What are algebraic expressions? How are they structured, and how can they be combined to create equations and inequalities? How do you know that the solutions you find are correct? In Algebra 1, students create expressions from verbal descriptions, manipulate and transform them, and create visual models. Requiring students to explain each step helps them understand mathematical processes. Exploring functions, sequences, and their corresponding graphs helps students determine the best ways to represent each. Students examine functions graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally, and learn how to translate between these different forms. Students’ depth of understanding increases as they complete proofs and describe data, fitting functions to their data. Students then extend their knowledge of linear and exponential relationships and apply their new understanding to create quadratic and exponential expressions as models of real-life phenomena.
Art in Numbers [Mastery Project]
HOW DO WE INTERPRET OUR CULTURE THROUGH NUMBERS?
A local art gallery is accepting submissions for a juried show entitled “Art in Numbers.” The goal is to use art to bring attention to numbers that are overlooked by society. Artists are asked to submit works that are visually engaging that also encourage viewers to reflect on the numbers represented in each work of art. The gallery is looking for creative works that interpret the theme in unusual ways. Submissions must include visual artwork along with an explanation of the image and what it depicts.
Epidemic Graph [Mastery Project]
HOW DO YOU QUANTIFY THE SPREAD OF AN EPIDEMIC?
The new education department at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been tasked with increasing public awareness of specific infectious diseases. As part of this initiative, they have created a contest that calls for high school students to create educational materials for their peers. Your submission should be not only educational, but also visually engaging. You should include the history, risk factors, and disease spread information for an epidemic of your choice. Your final project will be presented in a visual form such as a brochure, poster, or infographic.