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Algebra 1A (02051A)

Credit: 1.0

* Students will take Algebra 1B after successful completion of this course.

Prerequisite: MAP universal screener, teacher recommendation and historical data sets

 

This course is designed to give students a mathematically sound introduction to algebra. The student is given the opportunity to develop fundamental algebraic skills and concepts based on the structure of the system of real numbers such as equations, inequalities, problem solving, linear functions, and graphing linear equations and inequalities. Since graphing activities are integrated throughout classroom presentations and textbook activities, a graphing calculator is required for this course.



Algebra 1B (02051B)

Credit: 1.0

* Students will participate in the Keystone Algebra 1 Exam while in this course.

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Algebra 1A

 

This course is designed to give students a mathematically sound introduction to algebra. The student is given the opportunity to develop fundamental algebraic skills and concepts based on the structure of the system of real numbers such as systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic functions, radicals, probability, and statistics. Since graphing activities are integrated throughout classroom presentations and textbook activities, a graphing calculator is required for this course.



Algebra 1 (College Prep) [K02052]

Credit: 1.0

* Students will participate in the Keystone Algebra 1 Exam while in this course.

Prerequisite: MAP universal screener, teacher recommendation and historical data sets. Should not be taken in conjunction with Geometry or Algebra 2

 

Algebra 1 applies previously learned arithmetic skills to expressions involving variables.  The fundamental operations and their properties are studied.  Topics include:  linear equations, functions, quadratics, radicals, polynomial expressions, rational expressions and data analysis.



Algebra 1 (Honors) [K02052H]

Credit: 1.0

* Students will participate in the Keystone Algebra 1 Exam while in this course.

Prerequisite: MAP universal screener, teacher recommendation and historical data sets. Should not be taken in conjunction with Geometry or Algebra 2

 

Honors Algebra 1 applies previously learned arithmetic skills to expressions involving variables.  The fundamental operations and their properties are studied.  Topics include:  factors, exponents, radicals, polynomial expressions, rational expressions and some data analysis.  Students learn how to solve linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, and word problems.

 

 

Geometry (College Prep) [02072CP]

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B. MAP universal screener, teacher recommendation and historical data sets. Should not be taken in conjunction with Pre-Calculus

 

This course introduces students to the study of points, lines, planes and space.  Topics include angles, angles measurement, triangles, quadrilaterals, congruence, similarity, measurement, circles, parallel lines, solid figures, perimeter, area, volume coordinate geometry logic, proof, and transformations.  Integration of Algebra skills is essential for this course. 



Geometry (Honors) [02072H]

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B. MAP universal screener, teacher recommendation and historical data sets. Should not be taken in conjunction with Pre-Calculus

 

This course is a study of the major ideas of geometry and the basic properties of geometric figures, with an emphasis on formal proofs.  Topics include angles, angle measurement, triangles, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals and other polygons, circles, parallel lines, solid figures, perimeter, area, volume, and geometric probability. An ability to perform basic algebra skills is necessary. This course is appropriate for students preparing for a scientifically oriented College curriculum.  Students should be highly motivated, able to think and process math concepts quickly and in alternate fashion.  A graphing calculator is recommended for this course. This course covers the same material as CP Geometry, but in greater depth.  The course also covers additional topics; therefore, the pace is more rapid than that of CP Geometry.



Algebra 2 (College Prep) [02056CP]

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B, MAP universal screener, teacher recommendation and historical data sets

 

This course reviews and extends the concepts of College Prep Algebra 1 by going into more depth in studying equations, inequalities, problem solving, factoring, irrational numbers, linear equations, and simultaneous equations.  New topics include the study of polynomial, quadratic, radical, rational, exponential, greatest integer, and logarithmic functions.  Also covered in the course are matrices, linear regression lines, and scatter plot graphs.

 

Algebra 2 (Honors) [02056H]

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B, MAP universal screener, teacher recommendation and historical data sets

 

This course covers the same material as College Prep Algebra 2, but in greater depth.  The course also covers additional topics; therefore, the pace is more rapid than that of College Prep Algebra 2.  Honors Algebra 2 reviews and extends the following algebraic concepts: equations, inequalities, problem solving, factoring, irrational numbers, linear equations and simultaneous equations.  New topics include the study of complex numbers, functions and their inverses, matrices, linear programming, polynomial, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions.   Students should be highly motivated, able to think and process math concepts quickly and in alternate fashion. Because graphing activities are integrated throughout classroom presentations and textbook activities, a graphing calculator is used extensively in this course and is required. 

