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Linear Graphing Math Series

Latasha Smith, Ph.D.
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This 8-week, self-study course is designed to provide students with foundational concepts about the cartesian plane, coordinate points, graphing, and solving systems of equations. The course is great for students in Algebra I.

Class Experience

US Grade 6 - 9
Beginner Level
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Plotting and the Coordinate System
In this session, the student will learn how to identify the location of points on a coordinate graph and find the length of a line segment. Exercise - Label ordered pairs, determine distance between points, identify the location of coordinates, and plot points in different quadrants. Applications to plotting geometrical shapes will also be covered in this lesson.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Finding Slope Graphically and With Formulas
In this session, the student define slope and learn how to calculate slope graphically and with a formula for linear equations. Students will be introduced to direct variation (k). The student will also learn the relationship of slope (m) with the constant of proportionality (k) and how to identify the direction, magnitude of the slope (m). Exercise - Define slope and constant of proportionality. Calculate the slope and constant of proportionality using graphs and with formulas.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Building Linear Equations
In this session, the student will learn how to identify the intercepts of a linear equation. The student will also learn how to write linear equations in the general form, slope-intercept, point-slope, and intercept forms. Exercise - Practice activities on writing linear equations in different forms and graphing.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Special relationships of Linear Equations
In this session, the student will learn how to identify, write, and graph horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines. Exercise - Practice activities on graphing and writing parallel and perpendicular lines and their real-world applications. Examples using geometric shapes will be included in this assignment.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Systems of Equations by Graphing and Elimination
In this session, the student will learn how to solve systems of equations using graphing and elimination methods. Exercise - Practice activities solving two equations using graphing and elimination.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Systems of Equations by Substitution
In this lesson, students will learn how to solve systems of equations using substitution. Exercise - Practice activities on how to find solutions for pairs of equations using the substitution method.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Systems of Three Equations
In this lesson, students will learn how to use the methods of substitution, elimination, and graphing to solve a system of three equations.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Application with Word Problems
In this session, the student will practice translating word problems into linear equations. An emphasis on the application of learned skills to problem-solving and critical thinking will be emphasized in this lesson. Topics covered will include direct variation, solving linear equations, and systems of equations. Exercise - Practice will include solving different forms systems of equations from word problems.
I have a doctorate degree in Molecular Biophysics with more than 5 years as a math tutor to elementary to high school students.  I have been an online and hybrid educator for over 10 years.
Homework Offered
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessments are used to help students monitor their progress in the course. The instructor provides feedback on all assessments completed.
Grades Offered
Grades: Lesson 1 quiz (20 points) Lesson 2 quiz (20 points) Lesson 3 quiz (20 points) Lesson 4 quiz (20 points) Lesson 5 quiz (20 points) Lesson 6 quiz (20 points) Lesson 7 quiz (20 points) Lesson 8 quiz (20 points) Final Comprehensive Exam (100 points) Determination of Course Grades 97 – 100 % A+ 94 – 96 A 90 – 93 A- 87 – 89 B+ 84 – 86 B 80 – 83 B- 77 – 79 C+ 74 – 76 C 70 – 73 C- 67 – 69 D+ 64 – 66 D 60 – 63 D- Below 60 F Students receive a completion certificate at the end of the course including the letter grade received if at least a C- is earned in the course.
The main supplies needed for this course include: CK12 Flex book, pencils, erasers, calculator, and graphing paper.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Khan Academy is used for supplemental work as needed.
The CK-12 Interactive Middle School Math 8 textbook will be used to review concepts, provide additional examples, and assign problems for each lesson.
Joined September, 2021
Hello! I have experience teaching middle and high school math and science.  My favorite courses to teach are enrichment courses in which I prepare your child for upcoming courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Math (Prealgebra, Geometry, Trigonometry,... 
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