Algebra is a way of thinking about and representing many situations. This course introduces students to these new ideas and new ways of learning. It is important that students view algebra as a tool for problem solving, reasoning, communication and making connections. The main topics of Algebra I include symbolic algebra (e.g., equation solving, exponents, factoring), functions, data analysis, matrices and mathematical modeling. These topics are embedded in contextual settings that provide students with an opportunity to make connections between algebra and other disciplines. Technology enables students to solve problems and to make mathematical conjectures in a variety of ways.