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Algebra

Course Catalog ID:
3504
Subject Categories:
Math
Description

In this course students will develop an understanding of critical mathematical thinking through an emphasis on reasoning, analysis, and problem-solving. Classes will engage students with visual and dynamic activities, and problems will be modeled with professional teaching instruction. Students will also have the opportunity for guided and independent practice. Topics include learning manipulation of variables in expressions and equations, order of operations, data analysis, operations with rational numbers, solving equations, solving inequalities, inverse variation, writing function rules, rate of slope and change, writing linear equations, graphing absolute value equations, linear inequalities, properties of exponents, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations, radical equations, and rational expressions. Students will apply principle-based strategies with a synergistic emphasis on the three major areas of visual representation of algebraic concepts, manipulation of algebraic equations, and application to practical problems. Successful completion of this course will give students the foundation they need for all high school math and science courses that require Algebra as a prerequisite.

Prerequisites
Grade Levels*:
7, 8, 9, 10
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
Readiness
• Successful completion of TPS Pre-Algebra (Honors) (70% or higher)
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• Successful completion of TPS Pre-Algebra (75% or higher)
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• Successful completion of TPS Math Accelerated 6 (95% or higher) with TPS approval

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• Successful completion of Readiness Test
Notes and Conditions

Standard vs. Honors: For students planning to take Calculus in high school or college, we recommend considering the Honors version of this course. Either version is adequate preparation for Calculus, but the Honors version is specifically designed toward that purpose.

Curriculum: TPS uses the award-winning Elayn Martin-Gay High School Series (AGA). The Martin-Gay series is one of the few curricula (out of the many we reviewed) that has scope and level we require, including standard and honors level. It follows well from the Math Mammoth series we use in our Math Fundamentals and Pre-Algebra courses. It features a rich set of thousands of supplemental videos to aid self study. And it includes excellent on-line MyMathLab resources, which is the same platform already used by TPS Precalculus and Calculus. (This information should not be used for ordering materials, as TPS will be providing special bundle ISBN’s required for ordering.)

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Reviews from Students and Parents

“Before this class, I dreaded math, so it means a lot to say that it is now my favorite subject and that I was heartbroken for the class to end. Hands down, this is one of the best courses I will ever take! TPS Algebra gave me quality teaching, highly interactive time with the teacher (who was incredible), and practice materials that advanced my math skills far beyond anything I expected.”

Annelise L
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Student

“This course taught me a lot about Algebra, covering everything from types of numbers to quadratic equations and everything in between. Math has always been one of my most challenging subjects, but this class made math fun to learn and practice. Whenever a concept stumped me or any of my classmates or we had trouble understanding something, the teacher always took the time to explain it to us until we understood. I would 100% recommend this class.”

Roxana C
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Student

“I absolutely loved this course! My teacher was helpful, explained the material clearly, and was very accessible if I had questions. I highly recommend this course!”

Richard H
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Student

“One of my favorite classes was Algebra. My teacher was amazing. She would make sure we understood concepts before moving on, and if I had a problem, she was quick to answer. The course challenged me to think creatively and apply mathematical skills outside the classroom.”

Massimo M
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Student

“Math is not my strong point, but through TPS Algebra I mastered a lot of stuff that I had previously struggled with through other programs and textbooks.”

Leonard A
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Student

“I loved my Algebra class because it challenged me and forced me to think through problems. TPS raised the bar just enough that I was challenged but not to the point of impossible. I have seen my academic ability grow rapidly. I loved this class so much and would recommend it for another student.”

Joshua M
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Student

“My time in TPS has been nothing short of a blessing. My favorite class in TPS is Algebra, because the teacher teaches the information so well, and she really encourages me to love math.”

Jamie Y
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Student

“This Algebra class was a fantastic step forward. It has helped not only with my education, but my organization and turning work in on time.”

Brent F
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Student

“This course is perfect for anyone thinking: I’ve never understood math, and I just can’t bear it for another year. The lectures are thorough but engaging, and the teacher provides exceptional feedback on every problem. I can say with confidence that this is the best Algebra course you could possibly take.”

Luka G
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Student

“I started TPS taking Algebra. Before taking the class, math was hard and stressful for me. I hated it! This year, finishing Algebra, I have realized that I have come to understand math. TPS teachers were supportive and willing to help me.”

Geneva M
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Student