# Algebra I (offered in 2019-20)

## Why study Algebra 1?

“How far will that baseball travel if I hit it this hard?” “What is the relationship between how many hours I work babysitting and how much money I will make?” “How does the value of my car depreciate over time?” These are all common questions that we encounter each day and the study of Algebra gives us the tools to answer these and many more real-world questions.

Algebra is the backbone of all upper level Math and Science classes. They may not realize it, but children have been exploring algebraic reasoning through-out their elementary education and even their day to day lives. Now is the time to sharpen these Math skills and explore more in-depth mathematical concepts.

## Course summary

In Algebra 1 we will incorporate an “interactive classroom” to discover the topics of Algebra. We will not only work through problems and worksheets, but we will also take real-life situations, hands on activities and experiments and the concept of a “flipped classroom” to keep the student’s interest and excitement in the material.

## Topics covered

Review:

Real/Natural/Whole numbers

Integer operations

Order of operations

Ratios/rates/proportions

Variables

Functions

Expressions

Linear Equations – writing, solving

Graphing Linear equations

Linear Inequalities

Graphing

Solving

Systems of Equations and Inequalities

Exponents and Exponential Functions

Polynomials and Factoring

Quadratic Equations and Functions

Radicals and Geometry Connections

Rational Equations and Functions

Probability and Data Analysis

## Skills developed

The fundamentals of Algebra

Strong mathematical thinking

Perseverance in mastering challenging and cumulative content

Independent work ethic and organization

## Textbook

**Algebra I: McDougall Little** / Copyright 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0618594023 / ISBN-10: 0618594027

**Algebra 1: Practice Workbook, McDougall Little, **Paperback – Student Edition, March 2, 2006

## Prerequisites

Following is a list of prerequisites for Algebra 1.

### Critical Skills (required for entrance into the class)

Basic multiplication facts with some speed (through 12’s)

Order of operations

Fractions: performing all 4 operations; converting to mixed numbers and decimals

Decimals: performing operations; rounding; conversion to fractions; terminating vs. non-terminating

Percents

Setting up proportions (e.g. in word problems)

Exponents: evaluating; performing operations

Area, perimeter/circumference, volume

### Important Skills

Unit conversions (simple)

Computing simple averages

Working with the concept of rates (e.g. price per lb., speed, etc.)

Word problems with any of the above

## Assessment and Questionnaire

An assessment test of basic math skills and a parent questionnaire are required before students may enter this course.