# Mathematics

Pre-Algebra

The pre-algebra course is designed for students who find the study of mathematics to be extremely challenging. Students enrolled in this classes have historically experienced difficulty in mastering the concepts that are the foundation of mathematics, such as the computation of fractions and decimals. Though often very competent in other disciplines, students for whom math presents a unique challenge find this course helpful. Integrated throughout the curriculum are the basic concepts of algebra, geometry, probability, statistics and discrete math. The course is double-blocked and paced according to the needs of each individual group of students. (1 credit)

Algebra I A/College Preparatory

Students in this first year study of algebra apply concepts of algebra to the solution of relevant problems. The primary emphasis is the development of algebraic skills. Algebra topics include operations with real numbers, exponents and polynomials; linear equations and inequalities, including graphing and solving; quadratics including solving, graphing, and solving; and proportions and rational equations. Students use scientific calculators, employ various problem-solving strategies and acquire added skill in independent and cooperative learning. Students will have instruction during two periods in order to master the algebra concepts. (1 credit)

Algebra I College Preparatory

Students in this rigorous first year study of algebra apply concepts of algebra to the solution of relevant problems. The primary emphasis is the development of algebraic skills. Algebra topics include operations with real numbers, exponents and polynomials; linear equations and inequalities, including graphing and solving; quadratics, including solving, graphing, and factoring; and proportions and rational equations.. Students use scientific calculators, employ various problem-solving strategies and acquire added skills in independent and cooperative learning. (1 credit)

Geometry A

Students will study concepts described in the Geometry section listed above without formal proofs. The pace will be somewhat slower and some concepts will be approached less rigorously. However, all basic concepts will be studied and applied in practical situations. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Geometry College Preparatory

Geometry College Preparatory

This course is tailored to the student who seeks a more rigorous pace and depth of study. First semester topics include an introduction to the basic properties of plane and solid figures such as triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, similarity, coordinate and transformational geometry. The concepts of deductive and inductive proof are studied. Math communication, GeoGebra, and the use of technology will be integrated into the course. In the second semester topics include the study of right triangles, circles, trigonometry, area, volume, and coordinate geometry. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Algebra II A

Students will study the same concepts described in the Algebra II section listed above. The pace will be somewhat slower and some concepts may be approached less rigorously. Since these students are unlikely to proceed to a Statistics course, data analysis is emphasized during the last quarter. (1 credit)

Prerequisites: Algebra I and Geometry

Algebra II College Preparatory

Students will identify and graph algebraic functions and use them to solve real-life problems. In addition, they will study matrices, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radicals, and exponents. Students will use technology and choose appropriate methods for problem solving. Throughout their study of integrated mathematics, students will continue to recognize the interconnectedness of all topics and branches of mathematics. (1 credit)

Prerequisites: Algebra I and Geometry

Pre-Calculus College Preparatory

In this course students regularly employ a variety of problem-solving techniques and build skills using the TI-84 graphing calculator. Students study advanced functions and graphing, discrete mathematics, statistics and Trigonometry. Students will be expected to purchase their own TI-84 calculator or rent one from MCI. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Algebra II

Statistics College Preparatory

Students use a non-theoretical approach to the study of statistics in which concepts are explained intuitively and supported by examples. Students can expect to spend significant time writing and reading articles throughout the course. The applications are general in nature and include problems from agriculture, business, biology, economics, education, psychology, engineering, medicine, and sociology. This course is designed to create a framework in which students who find math challenging can gain a fundamental understanding of the importance of statistical analysis. At the same time, students who wish to pursue a math or science related career would acquire a strong foundation in statistics upon which they can build in advanced courses.

Prerequisite: Algebra II

Calculus College Preparatory

In this course students draw upon a wide variety of acquired mathematical skills to study number theory, discrete mathematics and calculus, analyze functions, deal with rates and limits, and explore derivatives and integrals using technology as a tool for exploration. Students continue to improve their skills in communicating mathematically. Students will be expected to purchase their own TI-84 calculator or rent one from MCI. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus

Advanced Placement (AP®) Calculus AB

This course covers the same material as the traditional Calculus course, but with more emphasis on analysis, application and the relationship between all representations of functions. The course prepares students to take the College Board's AP® Calculus AB exam in the spring. Taking the AP® exam (and payment of the AP exam fee by the student) is a requirement for successful completion of the course. Qualified students may receive AP exam fee assistance through The College Board. Students will be expected to purchase their own TI-84 calculator or rent one from MCI. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus and teacher recommendation.

Advanced Placement (AP®) Calculus BC

This course covers the equivalent of two semesters of college Calculus. Students will expand on knowledge from Calculus AB to further explore limits, derivatives and integrals and apply their understanding to challenging new concepts such as sequences, series, parametric curves and polar curves. The course is designed to prepare students to take the College Board's AP® Calculus BC exam in the spring. Taking the AP® exam (and payment of the AP exam fee by the student) is a requirement for successful completion of the course. Qualified students may receive AP exam fee assistance through The College Board. Students will be expected to purchase their own TI-84 calculator or rent one from MCI. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: AP® Calculus AB or teacher recommendation