Algebra 1 

Instructor: Malika Bell, M.S.


Meets twice per week for one hour at a time

Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra or Middle School Math, Course 3 or equivalent.

This course meets the requirements for a-g high school Algebra 1. If you prefer to take the course non-a-g, you can make this choice upon registration.

Grant us the privilege of being your guides this year as we lay the groundwork for

your math journey!

This class offers the flexibility of in-person attendance or live participation via Zoom. Regardless of the mode of engagement, our primary focus is to create an inclusive, safe learning environment for mathematics, where making mistakes is an integral part of the learning process, and collaborative efforts are encouraged to grasp the material.

We will follow an approved syllabus through Ocean Grove Charter School, extending an invitation for registration to students from any school or homeschool. Also, middle school students who have completed pre-algebra, math course 3, or equivalent levels are welcome. This course presents a comprehensive exploration of algebraic concepts, challenging students to cultivate critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills aligned with the standards for Algebra 1. This includes understanding the symbolic language of mathematics and exploring equations, functions, inequalities, and statistical analysis.

Homework assignments, ranging from 30 to 60 minutes, will be assigned at each class meeting, with all submissions due at the subsequent class meeting unless otherwise specified. Chapter exams and quizzes will be distributed for completion at home, and A-G students should know that the final exam will be proctored.

The class structure typically allocates the initial third of each session to addressing questions and reviewing material from the previous class. The remaining class time is dedicated to the introduction of new information. An emphasis will be placed on refining the art of note-taking and summarizing critical concepts from each section, crucial skills for effective learning and comprehension.


The textbook can be accessed for free online here (go to "common core for high school" then choose Algebra 1
If you wish to purchase a hard copy of the textbook (optional), you can find it using the information below.
Big Ideas Math: A Common Core Curriculum
Ron Larson  2018
ISBN-10: ‎1642087173
ISBN-13: ‎978-1642087178​​

Materials for Class:

Please come to each class with the following:
1. Completed homework from the class before
2. TWO graph paper notebooks (one for homework and one for notes)
3. A pencil with plenty of eraser. 

Fall Semester

Chapter 1: Solving Linear Equations
Chapter 2: Solving Linear Inequalities
Chapter 3: Graphing Linear Functions
Chapter 4: Writing Linear Functions
Chapter 5: Solving Systems of Linear Equations
Chapter 6: Exponential Functions and Sequences

Spring Semester
Chapter 7: Polynomial Equations and Factoring
Chapter 8: Graphing Quadratic Functions
Chapter 9: Solving Quadratic Equations
Chapter 10: Radical Functions and Equations
Chapter 11: Data Analysis and Displays

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