Algebra I involves concepts, skills and properties associated with real numbers, equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, roots and radicals, and quadratic equations. Emphasis is placed upon the ability to use algebra to obtain solutions to real world situations. The course emphasizes a functional approach to understanding Algebra I. The course is taught using manipulatives and graphing calculators as appropriate. This is the first of a three-course core curriculum in mathematics.
The students will continue to build on their mathematical foundation, reasoning and algebraic thinking. Spatial reasoning will be used in the study of geometry figures in 0, 1, 2, and 3 dimensions. Students use a variety of representation (concrete, pictorial, algebraic, and coordinate) tools, and technology including the use of hand-held calculators to analyze and solve problems. Students will use inductive reasoning as well as deductive reasoning to develop concepts.