## The Fine Print

Course Goals

• To offer a multifaceted approach to algebra: students will learn to express concepts, results and problems graphically, numerically, analytically and verbally.

• To use technology to help experiment, solve problems, interpret results, and support conclusions.

• To learn problem-solving techniques that will maximize computational efficiency while minimizing computational errors.

Topics Covered

• The real number system, order of operations, and properties of real numbers

• Fundamentals of algebra:  writing and evaluating algebraic expressions

• Exponents, monomials and polynomials, rational expressions and equations

• Factoring and solving systems of linear equations and inequalities

• Solving and graphing linear and quadratic equations

• Data analysis and display

Prerequisites

• Students must have successfully completed a Pre-Algebra class.

• Students should be able to:

• Solve multi-step equations

• Solve one and two step inequalities

• Graph linear equations

• Plot points on a coordinate plane

• Substitute values into an equation

• Write expressions and equations from word problems

Course Details

• Please see the FAQ for class days/times/breaks.

• Please see the FAQ for CA homeschool charters that designate this class as a-g approved

Instructor Demo

• ZOOM Demo: Lindsey Thompson demonstrates her instructional approach and previews technology resources that she and students will be using.

## Textbook

• 2018 edition, McGraw-Hill

• The textbook can be borrowed free through Blue Tent OnLoan.

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Other Resources

• Glencoe digital companion to Algebra 1 text (ebook & web resources included in tuition)

• Geogebra free application for students to visualize 2D and 3D geometric shapes and their properties

• Desmos.com - a free online graphing program

• Notebook or binder

• Graph paper

Calculator​

• Optional. Students will mostly be using a free online graphing application to graph functions and to become familiar with families of functions. A graphing calculator will be handy, but is not absolutely necessary.

• If students plan to purchase a graphing calculator, we recommend the TI-84 series.

## Technical Resources

We use ZOOM for live meetings. U.S. and international students need:

• A reliable internet connection

• A computer with a web-cam

• Recommended: a headset with a microphone (a built-in computer microphone will work if needed)

• Requested: students who attend classes live are asked to keep their webcams on during class