Course Syllabus

Syllabus – Honor’s Coordinate Algebra

Bailey Taylor-                                                                        

Course Outline

This is the first course in a sequence of accelerated courses designed to provide students with a rigorous program of study in mathematics. The standards address topics in the following conceptual categories: Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Modeling, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. 


                (1)  Relationships between Quantities

  • Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems
  • Interpret the structure of expressions
  • Create equations that describe numbers or relationships

                (2)  Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities

  • Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reason
  • Solve equations and inequalities in one variable
  • Solve systems of equations
  • Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically

                (3)  Linear and Exponential Functions

  • Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically
  • 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
  • Build a function that models a relationship between tow quantities
  • Build new functions from existing functions
  • Construct and compare linear and exponential models and solve problems
  • Interpret expressions for functions in terms of the situation they model

                (4)  Describing Data

  • Summarize, represent, and interpret data on a single count or measurement variable
  • Summarize, represent, and interpret data on two categorical and quantitative variables
  • Interpret linear models

                (5)  Transformations in the Coordinate Plane

  • Experiment with transformations in the plane

                (6)  Connecting Algebra and Geometry through Coordinates

  • Use coordinates to prove simple geometric theorems algebraically



55%- Exams

45%- daily (quizzes, homework, and warm-ups are included)

Final grade: 80% yearly average and 20% EOC


Tutoring: Tutoring will be available before school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  It is up to the student to come to the offered tutoring sessions and to make the teacher aware that they need extra help. 


Attendance and Participation: It is vitally important that you attend class on time every day both in body and mind.  If students have an 85 or better and have 5 or less absences, they may exempt the teacher made final at the end of the year.   

*Do not show up for class without your paper, homework, and pencils.

Academic Integrity: It is expected that all students will do their own work at ALL times.  While it is highly encouraged that you work cooperatively to understand the concepts, all work, unless part of a group project, is to be completed individually.  Copying someone else’s work or allowing someone to copy yours will be considered cheating.  If you are having difficulty completing an assignment, please let me know immediately.

Examinations: Because the course is designed to build upon previous knowledge, exams will be comprehensive of all material covered during that year and will at the end of every unit.  Exam questions may be drawn from any material covered as part of the class including but not limited to lectures, activities, homework, projects, and class discussions.  Therefore, it is important that you are an active member of the class and take strong notes.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be given at the discretion of the instructor.  These quizzes may be unannounced; however, you can count on at least one quiz per every 2 weeks.  Always arrive to class prepared to experience a quiz on current class content.   


Homework: Homework will typically be given one to two times a week. This homework is usually classwork that we did not have time to complete in class. Occasionally, USA Test Prep homework will be given at the beginning of the week and will be due at the end of the week.  The student should write ALL homework assignments in their agenda daily. Students are very likely to be quizzed over the material or see questions related to it on exams.  It is expected that every student will spend at least 10-20 minutes each night reviewing notes and/or verbally reviewing class content with another person.

*All homework assignments are due at the beginning of the period unless otherwise stated.

*  You will be expected to complete daily assignments in class and/or for homework. 

*  Due to the amount of new material, class attendance is vital to success!  You are responsible for your learning. Be alert in class and ask questions.  New material is presented each day and you will be responsible for work covered on days you are absent.  If you are aware of an absence beforehand, please ask me for any work you can do.

*  You are expected to bring necessary materials to class each day: homework, paper, pencil, etc. I highly recommend getting a TI-84 graphing calculator for this course.

*  Final Exam Exemption Policy: You may not exempt the EOC but you may exempt the teacher made final if you have an 85 or higher & 5 or less absences.

Late Work: Late work will not be accepted for full credit.  The only exception to this is for excused absences.  Work that is not turned in at all will receive a zero.  Work turned in late will not be evaluated and will be given a grade of 40.  No makeup assignments will be given.  Students who miss an exam will take an alternate exam over the same material.  Students should keep a calendar of all assignments and should check it each night before going to bed to make sure they have all assignments that are required for the next day.

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