MATHEMATICS SELECTIONS

 

Due to the fact that math skills build on previous learning, appropriate placement is vital to success. Students will be required to meet all prerequisites.

 

The following chart gives examples of the possible pathways leading to graduation. Students should select math courses that are challenging and will prepare them for their future education and careers. It is important to check math prerequisites for post secondary programs.

*There are circumstances when this sequence may be modified with permission from the teacher.

Math credits will not be given for “backtracking” in the sequence. For example, if a student has successfully completed Algebra 2, s/he may not take Algebra 1 for credit since no new material will be covered.

 

See the individual course descriptions for courses that may not be taken concurrently.

 

Mathematics

 

Algebra 1 Course 412

Grade 9

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: 8th grade math.  Incoming 9th graders who demonstrate a lack of readiness for Algebra 1 will be scheduled an additional period of algebra support.

 

Algebra 1 is the first in a series of math courses in the college preparatory program.  This course develops the basic concepts and establishes the mathematical symbolism of algebra that is needed as a foundation for later courses. 

 

The topics of number relations, formulas, positive and negative numbers and the fundamental arithmetic operations make it an extension of earlier mathematical learnings. Open sentences and their symbols, variables, and functions begin the fundamental theory and structure of algebra. This class may not be taken concurrently with Geometry.

 

Geometry Course 422

Grade 10

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: Algebra 1

Geometry is the second in a series of math courses in the college preparatory program.  This course provides students with experiences that deepen the understanding of two and three-dimensional objects and their properties.  Deductive and inductive reasoning are stressed.  Topics include: points, lines, angles and planes, polygons, (with a special focus on quadrilaterals, triangles, right triangles) circles, and polyhedra and other solids.  An understanding of proof and logic is developed. This class cannot be taken concurrently with Algebra 1.

 


Honors Geometry Course 420

Grade 9

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite:  8th grade Algebra.  In addition, minimum 8th grade NWEA Math score of 241 in the fall or 246 in the spring OR student has received an average of 3.5 on the Freshman Honors Rubric.

Grade 10

Full Year

1 Credit 

Prerequisite: 93 or better in Algebra I, with teacher recommendation

 

Honors Geometry is the most demanding geometry course for the college preparatory student.  This course requires a high degree of understanding of algebraic theory in addition to superior computational skills; and therefore, should be undertaken only after successful completion of a rigorous course in Algebra 1.  Students will work on the development of deductive theory and the application of theory to problem solving.  They will prove theorems essential to the study of plane geometry and selected topics in coordinate geometry.  This course is designed to be highly conceptual in nature with a maximum emphasis on geometry proof.  This course is recommended for the student who plans on a 4 year college education with emphasis in the math and science area. This class cannot be taken concurrently with Algebra 1.

 

Algebra 2 Course 432

Grades 11, 12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry

 

Algebra 2 is the third course in a series of math courses for the college preparatory program. Algebra 2 reviews and extends understanding and use of the number system of elementary algebra, formulas, equations, and graphs.  Other topics include exponents, matrices, radicals, quadratics, complex numbers, conic sections, probability, logarithms sequences and series.  The Algebra 2 course offers a solid foundation for those students planning to take a fourth year math course or for those who will study math further in post-secondary education.


Honors Algebra 2 Course 431

Grade 10,11

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: 85 or better in Honors Geometry OR 93 or better in Geometry, with teacher recommendation

Algebra 2 is the third course in a series of math courses for the college preparatory program. Algebra 2 reviews and extends understanding and use of the number system of elementary algebra, formulas, equations, and graphs.  Other topics include exponents, matrices, radicals, quadratics, complex numbers, conic sections, probability, logarithms sequences and series, and equations of higher degree.  Honors Algebra 2 requires a substantial commitment in and outside of class.  It is designed to prepare students for Honors Pre-Calculus and AP Statistics.

Financial Algebra 2    433

Grades 11. 12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and Geometry

Financial Algebra 2 is intended for students who need a math elective or may have experienced difficulty in Algebra 1 and/or Geometry and may not be ready for College Prep Algebra 2.  It is a college-preparatory course that will use sophisticated mathematics to give you the tools to become a financially responsible young adult. The course employs algebra, precalculus, probability and statistics, calculus and geometry to solve financial problems that occur in everyday life. Real-world problems in investing, credit, banking, auto insurance, mortgages, employment, income taxes, budgeting and planning for retirement are solved by applying the relevant mathematics. Field projects, computer spreadsheets, and graphing calculators are key components of the course.

