This course enables students to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts related to introductory algebra, problem solving, critical thinking, proportional reasoning, data interpretation, and measurement through investigation, the effective use of technology, and hands-on activities. Students will investigate real-life examples to develop various representations of potential relations, and will determine the connections between the representations. They will also explore certain relationships that emerge from the exploration of all the above concepts through writing projects and other non-traditional math work. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

This class is designed to help you with everyday mathematical situations as well as prepare you for the rigor of high school mathematics , and beyond.

**COURSE DETAILS**

**Attendance** is taken everyday within the first 5 minutes of class with a quiz or “bell ringer” question. If you are late and miss the quiz, you will receive a zero. Do not be late.

Your **participation** is important. In fact, it is worth 20% of your overall grade. While your individual efforts will serve you well, you must also remember that you are part of a community of learners. That means you are expected to participate in discussions, ask questions, arrive to class on time, speak and act with respect with everyone, work with others in a helpful way, and maintain a positive attitude, a sense of reverence even, towards the work we engage ourselves in for the benefit of our community and for our own future.

**In class** we will focus on mastering the concepts presented in the first 10 chapters of our Algebra textbook. While some of the concepts may be review, we will certainly cover new concepts as time permits. Homework is a regular component of this class. Expect homework every night. Together, these two elements of the class comprise 40% of your overall grade.

**Quizzes and tests **reflect your progress with the concepts. Are you grasping the the work? Speak up and ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel secure in your understanding of the material. Quizzes and test account for 40% or your overall grade. I will warn you far in advance of any upcoming quizzes or tests.

**Absences** are to be expected. Multiple or frequent absences may cause you to fall behind the rest of the class. It is your responsibility to keep up with the work.

**Materials** are vital for this class. One of the greatest concerns that the 12-14 teachers currently have is that their students come to their classes unprepared. This inability to show up, ready to work, is inexcusable and ultimately disrespectful. I recommend that you bring the following with you every day that we meet: pencil(s), eraser, graph paper notebook, scientific/graphing calculator (we will discuss calculators in greater detail), and your planner. Establishing good organizational habits now will help you stay ahead.

**Meeting times and office hours** are as follows: We will meet Monday through Thursday from 11am until 12 pm. I will be available for any and all reasons/questions/concerns every day after school until 4pm. However, I may have a meeting, or carpool duty, which might cause a conflict. Please email me at **jclemmons@nnms.org** with any questions or concerns should that be the case. I am also happy to arrange specific meeting times or even stay later for you. Please, for the love of all the milk and cookies in the universe, speak up and ask for help if you need it, that’s why I’m here.

**Skills Covered**:

- Expressions, Equations, and Functions
- Properties of Real Numbers
- Solving Linear Equations
- Graphing Linear Equations and Functions
- Writing Linear Equations
- Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities
- Systems of Equations and Inequalities
- Exponents and Exponential Functions
- Polynomials and Factoring
- Quadratic Equations and Functions

Good luck!

Mr. C

jclemmons@nnms.org