Honors Algebra 1
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.

Students will learn to use technology to help experiment, solve problems, interpret results and support conclusions. We will use graphing calculators, Desmos (an online graphing program), and many other resources available through your online textbook towards this end.

Students will learn problemsolving techniques that will maximize computational efficiency while minimizing computational errors.
The course will cover the following topics:

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 PreAlgebra class.

Students should be able to:

Solve multistep 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


Are you ready? Take a SelfAssessment Test.
Course Details

Honors Algebra 1 classes will be held on Monday and Friday from 2:003:00 p.m. Eastern.

All classes will be recorded, so students have the option to participate live or watch the recorded videos.

Please see the FAQ for class dates/breaks.

This class is ag approved in CA if taken through Sky Mountain, Inspire, Ocean Grove, or South Sutter.
Instructor Demo

See a Zoom Demo where the instructor, Lindsey Thompson, demonstrates her instructional approach and previews some of the technology resources that she and students will be using in the class.
Course Resources
Textbook and Homework:

Elementary Algebra, 5th edition, by Ron Larson; eBook and homework through WebAssign; ($35 purchase coordinated through instructor)

Look inside: sample pages

Affordable used hard copies are optional: Elementary Algebra 5th edition by Ron Larson ISBN: 9780547102276

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Calculator:

In this class, we will mostly be using the calculator to graph our functions and to become familiar with families of functions. To that end, a good graphing calculator will come in handy, but is not absolutely necessary for the class.

An option:

TI84 series

Web Resources:

Khan Academy or Art of Problem Solving online tutorials

Desmos (free online graphing program)

Online discussion forums
Technical resources:
We use ZOOM for live meetings. U.S. and international students need:

An internet connection

A computer with a webcam

Recommended: a headset with a microphone (but your builtin computer audio and microphone will work if necessary)

Students will be emailed a link prior to each live class to join the ZOOM session.