Algebra II Module 1, Topic A, Overview

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The focus in this topic is on polynomial arithmetic and how it is analogous to operations with integers.  The module opens with a lively lesson that engages students in writing polynomial expressions for sequences by examining successive differences.  Later in this topic, students gain fluency with polynomial operations and work with identities such as a2-b2=(a+b)(a-b).  The topic closes with an emphasis on the use of factoring and the special role of zeros when solving polynomial equations.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
A.SSE.2 Use the structure of an expression to identify ways to rewrite it. For example, see x4 – y4 as (x2)...
A.APR.4 Prove polynomial identities and use them to describe numerical relationships. For example, the...

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