401 Introduction to Algebra I

2 semesters, 1 credit

Open to freshmen

Prerequisite: Recommendation of guidance counselor based on achievement tests

Introduction to Algebra 1 is a two semester course available to freshmen.  This course covers many of the same topics as Algebra I, including the following algebra principles: order of operations, factoring, operations of polynomials, exponents, and solving equations, but the topics are covered at an introductory level.  Less emphasis is placed on word problems and applications, and more emphasis is placed on basic principles. A TI-84 calculator is required for this class.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Evaluate an expression using order of operations and find the value of an expression with variables.
  2. Recognize and combine like terms and simplify expressions with exponents.
  3. Distribute a coefficient and a variable to an expression and simplify the expression.
  4. Solve one variable equations and inequalities.
  5. Translate words into an algebraic equation and solve.
  6. Write and solve equations using percents and proportions.
  7. Collect like terms, add, subtract, and multiply polynomials. 
  8. Solve a system of equations.
  9. Plot points on a coordinate plane and graph lines from an equation.
  10. Simplify square roots and solve equations using radicals.
  11. Work with a variable expression.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. How to perform various operations on radical expressions 
  2. The concepts and representations of points and lines 


This course last updated on January 8, 2019, by the Math Department.