Mathematics Courses

Algebra I Honors  (Course 213)                                                                       

Grades 9-10

1 Credit

Full Year

Students acquire in-depth understanding of algebraic concepts including algebraic expressions, the real number system, solving and graphing linear equations and functions, solving and graphing linear inequalities, and quadratic equations and functions. Students learn to manipulate expressions with exponents and polynomials. This rigorous course prepares students for upper-level mathematics such as Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and AP Statistics.

 

Algebra I  (Course 210)

Grades 9-10

1 Credit

Full Year

Students learn the basic algebraic expressions, compute with real numbers, and solve and graph linear equations and inequalities. The class solves and graphs quadratic equations using real numbers. Students are introduced to quadratic equations, functions, exponents, polynomials, geometry, and the Pythagorean theorem. This course prepares the students for upper-level mathematics courses such as Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and AP Statistics.

 

Geometry Honors  (Course 221)                                                                   

Grades 9-12

1 Credit 

Full Year

Prerequisite: “B” or better in Algebra 1 Honors or department recommendation

Geometry Honors is designed for a student headed toward AP Calculus. This course gives students experiences that deepen the understanding of two- and three-dimensional objects and their properties. Deductive and inductive reasoning as well as investigative strategies in drawing conclusions are stressed. Properties and relationships of geometric objects include the study of points, lines, angles and planes; polygons, with a special focus on quadrilaterals, triangles, and right triangles; circles; and polyhedra and other solids. Use of graphing calculators is encouraged.

 

Geometry  (Course 218)                                                                                              

Grades 9-12

1 Credit

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade of “C-“ or better in Algebra I

Geometry provides students with experiences that deepen the understanding of two- and three-dimensional objects and their properties. Deductive and inductive reasoning as well as investigative strategies in drawing conclusions are stressed. Properties and relationships of geometric objects include the study of points, lines, angles and planes; polygons, with a special focus on quadrilaterals, triangles, and right triangles; circles; and polyhedra and other solids. Use of graphing calculators is encouraged.

 

Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors  (Course 229) 

Grades 9-12 

1 Credit

Full Year

Prerequisite: “B” or better in Honors Geometry or teacher recommendation

Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors is designed for the student who is headed toward Pre-Calculus, AP Statistics, or AP Calculus. In addition to topics covered in Algebra II, there will be increased emphasis on powers, roots, radicals, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational exponents and matrices. The students will also be introduced to right-triangle trigonometry.

 

 

Algebra II/Trigonometry  (Course 227)                                                                     

Grades 9-12

1 Credit 

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade of “C-“ or better in Algebra I and Geometry

Algebra II/Trigonometry reviews and expands the basic concepts of Algebra I and develops the understanding and use of functions, graphing, systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational and irrational expressions, quadratics, and rational exponents. Students apply these concepts to real-world situations. This course prepares students for upper-level math courses such as AP Statistics or AP Calculus.

 

Pre-Calculus Honors  (Course 237)                                                                       

Grade 10-12

1 Credit         

Full Year

Prerequisite: “B+” or better in Algebra II Honors or teacher recommendation

Pre-Calculus Honors provides an intense study of the topics fundamental to the study of calculus.  Emphasis is placed on functions and their graphs with special attention to polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions, and analytic trigonometry.  Other topics include matrices, permutations and combinations, statistics, and derivatives. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to solve practical problems and use appropriate models for analysis and prediction. All students are required to complete two independent math investigations during the second semester.

 

Pre-Calculus  (Course 234)                                                             

Grades 10-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade of “C-“ or better in Algebra II
Pre-Calculus provides students with a broader foundation for the application of various algebraic and trigonometric functions. The course begins with an in-depth study of trigonometric and circular functions, and concentrates on comparisons among linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Other topics covered may include matrix algebra, permutations and combinations, statistics, and derivatives.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics  (Course 241)

Grades 11 and 12

1 Credit 

Full Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of  Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II (with an A- or better in Algebra II College, B or better in Algebra II Honors), and teacher recommendation
AP Statistics is the equivalent of a single-semester college course in statistics (non-calculus based). Students who sign up for this course must be prepared to do an hour of homework per night. This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to accurately communicate their findings concerning statistical concepts.  These findings are centered on exploring data by using graphical and numerical descriptions to analyze any patterns (or lack of patterns); planning and executing a well-developed study; using probability to anticipate the distribution of a set of data; and determining the most appropriate model based upon statistical inference.  Along with these abilities, students will gain proficiency in terms of accurately communicating their understanding of statistical concepts throughout the course.  This includes, but is not limited to, effectively communicating how methods, results, and interpretations of data for any given experiment are valid.  They learn that the ability to write complete responses using appropriate terminology, as well as using appropriate justifications, is a critical aspect of gaining statistical proficiency.

 

Pre-College Math  (Course 242)                                                                               

Grades 11-12

1 Credit     

Full Year

Prerequisite:  Passing grade of “C-“ or better in Algebra II

Pre-College Math includes number theory, patterns and functions, intermediate algebra, measurement, logic, statistics, and probability. The course is designed to implement various teaching strategies such as cooperative learning, integrated instruction, projects and investigations, and use of manipulatives, in order to prepare students for full credit math courses at the college level.

                                        

Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB  (Course 239)                                   

Grades 11-12

1 Credit       

Full Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus Honors with a grade “B” or better or Pre-Calculus Academic with a grade “A” and permission of current mathematics teacher.   Summer homework is required and scored as a test grade.

AP Calculus AB is a college-level course in differential and integral calculus, equivalent to one semester of calculus at most colleges.  Topics include a review of functions, an introduction to limits and continuity, derivatives and their applications, integrals and their applications, anti-derivatives and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and an introduction to differential equations using slope fields. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding and working with functions represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. As in all AP classes, students and parents must sign a commitment contract and understand that students will take the national AP exam in May as a portion of their fourth-quarter grade.