Scholars will learn to recognize, analyze and describe patterns and relationships in real numbers, algebraic functions, and geometric figures.
Scholars will strengthen and deepen their number sense and their ability to organize their thoughts and use logic, both inductive and deductive to solve real world problems.
Scholars must complete at least 4 years of math. Beginning with the class of 2013, all scholars must complete Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and either Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry.
Math honor scholars may choose to take pre-calculus and calculus, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5. These classes will include a greater study of theory and practical application, in addition to the study of classics in mathematics and completion of a project based on that classic.
Scholars enrolled in this course will learn problem-solving approaches, thinking and algebraic skills necessary for future mathematics courses and other disciplines. It includes a study of real number systems, linear equations, linear inequalities, exponential functions, quadratic equations, and statistics. Scholars must show mastery of Algebra 1 before advancing to Geometry.
This course will review and extend the skills and topics mastered in Algebra 1. It places emphasis on plane geometry and also includes some solid and coordinate geometry. The course provides scholars with the opportunity to improve their understanding of spatial relationships, develop inductive and deductive thinking skills, improve problem solving skills in geometric settings, relate algebra to geometry, and develop a deep understanding of ratio and proportion concepts. A protractor, compass, ruler, and scientific calculator are required. Scholars must show mastery of Geometry before advancing to Algebra II.
Prerequisites: Algebra I. Requirements: Protractor, Ruler, Compass and Scientific Calculator.
This course will cover topics in advanced Algebra and Geometry. Scholars will further their understanding of linear functions, quadratic equations, matrices, logarithms, rational and radical equations, statistics, and series and sequences. Scholars will discuss and solve real-life applications of the studied topics. Algebra II will help prepare scholars for college math courses and for Pre-Calculus.
Prerequisites: Algebra I. Requirements: Graphing Calculator
An in-depth review and cross-course integration of all the topics covered in high school mathematics occupy the beginning of this course. Scholars will study polynomial and rational functions, logarithms, matrices, sequences and series, and analytic geometry. This course includes an in-depth study of trigonometric functions, identities, and vectors. The difficulty of Pre-Calculus is similar to that of a college freshman or sophomore math course. Scholars who excel in mathematics or are preparing to pursue an engineering or scientific degree in college are strongly encouraged to take this course. Successful completion of this course qualifies a student for a Math Distinction on his or her diploma. Graphing calculator required.
Prerequisites: Algebra II. Requirements: Graphing Calculator
In this course topics that were introduced in Pre-Calculus will be further defined. A definition of derivatives, integrals, three-dimensional coordinates, multi-variate systems, and alternate coordinate systems will be introduced and explored.
Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level calculus courses, AP Calculus AB provides students with an intuitive understanding of the concepts of calculus and experience with its methods and applications. These courses introduce calculus and include the following topics: elementary functions; properties of functions and their graphs; limits and continuity; differential calculus (including definition of the derivative, derivative formulas, theorems about derivatives, geometric applications, optimization problems, and rate-of-change problems); and integral calculus (including antiderivatives and the definite integral).