Class Time: Wednesdays- 7PM CST starting September 1

Office Hour:  Wednesday- 8PM CST


Textbook: Saxon Algebra 1


Age Group: 6th Grade - Sophmore


Class Description

Saxon Math Algebra 1 program is made up of five instructional components: Introduction of the New Increment, Examples with Complete Solutions, Practice of the Increment, Daily Problem Sets, and Cumulative Tests. Saxon Math Algebra 1 covers topics typically treated in a first-year algebra course.


The Algebra 1 curriculum includes topics such as:

  • arithmetic and evaluation of expressions involving signed numbers, exponents, and


  • properties of real numbers

  • absolute value

  • equations and inequalities involving absolute value

  • scientific notation

  • unit conversions

  • solution of equations in one unknown

  • solution of simultaneous equations

  • the algebra of polynomials and rational expressions

  • word problems requiring algebra for the solution (such as uniform motion and coin


  • graphical solution of simultaneous equations

  • graphs of a variety of functions: linear, quadratic, cubic, square root, absolute value, etc.

  • translations and reflections of graphs

  • factoring

  • Pythagorean theorem

  • algebraic proofs

  • functional notation and functions

  • solution of quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, and quadratic


  • direct and inverse variation

  • exponential growth

  • computation of the perimeter and area of two-dimensional regions

  • computation of the surface area and volume of a wide variety of geometric solids

  • statistics

  • probability


  • Biography: My name is Brian Cobb and I have been a math teacher in Catholic and public education for close to a decade. I started with a Summer Math course for incoming freshmen at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, CA. At the time I was an assistant coach for the CSU Bakersfield’s Division I wrestling program, so traveling to San Jose ( my hometown ) and staying with my parents throughout the summer was a great opportunity to begin my teaching career. However, after my wife and I started having children, I could no longer travel up north to teach during the summer. We live in Bakersfield, CA with our three young daughters. Still wanting to teach, I took a position teaching Conceptual Physics, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and Algebra Honors at Garces Memorial HIgh School. After a year at Garces, I also became the Director of Campus Ministry. My job was to lead our faith activities on campus. I expanded the opportunity for adoration, confession and weekly mass campus wide. I was in charge of our grade level retreat program and revitalizing our community service initiatives.I was fortunate enough to build amazing relationships with all of the parishes in Bakersfield and enjoy my time helping with the year 1 confirmation class at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. I am a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus and love to be involved in Parish activities.