Instructors: Camille Heiner, Shawnell Larsen, Gail Long, Jeff Meade, Sam Wood
Pre-Algebra (also known as Algebra 1/2) covers all topics normally taught in Pre-Algebra, as well as additional topics from geometry and discrete mathematics. In Pre-Algebra, students will learn: fractions and their arithmetic operations, decimals and their arithmetic operations, mixed numbers and their arithmetic operations, signed numbers and their arithmetic operations, order of operations, percents, ratios, proportions, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions: scientific notation, evaluation and simplification of algebraic, expressions, the solution of linear equations in one unknown, word problems involving algebraic concepts, graphing, perimeter, area, surface area, volume, classification of geometric figures and solids, geometric construction, and symmetry. Students will explore key thematic questions such as:
• What problem solving principles can we learn from PEMDAS, and how can we apply it to solving our own life problems?
In addition to being able to discuss their learning, students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics through regular, nearly weekly tests. The most reliable way to receive specific information about course work, including topics and timing, is on-line. For many students, the most challenging part of class is to apply concepts through story problems and signed (negative) number operations. To support your student, please consider providing time and support to complete DAILY assignments. Check On-line weekly; if test scores are below 80%, contact the teacher immediately. If math facts are not yet mastered, daily drills are encouraged at home to attain mastery.