This course is designed to help student understand the basic concepts of elementary algebra and acquire important manipulative algebraic skills. The syllabus has been developed on a level appropriate to the mathematical maturity and sophistication of all students. Enrichment is provided throughout for those students capable of proceeding at a faster pace.
The basic concepts of this course are carefully developed with the use of simple language and symbolism. Explanations and problems lead to the statement of general principles and procedures. Model problems and solutions are detailed in class, helping students to apply these principles independently. Daily exercises cover almost every type of difficulty and tests cover students' understanding of basic concepts as well as mastery of manipulative skills.