The McDougal LIttell Algebra 1 textbook is composed of 12 chapters. The first half covers topics in remedial math, real numbers, linear equations, linear inequalities and graphing techniques. The second half of the book covers systems of linear equations, exponential functions, the quadratic function, polynomials, rational functions and radicals. Each chapter presents study tips, a skills-review section, tips to learn math vocabulary and advice on test taking. Throughout the text, real-world problems called application highlights are included.
The study tips are there to remind students of the correct operational techniques to use while solving problems. The skills review remarks provide short blurbs that define and clarify the concepts presented earlier in the chapter. The vocabulary tips break down various math terms by parts and provide the etymology and current meaning of each.
Each chapter provides numerous opportunities for assessing one’s progress, including chapter readiness quizzes that tell students whether or not they are prepared to tackle the information presented in the chapter. The quizzes assess student understanding of the material covered up to a certain point in the chapter. Standardized test practices are questions presented in multiple-choice format, and the chapter tests are cumulative reviews of the material covered in each chapter. Online homework help is available at McDougalLittell.com.