Course Title: Algebra
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Course Description
The algebra course uses comprehension, precision, and application skills to learn mathematical concepts/processes. The primary objective of the course is to teach students to think like mathematicians who become wellinformed, problem solving citizens. Students will examine concepts covered in the Big Ideas textbook.
Power Standards
 Comprehend vocabulary and explain mathematical processes.
 Compute with precision “naked number” problems showing work step by step.
 Apply and interpret word problems and concepts.
Course Outline
Semester One: Solving Linear Equations, Graphing & Writing Linear Equations, Solving Linear Inequalities, Solving Systems of Linear Equations, Linear Functions, and Exponential Equations & Functions
Guiding Questions 
Learning Objectives 
 How can you discover rules in mathematics and test them?
 How can you recognize and graph a linear equation?
 How can you recognize and graph an inequality?
 How can you solve a system of linear equations and inequalities?
 How can you recognize and represent functions and sequences?
 How can you use inductive reasoning to observe patterns and write general rules involving properties of exponents?

 The Real Number System
 Quantities
 Seeing Structure in Expressions
 Arithmetic Rational Expressions
 Creating Equations
 Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities
 Linear and Exponential Models
 Interpreting Functions
 Building Functions

Summative Projects: Unit Exams 
Semester Two: Polynomial Equations & Factoring, Graphing Quadratic Functions, Solving Quadratic Equations, Square Root Functions & Geometry, Rational Equations & Functions, and Data Analysis & Displays
Guiding Questions 
Learning Objectives 
 How can you recognize and approach polynomials?
 How can you graph and solve quadratic functions?
 How can you graph and solve square root functions?
 How can you use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the side lengths of a triangle?
 How can you recognize and solve rational expressions and equations?
 How can you collect and analyze data?

 Seeing Structure in Expressions
 Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Expressions
 Creating Equations
 Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities
 Interpreting Functions
 Building Functions
 Linear, Quadratic, Exponential, Square Root, and Rational Models
 The Real Number System
 Quantities
 Geometric Measurement and Dimension
 Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data

Summative Projects: Unit Exams 
Career and Life Skills 
Social and Cross Cultural 
The student respects and contributes to the diverse learning community by:
 Honoring the ideas and opinions of others and
 Interacting effectively and appropriately with others.

Productivity and Accountability 
The student takes ownership of work and actions by:
 Completing assignments on time
 Arriving prepared and on time
 Managing time

Initiative and Self Direction 
The student demonstrates independence by:
 Selfadvocating for assistance or resources
 Persevering through rigorous/challenging tasks
 Utilizing feedback
