Algebra 1A

Course Description

Uses the ASKME® model to introduce functions, with a focus on multiple representations.  Also focuses on the exploration of linear functions and how to solve linear equations.  This course is entirely online.

Required Course Materials

TI-83 graphing calculator

Course Organization

Chapter Movies. These animations will show you a problem that you will learn about throughout the unit.
Activities. The Activities are practice assignments. Each Activity is a non-graded exercise that allows you to build your knowledge and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Generally, the Activities consist of:
  Introduction: A short introduction to the Activity.
  Review Exercises: Short review assignments that you submit for a grade. These are required and must be completed to finish the course.
  Tutorials: Animations that teach concepts and ideas.
  Guided Practice Questions: Questions to answer with the help of hints.
Graded Assignments. Graded Assignments are the tasks you will submit to your instructor for a grade. Each assignment contains specific information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. The average of your assignments will count for 75 percent of your course grade.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.
Format: Multiple-choice, short answer
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: 2 pencil, graphing calculator, computer-graded answer sheet provided

Course Outline

Total Number of Units: 3
Total Number of Activities: 39
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 14
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 14

Unit 1: The Speeding Problem
Chapter 1: Introduction to Functions
  Activity 1: Describing Fines with Algebra
  Activity 2: Using Independent and Dependent Variables to Make Predictions
  Activity 3: Domain and Range
Chapter 2: Using Tables and Graphs
  Activity 4: Using Functions to Make Predictions
  Activity 5: Graphing Function Data
Chapter 3: More on Using Tables and Graphs
  Activity 6: Graphs of Functions and the 2-Second Rule
  Activity 7: Function Graphs and Speeding Drivers
  Activity 8: Functions and Insurance Rates
Chapter 4: Multiple Representations of Functions
  Activity 9: Using Tables to Think about Speeding Fines
  Activity 10: Analyzing Speeding Fine Structures in Other Communities
  Activity 11: Interpreting Your Graphs and Your Data

Unit 2: The Trash Problem
Chapter 1: Exploring Linear Functions
  Activity 1: Reviewing the Four-Corner Model
  Activity 2: Defining Linear Functions
Chapter 2: Rate of Change
  Activity 3: Introduction to Motion
  Activity 4: Rate of Change I
  Activity 5: Rate of Change II
Chapter 3: The Parent Function
  Activity 6: The Linear Parent Function
  Activity 7: A Variation of the Linear parent Function: y = mx
  Activity 8: Another Variation of the Linear parent Function: y = mx + b
Chapter 4: Writing Rules
  Activity 9: Writing Rules Given the Slope and y-intercept
  Activity 10: Writing Rules Given Points on the Line
  Activity 11: Using Function Notations
  Activity 12: Practicing Writing Rules
  Activity 13: Practicing Linear and Non-Linear Functions

Unit 3: The Animal Shelter Problem
 Chapter 1: Connecting Functions to Equations and Inequalities
  Activity 1: Exploring Functions and Equations
  Activity 2: Looking Closer at Equations
  Activity 3: A First Look at Inequalities
  Activity 4: Solving Equations and Inequalities Using Tables and Graphs
Chapter 2: Using Commutative, Associative, and Distributive Properties to Simplify Expressions
  Activity 5: The Distributive Property
  Activity 6: Combining Like Terms
  Activity 7: Adding and Subtracting Expressions
Chapter 3: Solving Simple Equations with Manipulatives and Symbols
  Activity 8: Equations of the Form x + c = k
  Activity 9: Equations of the Form kx = w
Chapter 4: Solving Equations of the Form kx + c = b and  kx + c = mx + b
  Activity 10: Equations of the form kx + c = b
  Activity 11: Equations of the Form kx + c = mx + b
Chapter 5: Looking Closer at Inequalities
  Activity 12: Inequality Properties and Notation
  Activity 13: Solving Inequalities Using Symbolic Methods
Chapter 6: Comparing Notations and Methods
  Activity 14: Difference Among Functions, Equations, and Inequalities
  Activity 15: Which Method Should I Choose?