
Algebra 1 is a 10th grade math course. Students will take the state examination in Algebra 1 (common core) at the end of this school year. This course is focused on the Common Core Algebra Curriculum. Below is a summary of the curriculum:Module 1: Relationships Between Quantities and Reasoning with Equations and Their Graphs
In this module students analyze and explain precisely the process of solving an equation. Through repeated reasoning, students develop fluency in writing, interpreting, and translating between various forms of linear equations and inequalities and make conjectures about the form that a linear equation might take in a solution to a problem. They reason abstractly and quantitatively by choosing and interpreting units in the context of creating equations in two variables to represent relationships between quantities. They master the solution of linear equations and apply related solution techniques and the properties of exponents to the creation and solution of simple exponential equations. They learn the terminology specific to polynomials and understand that polynomials form a system analogous to the integers.
Module 2: Descriptive StatisticsIn this module, students reconnect with and deepen their understanding of statistics and probability concepts first introduced in Grades 6, 7, and 8. Students develop a set of tools for understanding and interpreting variability in data, and begin to make more informed decisions from data. They work with data distributions of various shapes, centers, and spreads. Students build on their experience with bivariate quantitative data from Grade 8. This module sets the stage for more extensive work with sampling and inference in later grades.
Module 3: Linear and Exponential Functions
In earlier grades, students define, evaluate, and compare functions and use them to model relationships between quantities. In this module, students extend their study of functions to include function notation and the concepts of domain and range. They explore many examples of functions and their graphs, focusing on the contrast between linear and exponential functions. They interpret functions given graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally; translate between representations; and understand the limitations of various representations.
Module 4: Polynomial and Quadratic Expressions, Equations, and Functions
In earlier modules, students analyze the process of solving equations and developing fluency in writing, interpreting, and translating between various forms of linear equations (Module 1) and linear and exponential functions (Module 3). These experiences combined with modeling with data (Module 2), set the stage for Module 4. Here students continue to interpret expressions, create equations, rewrite equations and functions in different but equivalent forms, and graph and interpret functions, but this time using polynomial functions, and more specifically quadratic functions, as well as square root and cube root functions.
Module 5: A Synthesis of Modeling with Equations and Functions
In Module 5, students synthesize what they have learned during the year about functions to select the correct function type in a series of modeling problems. Students no longer have the benefit of a module or lesson title that includes function type to guide them in their choices. Skills and knowledge from the previous modules will support the requirements of this module, including writing, rewriting, comparing, and graphing functions and interpretation of the parameters of an equation. Students must also draw on their study of statistics in Module 2, using graphs and functions to model a context presented with data and/or tables of values. In this module, the modeling cycle is used as the organizing structure, rather than function type.