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Math Course Catalog

Math Department
Course Descriptions

Algebra One: Algebra I provides a formal development of the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for students to succeed in advanced courses. In particular, the instructional program in this course provides for the use of algebraic skills in a wide range of problem-solving situations. The concept of function is emphasized throughout the course. Topics include: (1) operations with real numbers, (2) linear equations and inequalities, (3) relations and functions, (4) polynomials, (5) algebraic fractions, and (6) nonlinear equations.

Algebra 2: Algebra II is a course that extends the content of Algebra I and provides further development of the concept of a function. Topics include: (1) relations, functions, equations and inequalities; (2) conic sections; (3) polynomials; (4) algebraic fractions; (5) logarithmic and exponential functions; (6) sequences and series; and (7) counting principles and probability  Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra I

Applied Math- The course is a study of basic mathematical, algebraic, and geometric concepts and applications. Topics covered include set theory and logic; fractions, decimals, and percents; ratio and proportion; basic linear and quadratic equation solving and graphing; consumer mathematics and financial management; metric and customary measurement; basic geometry; and probability and statistics. This course provides the opportunity to strengthen basic math skills and practice applying those skills in a real world environment.
Calculus - This course ties together concepts that students have studied in previous classes and introduces the concepts of calculus. This class provides an excellent opportunity for the student to experience a college-level mathematics course in a high school setting. Calculus deals with calculating and exploring things that change at variable rates. The major concepts of calculus include limit, derivative, and integrals. In addition to these major concepts we will successfully highlight numerous subtopics and methods as listed in the Calculus AB Topic Outline in the AP Calculus Course Description. We will explore each concept in four different ways; graphically, numerically, algebraically, and verbally emphasizing the connections and applications.

Geometry: Help students develop a strong understanding of the attributes and relationships of points, lines, planes, and angles to themselves and each other, to connect inductive and deductive reasoning skills to develop informal and formal algebraic and geometric proofs. In this course we will use: properties, definitions, theorems, and postulates to understand the relationships among and between parallel and perpendicular lines and the special angles that can be formed by a transversal. We will apply and prove triangle congruence by using theorems, postulates, and formulas.

Math Concepts - The student taking this basic mathematics course will learn the concepts and computational skills needed for both further study of mathematics and real-life situations. Topics covered will include: operations of whole numbers, decimals and fractions, measurement, ratio and proportion, percent, elementary geometry, graphs, probability and pre-algebra.

Precalculus: Topics include understanding functions from symbolic, tabular, and graphical perspectives, transformations and function composition, polynomial functions, rational polynomial functions, trigonometry, and conic sections. In addition to content mastery, the course goals are to further develop students' problem solving and critical thinking skills. Precalculus is a fast-paced course. The difficulty level of the material increases significantly throughout the semester. Students should be prepared to be challenged and work hard. Students are encouraged to form stud groups with peers, practicing beyond daily assignments in an effort to master skills.