Eighth grade students take either PreAlgebra or Honors Algebra I. PreAlgebra begins the formal study of Algebra. In this course students explore algebraic concepts including the real number system, variables, order of operations, exponents and roots, ratios, proportions, percent, probability, statistics and linear equations. Geometric concepts such as perimeter, area, and volume are also explored.
Honors Algebra I begins the formal study of functions and includes many types such as: linear, absolute value, quadratic, rational, and square root. Functions are used to model real-world phenomena. In order to foster a conceptual understanding of functions, this course approaches the study of Algebra utilizing the “Rule of Four,” meaning that topics will be approached numerically, algebraically or symbolically, graphically, and verbally. Other topics of study include solving equations and inequalities: linear, quadratic, radical and rational. Systems of equations and inequalities, exponents and radicals, and polynomials are also included in the Algebra I course. Prerequisite: PreAlgebra