Math

Pre-Algebra prepares students for the study of algebra.  Topics covered include problem solving, expressions, variables, algebraic properties, linear equations, inequalities, functions, ratio, proportion and percents, Cartesian coordinate system, factors and fractions, rational numbers, statistics and probability.

Algebra 1A/B is a two-year course in Algebra (Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B) that covers basic Algebra topics including the following: linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and their graphs, and linear systems of equations.  The topic of word problems is also given extensive development. This course emphasizes on building a firm foundation for future math courses.

Algebra 1 is a one-year course in Algebra that covers basic topics including the following: linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and their graphs, and linear systems of equations.  The topic of word problems is also given extensive development. This course emphasizes on building a firm foundation for future math courses.

Geometry  uses the properties and application of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions to build the more abstract concepts of logic and reasoning.  Deductive reasoning skills are developed by using theorems and definitions to develop formal proofs. The topics covered are basic plane geometry such as points, lines, and planes as well as three dimensional geometry.  Properties and relationships of parallel and perpendicular lines will be covered throughout the text to build deeper understanding of the properties of triangles and other polygons and build an understanding of congruence, similarity and proportions.  These topics will provide the basis of an exploration of the special properties of right triangles and basic trigonometry.

Algebra 2 is a third-year Algebra 2 course. The unifying subjects for this course of advanced algebra and geometry are straight lines and the figures they produce – polygons and polyhedra.  From the beginning of the course, vectors and parametric equations are used to model motion in two and three dimensions.

Honors Pre-Calculus is designed to prepare students for a beginning college calculus course or for a high school AP Calculus course.  The course provides an in-depth study of relations, functions, their inverses and graphical representations in the Cartesian plane.  Working algebraically with functions in solving systems of equations, working with rational and polynomial functions of degree two and above as well as logarithmic and exponential functions.  Trigonometry is studies in greater detail than in previous courses including the mastery of fundamental identities and algebraic solutions to equations involving trigonometric functions. Analytic geometry, vectors and linear algebra constitute another building block of the course with an introduction to complex numbers and mathematical induction rounding out the topics.

AP Calculus is designed to prepare the student for the AP Calculus AB exam. Calculus will be explored through the interpretation of graphs and tables as well as analytic methods. The use of technology is integrated throughout the course to provide a balance approach to the teaching and learning of calculus that involves algebraic, numerical, graphical and verbal methods.

AP Statistics is a beginning college-level course in the methods and practice of statistics.  The fundamentals of collecting, representing and most importantly understanding what inferences may be drawn from collected data are an essential part of this course.  Students will learn to collect data and to design experiments so that bias is minimized and that predetermined levels of confidence in the outcome may be realized. Computational tools such as statistical calculator functions, spreadsheets and Minitab are utilized for visualization and modeling. The course is designed around the College Board’s requirements for a class carrying the title of AP Statistics and is rigorous in preparing the students for that exam.  By the end of the course, students will not only have mastery for the AP exam, they will each work on a final projects which will involve them in designing an experiment, implementing their plan and conducting confidence tests on their data and presenting thoughtful inferences and conclusions while defending their choice of methodology.