This course represents the first part of a two-year course. It has been designed to offer a rigorous and comprehensive foundation that addresses the newly expanded core content standards for Algebra 1. It will also provide students the opportunity to truly master algebraic and mathematics skills that will lead to greater achievement in subsequent courses. Students will create and use numerical, algebraic, graphical, and verbal representations and analyze sophisticated patterns, relations, and functions. They will represent linear functions numerically, algebraically, graphically and verbally and work with and interpret these representations. They will deepen their understanding of relations and functions and expand their repertoire in working with them. Students will develop insight and understanding of the algebraic properties that govern the manipulation of symbols in expressions, equations, and inequalities. Functions will be introduced as mathematical modeling tools providing students with a versatile and powerful means for analyzing and solving complex, multi-step, real world problems. Students will also learn the appropriate use of technology, such as graphing calculators and spreadsheet utilities to model and analyze a wide range of mathematical relationships.