Honors Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry (Honors FST) Course 455

Grade 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: 85 or better in Honors Algebra 2 OR 93 or better in Algebra 2, with teacher recommendation

 

Honors FST is recommended for the student who plans on a 4-year college education with an emphasis in the areas of math and science. This rigorous course integrates statistical, trigonometric and algebraic concepts. Students will display, describe, transform, and interpret numerical information represented as data, graphs, or equations.  The use of polynomial, exponential, and trigonometric functions to model real-world situations is the major theme.  It also includes several more advanced topics including parametric equations, binomial distributions, normal distributions, and an introduction to statistical inference.

Honors PreCalculus Course 430

Grade 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: 85 or better in Honors Algebra 2

 

This rigorous course precedes Calculus. Throughout the year, tasks require students to be independent thinkers and to have good study skills.  Students will model functions graphically, numerically, and algebraically. Types of functions include polynomial, power, rational, exponential, logistic, logarithmic, and trigonometric. The course develops problem solving skills and conceptual understanding through class discussions and practice work involving mental math, pencil and paper work, and judicious use of programmable calculators.  This course is specifically designed as a prerequisite for AP Calculus.  Graphing calculators are needed.  Recommendation: any version of the TI-83 or TI-84.  This course requires a substantial commitment in and outside of class. 

 

PreCalculus course # 429

Grade 11-12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: Algebra 2

Pre-Calculus is a College Preparatory course for students who have successfully completed Algebra 2.  This course is recommended for students who expect to take calculus or similar advanced math classes at the college or university level.  Students will study the theory of functions and graphs, including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; coordinate geometry; sequences and series, and an introduction to limits.  Students will also study applications of trigonometry, trigonometric identities and equations.

Statistics course # 441

Grade 11-12

Half Year

0.5 Credit

Prerequisite: Algebra 2

Statistics is a College Preparatory course for students who have successfully completed Algebra 2.  It prepares students for success in a college level statistics class.  Students will study the basics of probability, including independent and dependent events, conditional probability, discrete random variables, probability distributions, measures of central tendency, normal distribution curves, and data organization and display.


Trigonometry course # 442

Grade 11-12

Half Year

0.5 Credit

Prerequisite: Algebra 2

Trigonometry is a College Preparatory course for students who have successfully completed Algebra 2.  This course is recommended for students who expect to enter a post-secondary course of study that requires the study of trigonometry, especially in the fields of engineering and science.  Students will study right triangle trigonometry, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations and identities, inverse trigonometric functions, triangles and vectors, and the polar coordinate systems

AP Calculus BC Course 440

Grade 12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: 88 or better in Honors Pre-Calculus

 

Students in this class must have completed a rigorous course of studies in math.  AP Calculus is directly preceded by a Pre-calculus class in which the judicious use of programmable calculators is emphasized.

Advanced Placement Calculus consists of a full academic year of study that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities.  Calculus is explored through the interpretation of graphs and tables as well as analytic methods such as multiple representatives of functions.  To succeed in this class, students must be motivated learners with good study skills.  It is expected that students who take this course will seek credit and/or college placement from institutes of higher learning (will take the AP Calculus exam).

This course requires a substantial commitment in and outside of class.  Summer work is required

 

AP Statistics Course 452

Grade 12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: 85 or better in Honors Algebra II or a successful completion of FST, Honors FST or Honors Pre-Calculus

 

In this course, students will study the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Topics in AP Statistics are divided into four broad conceptual themes: 1) Exploring Data – Describing patterns and departures from patterns; 2) Sampling and Experimentation – Planning and conducting a study; 3) Patterns – Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation; and 4) Statistical Inference – Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. This course makes extensive use of technology, and it is strongly recommended that students have their own graphing calculator in the TI-84 family.

 

Upon successful completion of the course and AP exam, students may receive college credit for a one-semester introductory college statistics course.

 

Technical Math 1 Course 444

Grade 12

Full Year

1 Credit

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry

 

This course emphasizes arithmetic review, ratios, proportion, variation, power of roots, percent, metric system, unit conversions, signed numbers, basic algebraic expressions, algebraic operations, simple equations, inequalities, applied plane and solid geometry review (perimeter, area, and volume), graphing, and right triangle trigonometry.

 

Concurrent Statistics Course #462

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to provide students majoring in a wide variety of disciplines with an understanding of the applications of statistics and the ability to communicate its use.


PREREQUISITES:  Algebra Proficiency:  Grade of C or better in algebra 2
COREQUISITES:    None