**
7th Grade Pre-AP Algebra is a rigorous, fast-paced, first semester Algebra
I course designed to prepare mathematically talented 7th graders for the
rigors of the Algebra I Pre-AP course that they will be taking in 8th grade.
Functions and fundamentals are the focus of this course.**
**
The curriculum is planned and delivered to challenge the most capable math
students. In addition to the curriculum outlined in the textbook
students will be exposed to some math topics that will not be studied in
depth until future math and science courses. Some time will be spent
preparing for the SAT.**
**
Appropriate use of technology (TI-84+) graphing calculator) will be introduced
during the year, but it will be limited, and concentrated in the 2nd semester.
Every effort will be made to help students master the skills that will
ensure that they are prepared to make a smooth transition to the math courses
with the more sophisticated topics that they will encounter in the future.**

** This class
will be taught using techniques that are being called, "Blended Learning".
This means that some homework requires students to watch a video that is
the lesson for the latest topic. They are expected to learn the material
in the videos in the same way that they are expected to learn a lesson
when it is given live, in class. Blended Learning techniques have
been shown to be at least as effective as in-person lesson presentations
and have been incorporated in this class the past 2 years with great results.**

7th-Grade ALGEBRA Pre-AP CURRICULUM

Textbook:
__Algebra
I; Addison-Wesley Publishing,__

T__extbook
Overview:__

**
The first 6 chapters (the part of the book we will complete in 7th grade)
consist of a tightly-sequenced series of topics leading as quickly as possible
to a mathematically honest derivation of the Quadratic Formula. This
departure from the traditional sequence of topics is made possible by using
a calculator to evaluate radicals.**
**
Chapter 5 introduces students to polynomials, including factoring.
This is done so that students have a solid grasp of how the process relates
to completing the square. One of the topics that will be presented
later in the book will be introduced at end of Chapter 5. That topic
is Solving Quadratics by Factoring.**
**
Time will be spent developing the concept of a variable as a symbol that
represents a value that really varies, rather than simply standing for
an unknown constant. To aid in this development, the book presents
mathematical expressions as something to which one does two things: evaluates,
when the value of the variable is known, and finds the value of the variable
when the value of the expression is known. The problem solving in
this book have multiple parts in which students must write an expression
representing a variable quantity, then do these two things with the expression.
This process helps students to understand that a variable can stand for
a different number at different times, depending on the situation.**
**
The properties of numbers are first presented as verbs. These are
the Field Axioms where students learn how to Commute, Associate, etc.
Use of the axioms will require justification in order to give students
an introduction to the idea of proofs (deductive reasoning). The
concept of Closure will also be introduced in a formal way so students
can begin to better understand the properties of the Real Numbers.**

**
The first semester includes lessons on SAT preparation.**
**
There will be some topics introduced throughout the year that do not appear
in the textbook. They will be covered at the appropriate times when
they naturally fit.**

**Chapter 1: Expressions and Equations;**

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1-1, Operations With Numbers--------------\**
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1-2, Variables
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1-3, Powers and Exponents
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1-4, Order of Operations
\ Five weeks, with SAT prep.**
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1-5, Expressions From word Statements
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1-6, Introduction to Equations
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1-7, Solving Equations
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1-8, Problems That Lead to equations------/**
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1-9, Problems That Lead to Expressions and Equations (will be taught**
**
using function language.)**
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1-10, Chapter Review**

**Chapter 2: Operations With Negative Numbers;
this is a review of pre-algebra.**

**
2-1, Intro. to Negative Numbers--------------------\**
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2-2, Adding Integers
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2-3, Subtracting Integers
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2-4, Multiplying Integers
\ Five weeks, with SAT prep.**
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2-5, Dividing Integers
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2-6, Commuting and Adding
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2-7, Equations That Need Two Transformations-/**
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2-8, Problems That Lead to Two Transformations.**
** 2-9,
Chapter Review**

**Chapter 3: Distributing Axioms and Other
Properties; this is a pre-algebra review.**

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3-1, Distributing-------------------------------------------\**
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3-2, Distributing Multiplication Over Subtractio \**
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3-3, More Distributive Properties
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3-4, Like Terms and common Factors
\ Five weeks, with SAT prep.**
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3-5, Axioms for Adding & Multiplying
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3-6, Properties of Equality
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3-7, Chapter Review-------------------------------------/**

**Chapter 4: Harder Equations; this is a pre-algebra
review.**

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4-1, Equations With Like Terms----------------------\**
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4-2, Equations With Like Terms and Distributing \**
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4-3, Equations With Variables in Both Members \
Five weeks, with Stanford prep.**
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4-4, Equations That Involve Decimals
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4-5, Literal Equations and Formulas------------------/**
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4-6, Problems That Involve More Than One Expression.**
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4-7, Chapter Review**

** ------------------------------
Chapter 5 begins polynomials -----------------------------**

**Chapter 5: Some Operations With Polynomials
and Radicals.**

**
5-1, Introduction to Polynomials--------------------\**
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5-2, Names of Polynomials
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5-3, Products of Two Binomials
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5-4, Factoring Quadratic Trinomials
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5-5, Factoring Quadratic Trinomials - 3rd Term Neg.**
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5-6, Factoring Quadratic Trinomials, a 1
/ Six weeks, with Stanford prep.**
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5-7, Factoring the Difference of Two Squares
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5-8, Squaring a Binomial
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5-9, Factoring Trinomial Squares
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5-10, Radicals, Irrationals, and Closure
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5-11, Chapter Review-------------------------------/**

**Chapter 6: Quadratic Equations.**

**
6-1, Introduce Quadratic Formula---------\**
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6-2, Evaluating Radical Expressions
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6-3, Equations Containing Absolute Value \**
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6-4, Equations With Squares
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6-5, Equations With Trinomial Squares
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6-6, Completing the square
/ Six weeks.**
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6-8, The Quadratic Formula
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6-9, Vertical Motion Problems
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6-10, The Discriminant
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6-11, Chapter Review----------------------/**

**Chapter 7: Linear Equations**

**We will complete
about half of Chapter 7 and return to it in 8th grade.**

**Semester 2 includes
much more supplementary work with functions and graphing calculators.**
**It also includes
time for a short review and the Algebra End of Year Test.**