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.

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

To learn problemsolving 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 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

Course Details

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

Please see the FAQ for CA homeschool charters that designate this class as ag approved
Instructor Demo

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

Glencoe Algebra 1, 2018 edition, McGrawHill

New hardcopy textbook loaned free through Blue Tent OnLoan
Web Resources

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

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

IXL  an online practice and diagnostic app (cost is included in tuition)

Desmos.com  a free online graphing program
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 TI84 series.
Technical Resources
We use ZOOM for live meetings. U.S. and international students need:

A reliable internet connection

A computer with a webcam

Recommended: a headset with a microphone (a builtin computer microphone will work if needed)