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Welcome to Algebra 1B at BulldogMath.com!
Mr. Cantlin's Classes - 2004-2005
Periods 3, 6, and 7 (10th Grade)

Algebra 1 Textbook Links (click here for more information)
Glencoe, the publisher of your Algebra 1 textbook, has provided many useful online tools at their website, including the complete text of your book! Everything is organized to match your book's chapters. There are even online practice tests, but the only way to appreciate what is there is to explore!

Math Help and Retest Policy (click here for more information)
No student that is making an effort will fail this class-- review the math help policy to see why. As a famous teacher (Confucious) said: "The longest journey begins with the first step." Start on your road to math excellence today!

Homework Assignments (click here for more information)
For your assigments, you can use your online textbook and/or online worksheets if needed. If you need them and don't have a printer -- COPY THEM FROM THE SCREEN (the old fashioned way!). I have actually had students tell me they couldn't do an assignment they could access online because their printer was broken! Geesh. Can you imagine? :-).

Math Notebooks (click here for more information)
Your math notebooks are a SUMMARY of all of the important topics covered during the year. They are a separate spiral notebook (the only spiral paper used in math) divided into three sections:

1. Definitions and Symbols
2. Formulas, Rules, and Properties
3. Techniques and Tips

Grading Scale
A weighted average is used for your math grade:

15% Math Notebooks
25% Homework and Classwork
25% Quizzes
35% Exams

The scale is per the Susan Moore HS policies:
>= 90% = A
>= 80% = B
>= 70% = C
>= 60% = D

Math Work Requirements

Pencil: all work in pencil.

Loose Leaf: all work, unless your teacher notes exceptions, is to be done on loose leaf.

Labeled: all work is to be labeled neatly on the front side in the upper right corner. First page: first and last name, period, date, AND what the assignment is (page numbers and lists of problems for example). All other pages: last name.

Units: Always include units for any problem with units AND for any problems where units are implied. For example, if you are finding an area and the problem is given in feet, your answer will be in square feet (or ft2, or sq. ft.). If you are finding an area and the problem gives no units, express your answer as "square units" (or units2, or sq. units).

Neat, Legible, Organized: use "white space" and horizontal lines to separate problems. Use plenty of paper, trying to crowd too much math into a small space is the most common way to produce unreadable work. Neat work is expected, you can't gain points here, but you can lose them!

Show Your Work: if you show you work, you can get partial credit even if your final answer is wrong. No work = no partial credit. Some work makes no sense to show as it may be mental math and obvious -- this is a judgment call -- but if you have to ask, don't. Just show the work!

Calculators: NOT to be used in class or for homework unless specifically told you can use them. Your proficiency in mental math depends on practice.

Your Own Work: all work is to be your own, never copied from other students or from an answer key, or the Internet, or anywhere else. The only proper way to include someone else's work, say from the Internet, is to clearly distinguish the work (for example, setting it off in quotes or a box) AND clearly stating the source of the work so there is no doubt in the reader's mind which work is your own, which work is someone else's, and whose work it is if it is not yours.

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