Math Content Standard A: Content of Math
Key Element 4. Functions and Relations
A student who meets the content standard should represent,
analyze, and use mathematical patterns, relations, and
functions, using methods such as tables, equations, and
Algebra for All
Algebra is a gatekeeper that allows students to go on
to the work force and to a higher education. Students
who do not have the algebraic concepts are denied opportunities
that affect their futures. The way we teach algebra needs
to be a rich, technology assisted applicable course that
challenges and enriches a student's ability to solve problems.
Algebra should be taught as a means of representation
and be integrated with statistics, geometry, and discrete
mathematics. As a means of representation, algebra provides
a language that uses verbal, tabular, graphical, and symbolic
forms to model and answer questions about quantitative
patterns and relationships. These patterns and relationships
often arise in contexts involving data, shape, or change.
Thus, algebra in this broader conception is intimately
tied to other mathematical strands.
Algebra Big Ideas (Kindergarten Through 12th Grade)
The concept of variable
Solving linear inequalities