For **many years**, Saxon has been opposed to the use of calculators at levels lower than Algebra 2. (third edition). However, in **the fourth edition** of Algebra 1, they now offer **calculator instructions**. Reference numbers in mixed problem sets are a useful inclusion in the most recent Saxon textbooks. These reference numbers can be used with the answer key on p. 523 to find solutions to mixed problems.

Calculators may be used in tests, but only under the supervision of the administration. It is important that students understand this is not an open book test situation and computers cannot be used to help them pass or fail. The use of calculators may also delay your score through multiple-choice questions.

After Algebra 2, students usually continue on to Precalculus. However, some students who show an interest in mathematics may want to consider other subjects as well. For example, students may want to study Linear Algebra or Discrete Mathematics. There is also some evidence that using concepts from Topology or Analysis in problem solving can help students think critically about problems and learn how to solve them more effectively.

Saxon Math Algebra 1 includes subjects that would normally be covered in a first-year algebra course. Topics covered in Algebra 1 include arithmetic and the evaluation of expressions using signed numbers, exponents, and roots. Real-number attributes of variables are also considered. The study of **linear equations** and inequalities with two variables and of systems of equations is also included.

Other topics in **Saxon Math Algebra** 1 include: matrices; permutations and combinations; probability; rates; formulas for calculating certain quantities; the quadratic formula; the inverse square law; the relationship between velocity and distance; the derivative; applications of differentiation; the integral; anti-derivatives; trigonometry; the unit circle; functions; continuity; differentiability; infinity; limit points and limits; power series.

In addition to **these topics**, students learn how to solve problems involving absolute value, which expressions contain radicals, and how to reduce radicals to their simplest form through methods such as factoring or completing the square.

Finally, students examine examples from real-life situations that involve algebraic thinking.

Algebra 1 provides students with the basic tools they need for **further math studies**. As students advance into more advanced mathematics courses, they often find it helpful to review concepts learned in Algebra 1.

Saxon math books 54, 65, 76, 87, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Advanced Math, and Calculus are recommended. Any student who completes this arithmetic course while adhering to the Robinson Curriculum requirements may be anticipated to have **a solid foundation** in math. These are only recommendations, as courses may be changed at any time by your school district.

Saxon Math is a basic curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade students. Saxon Math distributes instruction, practice, and evaluation methodically throughout the year, rather of arranging **similar ideas** into units or chapters. This approach allows students to build on previous knowledge while providing an efficient path for them to master new material.

Students learn using concrete examples and applications, with the goal of improving problem-solving skills and understanding concepts in context. The textbook is supplemented by workbooks that contain **practice problems** with solutions; these can be used independently or together with the text. There are also web resources available for **further study**.

Saxon Math focuses on developing essential math skills through several key strategies: building on prior knowledge, applying what is learned, making connections between concepts, and practicing mathematics. These strategies are implemented through interactive exercises, including problem-solving tasks, that are designed to guide students toward mastering each topic presented.

In addition to covering **the standard school subjects**, Saxon Math includes topics such as geometry, algebra, measurement, probability, finance, and economics. These subjects are divided into categories based on how they relate to each other and current events. This approach helps students understand how different types of information are related and enables them to apply what they have learned across disciplines.