SOL Content Standards Algebra 1

  • Mathematics Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools – 2016 Algebra I

    The successful mastery of Algebra I is widely considered to be the gatekeeper to success in the study of upper-level mathematics. The study of algebraic thinking begins in kindergarten and is progressively formalized prior to the study of the algebraic content found in the Algebra I Standards of Learning. Included in the progression of algebraic content is patterning, generalization of arithmetic concepts, proportional reasoning, and representing mathematical relationships using tables, symbols, and graphs. All students are expected to achieve the Algebra I standards. The study of Algebra I assists students in generalizing patterns or modeling relevant, practical situations with algebraic models. In order to assist students in developing meaning and connecting algebraic concepts to geometry and statistics, consideration should be given to the sequential development of concepts and skills by using concrete materials to assist students in making the transition from the numeric to the symbolic. Connections between Algebra I and other subject areas through practical applications may assist in helping students attach meaning to the abstract concepts of algebra.

    These standards require students to use algebra as a tool for representing and solving a variety of practical problems. Tables and graphs will be used to interpret algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities and to analyze behaviors of functions. These standards include a transformational approach to graphing functions and writing equations when given the graph of the equation. Transformational graphing builds a strong connection between algebraic and graphic representations of functions. Graphing utilities (calculators, computers, and other technology tools) will be used to assist in teaching and learning. Graphing utilities facilitate visualizing, analyzing, and understanding algebraic and statistical behaviors and provide a powerful tool for solving and verifying solutions.

    Expressions and Operations

    A.1                    The student will

    1. represent verbal quantitative situations algebraically; and
    2. evaluate algebraic expressions for given replacement values of the variables.


    A.2                    The student will perform operations on polynomials, including

    1. a) applying the laws of exponents to perform operations on expressions;
    2. adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing polynomials; and
    3. c) factoring completely first- and second-degree binomials and trinomials in one


    A.3                    The student will simplify

    1. square roots of whole numbers and monomial algebraic expressions;
    2. cube roots of integers; and
    3. numerical expressions containing square or cube roots.

    Equations and Inequalities

    A.4                    The student will solve

    1. multistep linear equations in one variable algebraically;
    2. quadratic equations in one variable algebraically;
    3. literal equations for a specified variable;
    4. systems of two linear equations in two variables algebraically and graphically; and
    1. practical problems involving equations and systems of equations.



    A.5                    The student will

    1. solve multistep linear inequalities in one variable algebraically and represent the solution graphically;
    1. represent the solution of linear inequalities in two variables graphically;
    2. solve practical problems involving inequalities; and
    3. represent the solution to a system of inequalities graphically.


    A.6                    The student will

    1. a) determine the slope of a line when given an equation of the line, the graph of the line, or two points on the line;
    2. write the equation of a line when given the graph of the line, two points on the line, or the slope and a point on the line; and
    3. graph linear equations in two variables.


    A.7                    The student will investigate and analyze linear and quadratic function families and their characteristics both algebraically and graphically, including

    1. a) determining whether a relation is a function;
    2. domain and range;
    3. c) zeros;
    4. d) intercepts;
    5. e) values of a function for elements in its domain; and
    6. f) connections between and among multiple representations of functions using verbal descriptions, tables, equations, and graphs.


    A.8                    The student, given a data set or practical situation, will analyze a relation to determine whether a direct or inverse variation exists, and represent a direct variation algebraically and graphically and an inverse variation algebraically.


    A.9             The student will collect and analyze data, determine the equation of the curve of best fit in order to make predictions, and solve practical problems, using mathematical models of linear and quadratic functions.



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