What the Traditional Curricula (Algebra 1) Include
that CMP Does Not

-- Emphasis on manipulating symbolic expressions, such as multiplying
and factoring polynomials.

-- Operations on algebraic fractions

-- Formal solutions of linear systems in 2 or more variables.

-- Formal study of direct and inverse variation.

-- Radicals and simplifications of radicals.

-- Operations on polynomials other than linear polynomials

-- Completion of the square and the quadratic formula

What CMP Curriculum Includes that the Traditional
Curricula Do Not

-- Emphasis on variables and the representations of the relation between
variables in words, numeric tables, graphs and symbolic statements.

-- Focus, on the rate of change between two variables, not only linear.

-- Development of functional point of view and applications.

-- Emphasis on modeling

-- Earlier introduction of exponential growth and decay

-- Development of alternative strategies for answering questions about
algebraic expressions and equations, e.g., tables and graphing calculators