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HS Algebra 1

1.0 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor: Mrs. Ashley Bryan or contact through Blackboard email

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending an email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line (ie, AP Art History).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138

Course Description:

The main objective of this course is to provide a solid understanding and appreciation for the concepts of Algebra. Algebra will provide opportunities for students to become mathematical problem solvers, to gain confidence in their ability to use mathematics, to learn to communicate and reason mathematically, to generalize when appropriate, and to make mathematical connections.

Required Textbook:

Algebra 1, 2005 by Glencoe, McGraw-Hill. ISBN:0-07-865113-1

Other Required Materials:

  1. Scientific or Graphing Calculator (TI-83 is recommended)
  2. Commuter with internet connection to access blackboard
  3. Microsoft Office 2003 or later

It is the student's responsibility to order his or her textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives include (but are not limited to):

Click this Course Standards link for a full list of the standards covered in this course.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 4 units and a total of 12 lessons.

LESSON Reading Assignments
Due for Grades

Expression and Equations: The Language of Algebra

Chapter 1 & PowerPoint Assignments

Expressions and Equations: Real Numbers

Chapter 2 & PowerPoint Assignments

Expressions and Equations: Solving Linear Equations

Chapter 3 & PowerPoint Assignments

Exam 1

Unit 1 (Chapters 1-3) Proctored Test
2 Linear Functions: Graphing Relations and Functions Chapter 4 & PowerPoint Assignments

Linear Functions: Analyzing Linear Equations

Chapter 5 & PowerPoint Assignments

Linear Functions: Solving Linear Inequalities

Chapter 6 & PowerPoint Assignments
2 Linear Functions: Solving Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities Chapter 7 & PowerPoint Assignments
Exam 2 Unit 2 (Chapters 4-7) Proctored Test

Polynomials and Nonlinear Functions: Polynomials

Chapter 8 & PowerPoint Assignments
3 Polynomials and Nonlinear Functions: Factoring Chapter 9 & PowerPoint Assignments

Polynomials and Nonlinear Functions: Quadratic and Exponential Functions

Chapter 10 & PowerPoint
Exam 3 Unit 3 (Chapters 8-10) Proctored Test
Radical and Rational Functions: Radical Expressions and Triangles Chapter 11 & PowerPoint Assignments
Radical and Rational Functions: Rational Expressions and Equations Chapter 12 & PowerPoint Assignments
Exam 4 Unit 4 (Chapter 11-12) Proctored Test
Final Exam Units 1-4 (Chapters 1-12)
Proctored Test

Grading Scale:

93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F

The grading format is as follows:

Assignments 15%
Quizzes 25%
Tests (4) 40%
Final Exam 20%

Additional Grading Information:

Practice Problems
Practice problems will follow every lesson. While they will not be collected, they are still considered mandatory coursework. Questions very similar to those in the practice problems will appear on the quizzes and tests.

Throughout the course you will be asked to complete several small assignments that give you the opportunity to be creative and express your mathematical skills.

Quizzes will take place at the end of each section. They will be completed online and will cover a small amount of the most recently completed material.

Tests will be completed at the end of every unit (approximately 3 chapters) of material covered in the course. These tests will include all concepts covered thus far, with a major emphasis on the material in the most recently completed unit.

Final Exam
Upon completion of all unit tests, a comprehensive final exam will be given that covers all the material within the course. Essentially the final exam will be comprised of questions from each unit test.