Algebra I

Course Description

In the first quarter, Young Kings will explore the main functions that they will work with in Algebra I: linear, quadratic, and exponential. The goal is to introduce them to these functions by having them make graphs of situations (usually based upon time), in which the functions naturally arise. As they graph, they reason abstractly and quantitatively as well as choose and interpret units to solve problems related to the graphs they create. Young Kings will use the structure of expressions to define what it means for two algebraic expressions to be equivalent. In doing so, they discern that the commutative, associative, and distributive properties help link each of the expressions in the collection together, even if the expressions look very different themselves. They learn the definition of a polynomial expression and build fluency in identifying and generating polynomial expressions as well as adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying polynomial expressions. Instead of just solving equations, they formalize descriptions of what they learned before (variable, solution sets, etc.) and are able to explain, justify, and evaluate their reasoning as they strategize methods for solving linear and nonlinear equations. Young Kings take their experience solving systems of linear equations further as they prove the validity of the addition method, learn a formal definition for the graph of an equation and use it to explain the reasoning of solving systems graphically, and represent the solution to systems of linear inequalities. Lastly, Young Kings are formally introduced to the modeling cycle through problems that can be solved by creating equations and inequalities in one variable, systems of equations, and graphing.

RBHS 9th Grade Academy Learning Experiences

By the end of the school year, all Young Kings will have the opportunity to:

* Enhance their reading proficiency by comprehending, evaluating, and critically analyzing print and non-print texts across a range of types and content areas.

* Adapt their communication in relation to audience, task, purpose, and discipline in order to construct effective arguments through written and oral expression.

* Engage in relevant and rigorous activities to work toward mastering grade-level standards in all core subjects.

 

                 Mr. Shaka Greene                       Mr. Matt Lawrence                           Mr. Lionel Rodgers
              Mathematics Teacher                    Mathematics Teacher                Math Special Education Teacher
          Email: shaka.greene@dc.gov       Email: matt.lawrence@dc.gov            Email: lionel.rodgers@dc.gov

From the Teachers

As teachers of Algebra 1, our educational philosophy is that we believe all students should have a firm foundation in the area of Mathematics, and that all students will be challenged to exceed their own expectations while being supported in the most conducive learning environment.

Algebra I Syllabus
 


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