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Advanced Algebra

Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Geometry

Course Description:  Advanced Algebra students will learn how to recognize, describe and generalize patterns to make predictions; use algebraic symbols and operations to represent and analyze mathematical structures and relationships; analyze the relationships and interactions between quantities to model and compare patterns of change for complex functions. Students will study sequence, linear, polynomial, and exponential functions, logarithmic functions, and the graphs that correspond to them, transformations, growth, and decay models; explore data through statistical graphs, measures of central tendency, lines of best fit; learn how to factor, solve radicals, and understand complex numbers, trigonometric functions; and use graphing calculators to solve problems.

Instructions Methods/Assessments:  Instructional methods include lectures, group discussion, and individual investigations. Assessments include tests, quizzes, homework, projects, and semester final. 

Recommended Background for Success:  It is recommended that students have a graphing calculator (TI-84 plus). Students should be able to simplify expressions, solve for a variable requiring multiple steps, and solve systems of linear equations. Additionally, this course builds on Intermediate Algebra skills, requiring students to have a strong understanding of variables and the order of operations.