Algebra is often the first mathematics subject that requires extensive abstract thinking, a challenging new skill for many students. Understanding algebra is key for success in future mathematics courses, including geometry and calculus.
The goal of this course is to inspire students to practice algebraic thinking and relate that with symbols, equations, functions and graphs. With a strong foundation that is built from the previous courses (Understanding Pre-Algebra and Advanced Pre-Algebra), students will learn the overarching topics of Honors Algebra 1 common core standards through interesting and engaging lessons.
Concepts covered in this class include advanced topics in numerical operations, like fractional exponents. Students will analyze problems, apply quantitative reasoning and compare that against abstract thinking to convert them to algorithmic problems.
Students will learn about functions and analyze linear, quadratic, exponential, absolute and piecewise functions in particular. Students will also work on polynomial factoring skills, and learn quadratic functions, its behavior, different forms of quadratic equations and how to solve them. Finally in statistics they will revisit scatter plots.
At the end of this course students may move to Honors Geometry. The completion of this level involves fluency that is typically accomplished through two to three 12-week sessions.