WHA offers two “pre-algebra” options for students in the School of Logic. More advanced students may choose to take Pre-Algebra in 7th grade before enrolling in Algebra 1 in 8th grade. Other students may prefer to begin with Math 7, a continuation of the WHA Singapore Math series, before moving on to Pre-Algebra in 8th and delaying Algebra 1 until 9th grade.
This course is part of the Singapore Math series and provides a deeper understanding of fundamental math concepts, problem solving approaches and number sense in preparation for Algebra. Some students will use this course as a bridge to a more rigorous “Pre-Algebra” course, while others may be able to jump directly into Algebra 1.
Students in this class will learn about the real number system, rational number operations, generating and manipulating algebraic expressions, algebraic equations and Inequalities, direct and inverse proportion, angle properties and straight lines, geometric construction, volume and surface area of solids, statistics and probability.
Textbook & Materials:
- Math in Focus: Grades 6-8 Course 2 Student book for 1st Semester Book A (and Extra Practice A workbook)
- Math in Focus: Grade 6-8 Course 2 Student book for 2nd Semester Book B (and Extra Practice B workbook)
- Math solutions key for Course 2 (optional, for parents)
This course continues to reinforce the student’s foundation in arithmetic, geometry, measurement, and other core topics required for success in Algebra 1. Specific topics include solving equations and inequalities, using the order of operations principles, applying rational numbers and integers to word problems, relating rates, proportions, and percents when problem solving, and developing spatial thinking skills and applying them to geometric figures.
Textbook: PreAlgebra: An Accelerated Course, 1992, by Mary Dolciani (ISBN 0395591236)
Prerequisite: Math 6; (Math 7 optional for students who may need extra time to grasp the concepts)