Pre-Algebra Syllabus

This is the introductory course into the math sequence. The topics covered will be skills necessary for the next levels of mathematics. By the end of this course, students will have a deeper understanding of algebra; be proficient in the language and basic operations of algebra; and learn organization skills to help with academic achievement.

Required Text

None. All materials and context is given in class.

Required Supplies

  • Pencils with erasers
  • Three-ring binder with four sections and pockets
  • Graph paper and lined paper
  • Colored pencils or highlighters

Course Format and Procedures

Students are expected to take accurate notes during class. They will be shown examples of each topic and then allowed class time to explore and become competent in the content being covered that day. If a student is absent, they are expected to make up the material they miss.

Grading Procedures

In keeping with BP Board of Education policies:

  • Grades reported on progress reports and report cards shall be derived from work that measures mastery of knowledge, skills and student learning objectives.
  • Students’ grades will be calculated by averaging grades on tests, quizzes and homework.
  • The final exam is the Regents exam.
  • Quarterly grades are broken down as follows: Midterm and Regents exams each count as 10% of the final grade.

Student and Parent Resources

  • Students: Instructor is available every day after school. In addition, there are math labs set up during the school day for students to get extra help.
  • Parents: Email is the best way to contact the instructor, who will respond within 24 hours. In addition, some helpful websites parents can use at home to help support what’s learned in class include:

Course Outline (tentative)

Unit 1: Basics Of Algebra

  • Variable expressions
  • Properties of real numbers
  • Math operations with variable expressions

Unit 2: Solving Equations And Inequalities

  • Solving one, two and multi-step equations and inequalities
  • Solving compound inequalities
  • Word problems

Unit 3: Graphs Of Linear Equations And Inequalities

  • Finding slope
  • Graphing lines
  •  Graphing inequalities
  • Solving systems of equations and inequalities

Unit 4: Quadratic Functions

  • Factoring
  • Graphing quadratic functions

Unit 5: Polynomials

  • Naming polynomials
  • Factoring polynomials
  • Math operations with polynomials

Unit 6: Statistics

  • Visualizing data
  • Measures of central tendency
  • Using statistical models

Unit 7: Radical Expressions

  • Simplifying radicals
  • Using math operations with radical expressions

Unit 8: Exponents

  • Properties of exponents

Unit 9: Trigonometry

  • Finding trig ratios
  • Finding angles of triangles
  • Finding side lengths of triangles

Note: The content of this syllabus is subject to change in accordance with the needs of the class and/or instructor.