Algebra 1 (MATH100)
1.0 (yearlong course)
Pre-Algebra (MA8) or equivalent
This course is designed to help students master the fundamentals of algebra and covers topics such as variables, equations, inequalities, graphing, functions, systems of equations and inequalities, exponent rules, polynomials & factoring, quadratic equations, exponential functions, radical expressions and equations, and data and statistics.
The course allows students to learn in a variety of ways: guided discovery learning, reading with guided notes, watching videos, and practice with reflection. Students have a variety of regular assessments to allow teachers to give feedback about their learning and understanding of key concepts.
The recommended sequence for students taking non-Honors courses: MATH100, MATH200, MATH300 followed by their choice of MATH310, MATH410, MATH420, MATH440, or MATH510
Students need access to a scanner or digital camera (phone is fine) in order to submit work for the teacher to review. Students will also need a TI-84 graphing calculator for this course.
FROM THE TEACHER
Have you ever been in a math class and not understood exactly what the teacher was saying or felt like you couldn’t voice your questions and confusion? Have you ever struggled in vain to understand a math concept, and no matter who you asked, no one could explain it to you in a way that you understood? If you have, you are not alone! In fact, most people will tell you that they don’t like math or sometimes even hate math. In my experience, I have almost always found this to be connected to some negative experience they had in a math class or with a math teacher along the way, and it has resulted in a dislike and even a fear of math or anything math related. I too, have been in a math class where I didn’t understand anything that the teacher was saying, and so I understand first hand how incredibly frustrating, exhausting and defeating this can feel. But have no fear! I am here to help you navigate the twists and turns of this, your first introduction to Algebra. I understand that many students come into Algebra I with fears of how they will do or whether or not they will be able to succeed, and so I have made it my number one priority to make sure that you never, EVER feel like you are alone during this course. I have taught this course many times and I know exactly where the pitfalls are before you get there, so I can direct and guide you safely around them when the time comes. Algebra I doesn’t have to be scary, intimidating or confusing, but can actually be a lot of fun and even a joy to learn! I want to share my love of math with you, and show you how beautiful the world of math can be and even more importantly, what it can tell us about our awesome and divinely intelligent Creator!
If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.
There was a good lesson plan to follow every week.
I quite enjoyed that there were some games included, albeit only a few. The weekly videos were very helpful and explained the concepts very well.
I liked the group discussions.