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One of my children is switching to a new school system next year, and I was surprised to find that they cover subjects such as fractional exponents, exponential functions, rational functions and perhaps other topics as part of algebra 1. Their book has "common core" in the title, if that matters. It appears they revisit those same topics (hopefully in more depth) in algebra 2. I don't recall covering that material at all until algebra 2, but then I took algebra 30+ years ago. Do any of you teachers out there have experience with a similar syllabus, and does your experience indicate that it is better or worse than an algebra 1 course that focuses on the basics? By basics I am thinking linear equations, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, integer exponents, polynomials and factoring, and quadratic equations and applications. That is, what I recall learning in algebra 1.

Thanks!

Jason