The wonder of mathematics is most truly observed and appreciated by students when they are led to transfer their concrete mathematical knowledge to abstract algebraic generalizations. A primary goal in Algebra I at WHA is to facilitate that vital transfer. Students cannot help but be inspired by the beauty of algebra as they discover how it provides a basic language to describe so many aspects of the created world.
Students will study mathematical symbols and the rules for manipulating those symbols. Learning algebra helps to develop critical thinking skills using problem-solving, logic, patterns, and reasoning. Topics covered include algebraic expressions, including polynomials and rational expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, inequalities and systems of equations, and radicals and exponents. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving and graphing. Typically, two lessons per day are covered in class, with homework from each lesson being assigned for completion by the next class. Students will move through eleven chapters during the year.
Algebra I is the gateway course to virtually all high school math. It forms the basis for advanced studies in many fields, including mathematics, science, engineering, medicine, and economics. While algebra is used directly in many professions, especially those in science and math, the problem-solving strategies learned and practiced in Algebra I at WHA will enhance all critical thinking.
Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra is highly recommended, though some students with a strong grasp of Math 7 may succeed. Due to the nature of the abstract concepts introduced in the course, it may not be developmentally appropriate for students who have not yet reached Grade 8.