Cell phones and other electronic devises must be turned off or silenced during class. Phones may not be visible during exams
and can not be used as a calculator. Cell phones that are visible or heard will be confiscated and can only be retrieved by a
parent or guardian.
17. Eating and drinking is not permitted in the classroom at any time.
This form is considered the first homework assignment and will be collected. Please read and sign your names
I have read the syllabus and understand it. I will honor it.
Students Signature Date
Print Name of Student
I have read and discussed this syllabus with my child. I understand it and will support it.
Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Print Name of Parent/Guardian
Parent email: _____________________________________
Parent phone number: ______________________________