# Most Important Algebra 1 Topics

The Top Ten

Out of all the concepts, this is the one I am having the toughest time on. Is there a problem with my algebraic thinking, or is it really that hard. I am in 8th grade advanced math, but feel like dropping advanced math if I don't understand the concept.

I rank this number 1 because you will be taught this every year in math until you stop going to school. It is very important to memorize this topic now so you will know it better.

2 Polynomials

This is one of the new topics that is being taught to you in Algebra 1. Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and dividing are all easy. But when it comes to factoring them, it gets harder and harder.

I don't know why, but I love polynomials. It's probably one of my crazy traits of being a nerd.

"Polynomials are probably one of the best topics in Algebra 1. At least in my opinion and I hate math."

You just need to know this.

3 Factoring

I am having a big problem with factoring in my math knowledge. That and quadratic equations

It is one of the most difficult sections for students to learn.

Hard and annoying. Learning is a must.

4 Functions and Sequences

Like slope, this should be a review from 7th and 8th grade, but in Algebra 1, it gets a lot harder. Sequences get easy after you memorize the formulas for Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences.

These two topics kind of go together. Most of you will not use exponents or radicals in real life, but it is a very important topic to learn. If you do not know how to solve exponents and radical equations in algebra 2, you will get destroyed. These topics are a big part of algebra 2 also.

6 Systems of Equations

Solving a Systems of Equations is easy, but when it comes to the word problems, it is very hard. You have to put a lot of study time in for the word problems.

They are everywhere!

7 Pythagorean Theorem

This isn't even in algebra 1. It's in pre-algebra/8th grade math.

8 Equations, Inequalities, and Absolute Value

This is most likely review except for absolute value. Absolute Value is tricky at first, but very easy after a while.

9 The Number System

Classifying numbers is easy. Anyone could do it. This is probably the easiest unit in Algebra 1. But it is very important to remember how to classify numbers.

10 Slope

This unit should be a review from 7th and 8th grade but is really important to understand.

The Contenders
11 Histograms
12 Statistics and Data Analysis

Not hard to do if you have a calculator but it will show up on the regents. You must know it

13 Finding the Square
14 Midpoint and Distance Formulas

In this unit you are basically memorizing formulas that they give you to solve mathmatical equations. They will probably give you the formulas on the EOC. But somehow this topic made the list.

15 Probability
16 Square Roots
17 Rational Expressions
18 Problem Solving