Introductory Algebra (Apex)

Introductory Algebra provides a curriculum focused on foundational concepts that prepare students for success in Algebra I. Through a "Discovery-Confirmation-Practice"-based exploration of basic concepts, students are challenged to work toward a mastery of computational skills, to deepen their understanding of key ideas and solution strategies, and to extend their knowledge through a variety of problem-solving applications.

Course topics include integers; the language of algebra; solving equations with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; fractions and decimals; measurement; exponents; solving equations with roots and powers; multi-step equations; and linear equations.

Within each lesson, students are supplied with a scaffolded note-taking guide, called a study sheet, as well as a post-study checkup activity that provides them the opportunity to hone their computational skills by working through a low-stakes, 10-question problem set before starting formal assessment. Unit-level assessments include a computer-scored test and a scaffolded, teacher-scored test.

This course is built to state standards and informed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

This updated course was originally created for Apex Courses and is now available in Courseware.