Textbook: Saxon Algebra ½: An Incremental Development, 3rd edition – it’s light blue and dark blue. Only the textbook is required, although other materials exist and can be all bought together as a package. Supplementary materials both from the publisher and from other resources will be posted online and can be printed off as needed.
Prerequisites: Completion of 6th grade math or equivalent homeschool curriculum. Students will need to be familiar with the 4 functions of arithmetic, as well as aware of more complex topics like fractions, the coordinate plane, negative numbers, and square roots. (Aware of implies they have heard of the idea before, maybe used it, but do not have to be proficient at the concept.)
Course Description: This course is the culmination of pre-algebra mathematics, a full pre-algebra course and an introduction to geometry and discrete mathematics. Some topics covered include Prime and Composite numbers; fractions & decimals; order of operations, coordinates, exponents, square roots, ratios, algebraic phrases, probability, and the Pythagorean Theorem.