Algebra Syllabus 2016-2017
Ms. Meyers - Ms.Meyers@ComLinksHS.org
Mr. Kyale* - Mr.Kyale@ComLinksHS.org
* note: Kyale is pronounced like the university Yale with a k sound added to the start of the syllable.
Course description: We will build on what they know to discover the rules and applications of Algebra. Emphasis will be placed on scholars’ ability to analyze information in the form of numerical data, and look for a way to model the data mathematically. Presentations will be an almost daily part of the course. Scholars will develop the ability to clearly communicate the logical approach they have taken to solving problems. All scholars must present. Scholars are encouraged to respectfully challenge each other’s thinking and offer various viewpoints in order to lead each other to ever better methods. There are many ways to successfully approach mathematical problems. The more you know the more you gain. Proportionality will be a reoccurring theme connecting the world around us with numbers.
· Learn to connect numbers with properties of objects such as length, volume or weight.
· Develop fluency with mental math.
· Use mathematics to model real world problems and solutions.
· Lean the art of Socratic dialog. Ask questions that lead your peers gain understanding.
Materials required: You must have these materials by Monday, September 12
· Writing utensil (preferably pencil)
· Spiral notebook for this class only
for this class only
1. Proportional Reasoning
2. Foundations for Algebra
3. Intro to Functions
4. Linear Equations and Inequalities
5. Solving Systems of Equations and Inequalities
6. Modeling with Non-linear Functions
Ideas for if you need help:
1. Check your notes for similar examples or helpful formulas.
2. Ask a friend to help you get started, but don’t copy their work!
3. Go to www.khanacademy.org and search for the topic we’re studying. You can watch a video or try some practice exercises to help you feel more comfortable with the topic.
4. Email Ms. Meyers or Mr. Kyale with your specific question.
5. Come in any day before school. Ms. Meyers or Mr. Kyale will always be there at 7:30.
6. Arrange a time to stay after school with Ms. Meyers or Mr. Kyale.
· Students who have exactly the same work will both receive 0s.
· Students who are cheating on quizzes, tests, and exams will also receive a 0.
· Plagiarism will also result in a 0 on that assignment.
· If you are helping your friend, make sure that you don’t tell them the answer. You can show them where they made a mistake, you can say that you got a different answer, you can ask questions, you can talk through examples together. If you don’t know
· how to help without letting them copy your work, have them go ask Ms. Meyers or Mr. Kyale for help.
Grading: Grades will be determined using the following percentage breakdown:
Participation (and professional status): Mr. Kyale uses participation points to model how our professional community and managers view our contributions to society:
Absences: If you are absent, you must copy the notes from someone on your own time- NOT during class. You also need to get the work you missed from Ms. Meyers or Mr. Kyale.
· Students with unexcused absences will receive a zero for any assignments due the day of your absence as well as any participation or homework given the day you missed.
· Students with excused absences must turn in assignments due the first day of your absence the day you return, or they will be considered late. You will have one day for every day missed to complete all assignments given during your absence.
· Late work will bring your homework grade to a zero and require meeting with Mr. Kyale or Ms. Meyers outside of class to complete a recovery plan that will be more rigorous than the initial work.
Active Participation with Scholar Points and Conditional Homework Addendum:
Honors: Learn skills to succeed as a grad student and earn a doctoral degree (PhD).
o Earn more than 800 Scholar Points.
• Fill a position listed as 20 P per week.• Fill a 10 P position and do extraordinary work to ensure a 10 P bonus every week.• Gain teacher approval for a new position worthy of 20 P per week.• Create a commission with a rubric for tracking progress worth 20 P per week.
o Tutor small groups of peers.
▪ (example: make a short pamphlet to help peers understand functions.)