Algebra I

Complete a highly accelerated year of high school math. See the syllabus and course content at A graphing calculator is required. A TIP-created exam will be the final assessment in the course.


The TIP Summer Studies Algebra I course introduces the fundamentals of algebraic concepts. Students will examine linear and quadratic expressions, equations, and functions in detail. This course also features an introduction to statistical modeling. This course will challenge students to sharpen skills in data analysis and in problem solving. Graphing calculators will be used as mathematical tools throughout instruction and assessment. Instructors employ a variety of instructional methods, including, but not limited to, large and small group problem solving sessions, lecture, and individual practice.

The Texas Instruments TI-Nspire or comparable calculator such as the TI-83 or 84 models are recommended.

Mathematics is now applied to virtually every field of human endeavor. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has articulated the changing nature of secondary mathematics in Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. The NCTM acknowledges the role of mathematics in daily life, in cultural heritage, in the workplace, and in the scientific and technical community (NCTM 2000).

In order to comply with the Standards of the NCTM, the ultimate role of the TIP Algebra I math class is for participating students to develop mathematical skills and confidence. To accomplish this goal and to respect the current trends in mathematics education, the course is structured around the following themes:

  • integration of mathematics and technology, particularly scientific and graphing calculators
  • development of intuition in the understanding of mathematics
  • mathematical modeling of real-world phenomena
  • applications of mathematics to other academic fields
  • mathematics learned conceptually through cooperative discovery, experimentation, and experience

The Duke TIP Algebra Sequence Courses may not correspond exactly with the curricula of all school systems; however, many standard topics that TIP includes are aligned with the Common Core Standards for Algebra 1 or 2 which form the basis for many state curricula and may be used as preparation for the next level course in the mathematics sequence of a given school. Duke TIP is not a credit-granting institution. If a student wishes to receive credit or placement into the next level for a mathematics course completed at TIP Summer Studies, the parent must negotiate with local school officials. Evaluation of student performance at Duke TIP is based on instructor-prepared tests and assignments.

Related Terms and Locations: 
Term 1 (June 9–29)
Austin College, TX
Term 2 (July 7–27)
Appalachian State University, NC
Summer Studies Program: 
Academy Math