Intermediate Algebra Dover High School
Course Description, Grading and Expectations
Intermediate Algebra is a study of number sense and algebraic operations, relations and functions, data analysis, probability, and statistics. You will earn one math credit (three are required for graduation) and you will be better prepared to advance to Algebra II/Trigonometry.
Assignments, activities, homework, quizzes and tests will be assigned points.
Your grade is calculated as
The usual point availability is
Tests 100 points
Quizzes 20 - 60 points
Homework 5 points (if done completely and corrected)
Other assigned projects, problem sets or classwork may also earn points
CLASS ETHICS AND RULES
- Be prepared when you come to class with a 1 ½ - 2 inch three ring binder, notebook, pencil, red pen, homework, and willingness to learn.
- Be respectful of the teacher, other staff, classmates, property, and yourself.
- Participate in class by asking questions, providing insights/ideas/answers, and taking notes.
- No cheating or the appearance of cheating.
- All school policies, procedures, and rules will be enforced.
- No bathroom visits, except in the case of an emergency.
Use restroom before arriving for class.
- No food or drink is allowed in the classroom except for water bottles.
- No cell phones, iPods, or other such devices are allowed in class. Zero Tolerance Policy.
- Take responsibility for your academic success not only in this class, but all others.
You will need a 1 ½ or 2 inch binder with dividers and looseleaf or white paper. You may use a spiral-bound notebook for notes but you must keep it in your binder and have the ability to hold loose papers. Homework is done on looseleaf / white paper so it can be turned in.
Label the dividers: Class Info, Notes, Homework, and Tests.
You need to bring pencils and a red pen to class every day.
We will use TI 83/84 Graphing Calculators in class. If you can purchase or borrow one from a friend, it would be very helpful for you. There are online calculators that you can use when you do your homework. One is at http://my.hrw.com/math06_07/nsmedia/tools/Graph_Calculator/graphCalc.html
Homework will be assigned almost every night. It will be collected after you correct it (see below).
If you miss an assignment, you will not have learned the information you need for the next day’s lesson.
Do your best to stay current.
We will correct homework together every day in class. If your answers are wrong, you will write the correct work and answer in red pen next to the problem for future reference. All questions will be answered before the assignment is collected.
Keep all of your homework papers in chronological order in your binder.
If you are late to class and miss all or part of the corrections, you are responsible for correcting your own paper and turning it in before the end of the period. See me for answers.
Excused Absences – worth full credit; you have the same number of days as your absence to make up your work. If you want to work on your assignments before you return to school, you may check the website for the daily assignments.
Unexcused Absences (cuts) – no credit.
Late Work – worth half credit at most; must be turned in within one school week or it will not
be accepted for points.
TESTS AND QUIZZES
Tests will be given at the end of every chapter. Quizzes will be given more frequently and may be unannounced. Dates of Chapter Tests and Major Quizzes will be written on the board as well as provided on the website (www.doverschools.org/murray or www.doverschools.org/acken). Please keep your assignment organizer up-to-date. It’s the teacher’s prerogative to give a “pop quiz” at any time.
1. All questions relating to the chapter must have been asked prior to the test period so as not to interfere with the testing time available.
2. All materials must be removed from your desk except for a pencil and a calculator (if allowed).
3. No talking or getting out of your seat is allowed during the testing period, no exceptions.
4. Work must be shown in order to receive full credit for each problem.
5. Any form of cheating will result in an automatic failure of the test, 0 points, parent contact, and administrative action. Such tests or quizzes may not be made up.
6. The option to do test corrections will usually be given for chapter tests. It’s important to take advantage of these opportunities.
Corrections must be done during extra help time during lunch or after school. They are done on a separate sheet of paper, headed correctly and stapled to the top of
your test. Do all the incorrect problems correctly, with all work shown and with explanations as appropriate.
After test corrections are completed, you will be eligible to take the test again and the new grade will replace the old. There will be a time limit on this opportunity, announced in class and written on the board.
7. Missed Tests or Quizzes
Excused Absences – worth full credit; you have the same number of days as your absence to make up your test or quiz. If you are absent only on the day of the test, you must make it up the
day of your return. Tests will be made up during class time unless other arrangements are made.
Unexcused Absences (cuts) – no credit.
There are several ways to get help. Asking questions during class is the first stop. You can also arrange to see me before school, lunchtime or after school most days. Peer tutoring may be available; see me to start to set this up. There are many websites which provide videos or step by step help. For example: www.hotmath.com
wwwbrightstorm.com (excellent videos)
Don’t throw anything away (notes, homework, quizzes, etc...). You will need them to study for your tests and finals. You will also want to verify proper credit on your progress reports. Mistakes do sometimes happen and the only proof you will have is your returned work. If your binder gets too full, you can keep your homework papers from earlier periods in a file folder at home.