Integrated Algebra I (Michael J. Coffey)

This class will cover the skills and concepts of High School Algebra I, which includes a lot of ideas about relationships between numbers, and learning the special language of math.  That includes things like:

  • learning how to convert real-world problems and situations into mathematical descriptions of what’s going on, like using an equation to describe the movement of a ball when you throw it
  • looking at different ways of representing and manipulating numbers, even when you don’t know specifically what number you’re working with (variables, exponents, roots)
  • new functions and equations–and what can be done with them
  • graphing and estimation skills
  • some techniques for analyzing and comparing different data sets
  • practice thinking in specific ways in order to solve problems (rather than guessing or experimenting)

We will discuss in class what your math goals are.  However, keep in mind that most high school algebra classes meet 5 days a week and we will only meet for 2 days each week.  If your academic goals are to learn the equivalent of a public high school’s amount of math, you will have to do a significant amount of work on your own.

I will also expect you to take notes in class, but will be having little “mini lessons” on note taking to help you learn how if you’re not comfortable with it.  (And I’m happy to work with all kinds of brains to find a style that works for you.)

Will happen in one of the two Monday/Tuesday morning slots.

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