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Mathematics Courses

Pre-Algebra

Grades 9, 10                 Prerequisite: Placement based on HSPT scores                          2 semesters

Students are introduced to concepts of algebra and geometry and simultaneously solidify their grasp of arithmetic concepts and procedures. Students explore and make connections within individual concepts and procedures, as well as across different topics in mathematics. Students will also build their estimation, problem solving, and critical thinking skills for higher mathematics.

Algebra

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12      Prerequisite: Successful completion of pre-algebra or acceptable HSPT scores 2 semesters

Problem solving is introduced early in this course and is integrated during the entire year. Applications of algebra are presented throughout the course as well. Reasoning skills, such as analyzing information, making conjectures, and presenting convincing arguments are developed throughout the course. Geometric models are used to illustrate abstract algebraic concepts.

Geometry

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12      Prerequisite: Successful completion of algebra or acceptable HSPT scores 2 semesters

This course is designed for the math student who wants to continue beyond Algebra I, which is a prerequisite. Topics of the first semester include deductive reasoning, proofs, parallel lines, congruent figures and ratio & proportion. Topics of the second semester include the Pythagorean theorem, elementary trigonometric functions, circles, constructions, loci, areas, volumes, coordinate geometry, vectors and transformations.

Honors Geometry

Grades 9, 10 , 11, 12                Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra or acceptable HSPT scores & Department                   Approval                                                                                                                                   2 semesters

The same topics are covered in the course as are listed for Geometry. The pace is the same but homework assignments include more challenging problems. There is a project each quarter, with a research paper completed during the 3rd quarter.

Advanced Algebra

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry                       2 semesters

This course is designed for the serious math student, who wants to continue beyond Algebra I, which is a prerequisite. Geometry is strongly recommended. Topics of the first semester include a review of Algebra I, inequalities, linear equations, polynomials, rational and irrational numbers, quadratic equations, and polynomial equations. Topics of the second semester include analytic geometry, logarithmic and exponential functions, and an introduction to trigonometry.

Honors Advanced. Algebra

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry & Department Approval 2 semesters

This course is designed for the serious math student, who wants to continue beyond Algebra I, which is a prerequisite. Topics of the first semester include a review of Algebra I, inequalities, linear equations, polynomials, rational and irrational numbers, quadratic equations, and polynomial equations. Topics of the second semester include analytic geometry, logarithmic and exponential functions, sequences and series, an in-depth study and analysis of trigonometry, and statistics.

Statistics

Grades 10, 11, 12                 Prerequisite: Successful completion of advanced algebra                       2 semesters

Any mathematics student who has completed two years of algebra and a year of geometry will benefit from taking this course. It is an introduction to the study of statistics. Major topics include producing data (measurement, sampling, and experimentation), organization of data (description and display), chance and probability, and inference using confidence intervals and, time permitting, the chi-square test.

PreCalculus

Grades , 11, 12                     Prerequisite: Successful completion of advanced algebra                       2 semesters

This course is designed for the serious math student, who wants to continue beyond Geometry and Algebra II, which are prerequisites. Topics of the first semester include functions & graphs and their applications, conic sections, and an in-depth study of trigonometry. Topics of the second semester include discrete mathematics (series, matrices, probability and statistics), limits of functions, and curve sketching. Because of the extent of the content, this course is tough!

A.P. Calculus

Grades 11, 12                 Prerequisite: Successful completion of PreCalculus                                2 semesters

This course is designed for seniors who are interested in solid preparation for college mathematics. It is intended for superior mathematics students who have completed two years of algebra, a year of geometry and a year of precalculus. Topics of PreCalculus will be reviewed and expanded. Derivatives, integration, applications, and series will be examined in detail. This course is the equivalent of approximately 2 semesters of college calculus and will prepare students to take the advanced placement calculus BC (2nd semester) exam in May.


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