Algebra 3/4 Syllabus 2018-19

Advanced Algebra Syllabus

Mr. Johnson 2018-19

Kent Mountain View Academy


Course Description

This course utilizes and expands the skills taught in first year algebra.  Properties of real numbers are applied to linear and quadratic functions and the solving of equations and systems of equations.  Topics include:  complex numbers; exponents; logarithms; exponential, logarithmic and polynomial functions; and probability and statistics.



This math course directly supports the Common Core standards for mathematical practices:  making sense of problems and persevering in solving them; reasoning abstractly and quantitatively; constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others; modeling with mathematics; using appropriate tools strategically; attending to precision; looking for and making use of structure; and looking for and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning.



The student will be able to:

  • perform arithmetic operations with complex numbers
  • represent complex numbers and their operations on the complex plane
  • use complex numbers in polynomial identities and equations
  • analyze functions using different representations
  • build a function that models a relationship between two quantities
  • build new functions from existing functions
  • construct and compare linear, quadratic, and exponential models and solve problems
  • interpret expressions for functions in terms of the situation they model
  • use modeling to analyze empirical situations, to understand them better, and to improve decisions



Three-ring binder, notebook paper, pencils, TI-83 Plus calculator or better


Grading Procedure

Grades are based on responsible participation and completion of all assignments, projects, quizzes and tests.  All work is to be done neatly in pencil in order to receive credit. 


Daily work counts as 25% of the student’s grade, while projects count as 5% of the overall grade.  Daily work will be checked and corrected in class, but will be collected at the conclusion of the chapter.  Late work will be accepted for half credit, but only within one month of assignment.  Credit will not be given for work turned in after the grading period has ended.


Students who have been absent are responsible for all work missed.  Upon return, a student will be allowed as many days as the absence to turn in that work for full credit.  It is recommended that each student use his or her academic planner to record assignments.


Tests and quizzes will account for 47% and 23% of the student’s grade, respectively.  There will be one test given at the end of each chapter, and at least one quiz per chapter, depending on the amount of material to be covered.  Tests and quizzes may be retaken only if the student’s score is less than 80% and as long as the retake is completed within one month of the initial test.  Retake tests and quizzes will be worth a maximum of 80%.


Extra credit assignments may be available from time to time.  Each correct and complete extra credit assignment will count as one extra completed homework assignment.


            Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

                                                            100% - 93%    = A                  92.9% - 90%   = A-

            89.9% - 88%   = B+                87.9% - 82%   = B                  81.9% - 80%   = B-

            79.9% - 78%   = C+                77.9% - 72%   = C                  71.9% - 70%   = C-

            69.9% - 67%   = D+                66.9% - 60%   = D                 

                                                            Less than 60% = F


Progress Reports

Student progress may be checked online.  Progress reports or report cards are sent out every five weeks.  Please watch for this correspondence.


Classroom Expectations

As a student you are expected to:

  • be in the classroom, prepared to begin working when class begins
  • have all required class materials with you
  • keep the classroom neat and orderly
  • respect your classmates and classroom property


If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at or call me at KMVA at 253-373-6992.  The best time to reach me is from 1:20 to 3:00 p.m. daily.










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I have read and understand the course syllabus and classroom expectations.


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