• Course Description

Algebra 1 provides a bridge from the study of patterns and relationships in previous grades to the study of functions, algebraic relationships, and the development of advanced mathematical reasoning skills. This course will help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world by involving students in exploring and discovering math concepts, connecting algebra to the real world and to other subjects, and by integrating technology as a problem-solving tool.

Grade Level(s): 8-12th, Duration 1 Year

Related Priority Standards (State &/or National): K-12 Mathematics Missouri Learning Standards

Essential Questions

• What is the purpose for developing an expression?
• How do you use equations and inequalities to communicate your ideas and solve problems?
• How can writing equations and inequalities make solving real-world problems more efficient?
• How can you represent and describe functions?
• What do the features of the graph reveal about the problem?
• How can we model two variable data and use models to make predictions?
• What is the meaning of a solution to a system of linear equations in the context of the problem?
• How is the solution to the system represented algebraically and graphically?
• How can given data representations be interpreted?

Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas

• Students will understand that expressions are powerful tools for exploring, reasoning about and representing situations.
• Students will understand that symbols, such as numbers and variables, can be used and can be manipulated using different processes and operations to represent real-life quantities and their relationships.
• Students will understand that equations are dynamic tools for problem solving, communicating, and expressing ideas and concepts.
• Students will understand that equations and inequalities are used to understand how quantities are related.
• Students will understand that functions can be represented in multiple ways.
• Students will understand that functions show the relationships between variables.
• Students will understand that a system of equations may not have only one solution.
• Students will understand that systems can be solved using a graph, table, or equations. On some occasions and in some contexts, one solution method may be more efficient or informative than another.
• Students will understand that visual displays of categorical and quantitative data should be examined to identify the general shape, center, and spread.

Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

• Unit 1: Expressions
• Unit 2: Equations and Inequalities
• Unit 3: Introduction to Functions
• Unit 4: Linear Functions
• Unit 5: Absolute Value Functions
• Unit 6: Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
• Unit 7: Statistics and Probability
• Unit 8: Exponential Functions
• Unit 9: Polynomials
• Unit 10: Quadratic Functions
• Unit 11: Modeling with Nonlinear Functions (Piecewise, Radical, Inverse)

Course Resources & Materials: District and/or Teacher-Made Materials

Date Last Revised/Approved: 2013