Students in Algebra1B begin by exploring quadratic equations and quadratic functions, and then move on to factoring expressions. Next, they work on exponential functions and their graphs. Students conclude the course by looking at functions that fall into other categories. Algebra 1B is the second half of first-year algebra aligned to the rigorous standards. In this course, students explore the fundamentals of Algebra. Algebra 1B extends students’ algebraic skills and knowledge to five new types of functions: quadratic, exponential, absolute value, piecewise, and step. In this course, students will learn the properties and key features of nonlinear functions, including quadratic functions and exponential functions. Students will identify key features and interpret functions presented as equations, graphs, tables, and verbal descriptions. Emphasis will be placed on how different families of functions compare to one another, and transformations of functions will be performed for all function types presented. The course will conclude with an introduction of “other” functions, including absolute-value functions, piecewise functions, and step functions.
Suggested grade level: 9
Prerequisites: Honors Algebra 1A