**Eligibility:** CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required

**Prerequisites:** Successful completion of Pre-algebra or equivalent

**Course Format:** Individually Paced

**Course Length:** Typically 6 months

**Recommended School Credit:** One academic year

**Course Code:** AL1

Description

This is a full-length online Honors Algebra I course for accelerated students. In this course, students will extend topics introduced in Pre-Algebra by learning algebraic concepts through both theory and applications. Modeling and real-world problems are introduced throughout the course. This course prepares students for Honors Geometry and Honors Algebra II.

Online course materials, such as videos, notes, interactive webpages, and practice problems with solutions, are provided for the student. Students progress through the course at their own pace and are expected to watch videos and review notes regularly. Each student is assigned to a CTY instructor to help them during their course. Students can contact their instructors via email with any questions or concerns at any time. Live one-on-one online review sessions can be scheduled as well to prepare for the graded assessments, which include homework, chapter exams, and a cumulative midterm and final.

Instructors use virtual classroom software allowing video, voice, text, screen sharing, and whiteboard interaction. Students are strongly encouraged to work on the course at least 1 hour a day, 5 days a week (for a 6-month enrollment), and email their instructors at least once per week.

- Review of concepts from Pre-algebra
- The Structure and Properties of the Real Numbers
- Linear Equations and Inequalties
- Polynomials
- Rational Expressions
- Roots and Radicals
- Relations and Functions
- Exponential Functions
- Quadratic Equations and Inequalities
- Systems of Equations
- Data Analysis and Probability

For a detailed list of topics, click the List of Topics tab.

A graphing calculator is required.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate mastery over the following topics:

- Properties of Real Numbers
- Operations on Real Number
- Equations in One Variable
- Applications of Equations Using Formulas
- Rewriting Equations and Formulas
- Inequalities in One Variable
- Compound Inequalities
- Absolute Value
- Absolute Value Equations
- Absolute Value Inequalities

- The Rectangular Coordinate System
- Distance, Midpoint, and Circle Equations
- The Slope of a Line
- Graphing Linear Equations
- Writing Linear Equations
- Applications of Linear Concepts
- Fit a Line to Data
- Inequalities in Two Variables

- Polynomial Basics
- Techniques for Multiplying Polynomials
- Techniques for Factoring
- Special Factoring
- Solving Equations by Factoring
- Division of Polynomials

- The Basics of Rational Expressions
- Operations with Rational Expressions
- Equations with Rational Expressions
- Applications
- Variation

- Rational Exponents and Radicals
- Simplifying Radical Expressions
- Operations with Radical Expressions
- Equations with Radicals
- Square Roots and Irrational Numbers
- Complex Numbers
- Applications

- An Introduction to Functions
- Functions, Tables, and Graphs
- Working with Functions
- Domain and Range
- Graphing Important Functions
- Even and Odd Functions and Symmetry
- Inverse Linear Functions

- Understanding Exponents
- Define and Use Zero and Negative Exponents
- Exponential Functions
- Applying Exponential Functions
- Relate Geometric Sequences to Exponential Functions
- The Problem with Zero

- The Basics of Quadratics
- Graphs of Quadratics
- Solving by Completing the Square
- Writing Quadratic Equations
- Solving with the Quadratic Formula
- Solving Quadratic Equations and Inequalities by Graphing
- Equations Quadratic in Form
- Formulas and Applications

- Linear Systems in Two Variables
- Linear Systems in Three Variables
- Applications of Linear Systems
- More Applications of Systems of Equations
- Working with Systems of Inequalities
- Non-Linear Systems of Equations
- Regression

- Analyze Surveys and Samples
- Use Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
- Analyze Data
- Interpret Stem and Leaf Plots and Histograms
- Interpret Box-and-Whisker Plots
- Find Probabilities and Odds
- Find Probabilities Using Permutations and Combinations
- Find Probabilities of Disjoint and Overlapping Events
- Find Probabilities of Independent and Dependent Events
- Making Good Graphs

Each week, all active students are invited to an open Problem Solving Help Room, which is led by a rotating staff of instructors. Students are encouraged to come with questions or just to meet other online students. Topics reviewed vary each week.

The Problem Solving Help Room meets each Tuesday from 7 – 8 p.m. ET.

Sample Video

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.