# Math 2a - Algebra I

Requirement:

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the students with the basic

algebra and prepare for next levels of math course (Geometry and

advanced Algebra). The course is based on the Algebra I at the 7th-8th

grade level. The prerequisites are arithmetic and pre-algebra. This is

an enrichment course, which emphasizes on the connections of concepts

and mathematical thinking. Upon successful completion of this course,

students will be able to describe the concepts, develop the key

formulas, use basic algebra to solve problems.

It is very important for all to finish homework after each class to

practice the concept and renew the skills learned in class. It is

especially a good time to understand the logical process. I would

spread out some homework and collect the homework at the beginning of

next class to work out together. We have over all test at the end of

term.

Class organization:

To better understand what you have learned before, there is a pretest

on the first day of class. After that, in each class I will give a

lecture, which is immediately followed by practices and/or activities.

I may also give a quiz on the class.

The textbook used in this class is Beginning Algebra (Elayn

Martin-Gay, 5th edition). You are not required to purchase this book.

I will post a summary after every class.

By the end of this semester, this class will cover the following contents:

1. Review of real numbers

2. Equations, inequalities, and problem solving

3. Graphing

4. Solving systems of linear equations and inequalities

5. Exponents and polynomials.

I would like to introduce Khan Academy to all my students because the

math facts are well organized in it and, more importantly, the College

Board, creators of the SAT, has announced a redesigned SAT coming in

2016 and a historic partnership with Khan Academy to make

comprehensive, best-in-class SAT prep materials open and free.

Expectation:

1. Please come to the class on time with your notebook, and pens/pencils.

2. No late homework accepted.

3. Keep the class room clean. No food in the classroom.