 

Pre-Calculus (College Prep) [02110CP]

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Algebra 2 and Geometry, MAP universal screener, teacher recommendation and historical data sets

 

Pre-calculus is designed to prepare students for college-level courses in calculus and other advanced mathematics. A major goal of the course will be to improve and build upon the higher-level algebraic and trigonometric skills first introduced in Algebra 2 and Geometry. Graphing and functions are a major focal area of the course: linear, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, and rational functions will be explored. Students entering the course are expected to have a graphing calculator and to be self-motivated in studying and completing homework.

 

 

Pre-Calculus (Honors) [02110H]

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Honors Algebra 2 and Honors Geometry, MAP universal screener, teacher recommendation and historical data sets

 

This course prepares students for modern courses in Calculus and Abstract Algebra.  Topics include polynomial functions, trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, analytic geometry, parametric equations, polar equations, and limits.   Students in this course must be prepared to spend at least one hour each night on course work. 

 

Calculus [02121]

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus, MAP universal screener, teacher recommendation and historical data sets

 

Course topics include limits, differential calculus and some integral calculus will be covered.  Other topics include functions, derivatives and their applications and integral calculus and its applications.  Calculus 1 parallels the first-semester of most college calculus courses.  Students must have an excellent command of algebraic processes to successfully complete this course.

 

Course topics include limits, differential calculus and some integral calculus will be covered.  Other topics include functions, derivatives and their applications and integral calculus and its applications.  Calculus 1 parallels the first-semester of most college calculus courses.  Students must have an excellent command of algebraic processes to successfully complete this course.

 

Advanced Placement Calculus AB (02124)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors Algebra II, Honors Geometry, and Honors Pre-Calculus, and teacher recommendation. 

 

This is an accelerated calculus course and will cover all topics set forth by the College Board for Advanced Placement Calculus. This course is equivalent to college level Calculus I.  TI-89 calculator recommended.  Students are required to take the AP Exam administered by the College Board.

 

 

Advanced Placement Calculus BC (02125)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors Algebra II, Honors Geometry, and Honors Pre-Calculus, and teacher recommendation. 

 

This is an accelerated calculus course and will cover all topics set forth by the College Board for Advanced Placement Calculus. This course is equivalent to college level Calculus I and Calculus II.   TI-89 calculator recommended. Students are required to take the AP Exam administered by the College Board.

 

 

Statistics (02201)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I.

 

Statistics is designed to meet the mathematical and research needs of students who plan to enter such fields as economics, business, education, psychology, sociology, biology and medicine, as well as science and mathematics.  This course is considered adequate preparation for usual college courses offered in these fields.  This course includes one part of probability that will both help the student calculate odds and learn to have fun with mathematics. It is highly recommended that students have a TI-84+ calculator for use in this course.

 

Advanced Placement Statistics (02203)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors Algebra II or CP Algebra II. Maybe taken concurrently with Precalculus or Calculus.

 

Advanced Placement Statistics consists of four main topics: exploring data, planning a study, probability as related to distributions, and inferential reasoning. This course blends the rigor, calculations, and deductive thinking of mathematics with real world applications, problems of social sciences, the decision making of business, and experimental procedures of natural sciences. Students are required to take the AP Exam administered by the College Board. Graphing calculators will used extensively throughout the course both in class and at home, Therefore, It is highly recommended that students have a TI-84+ calculator for use in this course.

 

  

Financial Algebra (02058)

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

This course is an application-based learning opportunity that incorporates Algebra 1 skills to Real-World scenarios. Topics include the Stock Market, modeling a business, consumer credit, owning/leasing a vehicle, income taxes, independent living, and planning for retirement. This course is the ultimate answer to the question “Where will I use this stuff in real life?"

 

Intro to College Algebra (College Prep) [02057]

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry

 

This course will prepare students for college level math entrance exams, and is designed for students who may not be ready for the rigor of Pre-Calculus. Topics include algebraic equations and inequalities, quadratic functions, polynomials, logarithmic and exponential functions, function behavior, and basic trigonometric functions.