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Are you one of the many students out there that shiver at the thought of having to work with equations and graphs? What about rational and irrational numbers? Okay, enough with the scary words. Sometimes, we think Stephen King doesn't have anything on tales from middle school and high school math classes.
What we're about to tell you might come as a surprise: Pre-Algebra isn't really that scary. Sure, there's something creepy about walking into a dark basement. But once the lights get flicked on, you just might find a surprise party waiting at the bottom of the stairs. (We wish!)
Our goal is to turn on that light bulb and shed some insight—and hilarity—onto the darkness that is hiding the Pre-Algebra party.
In this course, we'll learn about concepts we'll see again and again in classes like Geometry, Statistics, Probability, and (you guessed it) Algebra. Equations and other concepts tend to rear their beautiful heads in all math classes at some point. Luckily, Shmoop makes these concepts easier to learn and remember.
P.S. Pre-Algebra is a two-semester course. You're looking at Semester B, but you can check out Semester A here.
- Microsoft Office, Google Docs, or another word processing program
- A scanner (or access to one)
- A camera (a camera phone is sufficient)
- All other work can be done via the Shmoop website
- IE 7+
- Firefox 4+
- Chrome 10+
- Safari 4+
- Opera 11+
This course is an accelerated course meant to be taken after 6th grade math and before algebra I. If you are looking for pre-algebra to be split into two years, check out our 7th and 8th grade math courses (coming soon).
No special technological skills are necessary for this course other than very basic computer literacy.
Course BreakdownPurchase units individually
Unit 9. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
On occasion, lonely linear equations and inequalities are known mix and mingle together. Equations that don't know each other very well will try to find similarities between them. Hopefully they'll be able to find a point in common and connect in some way before the evening ends.
Unit 10. Basics of Geometry
Geometry is all about seeing the world around you in a totally different way. (No, not upside down. Now get off of there.) We'll describe shapes, calculate side lengths, find congruent angles, and manipulate formulas for our own personal gain. And let's be real: who doesn't love using just about anything for their own personal gain?
Unit 11. Transformations in Geometry
Prepare for more reflections than a fun house full of mirrors, more rotations than a pirouetting ballerina, and more translations than a U.N. conference. As long as we get our shrink ray working, don't blow things out of proportion, and hold on to our congruent angles, we'll be just fine.
Unit 12. 3D Geometry
The third dimension involves a lot more algebra than you might think. Dust off those area formulas, one-variable equations, and proportions, because we'll be putting them to good use. Get ready to fold some nets, calculate volumes and surface areas, and identify similar solids. Thrilling, we know.
Unit 13. Statistics
Statistics allow us to sample populations, gather data, calculate means, and create colorful graphs that report our findings. It's all about making a lot of information more easily understandable. That, and proving once and for all that Michael Keaton is the best Batman of all time.
Unit 14. Probability
This unit will focus primarily on being able to predict the future. (Think less divination and more blackjack.) We'll draw tables and diagrams to represent probabilities of different events, calculate the chance of winning a poker hand and the lottery, and dabble in the art of simulations, all to bring probability to life. Probably.
- Course Length: 17 weeks
- Course Number: 110
- Grade Levels: 7, 8
- Course Type: Basic
Just what the heck is a Shmoop Online Course?
Common Core Standards
The following standards are covered in this course:CCSS.Math.Content.8.EE.B.6