Prerequisite: Be on grade level in reading and mathematics.
Pre-Algebra is a course intended to enable a student to make a successful transition from arithmetic to algebra and geometry. Throughout the course, students explore the language of algebra, geometry, and other areas of mathematics in verbal, tabular, graphical, and symbolic form. The change to algebra is done by examining the use of variables in pattern generalizations, abbreviations in formulas, and unknowns in sentences to be solved. Basic algebra skills are introduced and geometry is stressed through its connections with arithmetic, measurement, and algebra. The course balances modeling activities by providing students with plenty of opportunity to develop critical paper-and-pencil skills such as computation involving integers and rational numbers and solving equations. Students will make use of scientific calculators when necessary.