This course spends the fall term reviewing basic math concepts such as the order of operations, solving first order equations, fractions, decimals, percents, and proportions. The course then moves into an elementary Algebra 1 curriculum including: the rules of exponents, polynomials, factoring of polynomials, linear equations, and solving systems of linear equations.
This course lays the conceptual and technical groundwork for understanding algebra. The associative, commutative, and distributive laws of algebra are discussed. The plotting of points and numbers gives the one to one relationship for visual graphing of linear equations, polynomials, and other relations, with special focus given to in-depth understanding of linear equations. Emphasis is also placed on translating English into algebra with word problems. Equations can have coefficients that are whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents. Other topics will include inequalities, linear equations, exponents, factorization, and quadratic equations. Time permitting; the data analysis topics of histograms, bar graphs, scientific notation, and unit analysis will also be covered.