Mastering the concepts of algebra is very important to continued success in other mathematics courses. In Algebra 1.5 A, students will review solving equations and inequalities, graph and write linear equations, learn about functions, and work with linear, quadratic, and absolute value functions and transformations of these functions. Algebra 1.5 B looks at solving systems of equations and inequalities, exponents, quadratic functions, and data analysis including graphs and statistics.
Both courses use an online text that focuses on developing an understanding of the topic that includes online videos of every example. Assignments include problems requiring students to reason and write mathematically, to build standardized test skills, and to practice new concepts learned in that lesson. Interactive software and online tools are used to help increase understanding and skills. Class activities will be varied to include the following:
- Investigations that explore the concepts of algebra
- Videos from the teacher, text and the internet showing worked examples of problems
- Daily practice
- Discussions/blogs to let students learn from and about their classmates
- Chapter projects to examine different aspects of algebra and to learn how algebra is used in various careers
- Quizzes and tests to evaluate students' progress and understanding
Throughout the courses, students will actively participate in their own learning and will also benefit from personal feedback to help them continue to improve their mathematic skills.
Course materials: The Geometer's Sketchpad software; Fathom software; online edition of Holt McDougal Algebra 1; other selected web sites.
Standards met: Selected high school math standards in Algebra are met, but students will also need to complete Algebra 2 in order to meet all Algebra standards. Selected Data Analysis and Probability standards are also met.
Credit: 1.0 (Semester A = 0.5 credit, Semester B = 0.5 credit.)
Honors Opportunity: No
Prerequisites: None for Algebra 1.5 A. Algebra 1.5 A, or the equivalent, for Algebra 1.5 B.