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Mr. Wurst studied Anthropology, German, and Mathematics at Wake Forest University, receiving a B.A. in Anthropology.  He then went on to study History and Theology at Union Seminary in Richmond, receiving a Dr. Min.  His first career was as a Teaching Elder in Connecticut, North Carolina and Virginia.  He is a trained storyteller and trumpeter as well as a Mathematics Teacher.  Mr. Wurst will be teaching Algebra I and Geometry for the 2015-16 school year.

Please check the calendar for assignments and other important dates!
Please bring a 3-ring binder with lined paper and always bring a pencil to class.  The binder can be divided into 4 Tabs:  Videos and Knowledge Checks, Practice, Quiz, Test.  Textbooks may be checked out for the school year.
Mr. Wurst will be in his room after school on Mondays and Thursdays.  After school buses will run on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, beginning in October.  Bring a signed note or e-mail me ahead of time to let me know you want to stay after school.

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COURSE TITLE: Algebra I

PREREQUISITE:

Math 7

DESCRIPTION:

In Algebra I, students continue to develop algebraic thinking and proportional reasoning skills necessary to solve problems. Students use algebra as a tool for solving a variety of practical problems. Tables, graphs, calculators, and computer simulations are used to interpret algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities, and to analyze linear and quadratic functions. Matrices are used to organize and manipulate data.

MAIN TOPICS

Understand different Statistical Formats, including z-scores.

Understand the subsets of the real number system.

Identify and use the field properties for real numbers.

Simplify polynomial, rational, and square root expressions.

Translate phrases and sentences into algebraic expressions and equations.

Add, subtract, and multiply, and divide polynomials. Factor polynomials.

Solve equations.

Interpret graphs and identify relevant data. Compare and contrast multiple one-variable data sets.

Write, solve, and graph linear and quadratic equations and inequalities.

Solve systems of two linear equations with rational coefficients using graphing, elimination, and substitution methods.

Solve application problems using a variety of techniques.

Incorporate the use of technology when appropriate.

CREDIT INFO:

This course may provide a standard unit of credit for a Standard, Standard Technical, Advanced Technical, or Advanced Studies Diploma.

COURSE TITLE: Geometry

PREREQUISITE: Algebra I

DESCRIPTION: Geometry is the study of the inter-relationships and properties of points, lines, planes, and space figures. Emphasis is placed on systematic and logical reasoning. This course includes the deductive axiomatic method of proof to justify theorems and to determine whether conclusions are valid. The method of justification includes proofs, flow charts, and verbal arguments. Inductive and intuitive approaches are used. Calculators, computers, and graphing utilities will be used where feasible.

MAIN TOPICS: Incorporate the use of technology when appropriate. Construct and judge the validity of a logical argument. Identify and classify figures using basic definitions, postulates, and theorems. Perform basic Euclidean constructions using various tools. Classify and study polygons and their properties. Prove appropriate theorems. Apply the properties of right triangles and trigonometry. Calculate the area and volume of plane and solid figures. Determine how a change in one dimension of an object affects area and/or volume. Develop and apply the Pythagorean Theorem. Recognize properties of circles and demonstrate their applications. Write an equation for a circle. Graph and determine the relationships of figures in the coordinate plane. Prove triangles congruent and similar.

CREDIT INFO: This course may provide a standard unit of credit for a Standard, Standard Technical, Advanced Technical, or Advanced Studies Diploma