

Background
Information
TITLE 
Algebra
1: Explorations and Applications 


Authors: 
Miriam
A. Leiva, Richard G. Brown, Loring Coes III, Shirley Frazier Cooper,
Joan FerriniMundy, Amy T. Herman, Patick W. Hopfensperger, Celia
Lazarski, Stuart J. Murphy, Anthony Scott, Marvin S. Weingarden. 


Publisher: 
McDougal
Littell Inc. 


Edition: 
1998 


OVERVIEW 



Subject
Area: 
Algebra 


Grade
Level/Format: 
This
textbook is appropriate for grades 810. The text consists of 12
chapters. 


Time
Frame: 
This
course takes approximately 160 days to complete when following a
regular schedule of 45 minutes per day. If using a block schedule
of 90 minutes per day, the course takes approximately 81 days to
complete. 


CONTENT 



Main
Topics: 
 Using Algebra to
Work with Data
 Equations and Functions
 Graphing Linear
Equations
 Solving Equations
and Inequalities
 Connecting Algebra
and Geometry
 Working with Radicals
 Systems of Equations
and Inequalities
 Quadratic Functions
 Exponential Functions
 Polynomial Functions
 Rational Functions
 Discrete Mathematics



Activities: 
In
a typical chapter, students read an interview about an individual
who uses mathematics in his or her daily career and answer questions
regarding the interview. In each lesson/section, students 1) read
about mathematical situations that relate to the interview, which
include modeling examples of the concept/skills; 2) review their
ideas about the lesson's objective(s) by answering questions related
to the key concepts/skills of the lesson, and completing a set of
problems. Some lessons/sections may also include at least one or
all of the following question sections: Think and Communicate (probes
students thinking), Cooperative Learning (group activity), and Connection
(an activity that applies the math to realworld contexts). Each
chapter ends with a portfolio project, chapter review, and chapter
assessment. 


OPERATION 



Assessment: 
Assessments
include cooperative learning activities, openended problems, journal
writing, portfolio projects, and self assessment tasks. Chapters
include chapter assessments that include vocabulary questions, sets
of problems, and performance tasks. The text has cumulative assessments
covering several chapters. The teacher's Assessment Book consists
of chapter tests, short quizzes, cumulative tests, and performancebased
tasks. 


Cost: 
Student
edition: 
$46.47 

Teacher's
edition: 
$72.99 


CREDIBILITY 
Following
are references for reports on Algebra 1: Explorations and Applications. Please check the web site for further information about additional
evaluations and reviews . 


NCTM
Standards Analysis: 
American
Association for the Advancement of Science. (2000). Algebra
textbooks: A standardsbased evaluation. Washington, D.C.:
Author. 


WEB
SITE: 
http://www.mcdougallittell.com 
