2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

CSTEM 5105 Expressions and Equations

Expressions and Equations is a course designed for elementary and middle school teachers as a precursor for Functions and Algebra I. The Common Core State Standards specifically identifies the need to write everyday experiences using algebraic representations. This course will take the arithmetic understandings of finding and representing percents of increase and decrease and raise those representations to ones that use equations. The work with order of operations that is done arithmetically in the Number System will be raised to the level of algebraic representations. Variables will be explored and used in the solution of problems that previously were solved without equations or expressions. This course provides strategies for representing algebraically that which in the elementary grades is represented arithmetically.