Key To Algebra Curriculum Review

Key To Algebra Curriculum Review

Our Experience

Key to Algebra was a huge hit in our house. As a math challenged parent, I found the explanations to be clear and concise. More importantly, for the first time in my life, I enjoyed Algebra, which made it far easier to teach. My son found the lessons both enjoyable and engaging, which is quite amazing for a kid who avoids math at all costs. We found no downside at all to this curriculum and are patiently waiting to see if the publisher comes out with Algebra II. I can safely say Key to Algebra is the best math curriculum I have ever used.

The Facts

The Key to Algebra is provides self-paced, self-guided workbooks.  It motivates students and builds their confidence with bite-size, easy to follow lesson.  This curriculum consists of 10 books approximately 40 pages each.

Book 1  Operations on Integers

Begins with prime numbers and prime factors and moves into adding and subtracting negative numbers. From there the book moves to multiplying and dividing integers.

Book 2  Variables, Terms, and Expressions

Begins with a review of the operations on integers introduces variables and expressions. This book also introduces exponents and using them to shorten expressions and then continues with multiplying terms such as (6u)(-8v) and their applications.  Combining like terms, area, perimeter, order of operations, the distributive principle, and evaluating expressions are also covered.

Book 3 Equations

Students begin solving algebraic equations and using equations to solve story problems.

Book4  Polynomials 

This book explains polynomial expressions.  Student are asked to identify what degree polynomial a variable is and be able to identify monomials, binomials, and trinomials.  The equations increase in difficulty and students are taught how to check their answers for an algabraic equation. The zero product rule and quadratic equations are introduced.

Book 5  Rational Numbers

Begins by graphing integers and rational numbers.  It covers absolute value, graphing an solving inequalities, and reviews function.

Book 6 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions

Reviews rational expressions and multiplying fractions with variables as well as simplifying rational expressions.  Book 6 also reviews reciprocals and dividing fractions.

Book 7 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

Includes using common denominators to solve equations.  Book 7 also delves more deeply into ratio, proportion, percent, and time problems by using simple explanations and examples to solve more difficult algabraic problems.

Book 8  Graphs

In this book, students will learn to graph equations and inequalities with multiple variables.  Slope is explored and students learn to find the equation of a line.

Book 9 Systems of Equations

This book concentrates on solving systems of equations both graphing and substitution and also covers solving systems of inequalities.

Book 10  Square Roots and Quadratic Equations  

Introduces more advanced sqaure root concepts and teaches students how to solve quadratic equations.

Upon completion of Key to Algebra books 1 – 10, the student will have a strong grasp of Algebra and will be able to solve all types of algabraic equations.



Also Available in the Key to Series

Key to Fractions

Key to Decimals

Key to Percents

Key to Measurement

Key to Metric Measurement

Key to Geometry


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