Course Syllabus


Math 1 2021-2022

Teacher: Jodi Helms                                                            Room 505

At Parkwood High School, this course covers the nine units of NC Math 1 curriculum.  Students must complete and pass Math 1 to receive their Math 1 graduation credit requirement. In January, you will take the NC Math 1 End of Course Exam.


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 
  • Creating Equations
  • Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities 
  • Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities 

Unit 2 Linear Functions:

  • Creating Equations, Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities 
  • Interpreting Functions, Building Functions
  • Linear Models 

Unit 3 Functions:

  • Interpreting Functions 
  • 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/ recursive formula 
  • 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 Quadratics

  • Understand how changing the coefficients of a quadratic expression affect the key features to its related quadratic equation.
  • Understand the relationship between the factors of a quadratic expression and the solutions to its related quadratic equation.
  • Interpret key features in context

Unit 6 Systems:

  • Create, solve, and interpret systems of equations and inequalities in context.
  • Solve systems of equations using tables, graphs, or algebraic methods (substitution and elimination) to find the approximate or exact solutions to systems of linear equations and interpret solutions in terms of a context.

Unit 7 Coordinate Geometry

  • Use coordinates to find midpoint and endpoint of line segments. 
  • Use coordinates to compute perimeter and area of polygons. 
  • Determine if lines are parallel or perpendicular. 
  • Use coordinates to classify triangles and quadrilaterals.

Unit 8 One Variable Statistics:

  • Interpret Categorical and Quantitative Data
  • Use technology to represent histograms and box plots
  • Use statistics appropriate to the shape of the data distribution to compare center/ spread of two or more different data sets.
  • Examine the effects of extreme data points (outliers) on shape, center, and/or spread

Unit 9 Two- Variable Statistics:

  • Model Linear Functions: Interpret the R-Value for each model to determine that it is the equation that best fits the data
  • Model Exponential Functions using technology
  • Compare Linear and Exponential Regression


Looking Forward to a Great Semester!

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