Algebra I Content Clinic – The Tutorverse

# Algebra I Content Clinic

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###### Course Announcements

Unit 7 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 06.03.20

Unit 7 Homework:

• Pg. 17-22 (found at the end of Unit 7)

Class Summary:

This week’s unit focused on Roots/Radicals and Irrational Numbers.  We started by classifying numbers (real, rational, whole, etc) and looking at what happens when operations are performed on rational and irrational numbers.  We looked at fractional exponents, and how to multiply and divide radicals. We also simplified radicals, and found roots of variables. The students found this unit to be a mix of review and new content. They did a great job, and will benefit from continued practice.

This week’s homework is pages 17-22 in the packet titled “Unit 7: Roots/Radicals and Irrational Numbers“.

Reminders:

• Print Unit 8 classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before June 9.

Unit 6 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 05.27.20

Unit 6 Homework:

• Pg. 12-14 (found at the end of Unit 6)

Class Summary:

In this week’s class, we reviewed everything dealing with quadratic equations. We learned how to find various features of quadratic equations (the axis of symmetry, the vertices, the roots, and more). We also practiced “completing the square” to convert from standard form into vertex form. Lastly, we learned how to use the Quadratic Formula (which the students will be expected to memorize in high school).

This week’s homework is on pages 12-14 in this week’s packet (it should say “Unit 6: Quadratic Functions” on the first page!).

Reminders:

• Print Unit 7 classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before June 2.

Unit 5 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 05.19.20

Unit 5 Homework:

• Pg. 13-18 (found at the end of Unit 5)

Class Summary:

This week’s class covered Exponents and Exponential Functions. We started by reviewing all of the exponent rules, and then moved on to scientific notation. While the students had already learned these two topics previously, they benefited from practice as they were quite rusty. Things got trickier when we progressed to exponential functions, which was a topic that was unfamiliar to the class. In doing their homework, the students will get to practice their understanding of exponential functions, both graphically, and in word problems dealing with real-world situations.

Please make sure they do the homework in the Unit 5 packet, not the new Unit 6 packet!

Reminders:

• Print Unit 6 classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before May 26.

Unit 4 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 05.12.20

Unit 4 Homework:

• Pg. 15-18 (found at the end of Unit 4)

Class Summary:

This week, our Algebra 1 class focused on one of the most important topics of the year — Quadratic Equations.  We started with some simple factoring, when the coefficient of x^2 is 1. We then moved into more complicated factoring, when the leading coefficient is not 1. For this, we used the traditional box method, which was very new to everyone, and required a lot of practice (and most likely will require further practice yet). We also practiced solving quadratic equations (aka finding roots).  Lastly, we reviewed solving by using the Quadratic Formula, which again was a first exposure for the class, and will require practice.
Homework is on pages 15-18 of the Unit 4 packet (linked above).  Be sure to do your homework out of the correct packet!  Unit 5 will be posted in a few days.

Reminders:

• Print Unit 5 classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before May 19.

Unit 3 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 05.07.20

Unit 3 Homework:

• Pg. 11-14 (found at the end of Unit 3)

Class Summary:

In this week’s class, our big topic was Functions, which is a very high-leverage topic across all four years of high school, as well as on college entrance exams. We covered basic vocabulary like Domain and Range, and Minimums and Maximums, and demonstrated the Vertical Line Test. We practiced substituting various input values into functions, and learned about Composite Functions.  We also applied functions to Word Problems.  Everyone in class seemed comfortable with the basic concepts, which is great, but will need further practice to gain mastery.
This week’s homework is on pages 11-14 of the students’ Unit 3 packet.  Please be careful to do the homework in the same packet from which we had class this week, and not next week’s packet!  Students should make sure to use proper strategy when doing all math practice.  If they have any questions about proper strategy, please be sure to come to class ready with questions!

Reminders:

• Print Unit 4 classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before May 12.

Unit 2 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 4.29.20

Unit 2 Homework:

• Pg. 18-25 (found at the end of Unit 2)

Class Summary:

In this week’s class, we covered two main topics: Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities, and Solving Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities. Everyone in class seemed comfortable with Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities, which is great!  In Solving Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities, we reviewed both methods of solving — Substitution and Elimination. Students were less familiar with this topic, so it required more review. We will also find time in later units to come back to this topic, as it is a high-leverage topic in coming years, as well as on college entrance exams.
Students should make sure to use proper strategy when doing all math practice, including homework.  If they have any questions about proper strategy, please be sure to come to class ready with questions!

Reminders:

• Print Unit 3 classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before May 5.

Unit 1 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 4.22.20

Unit 1 Homework:

• Pg. 10-12 (found at the end of Unit 1)

Class Summary:

The first class of our 8-week Algebra 1 review course was a great success!  In Unit 1, we covered some basic properties of Algebra, such as Associative, Equality, and Identity properties. The students knew some of them well (Commutative, Distributive, and Additive Inverse) but definitely had a trickier time with others. These properties are of vital importance in both Geometry and Algebra 2, so this was definitely time well spent.

Next, the class reviewed Operations with Polynomials.  Again, students had a basic familiarity with the concept, but deeper work showed that more practice will be very valuable in getting them ready for 9th grade.

Reminders:

• Print Unit 2 classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before April 28.
• Class Participation:
• Questions:
• If students have a question during class, they should:
• Click on “Participants”
• Click on “Raise Hand”
• Wait to be recognized by the instructor
• Once recognized, unmute themselves to ask the question

Welcome! – 4.17.20

Welcome!

We have a great class planned, and can’t wait to meet everyone next week! Your family has taken an important step to ensure that your student stays ahead of the curve on Algebra I content. Together, we will build the confidence and the competencies needed for this course and beyond!

The Tutorverse Team is here to provide the framework, instruction, and support needed to make this the rewarding experience it’s designed to be. We also need your help to make this a success. You can help us help you by making a commitment to show up for each and every class, diligently complete the homework, and actively participate in class (ask questions!).

###### Course FAQs

When is class?

Check the calendar above! Each online class session runs from 4:00-5:30 PM on Tuesdays.

What if I’m late? What do I do?

If you are running late, please sign into the online class session using the login link and login password above as soon as you can. Feel free to chat the host of the meeting to jump right into the lesson. We can help catch you up to speed!

What do I need to bring?

• Pencils and an eraser
• a charged laptop or desktop computer with internet connectivity and audio output (speakers, headphones, etc)

What if I need to miss a class?

Let us know as soon as you know that you need to miss class. This will allow us enough time to let the instructor know and to help you develop a plan to study the missed material! In most cases, we will have a video recording of the class session that we can make available to you so you can get the notes and instruction.

Is there homework?

Of course! Showing up for class is important, but just coming to class won’t help. Homework is an opportunity to reinforce the skills we learn in class. Remember: it’s not just about getting the homework done; it’s about doing it right and implementing problem solving strategies!

Parents: we need your help to make sure that students are doing their homework!

Homework can be found at the end of each unit (linked above).

What happens if a student’s conduct has a negative effect on the learning environment?

A safe, conducive learning environment is paramount. The instructor has the capability to remove a participant from the online class session if necessary. Please review our class policies to learn more.

What if I still need help?

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