Female Student

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.

  • 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


  • 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 Resources

Text & Interactive Resources


Other Resources

  • Desmos.com | a free online graphing program

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

  • Zoom | a free teleconferencing application

  • Notebook or binder

  • Graph paper



  • 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

  • Required:

    • A reliable internet connection

    • A computer with a web-cam

    • A working microphone

    • A free phone/computer scanning app (such as CamScanner and Adobe Scan)

  • Recommended:

    • Earbuds or a headset with a microphone (a built-in computer microphone will work if needed)