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TITLE Algebra 1: Integration, Applications, Connections
Authors: William Collins, Gilbert Cuevas, Alan G. Foster, Berchie Gordon, Beatrice Moore-Harris, James Rath, Dora Swart and Leslie J. Winters
Publisher: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Edition: 1998
Subject Area: Algebra
Grade Level/Format: This textbook is appropriate for grades 6-12. It consists of 13 chapters.
Time Frame: The course takes approximately 160 days to complete if using a regular schedule of 40-50 minute class periods. The course may also be taught over two years: chapters 1-7 in the first year and chapters 8-13 in the second year. If block scheduling, a 90-minute class period, is used, the course may be taught over 90 days (one semester or one year) or 180 days (one year or two years).
Main Topics:
  • Exploring Expressions, Equations, and Functions
  • Exploring Rational Numbers
  • Solving Linear Equations
  • Using Proportional Reasoning
  • Graphing Relations and Functions
  • Analyzing Linear Equations
  • Solving Linear Inequalities
  • Solving Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Exploring Polynomials
  • Using Factoring
  • Exploring Quadratic and Exponential Functions
  • Exploring Rational Expressions and Equations
  • Exploring Radical Expressions and Equations
Activities: In a typical chapter, students read the objectives, explore topics and situations that support the importance of mathematics, and engage in a chapter project. In each lesson, students (1) read what they will learn and why it is important; (2) explore commentary on demonstrations of the concepts or skills; (3) complete sample problems; and (4) express their understanding of concepts/skills by reading, writing, modeling, discussing, and doing practice problems. Each chapter ends with a highlights section and a study guide and assessment section, which include skills and concepts, applications and problem solving, alternative assessments, and, in some chapters, long-term investigation problems.
Assessment: Assessments include writing assignments, self tests, selected review problem sets, review of terms, procedures, concepts and skills, and alternative assessments, which may include group/team projects, applied questions, portfolio prompts, and self evaluations. The Assessment and Evaluation Masters contain multiple choice, free response, calculator-based and mid-chapter tests; practice versions of standardized tests; quizzes; cumulative reviews of a set of chapters; and performance tests.
Cost: Student edition: $46.98
Teacher's edition: $65.22
CREDIBILITY Following are references for reports on Algebra 1: Integration, Applications, Connections. 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 standards-based evaluation. Washington, D.C.: Author


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