Title page from The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing by al-Khwarizmi

Contextual Algebra

  • Welcome to Contextual Algebra.  We are going to look at math from a slightly different perspective.  We will be exploring how algebra is used in the world throughout history as we develop math problem solving skills.  Welcome!

    Within the structure of the real number system, the study of Algebra concentrates on simple, linear and quadratic equations and problem-solving utilizing basic contemporary mathematical language and symbolism.  This course is intended for 9th graders who may learn better from a hands-on approach.  Students will be engaged in cooperative teams, working on projects, and activities that help to make math more memorable and algebra more accessible to all students with different abilities or learning styles.


    • Inexpensive calculator that can do exponents,  53.  Your phone is NOT acceptable but you may borrow a calculator from the library.
    • Notebook/Journal for recording notes and calculations, with these sections: 
      • daily assignments
      • notes
      • warm-ups sections:
    • Graph paper, which may be part of the notebook
    • Pencil and eraser
    • Straightedge (ruler)



    enVision Algebra Common Core 2018, Pearson


      1 – Solving Equations and Inequalities
      2 – Linear Equations
      3 – Linear Functions
      4 - Systems of Linear Equations & Inequalities
      6 – Exponents & Exponential Functions
      7 – Polynomials and Factoring
      8 – Quadratic Functions
      9 – Solving Quadratic Functions
    10 – Working with Functions
    11 – Statistics (optional)


      5 – Piecewise Functions 
    11 – Statistics