**Math 1A and 1B** helps students develop the concepts, skills and habits that form the foundation of high school mathematics. Many of the tools are algebraic, but almost all concepts are looked at in a variety of ways including geometric, numeric and verbal approaches. Basic arithmetic and algebraic operations are modeled with physical manipulatives, making a geometric and visual connection with these operations. Our goal is for students to integrate and connect these methods.

Principal topics:

- Linear equations and graphs

- Introduction to the graphical representation of a variety of functions: continuous, discontinuous, step, linear, quadratic, exponential

- Equation solving by several methods: graphical intersection, numerical (systematic guess and check), “cover-up,” algebraic symbol manipulation

- Number Sense: large and small numbers, scientific notation, estimation, opposites, reciprocals

- The distributive rule and factoring

(1 credit total)