This course is a comprehensive Algebra I course. It assumes that the students have the prerequisite knowledge of operations with whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals and percents. It emphasizes solutions of single variable equations, systems of linear equations in two variables, basic operations with polynomials, factoring, and the solution of quadratic equations using various methods. Considerable focus will be placed on multiple representations of these solutions, especially graphs. Students will become familiar with handheld technology tools, like the TI 83/84 family of calculators. We employ the Prentice Hall text, Algebra I.
This course emphasizes the development of visual/spatial thinking skills. Beginning with the building blocks of geometry, the students will investigate the properties of points, lines and planes, and their relationships to real-world models. With the use of concrete models and puzzles, the geometry student will investigate the unique characteristics of both two- and three-dimensional shapes and figures. Time will be spent on constructions with the use of math tools and the derivation of formulas and theorems. Students will gain valuable experience with dynamic math technology, like Geometer’s Sketchpad, and the TI 83/84 family of handheld calculators. We employ the Key Curriculum Press text, Discovering Geometry: An Investigative Approach.