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Course Title**: Algebra I

**Course Level**: Honors

**Course Description
**All of the basic skills and concepts of Algebra are presented. This is a foundation course to prepare students for all subsequent mathematics courses. Topics of the course will include the properties of real numbers, equations and inequalities, operations on polynomial and rational expressions, factoring, functions and their graphs, and problem solving.

**Pre-requisites
**Ordinarily placement in this course is determined by the student’s performance on both the St. John’s entrance exam and mathematics placement exam.

**Student Learning Outcomes**

**“Students Will Be Able To”**:

1) Categorize numbers; rational, irrational, natural, whole, integer.

2) Evaluate and simplify algebraic expressions.

3) Solve linear equations and linear inequalities.

4) Solve word problems using algebraic skills.

5) Graph linear equations and linear inequalities.

6) Understand the concept of slope of a line.

7) Identify and write systems of linear equations and solve these systems.

8) Perform operations on polynomial expressions.

9) Factor polynomial expressions.

10) Simplify, and perform operations on rational expressions.

11) Graph and solve quadratic expressions, including use of the discriminant.

12) Simplify radical expressions and solve radical equations.

**Methods of Assessment
**Class lectures include question and answer discussions between instructor and students.

Written homework assignments are given daily including a review the next class day.

Students demonstrate their knowledge at the white board.

Weekly exams/quizzes are given.

Homework Notebook/folders are graded every interim and quarter.

(McDougal Littell)

Graphing Calculator

Notebook

Pen or Pencil

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**Algebra 1**

**Structure & Method – Book 1**

First Quarter

Introduction to Algebra

· Variable & Equations

· Problem Solving & Applications

· Numbers on a Line

Working with Real Numbers

· Addition & Subtraction

· Multiplication & Division

Solving Equations and Problems

· Transforming Equations

· Solving Problems

· Problem Solving Skills

**Second Quarter**

Polynomials

· Addition & Subtraction

· Multiplication

· Problem Solving with Polynomials

Factoring Polynomials

· Quotients & Factoring

· Products & Factors

· Factoring Patterns

· General Factoring and Its Applications

**Third Quarter**

**Fractions**

· Algebra Fractions

· Adding & Subtracting Fractions

· Polynomial Division

**Applying Fractions**

· Ratios & Proportions

· Fractional Equations

· Percent Problems

· Mixture & Work Problems

· Problems Involving Exponents

**Introduction to Functions**

· Using Two Variables

· Linear Equations

· Functions

· Variation

**Fourth Quarter**

**System of Linear Equations**

· Solving Systems of Equations

· Applications

**Inequalities**

· Inequalities in One Variable

· Combining Open Sentences

· Inequalities in Two Variables

**Rational and Irrational Numbers**

· Rational Numbers

· Irrational Numbers

· Radical Expressions

**Quadratic Functions**

· Quadratic Equations

· Using Quadratic Equations

· Variation

relaxing summer.

See you in the Fall.