Mathematics Courses
PreAlgebra
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 prealgebra 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 indepth 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 chisquare 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 indepth 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.
