The Algebra I standards lead students through the transition from the arithmetic to the symbolic. They make connections and build relationships among algebra and arithmetic, geometry, and probability and statistics. Connections also are made to other subject areas through practical applications, which helps students attach meaning to the abstract concepts of algebra. The standards require students to use algebra as a tool for representing and solving a variety of practical problems. Tables and graphs will be used to interpret algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities and to analyze behaviors of functions.
Throughout the course, students are encouraged to engage in discourse about mathematics with teachers and other students, use the language and symbols of mathematics in representations and communication, discuss problems and problem solving, and develop confidence in themselves as mathematics students.