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Algebra 1

Mrs. Smillie Room 403

E. MAIL: JSMILLIE@OBERLIN.K12.OHUS WEB PAGE: http://jsmillie.edublogs.org/
Course Outline:
This is the first course in Oberlin High Schools mathematic sequence. It is comprised of
five units
Unit 1 Equations in One Variable (chapters 1-3)
Unit 2 Equations in Two Variables (chapters 4-7)
Unit 3 Exponential and Quadratic Functions (chapters 8 - 10)
Unit 4 Radical and Rational Functions (chapters 10-12)
Unit 5 Probability and Data Analysis (chapter 13)
Course Rationale:
The course has been developed for students that plan to attend Lorain County Joint
Vocational School or do not plan on majoring in mathematics or mathematically based
sciences in college. The intent of this course is to develop the students’ ability to think
abstractly by using mathematics to solve problems. Arithmetic skills will be reviewed and
built upon with algebraic concepts in order to prepare the students for the Ohio
Graduation Test, which tests grades 8 through 10 benchmarks as set by the Ohio
Department of Education. Finally the students’ abilities to reason and communicate their
thoughts through mathematical notation and vocabulary will be a large focus of the
You will be graded on the total points earned on:
Homework : Assigned everyday but only two assignments per week will be collected and
graded (see homework handout for more specifics).
Bell work: Assigned every day and will be quizzed every Friday (these quizzes may not
be retaken).
Classwork: In class assignments where the students either work independently or more
often in small groups.
Quizzes: We will have quizzes approximately every 2/3 sections that you can correct in
class and retake after school on Wednesdays or Fridays within one/two weeks of the first
Vocabulary quizzes: One per chapter which students may retake like the other quizzes .
Unit Tests: We will have tests for each unit.
Projects: One per semester and will be 50% of their midterm and final exam grades.
Algebra 1
Mrs. Smillie Room 403
E. MAIL: JSMILLIE@OBERLIN.K12.OHUS WEB PAGE: http://jsmillie.edublogs.org/

Course Texts: Materials please have by September 2, 2008:

Algebra Pencils
Larson, Boswell, Kanold, and Stiff Graph Paper
McDOugall Littell Scientific Calculator: one that has sin, cos, and tan

Please note: graphing calculators will be supplied in class and are allowed on all tests
and quizzes they are not to leave the classroom (if you are interested in purchasing one I
would recommend the TI-83 plus or TI - 84 plus, or possibly the TI – 89 if you are
considering a mathematics or physics degree)
Rules --- Zero Tolerance
1. No talking back when I address you in class. If there is a disagreement with my
judgment see me after class ( I will write you a pass to your next class) or school.
As young adults you need to learn how to react to situations that you find
aggravating in a mature manner.
2. No name - calling or making fun of another student. In my class we will work as a
team and rely upon others strengths and in fact you may get to know and like
someone you otherwise would not have.
3. Stay in your seat unless you have permission.
4. Come prepared.
5. Be respectful of others property- no stealing or vandalizing property.
Consequences vary depending on the severity of the act.
1. Warning
2. Asked to step out into hallway / Call Home or Work
3. Call home/Conference with guardian or parent/ invite them to sit in on class
4. Detention to be served with me on a Friday afternoon/ Office referral
Please have a Parent/Guardian fill out the form below and return it to me by
September 2, 2008.

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