Course Syllabus

Foundations Math 1 2021-2022

Teacher: Jodi Helms                                                            Room 505

At Parkwood High School, this course covers the first five units of the NC Math 1 curriculum during the first semester.  Students will complete the remaining units second semester in Math 1. Students must complete Math 1 second semester to receive their math credit for graduation requirements.


Classroom Expectations:

Be on Time: If you are more than 15 minutes late to class (without an excused note), you will be marked absent. 15 minutes or less (without an excused note) will result in a tardy. 

Be Prepared: Bring your homework, notebook/binder, laptop, charger, and writing utensil every day. Earbuds maybe needed some times during class for short videos.

Be Responsible: Turn your work in on time.  If absent, check Canvas for your missed assignments.  Also, schedule a time to make up any missed quiz or test.  These will all be entered as zeros in the PowerSchool until they are turned in to the teacher.

Be Respectful:  You earn respect by giving respect.  Always be kind to others.                                   


Grading Scale:

  • Tests – 45%            
  • Quizzes – 30%           
  • Assignments – 25%



  • Composition Notebook                                                                                  
  • 1 ½-2 inch 3-ring binder                                                                                   
  • Notebook Paper/Graph Paper                                   
  • Dividers                                                                                              
  • Pencils/Highlighters
  • Folder              


Teacher Sites: Students are enrolled in each teachers’ canvas page



TI-84 Plus calculators are available to use during class.  We do not allow students to check out calculators, we will download a free calculator app onto their chrome books.  They are awesome! We will also use DESMOS, a free graphing app they will have access to on their chromebook. If you want to purchase a personal calculator I recommend the TI-84 Plus or the TI-84 Plus CE (it graphs in color).



Tests are given at the end of each unit. Test are always announced prior to the test date. Students are required to show work and turn their work in at the end of their test. No notes can be used on test.  If no work is shown, then extra points cannot be earned. If student is absent the day of a test, it must be made up as soon as possible. Test grade will be a zero until made up.



Quizzes may be announced or unannounced and are given about once or twice per week.  Notes can be used on quizzes.  If absent the day of a quiz, it will be taken the day you return. Missed quizzes will be entered as zero until made up.



Assignments includes homework and classwork, there will be an assignment each day.  YOU MUST SHOW YOUR WORK! Assignments can be found on Canvas page. Missing assignments will be entered as zero until made up. Homework will be assigned and checked daily.


Final Grade in the Course:

Your final course grade in this course is calculated by averaging your Final Exam score with the three six week’s grades.  The final exam is one-fourth of your final grade. It counts as a six weeks grade.



If you are absent it is your responsibility to make up the work, everything will be posted in CANVAS. If you have any questions please see teacher outside of class time. If you are quarantined, your absence will be marked LAWFUL.  You will be expected to complete your assignments at home in Canvas.


Academic Honesty:

Any form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated, and will be treated as a very serious matter.  Any type of cheating on homework, quizzes or tests, projects, or classwork is a violation of the commitment to academic honesty.  Any instance of academic dishonesty will result in consequences for the student or students involved.  Such consequences include receiving a 0 on the assignment, notification of parents, and a referral to the office.


Course Topics:

Unit 1 Expressions, Equations and Inequalities:

  • Seeing Structure in Expressions – Interpret the structure of expressions.
  • Creating Equations – Create equations that describe numbers or relationships
  • Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities – Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning.
  • Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities – Solve equations and inequalities in one variable.

Unit 2 Linear Functions:

  • Creating Equations – Create equations that describe numbers or relationships
  • Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities – Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically.
  • Interpreting Functions – Interpret functions that arise in applications in terms of the context.
  • Interpreting Functions – Analyze functions using different representations.
  • Building Functions – Build a function that models a relationship between two quantities.
  • Linear Models – Interpret expressions for functions in terms of the situation they model.

Unit 3 Functions:

  • Interpreting Functions – Understand the concept of a function and use function notation.
  • Calculate and interpret the average rate of change over a specified interval for a function presented numerically, graphically, and/or symbolically.

Unit 4 Exponential Functions:

  • Understand and apply the properties of exponents.
  • Determine the explicit and recursive formula for given geometric sequences.
  • Evaluate, create, and interpret exponential functions in context.
  • Identify situations and practical domains for exponential functions.
  • Compare, interpret, and explain key features of exponential functions.
  • Write and apply exponential functions given multiple representations.

Unit 5 Regression Equations:

  • Assess the fit of a linear function by analyzing residuals.
  • Fit a function to exponential data using technology. Use the fitted function to solve problems.
  • Interpret in context the rate of change and the intercept of a linear model.
  • Use the linear model to interpolate and extrapolate predicted values.
  • Using technology, determine the correlation coefficient of bivariate data and interpret it as a measure of the strength and direction of a linear relationship.
  • Use a scatter plot, correlation coefficient, and a residual plot to determine the appropriateness of using a linear function to model a relationship between two variables.



Course Summary:

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