# Algebra 1 Course Description

## Algebra 1 Course Description

**COURSE DESCRIPTION**

Algebra 1 is a one-year course that builds on arithmetic skills and algebraic concepts taught in the earlier grades. A grade of "C" or better is required for continuation to Geometry and for admission to the University of California.

**ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE**

Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to:

• Understand and perform the operations of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction over the set of rational numbers

• Add, subtract, multiply and simplify algebraic expressions (special emphasis on the distributive property)

• Solve linear equations

• Translate simple linear relationships into equations

• Factor first and second degree polynomials

• Understand and apply the properties of proportions and percents

• Graph linear equations and inequalities in the coordinate plane

• Analyze linear equations and find equations of lines

• Understand appropriate terminology and notation used to define functions and their properties (including but not limited to domain and range)

• Translate simple linear relationships into equations

• Use various methods to solve systems of equations and inequalities (graphing, substitution and eliminations)

• Understand the properties and basic theorems of whole number roots

• Simplify numerical radicals • Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula and factoring

**TEXT**

*California Algebra 1*, Prentice Hall (publishers)

**MATERIALS NEEDED DAILY**

Pencil and eraser

Notebook (journal)

Textbook