Algebra I is the first course in the systematic study of college-preparatory mathematics. Students begin the study of number sets, equations and inequalities, and patterns using their prior knowledge of arithmetic. Setting up and solving word problems is a vital part of this class, and students will examine sample problems with each new type of algebraic sentence introduced. Students will graph simple functions on the Cartesian coordinate plane and discover the relationship between an equation and its graph. Students will correctly use mathematical terms and symbols when speaking and/or writing. Accuracy, neatness, and organization are stressed in this class. The development of higher-order thinking skills is a primary objective, including estimation.
There is no need to purchase a textbook for this course. Materials will be provided by the instructor.