**Course Description: ***What Is This Class About?*

Algebra 1 is the study of patterns and functions.

At the Center School, students will work with each other to solve real world problems and to describe patterns from real life. This teaches cooperation and teamwork as well as applications of mathematics.

Algebra 1 is covered in one year as a 5 credit course that satisfies the state graduation requirement for Algebra 1.

**Rationale:***Why is it Important To Learn This? *

The study of mathematics develops the portions of the brain that deal with problem solving, logical skills, and analytic thinking. These skills are useful in life.

**Prerequisites:***What do I need to know before taking Algebra 1?*

Students must either have completed PreAlgebra or have demonstrated algebra readiness by a combination of NWEA test scores and a passing score on an algebra readiness test.

**Course Goals: ***What Are We Going To Do In This Class?*

Algebra provides language through which we describe and communicate mathematical patterns that arise in real life. In particular, algebra is useful where related quantities change in predictable ways.

There are many different ways to express a problem and these forms differ in their usefulness in solving a particular problem.

Quantities can be represented by variables. Using variables lets us model situations in all areas of human endeavor and to represent them abstractly.

Geometric objects can be represented algebraically and algebraic expressions can be interpreted geometrically so that problems can be solved algebraically or geometrically, whichever is easier in a particular situation.

**Grading**:

The grade is based on a combination of class work, homework, quizzes, tests, and Cognitive Tutor. Cognitive Tutor is online software that adapts to the level of a student and allows different students to progress at different rates of speed. Cognitive Tutor also allows the instructor to supply review or drill in prerequisite topics for students who need extra help or extra review. In the case of class work and homework, credit is given for effort as well as mastery.