# Math Department

From the basic numeric fundamentals of math to the complex derivatives and integrals of AP Calculus, our Math Department is willing to meet our students at whatever level they are currently at. Our math instructors are dedicated to explaining mathematical concepts and connections in ways that will engage and challenge them.

**Math Courses**

**Pre-Algebra**

Pre-Algebra is devoted to developing fundamental math concepts. The program is structured to accommodate students who have trouble mastering concepts and need more practice exploring integers, data patterns, rational numbers and probability, linear functions, solving equations, and inequalities.

**Algebra I**

Students will study linear equations, inequalities, factoring, linear systems, graphing, functions, fractional equations, and radicals. A scientific calculator is strongly recommended for this course.

**Honors Algebra I**

Students will study the same algebraic concepts as Algebra I, however in more depth and at a considerably faster pace. A scientific calculator is required for this course.

**Geometry**

Students will learn deductive reasoning which will lead to learning proofs. The students will also implement information about geometric relationships and use this information to solve mathematical problems and do basic constructions. A scientific calculator is required for this course.

**Honors Geometry**

Students will study and identify geometric figures, their descriptions, designs and their interrelationships. Students will be able to arrive at abstract conclusions and have an understanding of the methods for arriving at such conclusions. Students will demonstrate the use of algebra in solving problems, and be able to use a compass and straight edge to make geometric constructions. They will study basic logic and learn to prove logical sequences. The course includes an in-depth study of geometric proofs. A scientific calculator is required for this course.

**Algebra II**

Students will study algebraic topics in more depth, including linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, properties of exponents, problem solving using rational expressions, operations with polynomials, factoring, and radicals. Other topics include complex numbers, functions, coordinate and analytic geometry, solving systems of equations, determinants and matrices, conics and logarithms. A scientific calculator is required for this course.

**Honors Algebra II**

Students will study topics from Algebra II but in more depth and at an accelerated pace. Additional topics such as math induction, sequence and series, and probability theory will be introduced. A TI83/84 series graphing calculator or equivalent is required.

**Statistics**

Students will develop fundamental problem solving skills and an in-depth understanding of statistics concepts that will adequately prepare them and provide a foundation for college statistics. Students will develop both an algebraic and graphical understanding of the topics including Frequency, Probability, and Normal Distributions. A TI-83/84 Graphing calculator will be required for this course.

**Financial Algebra**

Students will study practical business and personal finance applications by combining algebraic and graphical approaches. This course encourages students to apply mathematical ideas to real world applications. A TI-83/84 Graphing calculator will be required for this course.

**Introduction to Calculus (Precalculus)**

Students will study polynomial, power, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions in greater depth. In addition, all six trigonometric functions and their graphs, the unit circle using radians, inverse trigonometric functions and law of sines and cosines will be covered extensively. This course ends with an introduction to statistics. At its completion, students will be prepared for a high school calculus course or a college introductory calculus course. A TI-83/84 series graphing calculator or equivalent is required.

**Honors Introduction to Calculus (H Precalculus)**

This course is designed to prepare students to take AP calculus the following year. This course covers the material in Precalculus with the addition of polar coordinates and polar graphing of functions, parametric equations, conic sections, and ends with an introduction to the calculus topics of limits and derivatives. A TI-83/84 series graphing calculator or equivalent is required.

**AP Course Offerings**

**AP Statistics**

Students will develop fundamental problem solving skills and an in-depth understanding of statistics concepts that will adequately prepare them and provide a foundation for college statistics. Students will develop both an algebraic and graphical understanding of the topics including Frequency, Probability, and Normal Distributions. Students will also explore concepts such as Confidence Intervals, and Hypothesis Testing. A TI-83/84 Graphing calculator will be required for this course.

**AP Calculus AB**

This course covers the material in Calculus in more detail, greater depth, and includes additional sections of applications of derivatives and integrals to prepare students for the AP Calculus AB exam. The workload and difficulty level for AP Calculus is much greater than for Calculus. A TI-83/84 series graphing calculator or equivalent is required.

**AP Calculus BC**

Students will review topics of derivation and integrations from AP Calculus AB adding certain topics not covered in AB. The crux of BC is focused on the study of series and learning how to construct Taylor and Power Series as well as techniques to determine convergence or divergence. A TI-83/84 series graphing calculator or equivalent is required.