This course is designed as a preparation for a comprehensive algebra curriculum. Beginning with an evaluation of algebraic expressions and integer operations, the students will be introduced to the concept of variables and their uses in our world. As the year progresses, our Pre-Algebra students will investigate algebraic equations and inequalities, including those involving decimals and fractions, exponents, ratios and proportions, and linear functions and their graphs. Developing a strong understanding of Number Sense will be emphasized throughout the year. The students use the Prentice Hall text, Pre-Algebra.
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.