The fundamental mathematical practice of using variables to describe patterns, explore relationships, and solve problems is the focus of this course. Particular attention is paid to developing an awareness of the difference between expressions and equations, an awareness of the relationships among mathematical operations, and an understanding of the connections between algebraic and graphical representations of pattern. Topics through which these central concepts are explored include linear equations and inequalities, compound inequalities in a single variable, systems of linear equations, quadratic expressions and equations, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, polynomial expressions, and expressions involving integer exponents.
This course is designed for those students who have not yet taken an algebra course as well as for those who have taken the first half of Algebra 1, but would benefit from further grounding in the material covered.
Open to: Freshmen