These notes are used introduce the concept of a matrix and its parts. It does not go into any operations. Instead, it explains the parts of a matrix, how to determine the dimension, how to locate an element, and how to create a matrix from an application problem. It is correlated to Glencoe's Algebra I Book, but can be used for any book or lesson. It starts with an area for the essential question, definitions, examples, and finally an area for the essential question to be answered. The header I have created shows students where to look in the Glencoe book to find more examples. These notes correlated with North Carolina Standards, but they can easily be changed for any state. The title can also be easily changed to fit your needs. In addition to the outline, I have a copy with the written responses and suggestions on teaching the lesson.
If you are looking for all the notes I used for this Unit (Chapter 1 Glencoe) below is a list of all the titles so you can get them all together.
1. Introduction to creating and understanding matrices Notes Outline
2. Introduction to Basic Matrix Operations Notes Outline
3. Writing Algebraic & Verbal Expressions Notes Outline
4. Distributive, Commutative, and Associative Properties Notes Outline