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Mathematics Department


A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for all mathematics courses.
Note: An asterisk (*) following the course title indicates the course meets the 
entrance requirements for UC/CSU when passed with a grade of C or better. 
Prerequisite: None
Grade 9 1 Year
This course is designed to ease the transition from elementary school math to high school algebra. The text utilizes a problem solving approach, offering many examples and real world applications. Topics covered are: integers, variables and expressions, equations and problem solving, number theory, rational numbers and their applications, inequalities, linear equations, and polynomials.
Prerequisite: HSPT scores
Grade 9, 10 1 Year
This course is designed to teach students basic algebra skills. Topics of study are: operations and applications of real numbers, equations and problem solving, inequalities, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, functions, linear equations, analytical geometry, probability, quadratic functions and equations, and systems of linear equations.
Prerequisite: HSPT and Mary Star’s Math Placement Test scores, 8th grade math grades
Grade 9 1 Year
Algebra I Honors is an accelerated and more intensive study of the topics covered in Algebra I. Additional areas of study include: radicals, an introduction to geometry,and an introduction to trigonometry.
Prerequisite: Passing grade in Algebra I
Grade 9-11 1 Year

This course emphasizes mathematics as a practical, logical, and coherent subject. Students will develop the ability to create formal arguments and prove theorems using a variety of formats including: traditional two-column proofs, using a coordinate system, and connecting algebraic and geometric definitions. Criteria for similarity and congruence, parallel and perpendicular lines, (trigonometric concepts) and the measurement and construction of two-dimensional models are among the concepts mastered. (The use of trigonometric concepts to solve problems provides additional preparation for future math courses.)

Prerequisite: HSPT and Mary Star's Math Placement Test scores, or "B" or better in Honors Algebra I with departmental approval, or "A" in Algebra I with departmental approval
Grade 9, 10 1 Year

Students in this honors version of this course will cover geometric concepts at a faster pace and in greater depth than in the regular course. Problems solved will require greater mastery of mathematical vocabulary, greater analysis of what is given and what is asked for in a multi-step problem, and more complex constructions. Students will also master solving the problems in a variety of ways to judge the best approach.

Prerequisite: Passing grades in Algebra I and Geometry
Grade 10, 11, 12 1 year
This course provides a review of Algebra I and explores the foundation of Algebra II. A full range of topics is covered including linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, rules of exponents, factoring, probability and statistics, weighted averages, systems of equations, radical and rational expressions.  Emphasis will be placed on physical, numerical, graphical, and algebraic representations and real-life applications.
Prerequisite: "C" or better in Algebra I and Geometry
Grade 10, 11, 12 1 Year
This course is an extension and expansion of Algebra I. Concepts taught include linear equations, linear inequalities, functions, linear systems, polynomials, higher degree equations and inequalities, rational expressions, radicals and rational exponents, complex numbers, polynomial equations and functions, coordinate geometry, quadratic functions, logarithms, graphing transformations, probability, domain, and range.
Prerequisite: "B" or better in Honors Algebra I and Honors Geometry with departmental or "A" in Algebra I and Geometry and departmental approval.
Grade 10, 11, 12  1 Year

This course serves as a PreCalculus class. Topics from algebra include logarithms, exponential growth and decay, linear systems, polynomials, quadratic systems, coordinate geometry, radicals, rational expressions, graphing transformations, probability, domain and range. Trigonometry topics include the six trigonometric functions and their inverses, graphing, identities, evaluating trigonometric expressions, and solving trigonometric equations. Emphasis is placed on numerical, graphical, algebraic, and verbal expressions of functions.

Prerequisite: "B" or better in Algebra II with departmental approval, "C" or better in Honors  Algebra II/Trigonometry with departmental approval.
Grade 11,12 1 Year
This course covers the concepts and skills necessary for success in a college advanced math class. The students will study the six trigonometric functions, solve triangles, verify identities, solve trigonometric equations and use polar coordinates. They will also study exponents, logarithms, sequences, polynomial equations and functions, conics and matrices.
Prerequisite:    "B" or better in Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry with departmental approval, or "A" or better in Algebra II and Geometry with departmental approval
Grade 11, 12      1 Year
Students will understand the following topics graphically, algebraically, and numerically: probability, polynomial equations, logarithms, trigonometric functions, polar coordinates, matrices, sequences and series, and vectors. Students will apply their knowledge in various ways through projects. Students will be able to solve problems with and without technology. Students are challenged to think critcally and "outside the box."
Prerequisite: "B" or better in Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry with departmental approval or "B" or better in Honors PreCalculus or Trigonometry/PreCalculus with departmental approval
Grade 11, 12 1 Year

Students will understand the following topics graphically, algebraically and numerically, and verbally: limits, derivatives, integrals, maximum/minimum problems, area, volume and differential equations. Students are challenged to think critically and "outside of the box." Students are required  to take the AP Calculus AB exam. Students who do not pass the AP exam may still be able to test out of a partial sequence of calculus in college, depending on the university.
Prerequisite: Passing Grade in Algebra I
Grade 12 1 Year
This class is designed to help students meet the challenges of everyday life. Mathematics is interwoven into almost every aspect of our lives and the ability to solve everyday math problems is considered a basic skill. Among the skills students will learn are those needed to: find the best deal shopping; estimate tips; understand credit cards; figure loans, repayments, and interest; determine the nutritional value of foods; determine the Calories burned in activities; take and use measurements for clothing and recipes; understanding tax brackets and fill out a 1040EZ; prepare a budget; interpret pie charts and tables; understand some retirement plan investing; travel in a foreign country, and; understand odds and probability in games of chance.