Why Take This Course?
If math is a language, then algebra is the grammar of that language. Everyone has mathematical ideas, but if you don’t know how to express a pattern as an equation or an action as a function, then you won’t be able to communicate those mathematical ideas effectively. Learn the language of math, and a whole new way of perceiving the world will open up to you. In Math 1A, we explore the concepts of equations, inequalities, and functions to learn the structure of mathematical sentences and how to “re-word” those sentences to make sense of them. We also study classic math texts to learn about the theory and concepts behind numbers in general.
Math 1A Course Framework
|Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|How can I solve 2-variable equations and notate functions?||What are the properties of linear equations and functions?||How can I solve systems of equations?||How can I find the solutions to inequalities?|
|How do I solve various 2-variable equations?||How can I solve and graph various linear equations and functions?||How can I solve various systems of equations?||How can I find the solutions to one-variable inequalities?|
|What is a function?||How can I use linear functions to model real world problems?||Why is math abstract?||How can I find the solutions to two-variable inequalities?|
|How are functions and equations related?||How can I describe arithmetic sequences?||What is a variable?||How can I find the solutions to systems of inequalities?|
|What are the important properties in the numbers 1-4?||What are the important properties in the numbers 5-10?||How have numbers and variables been applied in the development of modern society?|
Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase
- Michael S. Schneider - "A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science" - Find required versions and ISBNs on the High School Booklist
- Students must create an account in Khan Academy and add Williamsburg Academy as their coach.
- Students taking the self-paced or independent version of this course do not need to purchase any texts or materials.
- Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman), 10th (Sophomore)
- Prerequisites: 8th Grade Math B - or Pre-Algebra B
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 7*
- Format: Live / Self-Paced / Independent
- Credits: 0.5
*Math students spend at least one hour a day practicing math, plus two hours a week in live class sessions.