This is outdated(2009-2010), but may be useful for historical value
Math Department Course Offerings 2009-2010
The Math Department consists of a wide variety of both required courses for seventh and eighth grade students as well as required courses for grades 9-12. These courses are listed below, along with their course descriptions.
Students wishing to take courses beyond those which are required should consult with the math teachers and/or their guidance counselor to determine their eligibility for these courses. Most courses are taken in sequence so that students do not find themselves in academic difficulty as a result of taking a course that is too advanced.
Junior High Courses
Math 7 – 1 Credit -The Math 7-8 sequence prepares a student for high school mathematics courses by reviewing the fundamentals of arithmetic and introducing basic algebraic and geometric concepts. Students receive extensive practice with operations on different forms of numbers.
Math 8 - 1 Credit -This course is the second half of the Math 7-8 sequence and concludes a student's preparation for a senior high mathematics education.
Pre- Algebra A – 1 Credit -The Pre-Algebra A-B sequence prepares a student for Algebra I by reviewing the fundamentals of arithmetic and introducing algebraic concepts. Students receive extensive practice representing numbers in different forms. Students are introduced to the concept of a variable and learn how to solve basic equations. Real life applications are modeled with equations.
Pre-Algebra B – 1 Credit-This course is the second half of the Pre-Algebra A-B sequence and concludes a student's preparation for Algebra I.
Honors Algebra 1A - 1 Credit - The student develops an algebraic structure so as to build a foundation of principles related to the real number system. Sets, the number line, operations with polynomials, linear equations, and exponents are all covered.
Honors Algebra 1B - 1 Credit - The student develops an algebraic structure so as to build a foundation of principles related to the real number system. Linear and quadratic equations, factors, exponents, and roots are all covered.
Senior High Courses
A student must pass one credit of Pre-Algebra in seventh and/or eighth grade. One credit of Pre-Algebra must be passed prior to ninth grade. High School credit will not be given for Pre-Algebra when taken in either seventh or eighth grade.
SAT Preparation - 1/2 Credit - This course prepares students in test-taking strategies, pacing strategies and subject specific techniques for taking the SAT and the ACT. In this class, students will familiarize themselves with the SAT and the ACT and learn strategies to maximize their scores. Students will gain in-depth information on each section of the SAT, as well as the overall test format. They will then apply this information to learn how the SAT "thinks" and to develop relevant strategies. Finally, students will gain readiness skills and longer-term preparation techniques to be utilized outside the classroom.
Math Essentials – 1 Credit - This course is for students who will be pursuing a post high school education. Students will be exposed to the mathematics of voting and apportionment, geometry as it applies to various real world applications, statistics, consumer math topics such as credit card interest, bonds, stock, student loans, and home buying. Students must have completed at least Algebra/Geometry Concepts 3 and be a senior. Familiarity with computers, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel would be helpful.
Algebra/Geometry Concepts I - 1 Credit - Prerequisite Math 8. This is the first in a three course series. The topics covered in the initial course include functions, linear equations/inequities, graphing techniques, geometric constructions, properties of two and three dimensional shapes, geometric transformations, operations on real numbers, estimation, measures of central tendency, statistical graphs, and basic sampling techniques.
Algebra/Geometry Concepts 2 – 1 Credit- This course will further develop the concepts covered in Algebra/Geometry Concepts I, with an introduction to new topics which include solving systems of equations/inequalities, matrix operations, polynomial equations and functions, deductive/inductive proofs, linear regression, experimental design techniques, identifying and using varying distributions to describe populations.
Algebra/Geometry Concepts 3 – 1 Credit -The final course in this series is intended to complete the development of the concepts introduced in Algebra/Geometry Concepts I and 2.
Algebra I - 1 Credit - Prerequisite - Pre-Algebra or Math 8. Algebra is the study of the properties and relations of symbols representing numbers. The student develops an understanding of algebraic structure so as to build a foundation of principles related to the real number system. Sets, the number line, operations with polynomials, linear and quadratic equations and roots are all covered.Honors Algebra 1 – 1 Credit - This course includes the study of sets, equations, inequalities, functions, number systems, polynomials, quadratic equations, factoring and rational expressions. This course is weighed at 1.08 percent of the grade achieved.
Geometry - 1 Credit -Prerequisite - Algebra I. This course includes plane, solid, and coordinate geometry along with an introduction to trigonometry. Units of study include form and logical structure, geometric figures, logic and problem solving.
Honors Geometry - 1 Credit - Prerequisite - Algebra I. This course includes the study of plane, solid and coordinate geometry along with an introduction of trigonometry. Units of study include angles, triangles, polygons, inductive and deductive reasoning, standard theorems and proofs. This course is weighed at 1.08 percent of the grade achieved.
Algebra II /Trigonometry - 1 Credit - Prerequisite - Geometry. This is a second course in Algebra for students with average and above average mathematical ability. It assumes an understanding of the set of real numbers and algebraic expressions in one variable. Main units of study are polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their properties. Linear and quadratic functions are studied with particular emphasis on graphing in two dimensions. The course includes the fundamental concepts of matrices and determinants, sequences and series, permutations and combinations, probability and mathematical induction.
Honors Algebra II /Trigonometry - 1 Credit - Prerequisite - Geometry. This course includes the study of the structures of mathematics, sets, number systems, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities. Other topics include systems of equations, rational expressions, functions, logarithms, complex numbers, and conic sections. This course is weighed at 1.08 percent of the grade achieved.Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus - 1 Credit - Prerequisite - Algebra II. This course is designed for academic students who will take higher level math courses in college. Main topics of study are the periodic nature of the circular function which relates angles with real numbers, relationships among circular functions, identities and trigonometric equations. Vectors are studied as ordered pairs of real numbers. Coordinate geometry of two dimensions, gives emphasis to the study of conic sections, is also covered.
Honors Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus - 1 Credit - Prerequisite - Algebra II. This course is a study of trigonometry combined with an introduction to calculus. Topics from trigonometry include the trigonometric functions, graphs, identities, and the solution of triangles. Topics from calculus include functions, limits, differentiation, and the applications of derivatives. This course is weighed at 1.08 percent of the grade achieved.
Honors Calculus – 1 Credit - This course is intended for students who wish to major in mathematics, engineering, science, or business administration. Included in the study are functions, limits, continuity, differentiation and integration, parametric equations and infinite series. This course is weighed at 1.08 percent of the grade achieved. *This course may be considered for credit at Keystone College as part of our Dual Enrollment Agreement.
- 1 Credit - Prerequisite - Algebra I and Geometry. The purpose
of this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools
for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students
are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data, planning
a study, anticipating patterns, and statistical inferences. Students who
successfully complete the course are strongly encouraged to take the Advanced