Algebra 1/2 Syllabus 2018-19

Algebra 1/2 Syllabus

Mr. Johnson 2018-19

Kent Mountain View Academy


Course Description

In this course, students will learn the properties of the real number system and apply them to operations with algebraic expressions, solutions to linear and quadratic equations, and solutions of systems of linear equations.  This course provides the foundations necessary for more advanced study in mathematics and science.



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:

  • Interpret the structure of expressions
  • Write expressions in equivalent forms to solve problems
  • Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials
  • Understand the relationship between zeros and factors of polynomials
  • Use polynomial identities to solve problems
  • Rewrite rational expressions
  • Create equations that describe numbers or relationships
  • Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning
  • Solve equations and inequalities in one variable
  • Solve systems of equations
  • Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically
  • Extend the properties of exponents to rational exponents
  • Use properties of rational and irrational numbers
  • Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems
  • Understand the concept of a function and use function notation
  • Interpret functions that arise in applications in terms of the context
  • Analyze functions using different representations
  • Interpret linear models



Three-ring binder, notebook paper, pencils, scientific calculator







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 45% of the student’s grade while projects count as 5% of the overall grade.  Daily work will be checked and corrected in class, then scored according to the number of assigned problems which were completed correctly.  Assignments should be retained until the student can make sure that proper credit was given.  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. 

Tests and quizzes will account for 33% and 17% 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 can receive a maximum score 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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