Beginning Algebra focuses on the concepts of algebra-writing and simplifying expressions, solving equations, graphing on the coordinate system and looking at the rules of algebra and the properties of numbers.  It is a one-semester class designed to get a student ready to succeed in Algebra 1.5 A

In Beginning Algebra, students use the Holt McDougal Mathematics Course 3 online text. Students are able to view videos of topics, see step by step solutions to problems, and access supplemental materials through this text.

Class activities include the following:

  •  Periodic meetings where students and instructor can discuss math topics, course progress, any questions, and just to get to know one another better
  • Chapter preview (Are You Ready?) to review skills and include re-learning activities as needed
  • Presentations that explain the lesson and show how to solve example problems
  • Exercises for each section
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Chapter projects, quizzes and tests
  • Zany Brainy extra credit problems each week

Throughout the course, students will actively participate in their own learning and will also benefit from personal feedback to help them improve their mathematic skills.

Course materials: Hold McDougal Mathematics Course 3; The Geometer's Sketchpad software; Microsoft Word or Open Office

Standards met:  This course is designed to get the student ready for Algebra 1 and does not meet high school standards.  It may be counted as an elective unless listed as a math course in the student's IEP.

Credit: 0.5

Honors Opportunity: No

Prerequisites: None