For math students there are three levels of knowing to be considered: How, What, Why. How is procedural ability, they can follow steps. What is the understanding of the How, an explanation of the steps. Why is the understanding of the conceptual consequences from which procedure is derived.
There are practically a limitless number of Hows in math. Students that struggle the most focus on How and are continually confusing or forgetting steps. Here we focus on Why, balancing the How and What to develop a well-balanced and prepared student. Read more about the design and approach behind the materials you will find on this site in the Teaching Philosophy tab below.
Algebra 1 IS the cornerstone mathematics course. As such it deserve careful consideration by teachers, students, parents and administration. The conceptual understanding developed in this course needs to support the acquisition of mathematical literacy. A student that possess both conceptual understanding and mathematical literacy will thrive as they move forward through other math and science subjects.
The materials you will find here are not designed to help students arrive at easy solutions by tricks. Instead, the materials are designed to develop procedural fluency as a consequence of conceptual understanding and literacy.
Below you will find links to the topics taught in Algebra 1.
|Prime Numbers||Basic Literacy||Relations|
|Real Numbers||Graphs||Function Notation|
|Exponents||Equations||Composition of Functions|
|Rational Exponents||Inverse Operations||Inverse Functions|
|Order of Operations||Reading Graphs of Functions|
|Conversion of Units|
|Distance, Rate and Time|
|Coordinate Plane||Monomials, Binomials, etc.||Basics|
|Understanding Graphs||Distribute Combine Like Terms||Understanding Graphs|
|Intercepts||Factoring Basics||Intercepts and Factoring|
|Writing Equations||Factoring Quadratics||Completing the Square|
|Graphing Equations||Factoring Special Cases||Quadratic Formula|
|Parallel and Perpendicular Lines||Graphing|
|Linear Inequalities||Writing Equations|
|Systems of Equations||Systems of Quadratic Equations|
|Systems of Inequalities|
Quarter 1: Number Unit
In the Number Unit students will simultaneously firm up misconceptions and procedural inefficiencies, while transferring prior knowledge to high school level mathematics.
Unit # / Topic
1.1 Number Sense
2 – 4 days
Prime numbers: any whole number can be expressed as a unique product of primes. Real Numbers: arithmetic between rational and irrational numbers.
1.7 Square Roots
3 – 5 Days
Introduce square roots, what simplifying them means, and basic arithmetic.
Square Root Arithmetic
Square Roots 2
1.7 & 2.4 Exponents
3 – 4 Days
Exponent properties and “rules” not including fractional exponents.
1.7 Rational Exponents & Other Roots
Multiple ways to manipulate, think about, and simplify various rational and radical expressions.
1.2, 1.7, 3.1
2 – 3 Days
The order of operations, reading mathematical structure and notation. Ex: Scientific notation is an application of the order of operations and properties of exponents. Ex: Introducing function notation as a way to practice the order of operations.
Test Number One
1 – 2 Days
Connect LCM/GCF with
2.10 Alg. Fractions
2 – 3 Days
Introduction to reducing and adding/subtracting simple Algebraic Fractions.
1.6 Percentages, Profit, Interest
Writing equations is the key skill required for students to be successful with this unit.
1.4 1.9, 1.10, 1.11
Students will learn to use rates to convert units while dealing with problems involving time (seconds to days), as well as distance, rate and time.