Phone: (480) 474-3980 ext. 6400


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Mr. Bartholomew


Instructor:                    Mr. Bartholomew

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                                            (480) 474-3980 ext. 2364


                                                                                                                       About me



I graduated from Arizona State University in 1985 and began my teaching career in the Mesa district.  Very shortly thereafter, I was given the opportunity to teach on a military base overseas.  We (my wife and I) moved to Japan in 1987 and taught there for 14 years.  While there, our family grew in size by three (one son and two daughters).  In 2001 we got a transfer to England where I taught for 8 more years.  After 22 years overseas, 2 children attending ASU, and family in Phoenix, we decided to return to Arizona.  This is my tenth year at Apache Junction High School and in all honesty I can say that there are some very impressive aspects of AJHS that I want to build upon.  I hope that some of my enthusiasm and love for math will rub off on my students and hope that I can convince them of the value and benefits of putting forth an honest effort in math.






Period 1  Algebra 3

Period 2  Algebra 3

 Period 3  Algebra 3 
        Period 5   Algebra 3       
 Period 6   Algebra 3
  Period 7   Prep        
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  • Course Overview: Algebra III is a continuation of the study of Algebra I and Algebra II, respectively. It  goes beyond just solving an equation to being able to manipulate, graph, and explain what the graph of an equation will look like without actually graphing the equation. A strong foundation in algebra is essential for success in Algebra III. That being said, the class will also include a variety of practical math topics, inluding topics on personal finance.  The following is the anticipated syllabus for the class:



                                               Unit 1) Algebraic Expressions and Formulas

                                                           Linear Equations in One Variable

                                                           Applications of Linear Equations

                                                           Modeling With Proportions

                                                           Modeling Using Variation

                                                           Linear Inequalities in One Variable

                                                           Points, Lines, Planes, and Angles


                                                           Polygons, Perimeter, and Tessellations

                                                           Area and Circumference


                                                           Right Triangle Trigonometry

                                                           Distance and Midpoint Formulas; Circles

                                               Unit 2) The Fundamental Counting Principal



                                                           Fundamentals of Probability

                                                           Probability with the Fundamental Counting Principle, Permutations, and


                                                           Events Involving Not and Or; Odds

                                                           Events Involving And; Conditional Probability

                                                           Sampling, Frequency Distributions, and Graphs

                                                           Measures of Central Tendency

                                                           Measures of Dispersion

                                                           The Normal Distribution


    Recommended Supplies:


    • Pencils with erasers
    • Composition book
    • Graphing Calculator (recommended) or a Scientific Calculator (essential)

    Grading / Point Distribution:

    Grades will be calculated using total points as outlined below.

    10 %    Homework

    70 %    Tests and Quizzes  (Formative, Summative, and Benchmark)

    20 %    Final Exam**

    **The cumulative final exam will account for 20 % of a student’s overall term grade



    Homework will be assigned daily and should be completed prior to the next class meeting/due date. It will be assessed in both formal and informal ways, including: collection for scoring, notebook checks, homework quizzes, etc. Please be advised that the work leading to an answer is just as important as the answer. Therefore, ALWAYS SHOW YOUR WORK.





    We will test frequently throughout the school year on various standards and collections of standards. We will utilize short formative assessments to target very specific concepts as well as larger summative and benchmark tests to analyze our competency in multiple areas.  The use of phones during tests is forbidden and therefore need to be put away during testing-violations may result in a zero for that test.



    Chromebook Expectations:

    • Chromebooks should be brought to class and charged daily
    • Forgetting or not having your chromebook charged will result in a zero for the day's activities






    • Respect others, the instructor and yourself.
    • No food or drink allowed in class except water (all food must be disposed of before entering the class).
    • All item (jackets, backpacks, purses, etc), besides those necessary for the class, will be placed on the floor out of the way. Desks need to be clear of everything but what is needed for class.
    • No cell phones (for any reason), I-pods, MP3 players or other audio devices allowed except when designated by the teacher.
    • Always be in your seat when the bell rings at the beginning and before it rings at the end of class. No one will be released unless everyone is seated.
    • If there is a Mindset on the board, begin working as soon as possible.
    • Realize that it is YOUR education. It is YOUR GPA.  It is YOUR (or perhaps your parents’) money that you may have to spend for remedial classes in college, if required.  It is YOUR future.  Take it seriously.


    Tips for Success:

    • Be attentive in class, take good notes and review them as you work through your homework and prepare for assessments. Doing so will help you develop confidence, independence, organization, and other skills you will need to do well in AP Calculus, college, and life.
    • Do your homework every day. Math is not a spectator sport. Approach your homework actively, and re-do problems that you have trouble with.
    • Don’t view the assignments as just something that needs to be done and gotten out of the way. Instead, use the assignments as a way of checking yourself to see if you know how to do that particular type of problem and as a way of getting practice.



    Any homework/assignment(s) missed due to an EXCUSED absence should be made up promptly upon your return to school. It is your responsibility to complete makeup assignments and bring them in on time to ensure appropriate credit is given.

    • All homework should be neat, completed in pencil.
    • Assignments will be posted on the calendar on the class website. Handouts will be uploaded to my website, or our Google Classroom whenever possible.
    • Homework missed due to an UNEXCUSED absence will not always be available and may be marked as a ZERO



    Arrive on time, and be in your seat when class begins.