Which textbook will I be using this year?

Holt McDougal Larson Algebra I, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. ISBN 978-0-547-64706-7
Prentice Hall Mathematics Algebra 2, Pearson Education, 2009. ISBN 978-0-13-365949-8

Who is my teacher?

My name is Jason Moreno. I grew up in Houston, went to Texas A&M University, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. I then went to Concordia Seminary, received a Master of Divinity degree, and became a minister. I have lived in Missouri for a total of four years and in California for a total of five years. I have also lived in China for a year (though I don’t speak Chinese). I love chocolate chip cookies, volleyball, ping pong, biking, retro music, Irish jigs, sci fi, and talking about ideas.

I believe one of the most important things in life is to help the generation after you to be the best that they can be and make the world a better place. In every job I have had since college, this has been the guiding principle for my work and life. I do not expect you to be perfect at any point, but I do expect you to try. If you ever feel lost for some reason, I will understand; but it is much worse to be lost and not tell me. Whenever you feel lost or have a question (and you will at some point), say, “Jason, I feel lost. Can you please explain it again in a different?” I promise you, it will not make me upset in any way.

What will I need every day?

Textbook and Handouts
Binder with notebook paper
Pencil(s) - both mechanical and regular are acceptable
An anything-but-black pen
Calculator with trigonometric functions (only when specified by the teacher)

How will my teacher grade me in this class?

Percentages per category
Participation (regularly): 10%
Homework (every day): 20%
Quizzes and Projects: 30%
Tests: 40%

Grades Per Semester
Q1: 40% Q2: 40%
Final: 20%

Participation: Participation grades include everything you do in class, including having a complete binder with all of your previous homework, quizzes, projects, and tests in neat order; binders will be checked regularly. You are expected to participate in class, including asking questions and paying attention. If you are tardy or absent, you are responsible for talking to me, getting assignments, and taking missed quizzes or exams.

Homework: Homework can be assigned every day for this class to help you become efficient and accurate. Late work will receive a reduced number of points, and I reserve the right to refuse work that is more than two days late. (Approved absences will receive more time without penalty.) Be sure to keep your homework throughout the year; this will count toward participation.

Quizzes and Projects: Quizzes are shorter than tests; you are expected to correct and return them within two days to get part of your points back. Projects (group or individual) will be graded based on effort, neatness, clarity, correctness, and completeness.

Tests: Tests combine everything you have learned within each unit; you should have time to review any weak areas ahead of time (particularly during class review sessions). You are expected to correct and return them within two days to get part of your points back.

What will be my schedule this year?

Quarter 1
Unit 1: Expressions, Equations, and Functions
Unit 2: Solving Linear Equations
Unit 3: Graphing Linear Equations and Functions
Unit 4: Writing Linear Equations
Review Week: Units 1-4

Quarter 2
Unit 5: Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities
Unit 6: Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Unit 7: Exponents and Exponential Functions
Unit 8: Polynomials and Factoring
Review Week: Units 5-8

Quarter 3
Unit 9: Quadratic Equations and Functions

Unit 10: Data Analysis

Unit 11: Probability
Unit 12: Algebra I Review, Algebra II Prep
Review Week: Units 9-12

Quarter 4
Unit 13: Tools of Algebra
Unit 14: Functions, Equations, and Graphs
Unit 15: Linear Systems
Unit 16: Matrices
Review Week: Units 13-16