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Math 6  Math Course 2, McDougal Littell
This course includes foundational skills in numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and problem solving.  The use of decimals, fractions, and integers is emphasized.   Mathematical strategies are modeled, practiced, and reinforced.  Skills transfer is encouraged through the use of problem solving exercises. Weekly skillsheets are a component of this course. Open to grade 6.

 

Pre-Algebra  Pre-Algebra, McDougal Littell
This course is designed to prepare students with a foundation of algebraic skills.  Topics covered within this course are integers, fractions, variables, expressions, equations, inequalities, and exponents.  Students also work with ratio, percents, and geometric figures.  Weekly skillsheets are a component of this course. Open to grade 7.  (Special consideration for accelerated 6th grade students may be made by the math department and administration.  Only students who receive a final grade of 97% or higher in 5th grade math, have a Terra Nova CSI ability test score of 120 or higher, and are able to pass the first and second semester 6th grade math final exams with an 85% or better will be considered.)

 

Algebra 1  Algebra 1, McDougal Littell
This course covers the four fundamental operations of arithmetic from the standpoint of algebra. It will strongly emphasize solving equations and inequalities, as well as factoring polynomials.  Students will graph lines and study their slopes and intercepts.  Other topics covered within this course are exponents, systems of equations, functions, and probability.  This course frequently applies the fundamental algebraic concepts learned to solving real-life word problems. Weekly skillsheets are a component to this course.  Open to grades 8, 9.  (Special consideration for accelerated 7th grade students may be made by the math department and administration.  Only students who receive a final grade of 97% or better in 6th grade math, have a Terra Nova CSI ability test score of 120 or higher, and are able to pass the first and second semester final exams for Pre-Algebra with an 85% or better will be considered.)

 

Geometry
The study of Geometry helps students to think logically and apply algebraic concepts. Geometric theorems, transformations, and proofs are introduced first semester.  Properties of two- and three- dimensional figures, similarity, and geometric definitions of trigonometry are introduced second semester. Weekly skillsheets are a component of this course. Open to grades 9, 10.  Prerequisite: Algebra I. Students will need a compass, protractor, ruler (marked in both centimeters, and inches),and a scientific calculator.

Honors Geometry
The study of Geometry helps students to think logically and apply algebraic concepts. Geometric theorems, transformations, and proofs are introduced first semester. Properties of two- and three- dimensional figures, similarity, and geometric definitions of trigonometry are introduced second semester. Students in Honors Geometry will study topics in more depth, from a more conceptual perspective, and at a more rapid pace than those students in the standard Geometry class. Weekly skillsheets are a component of this course. Open to grades 9, 10. Prerequisites:  At least a 92% average with a 90% test average in Algebra I, and have demonstrated ability to independently complete work to achieve prerequisite grade.  Students will need a compass, protractor, ruler (marked in both centimeters, and inches), and a scientific calculator.

Algebra II

This course is a highly integrated study of the symbolism of algebra, solving equations, simplifying expressions, and functions. Students will develop skills in manipulating linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric expressions and sentences. Weekly skillsheets are a component of this course. Open to grades 9, 10, 11. Prerequisites:  Algebra I and Geometry. Student will need a graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-84+ recommended).

 

Honors Algebra II / Trigonometry

This course will provide a fast-paced study of both advanced algebra and trigonometry: linear and quadratic equations; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions; systems of equations and inequalities; graphing of sinusoidal functions; and applications of trigonometry. Upon completion of this course, students will be well prepared for precalculus, discrete mathematics, and statistics. Weekly skillsheets are a component of this course. Open to grades 10, 11. Prerequisites:  At least a 92% in Algebra I, at least an 83% test average in Honors Geometry OR 94% test average in Geometry; and have demonstrated ability to independently complete work to achieve prerequisite grade.  Students will need a graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-84+ recommended).

 

Statistics and Trigonometry

This course will give students a full semester of both statistics and trigonometry, yet the two topics will be combined throughout the entire year. Statistical concepts will be integrated with graphical and algebraic concepts through the construction of mathematical models of relationships in data sets. Students will model linear, quadratic, higher-order, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric function using automatic graphers.  Binomial and normal distributions will also be covered. Trigonometry will include the right triangle and unit circle definitions of trigonometric functions, their application to the finding of lengths and angle measures in any triangle, and transformation of trigonometric graphs.  Weekly skillsheets are a component to this course. Open to grades 10, 11, 12. Prerequisites:  Geometry and Algebra II. Students will need a graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-84+ recommended).

 

Precalculus

This semester course will prepare students to succeed in AP Calculus.  Students will review polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and rational functions.  Students will also be introduced to polar functions. Calculus ideas will be approached through the study of continuous functions by examining their values at a set of discrete points. Weekly skillsheets are a component of this course. Open to grades 11, 12.  Prerequisites:  At least an 80% in Honors Algebra II/Trig OR at least an 83% in Statistics and Trigonometry. Students will need a graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-84+ recommended).

 

AP Statistics

Advanced Placement Statistics will introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.  Students will be exposed to four broad conceptual themes:  Exploring Data - describing patterns and departures from patterns, Sampling and Experimentation - planning and conducting a study, Anticipating Patterns - exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation, and Statistical Inference - estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.  Students that are successful on the AP exam will be eligible to earn college credit for this course through the College Board AP program.   Open to grades 11, 12.  Prerequisites:  At least an 80% in Honors Alg II/Trig OR at least an 83% test average in 2nd semester Statistics and Trigonometry, and have demonstrated ability to independently complete work to achieve prerequisite grade.  Students will need a graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-84+ recommended).

 

AP Calculus

Advanced Placement Calculus will train students to solve problems using skills and application of both differentiation and integration.  Students will be required to use a variety of solution techniques:  Analytic/algebraic representation – traditional “by hand” solution, Numerical representation – solution using data points, Graphical representation – solution using graphs of equations, and Verbal representation – written justification of solution process.  Students that are successful on the AP exam will be eligible to earn college credit for this course through the College Board AP program.   Students in AP Calculus will be required to schedule a double-period for this math course.  Instruction will occur 4-5 days each week based on class progress, with a homework block on off days.  Students will prepare to take the AP Calculus AB exam in the spring, which may regularly require five full days of Calculus instruction/preparation each week.  Open to grade 12.  HS Prerequisites:  Trigonometry, at least an 85% in Precalculus, and have demonstrated ability to independently complete work to achieve prerequisite grade.  Students will need a graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-84+ recommended).