Pre algebra or algebra?

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Pre algebra or algebra?

Postby Sasha2 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:24 pm

What exactly is prealgebra.Is in a necessity to take before algebra? Or is it just a review of concepts and an intro to algebra?

My son is in 7th next year and dont want to waste time with reviewing stuff he already knows.Anyway I want to use Teaching Textbooks and will probably have him take the placement test but still want to know the difference between the two.

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You Don’t Need Pre-Algebra to take Algebra

Postby RPascal206 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:45 pm

No, you don’t have to take pre-algebra prior to taking algebra.

I was looking through the table of contents for the Teaching Book series, and this is what I found:

Pre-Algebra
Chapters 1-6 seem to be a recap of grades 6 and 7
Chapters 7-17 are virtually the same as Algebra 1

Algebra 1
Seems to cover everything in chapters 7-17 of Pre-Algebra, and probably a little more (presumably in greater detail)

Here is the link to the Pre-Algebra table of contents: http://184.168.83.81/Assets/PreAlgebraTOC.pdf

Here is the link to the Algebra 1 table of contents: http://184.168.83.81/Assets/Algebra1TOC.pdf

I personally have never used the Teaching Book series; however, from personal experience with other pre-algebra curricula and textbooks, I recommend you go straight to algebra 1. If your child needs to review any previous subjects, you could probably just review the previous lessons.

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Postby Sasha2 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:32 pm

Wow thanks so much for all the help.Looks like we can go straight for algebra 1.


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