Mathematics

MATH 7

In Math 7 the students are exposed to upper-level concepts in a lower-level manner. This will help the students make the transition into algebra. Lower level concepts in geometry including lines, rays, segments, polygons, perimeter, areas, and parallelograms. To help make the transition to algebra we focus on word problems, ratios, fractions, rates, percents, proportions, conversion units, and graphing. A large amount of time is spent practicing and reinforcing basic skills.

MATH 8

Math 8 is a course that is designed to master basic concepts and introduce algebra concepts. The students work on mastering concepts over fractions, mixed numbers, and decimal numbers in the four basic operations of arithmetic. These concepts are taken to a higher order as the students begin to perform these calculations in expressions and algebraic expressions. A considerable amount of time is spent working with percentage problems. Perimeter, area, and volume problems are given long

APPLIED MATH

Applied Mathematics is a one year course that is designed to be a precursor of a second year. Together the two years will be accepted by the university system as an equivalent to Algebra I. This course uses readings, labs, video tapes, discussions, and problems from the work place in addressing much of the concepts covered in high school math. Typical concepts include working with calculators, measurements, collecting and interpreting data, two and three dimensional geometry, problem solving, linear equations, probability, statistics, and trigonometry. The ways the concepts are approached and handled, are appropriate for all students of varying mathematical ability.

ALGEBRA I

Algebra I is a course that is designed to analyze one variable equations and inequalities. Real life examples are used to help see a purpose and connection to various types of situations in which you can apply algebraic concepts. In the process of understanding the equations, graphs are also created and used. Other concepts discussed include a basic understanding of statistics as we examine probability and measures of central tendency.

GEOMETRY

This course is designed to increase the student’s deductive and inductive reasoning skills. Truth tables are examined to help determine the validity of conditional statements along with the converse, inverse, and contrapositives of these statements. The students work on writing two column and paragraph proofs of both algebraic and geometric content. They will also concentrate on multiple theorems and proofs during the year which include relationships with lines and congruency, and similarities of polygons. Basic geometric formulas will be encountered to calculate area, perimeter, volume, arc lengths, angle measures, anbgle sumes, etc.

BUSINESS MATH

Business Math is a course that combines business applications with personal finance. Early in the year, students comprehensively review arithmetic fundamentals. Throughout the year, students use arithmetic skills to solve a variety of business problems that demonstrate how widely arithmetic is used in the business world. The range of topics covered also provides students with a broad introduction to the business content and terminology that they will study in advanced business classes. Although the majority of the problems that students solve deal with business applications, personal applications are used frequently to make the material more meaningful to students.

ALGEBRA II

Algebra II expands the topics that were covered in Algebra I. Two variable systems are expanded into three variable systems. The use of abstract equations in introduced into the algebraic and geometric settings. The fundamental trigonometric ratios are introduced and are used in solving triangular problems. Linear systems are studied in depth and the students are introduced to the relationships between graphs and equations and multiple methods of solving including the use of a determinate, elimation, and substitution. Emphasis is given to rectangular and polar coordinates and their use in the solution of vector quantities. Imaginary numbers are also introduced. Concepts covered include: graphing, various methods to solve linear and quadratic equations, factoring, imaginary numbers, rate, word problems, and determinates. This is an advanced studies course that should be taken by all college bound students.

PRE-CALULUS

This course is a high level course designed to provide a foundation for transition to a claculus course at the college level. Pre-Calculus focuses on a review of advanced algebraic skills (logarithms, exponentials, and inequalities) and trigonometric concepts (identities, sinusoids and the unit circle) along with an introduction into limits, derivatives and integrals.

TRIGONOMETRY

This course is a continuation of Algebra III. The same textbook as Algebra III is used and the students begin approximately where they finished the previous year. This course is designed to help prepare students for a comprehensive pre-calculus course. Practice in the fundamental skills of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is provided while advanced topics are introduced and practiced. A few topics covered in depth include: logarithms, sinusoids, matrices, determinants, functions, word problems, proof writing, identities, trig expressions and equations, clock problems, various methods of solving quadratic equations, probability, binomial expansion, equations and graphs of circles, hyberpola, and ellipses. This is an accelerated mathematics course and should be taken only by serious students interested in preparing themselves for college.

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