Pre Algebra

Course Focus

PA.1 Identify SDA Christian principles and values in correlation with mathematics.
PA.1.1 Recognize God as Creator and Sustainer of an ordered universe.
PA.1.2 Value God’s inspired writings and created works as a revelation of His precision, accuracy, and exactness.
PA.1.3 Develop accountability as expressed in God’s word and laws.
PA.1.4 Employ Christian principles as a basis for learning and growth.
PA.1.5 Broaden intellectual abilities through the study of mathematics.
PA.1.6 Make biblically-based choices when dealing with mathematical data.
PA.1.7 Apply biblical principles of Christian morality, integrity, and ethical behavior to mathematical processes.

Course Abilities

PA.2 Develop abilities in mathematics.
PA.2.1 Understand mathematical concepts (number sense, algebraic and geometric thinking, measurement, data analysis, and probability).
PA.2.2 Utilize the problem-solving process (explore, plan, solve, verify).
PA.2.3 Develop higher-order thinking skills (analyze, evaluate, reason, classify, predict, generalize, solve, decide, relate, interpret, simplify, model, synthesize).
PA.3 Be able to apply mathematical knowledge and skills to a variety of purposes.
PA.3.1 Use a variety of strategies in the problem-solving process (i.e. patterns, tables, diagrams).
PA.3.2 Conduct research (locate, observe/gather, analyze, conclude).
PA.3.3 Perform calculations with and without technology in life situations.
PA.3.4 Read critically and communicate proficiently with mathematical vocabulary.

Course Content

PA.4 Be able to understand concepts involving real numbers.
PA.4.1 Simplify expressions using the order of operations.
PA.4.2 Identify numbers (natural, whole, integers, rational, irrational, real) and operations of numbers (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) including scientific notation.
PA.4.3 Identify relationships among numbers (i.e. equations, inequalities, ratios, proportions, conversions).
PA.5 Be able to represent mathematical situations using algebraic symbols and models.
PA.5.1 Use and evaluate expressions involving variables.
PA.5.2 Write and solve equations and inequalities from written and oral expression.
PA.5.3 Identify, graph, and interpret functions.
PA.5.4 Apply basic concepts of statistics and probability (mean, median, mode, range, box and whisker).
PA.6 Be able to apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to interpret and solve problems.
PA.6.1 Calculate measurable attributes of figures (degrees of angles, lengths, perimeter, area, volume).
PA.6.2 Use and manipulate given formulas to solve a variety of problems (i.e. slope, distance, area, volume, perimeter, midpoint).
PA.6.3 Solve consumer-related problems (i.e. profit/loss, sales tax, mark-up/discount, interest).
PA.7 Be able to analyze results and draw appropriate conclusions.
PA.7.1 Find and interpret information from graphs, charts, and numerical data.
PA.7.2 Predict patterns and generalize trends.
PA.7.3 Judge meaning, utility, and reasonableness of findings in a variety of situations, including those carried out by technology.