This course includes basic numerical operations and number sense, integer operations, rational expressions, simplifying and evaluating algebraic expressions, solving one and two-step equations in one variable, and simplifying polynomials in the first semester. The second semester will begin the study of Algebra I and will include applying the laws of exponents, absolute value, rational expressions, radical expressions, polynomial operations and linear functions. The geometric concepts of similarity, area, volume, and ratio, proportions and statistical concepts of stem and leaf plots, tables, graphs, charts, and scatter plots will be integrated throughout the course. Real-world applications and problem solving are the foundations of this course. Visual and physical models, calculators, and other technologies are recommended when appropriate and should be used to enhance both instruction and assessment. Students may take Algebra I at the completion of this course or may be enrolled concurrently in Algebra I.