Algebra 1A

Course Description

Algebra 1A is the first course of a two-semester series. The course prepares and sets the foundation for all math courses after Algebra 1, such as Geometry, Algebra 2, and PreCalculus. Algebra 1B continues with your knowledge of solving equations but expands to include quadratic equations and exponential functions, plus a variety of algebraic tools that are useful beyond Algebra 1 and prepare you for Algebra 2. Most importantly, all the topics taught in the course include connections and applications to the real-world to further understand and appreciate the use of Algebra in solving daily problems.

    Course Objectives

    Upon completing this course you will be able to:

    • graph linear, quadratic and exponential functions
    • solve linear and quadratic equations with a variety of methods algebraically and with a graphing calculator
    • describe and interpret function behavior in appropriate notations
    • solve and apply systems of equations and inequalities

    Required Course Materials

    • Interactive Notebook – In the form of a small composition notebook, a spiral notebook, or loose-leaf paper kept in a binder
    • Tape or glue stick for attaching pages to your interactive notebook
    • Pencil or Pen – In order to do well in the course, you must take notes, sketch diagrams and graphs, and solve problems when instructed to do so
    • Colored pens or pencils (in particular red, blue, green, and black)
    • Internet Access
    • Adobe Reader
    • Graphing Calculator (TI 84 plus or similar is recommended) 

    Note: This course does not require a textbook. 

    Course Organization

    Each semester contains 4 units and one final exam that must be taken in person.

    Each Unit contains:

    • 4 lessons. Each lesson includes some or all of the following components: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.
    • Self-assessments to help you check your own understanding of the material covered in each lesson. You must complete these assessments in order to advance in the course.
    • 3 graded assignments

    Final Examination

    The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all 8 units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

    Format: Multiple-choice
    Time Allowed: 3 hours
    Materials Allowed: #2 pencils, graphing calculator

    Semester Topics

    Topic 1: Equations and Functions
    Topic 2: Linear Functions
    Topic 3: Systems of Equations
    Topic 4: Linear Inequalities