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Algebra Fundamentals

Algebra Fundamentals, March 2011

Margaret Pellegrini

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 17, 2011, 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 6:30 to 7:30 PM

RCTC Heintz Center
Park in the East Lot and enter through the door on the right. Location Map
Please note: The Heintz Center can be hard to find! Here is a printable location map to help you find your way!


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GATEway, in collaboration with RCTC Community and Youth Programs, is pleased to offer a three-session program of math enrichment for elementary students. This program is designed to introduce some of the fundamental concepts of Algebra to students in grades 3-5 who are interested in advanced math. The classes will use manipulatives and other age-appropriate methods of introducing abstract concepts in a way that is easier for young minds to understand. Concepts will include the use of negative numbers, variables, number lines, and the coordinate plane.

Since each session will build on skills taught the previous week, students should plan to attend all three sessions. Sessions will meet on Tuesday, March 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, Thursday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. All sessions will meet at RCTC's Heintz Center, 1926 Collegeview Dr. SE. Parents are encouraged to stay during the class time to assist their students. Students will be encouraged to complete assignments for additional practice at home. Students will need a basic understanding of negative numbers before beginning. Some extensions will be available each week for students who cover the basics quickly.

Families interested in this enrichment need to register below. Classes are free, but freewill donations will be accepted to help cover the costs of duplicating and class materials. Please note that this class is a GATEway offering and is not a Rochester School District program.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dee Voldal at 285-1658 or email

March 15 Objectives:
Ordering negative numbers
Understand addition of negative and positive numbers
Concept of absolute value as distance
Concept of opposites/additive inverses
Concept of "-" as "turn around" or adding the opposite
Subtraction of negative numbers esp. subtracting negative numbers
Multiplication of integers esp. minus by minus
Introduce variables and expressions with variables
Show multiplication of variables as ab a(b) or a.b
Evaluate variable expressions for different values of the variable

March 17 Objectives:
Introduce linear equations in one variable
Solving simple linear equations
Introduce 2-variable equations
Solve for x or y

March 22 Objectives:
Introducing the Coordinate plane
Plot points
Terms: origin, x-axis, y-axis, coordinates
Plot 2-variable equations