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Applied Algebra A Syllabus


Applied Algebra A Course Syllabus

South Harrison Jr.-Sr. High School

Mathematics Department



Length of Course

Year long course



1 Credit Hour


Instructor & Times Available

Mrs. Coulson

Times Available

          Monday thru Thursday: 7:45 – First Bell

                                                After school until 4:00


          Other times by appointment.

Email – ccoulson@shr2.k12.mo.us


Course Description

          The purpose of this course is to strengthen the mathematical skill and concepts along with the algebraic skills and concepts to assure success in the Algebra I course.  This course is also used to re-teach those skills and concepts to those students who did not have success in Algebra I.  An equivalent high school course is the prerequisite.

Applied Algebra A Rationale

          Applied Algebra I focuses on where mathematics is used in the world.  Students will practice basic mathematics skills in real world situations while gaining practice in interpreting math information and problem solving.  This course is aimed at the vocational or the school-to-career bound student at the secondary level.

Course Prerequisites


Recommended: 8th grade math


Instructional Materials

Textbook – Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Pre-Algebra

3-ring Binder (at least 2 inch recommended)

3-ring pocket (recommended for storage of supplies)

5 Tab dividers


RED pen for grading

Paper (loose leaf for binder is recommended)

Scientific Calculator (TI-30x or Casio fx260 recommended)

Index Cards

Grid Paper


Course Expectations

  • Bring your book to class each day.
  • Bring your notebook to class each day.
    • Students will be required to keep notes, homework, and quizzes in a 3-ring binder (notebook).
  • Homework
    • Assignments are accepted on the day that they are due.
    • Work is due at the beginning of class the next time the class meets or as otherwise stated.
    • No Name Papers – Papers that do not have a name on them, as they are being recorded, will receive a 0.
    • Papers that possess only answers (shows no work) will receive a 0.
  • Once you enter the classroom you may not leave until dismissed.  If you have errands, take care of them before you enter the classroom.
    • Classroom tardy policy will follow that of the student handbook.  Along with being late to class, tardies will also be given to students who are not prepared for class.


Classroom Discipline

Students will be given one warning for any disruptions or inappropriate behavior depending on the severity.  After the warning the result of continuous misbehavior is a one-hour detention that will be served with the classroom teacher and/or placement on the office’s Behavior Management Plan.

  • Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the classroom.  Confiscated devices will be taken to the office.


Course Content

Chapter 1 – The Tools of Algebra

Chapter 2 – Integers

Chapter 3 – Equations

Chapter 4 – Factors and Fractions

Chapter 5 – Rational Numbers

Chapter 6 – Ratio, Proportion, and Percent

Chapter 7 – Functions and Graphing

Chapter 8 – Equations and Inequalities

Chapter 9 – Real Numbers and Right Triangles

Chapter 10 – Two-Dimensional Figures

Chapter 11 – Three-Dimensional Figures

Chapter 12 – More Statistics and Probability

Chapter 13 – Polynomials and Nonlinear Functions


Methods of Assessment

  • Homework will be graded in one of the following ways.
    • Points Possible – Grade all of the assignment and take the number of points correct out of the total amount (most commonly used).
    • Completion – Grade based on the logical effort of the problem and number of problems completed correctly.
  • Quizzes will be given throughout all chapters.
  • Weekly Review:
    • Consists of problems that review basic math skills as well as any skill learned in the previous weeks.
    • Will be handed out the first day of the week and will be due the last day of the week.
    • The number of problems will vary (up to 20) depending on the difficulty and the number of days in the week.
  • Mid – Chapter tests are given half way through the chapter.
  • Chapter tests are given at the completion of the chapter.
  • Semester Finals are given at the end of each semester and are cumulative over everything taught that semester.  Semester finals are worth 10% of the semester grade.
    • End-of-Course Exams (MAP test) will be given as the final for the second semester and are worth 10% of the semester grade.



Weekly Review    10%

Quizzes                 10%

Homework           30%

Tests                    50%


Course Grading Scale


A       94.50 – 100

A-      89.50 – 94.49

B+     86.50 – 89.49

B       82.50 – 86.49

B-      79.50 – 82.49

C+     76.50 – 79.49

C       72.50 – 76.49

C-      69.50 – 72.49

D+     66.50 – 69.49

D       62.50 – 66.49

D-      59.50 – 62.49

F       59.49 & below


Make-up Work & Late Assignments

  • Absent –
    • Students that are absent are expected to turn in the assignment that was due the day they missed on the day that they return to school.  Students are allowed 2 days per absence to make up work as per the student handbook.  Any work not make up during the two days will result in zeros.
      • Students are responsible for obtaining an Admit slip from the office and presenting it to the teacher on the day of their return.  Tardies will be given to students who come to class without their Admit slip.
    • Attendance Policy as quoted from the district handbook…
      • “Students are allowed 8 absences for the school year.  When the student reaches the 8th absence, any additional absence will be considered unexcused and no make-up work will be allowed, unless the student presents a doctor’s note upon return to school.”
        • Students may also submit a written appeal to the attendance committee for review.
  • School Absence –
    • Students that are absent for school activities are responsible for getting their homework assignment.  The assignment is due at the same time as the rest of the class.  The student is responsible for turning in any make-up work and will not be asked for it.


Student Information & Grades

Student information and grades can be viewed through a portal found on South Harrison’s web page.  Directions and log-on information may be obtained by a parent or guardian from the high school principal’s office.

  • Grade sheets will be given to students periodically throughout the year.  Students are encouraged to double check their grades.


Course Outline

This is a listing of the Class Level Expectations (CLE’s) from the state and the section in which they are met.


Local Objective

01  Compare and understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers and number systems.


Local Objective

02  Understand and describe meanings of operations and how they relate to one another.


Local Objective

03  Compute fluently and judge the reasonableness of estimates.


Local Objective

04  Understand and describe patterns, relations and functions.


Local Objective

05  Use symbolic algebra to describe and solve mathematical situations.


Local Objective

06  Apply geometric properties to solve problems.


Local Objective

07  Draw and use visualization, spatial reasoning and geometric modeling to solve problems.


Local Objective

08  Formulate questions that can be addressed with data, collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer them.


Local Objective

09  Apply statistical concepts to data, display the distribution, and determine line of best fit.


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