Objective: This course covers the same (or more) topics as the Algebra 1 Honors course offered in some middle schools for 8th graders who learn at an accelerated pace, or as the Algebra 1 course offered in high schools for 9th graders.
For current 7th graders or below, this course can prepare testing out middle/high school math courses and future math contests. For current 8th graders or above, this course can enhance math learning at the grade level for state standard tests and subsequent STEM courses.
In this course, students will: (1) develop fluency in writing, interpreting, and translating between various forms of linear equations and inequalities, and use them to solve problems and apply related solution techniques; (2) explore many examples of functions, including sequences; students interpret functions given graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally, translate between representations, and understand the limitations of various representations; (3) use regression techniques to describe approximately linear relationships between quantities; (4) create and solve equations, inequalities, and systems of equations involving exponential , quadratic , and rational expressions; (5) expand their experience with functions to include more specialized functions—absolute value, step, and those that are piecewise-defined.
Prerequisite: This course is suitable for students who have mastered the middle school pre-algebra series. This group often includes students who are in grades 6, 7, 8, or 9 in spring 2021.
Textbook: This course covers topics in the textbook in two semesters. We will email you the textbook info when sufficient enrollment is reached.
Schedule: Saturdays 3 -4:30 pm ET from 1/2/2021 to 4/24/2021 except for 3/27/2021 (Spring Break). Tentatively weekly quizzes plus simulated tests in the spring semester.