**Algebra I** lays the foundation for all higher mathematics. This course will cover
expressions, equations, integers, axioms, polynomials, quadratic equations, linear
functions, exponents, radicals, rational expressions, and inequalities.

Introductory Letter

*Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,*

*As part of a standards-based curriculum, you/your student will be engaged in a
variety of instructional strategies and assessments. Through presentations, interviews,
pictures, project journals, reflective writing, peer critique, and videotape I hope to
record the progress of your/your student's learning. My goal is to enhance all students'
learning through reflective practice, a framework for learning that my colleagues and I
have found motivating and effective.*

*One of the strategies that I employ to cultivate my own learning as an educator is
to share what I do in my class with others--teachers, administrators, parents, students,
and professionals in and outside of the Torrey Pines High School community. In a few weeks
I will send home a letter describing more details of the project I have in mind and will
be asking for your permission to share your student's work with others.*

*I am looking forward to this new school year with much enthusiasm. Each student
will have the opportunity to explore new mathematical ideas and share what they have
learned with others. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me through the
school at (858) 755-0125 ext. 2120 (voice mail only) or abby.brown@sduhsd.net (e-mail preferred).*

*Estoy anticipando con mucho entusiasmo este nuevo a�o escolar. Cada estudiante
tendr� la oportunidad de explorar nuevas ideas matem�ticas y compartir lo aprendido con
otros. Si tiene algunas preguntas o preocupaciones, por favor me llama a la escuela a
(858) 755-0125 ext. 2120 o abby.brown@sduhsd.net.*

*Thank You/Gracias,
*Abigail Brown

Students in Ms. Brown’s classes recommend the following for success in class:

**Ask questions.****Come to class every day and on time.****Do your homework.****Pay attention during notes.****Complete project work on time.****Bring materials every day.**

Bring Each Day

**Pencil**- Lined Notebook
**Paper**- Graph Paper is also useful - Download Blank Graphs for Printing (PDF file)

- 3-Ring
**Notebook**with Dividers - Suggested Sections: Homework, Notes, Projects and Presentations
**Book**:*Algebra I: California Edition*, Prentice Hall, � 2001 (Publisher’s Web Site)- Recommended:
**Calculator**(Scientific Calculator is best) - Blank VHS Video Tape (to leave in class, will be returned)

Rules and Expectations

**Respect**- Each other (e.g., paying attention, letting everyone participate)
- Environment (e.g., classroom, materials, furniture,
)*no food or drinks* **Effort**- Ask questions, have a positive attitude, be willing to try new things.
- You must turn work in on time to receive full credit.
- Work neatly.
**Evaluation**- Question the quality of your own work.
- How could I have done this assignment better?
- Let me, the teacher, know when something
- goes very well.
- goes very badly.
- can be done to help you learn better.
**Miscellaneous**- You must be on time to class. (2 warnings, parent contact, detention, etc.)
- Bathroom passes 2 times each semester (only at appropriate times).

Homework

- Do homework in pencil.
- Copy problems and show all work.
- Checked for completion each day (collected at beginning of period).
- You are responsible for getting the assignments if you are absent.
- Write down the names and phone numbers of a few of your classmates.

Homework is assigned each class period. Homework is due at the beginning
of the next class period. Students are to turn in assignments to the basket
by the classroom door. While students work on the Warm-Up assignment during
the first few minutes of class, Ms. Brown checks each assignment briefly for
*completion* and gives it a score from 0 to 5. Assignments are then
returned to the students. All answers not listed in the back of the book are
read out loud and students are given an opportunity to ask questions
about the assignment. Students are allowed and encouraged to make corrections to
the assignment and may copy down any problems done on the board for
clarification. After the class is satisfied that all questions have been
answered, students exchange papers for *accuracy* grading. Ms. Brown
places detailed solutions to about 5 of the assigned problems on the board
and tells students exactly what to look for to award each half-point for a
total of 5 more points. (Students do not know ahead of time which problems
will be graded.)

This process sounds more complicated than it actually is. I have found it
to be a fair way to grade homework for both *completion* (up to 5
points for effort) and *accuracy* (up to 5 points for correctness). In
theory, all students can earn the maximum 10 points on each assignment if
they try hard before class and pay attention and make corrections in class.
Students who figure this out early are usually very successful in my Algebra
I classes.

60% Tests and Quizzes

30% Homework and Class Work

10% Projects (projects, presentations, group activities, etc.)

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100% Final Grade

Please note that grades are updated and posted in the classroom approximately every two weeks. Progress reports are distributed mid-quarter and are also available upon request: abby.brown@sduhsd.net.

Test Make-Up Policy

Any student who is absent on the day of a test or quiz may make it up only at the following times for the appropriate quarter.

First Quarter

Wednesday, October 29, 2003 -- 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Thursday, October 30, 2003 -- 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM

**Second Quarter
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 -- 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Thursday, January 15, 2004 -- 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM**

Third Quarter

Wednesday, March 24, 2004 -- 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Thursday, March 25, 2004 -- 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM

Fourth Quarter

Wednesday, June 2, 2004 -- 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Thursday, June 3, 2004 -- 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM

Also, if a student does very poorly on a test, he or she may take that exam to the Math
Center, the Tutoring Center, a parent, a personal tutor, or Ms. Brown for some extra help.
Whoever helps the student needs to sign the original test paper. That exam then becomes a
“ticket” for a make-up test (different test, same material) which may be taken
at one of the times listed above. *This make-up policy for low test scores does not
apply to quizzes.*

Students need to come to class, especially on days of tests and quizzes. Students need
to study and do the best that they can on the day of the original exam. On the make-up
days students will only have *one hour to make up all needed tests and/or quizzes*.
Students who abuse this policy will be denied the opportunity for make-ups.

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or your student’s progress in class, please feel free to contact me at school (abby.brown@sduhsd.net). Also, continue to check my web site for updates, course policies, and other information and activities for students.

Links to Practice Self-Tests Below

- General Presentation Directions
- Quadratics Presentations
- Systems of Equations Presentations
- Algebra Explorations Final Project
- Algebra Explorations (Project Ideas)

Text: *Algebra I: California Edition*,
Prentice Hall, � 2001 (Publisher�s
Web Site).

Please note that these outlines are subject to change and that some
teachers will cover the material in a different order.

- Overall Plan (Including references to standards numbers)
**Fall 2003****Spring 2004**- Spring 2004 TPHS Pacing Guide (PDF) (Chapters 9 and 10 may be switched.)
- Spring 2004 Ms. Brown’s Daily Plan (PDF)

If you have trouble reading the PDF files, try downloading the most recent version of Adobe Reader.

Below are links to multiple choice self-tests for each chapter. These are on the Prentice Hall web site for students to use along with this textbook.