## Algebra I, Grade 8

**Course Description:** Algebra, the structure, relation, and quantity branch of mathematics, requires a rigorous study in the foundations of thinking and reasoning. Through exercises and real-world problem solving, students will make connections of numbers and abstract concepts that are strictly aligned with the Common Core Standards. This course focuses on functions, solving equations, slopes, and proportionality. Students will also be introduced to the use of technology in their application of mathematics. Supplemental material will be added to the text to fulfill the requirements of the Common Core Standards.

**Text:** *Algebra I*, McDougal Littell, 2001. ISBN: 0-395-93776-0

## Content Framework

Semester 1 (Quarter 1 & 2)
Foundations in Algebra Working with Expressions Solving Equations Introduction to Functions Defining a Function Interpreting and Using Function Notation Ratios and Proportional Relationships Interpreting Proportional Relationships Using Proportional Relationships Linear Equations and Inequalities Writing Linear Equations and Inequalities Linear Systems |
Semester 2 (Quarter 3 & 4)
Exponents and Exponential Functions Laws of Exponents Exponential Functions Quadratics Characteristics of Quadratic Functions Equivalent Forms of Quadratics Solving Quadratic Equations Modeling with Non-Linear Functions Interpreting Graphs Multiple Representations Statistics Linear Models Correlation and Causation |

## Student Expectations

Students will have a math notebook, graph paper, pencils, and a highlighter. Scientific calculators (TX-30) and graphing calculators (TI-84) will be available for in-class use. For testing purposes, only up to TI-84's will be allowed. All class work is to be completed in their math notebooks. The notebooks will be collected semi-quarterly for notes and completed class work. The teacher will check class work everyday and stamp the page for the concept’s mastery. All homework, quizzes, and tests are done on graph paper. Answers will be highlighted. Homework is assigned daily. No credit is given for late work. As for the classroom community, students are to work in cooperative settings and take personal responsibility for their individual learning.

Only students who maintain at least a "C" average in the class may participate in the Exit Exam.

******Students who have taken the Algebra Exit Exam**********

Expect results late in June. If you do not pass, you may be required to repeat the algebra curriculum in high school. Your individual high school reserves the right to make all final placements in high school. Make sure that your address is correct in our system.

Only students who maintain at least a "C" average in the class may participate in the Exit Exam.

******Students who have taken the Algebra Exit Exam**********

Expect results late in June. If you do not pass, you may be required to repeat the algebra curriculum in high school. Your individual high school reserves the right to make all final placements in high school. Make sure that your address is correct in our system.

Algebra results are in!!!!!

2017 results are 100% pass....18 high pass and 6 pass.

2016 results are 100% pass....16 high pass and 6 pass.

2015 results are 97.4% pass...33 high pass and 5 pass.

2014 results are 97% pass...17 high pass and 11 pass.

2013 results are 90% pass....10 high pass and 17 pass. Congratulations.

2017 results are 100% pass....18 high pass and 6 pass.

2016 results are 100% pass....16 high pass and 6 pass.

2015 results are 97.4% pass...33 high pass and 5 pass.

2014 results are 97% pass...17 high pass and 11 pass.

2013 results are 90% pass....10 high pass and 17 pass. Congratulations.