# Algebra I Course Overview

Algebra I is the branch of mathematics that uses mathematical statements that describe relationships that vary over time.

# Course Objectives

Algebra I students will:

1. Understand that a function represents a dependence of one quantity on another and can be described in a variety of ways.

2. Use the properties and attributes of functions.

3. Understand how algebra can be used to express generalizations and recognizes and uses the power of symbols to represent situations.

4. Understand the importance of the skills required to manipulate symbols in order to solve problems and uses the necessary algebraic skills required to simplify algebraic expressions and solve equations and inequalities in problem situations.

5. Understand that linear functions can be represented in different ways and translates among their various representations.

6. Understand the meaning of the slope and intercepts of the graphs of linear functions and zeros of linear functions and will interpret and desrcibe the effects of changes in parameters of linear functions in real-world and mathematical situations.

7. Formulate equations and inequalities based on linear functions, use a variety of methods to solve them, and analyze the solutions in terms of the situation.

8. Formulate systems of linear equations from problem situations, use a variety of methods to solve them, and analyze the solutions in terms of the situation.

9. Understand that the graphs of quadratic functions are affected by the parameters of the function and can interpret and describe the effects of changes in parameters of quadratic functions.

10. Understand that there is more than one way to solve a quadratic equation and solves them using appropriate methods.

11. Understand there are situations modeled by functions that are neither linear nor quadratic and models the situations.

Performance is measured in two categories: Daily Grades and Assessment Grades.  Daily grades include blogs, classwork, quizzes and exit tickets.  Assessment grades include formal and informal tests and projects.

Assessments             60%

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