Algebra 1A  Summer 2011

Unit 5  Quadratic Models
This unit will focus on analyzing data that is best modeled with a quadratic function. What quadratic model best fits?
How do you write equations for such models? How do you use the model to answer questions? Graphical and numerical
techniques will be used to solve quadratic equations. Various forms of quadratic functions as well as key features of
quadratic graphs will be the focus. Furthermore, the skills needed to understand quadratic expressions will be
studied expanding, factoring, completing the square, the quadratic formula, and solving quadratic equations algebraically.


Unit 6  Radical Functions
This unit will focus on analyzing data that is best modeled with a quadratic function. What quadratic model best fits?
How do you write equations for such models? How do you use the model to answer questions? Graphical and numerical
techniques will be used to solve quadratic equations. Various forms of quadratic functions as well as key features of
quadratic graphs will be the focus. Furthermore, the skills needed to understand quadratic expressions will be
studied expanding, factoring, completing the square, the quadratic formula, and solving quadratic equations algebraically.


Unit 7  Data Distributions
This unit will look at specifically at how data relates to life. In particular we will look at causality vs. association,
making conclusions from data, and analyze effects of linear transformations on statistical measures.


Unit 8  Exponential Functions
This unit will focus on analyzing data that is best modeled with an exponential function. What model best fits? How do you
write equations for such models? How do you use the model to answer questions? Graphical and numerical techniques will be
used to solve exponential equations. Explicit and recursive formulas will be used to describe exponential relationships:
(repeated multiplication) We will also work with the properties of exponents.



