# Algebra 1 & 2

## Algebra 1

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.

Algebra I is a required course for virtually every postsecondary school program. WHA recognizes that this course is critically important as a gatekeeper to higher-level mathematics and seeks to maximize the experience for every student enrolled. 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 recommended; this course may not be developmentally appropriate for students who have not yet reached the 8th grade.

## Algebra 2

Gaining a deeper insight and developing a greater appreciation for mathematical models is the goal of this college preparatory course. Students will develop and practice higher level abstract thinking and reasoning skills that will help with data interpretation, proportions, measurements and equations.

Algebra 2 builds on the foundation of Algebra 1. Topics covered include real and complex number systems, solving equations and inequalities, and functions including linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, and rational. Analytic geometry, sequences and series, statistics and probability, and matrices and determinants are also covered.

Most colleges and universities still require Algebra 2 (college algebra) for admission; it is particularly important for those considering studying science, technology or engineering in college. Research shows that students who successfully complete Algebra 2 are more likely to graduate from college.

**Prerequisites**: Algebra 1; Geometry (previously or concurrently).