## Course Descriptions

This course is designed to prepare students for a rigorous college preparatory algebra course. This course helps students develop multiple strategies to solve problems, to practice key mathematical procedures, and to recognize the connections between concepts. The aim is to build confidence in students to ensure that they will pass the Algebra I Keystone Exam that is required for high school graduation. This course will emphasize such topics as simplifying expressions, analyzing data and making predictions, solving constructed response questions, and applying algebra to right triangles. (Not an NCAA approved Math Course)

This course will introduce basic algebra concepts as well as supplementary geometry concepts. Areas of emphasis include previously learned math skills including algebra, equation-solving skills, problem solving skills, graphing, mental math, and connecting real life encounters to mathematics.

This course will strengthen the understanding of algebraic concepts through visual representations of algebraic ideas and will improve student mathematical thinking skills. The emphasis of the Intermediate Algebra course will be to prepare students for success in Algebra II through in-depth exposure to polynomial functions. Key concepts from Algebra 1 will be reinforced in this course on a cyclical basis. Students will be placed into this course if they do not reach a 72% final grade in their Algebra I course or via their Algebra 1 teacher’s recommendation. (Not an NCAA approved Math Course)

College Survey Math introduces students to a survey of trigonometry and statistics while building on skills from algebra and geometry. This course is open only to Seniors (or Juniors who have completed Geometry and Algebra 2). It reviews skills from Algebra I and Algebra II and introduces students to the basic concepts of Geometry, Probability and Statistics, and Trigonometry. Topics include polynomials, quadratics, angles, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, transformations, data displays, probability, right triangles, and trig functions (additional topics may be covered according to student need). The class assists students who are taking SAT exams in the fall, as well as preparing for college entrance and placement tests. (Not an NCAA approved Math Course)

Trigonometry/Pre-calculus includes strands of college algebra, trigonometry, and introductory calculus. Students will explore these different branches of mathematics by solving problems, using technology, and working individually and with others. A student desiring to enroll in this class should achieve a C in Algebra II or receive approval from their Algebra II instructor.

Trigonometry/Pre-calculus includes aspects of college algebra, trigonometry, and introductory calculus. Students explore these different branches of mathematics by solving problems, using technology, and working individually and with others. This course is more rigorous than the non-honors Trigonometry/Pre-calculus course and includes additional topics in order to prepare students to take Advanced Placement Calculus in the senior year. It should be understood that this course is a very challenging course designed to lead into the AP Calculus course. Students not seriously considering taking AP Calculus should enroll in the standard Trig. /Pre-calc. course. A student desiring to enroll in this class should achieve a B or higher in both Algebra II (Honors) and Geometry (Honors) or receive approval from instructors of both courses.

Calculus utilizes mathematics learned in all mathematics courses up to and including Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus. In this course emphasis is placed upon the study of limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications of the derivative. The course also includes an introduction to integration and integration techniques. Graphing calculators are used extensively for visual interpretation and computational methods. The RACC dual-enrollment option is available for this class.

AP Calculus AB extends upon the topics taught in the Calculus course and meets the criteria set forth for Calculus AB by the College Board. Topics of study include differential equations, linear motion, area between curves, volume of revolution and advanced integration techniques. The course will also include a review of topics from the first semester using AP exam-level questions. Students will learn how to approach AP multiple choice and free response questions to help prepare for the Calculus AB exam. Prerequisite: successful completion of Honors Calculus 311 course and instructor approval.

This course includes an introduction to probability, combinatorics, and permutations as well as all the elements of statistical analyses using all the parts of descriptive statistics. Higher level elements of statistics such as correlation,inference and Chi-square are introduced. Calculators and computers are used extensively in doing some of the more tedious tasks involved with this sort of study. The course is intended for college-bound students with a strong background in algebra and geometry. The RACC dual-enrollment option is available for this class.

During this course students will integrate hands-on programming with book knowledge on such subjects as the history of computers, the central processing unit and memory, input and output devices, and secondary storage devices. This course is a prerequisite for all other computer programming courses offered by the Math Department. (This course is an elective and does not count as a math credit.)

AP Computer Information Science is a rigorous course designed for the student who wants to further his/her study of computer programming and prepare for the advanced placement computer science exam. Advanced topics will be explored. Course prerequisite: 316 - AP Computer Science and Software Engineering (PLTW), and course instructor approval. This course prepares students to take the AP Computer Science A exam.

Students will be given a foundation in PLTW STEM/Computer Science that will enable them to be successful in other STEM/Computer Science courses offered later in the pathway by PLTW, and begin to prepare them for the AP Computer science exams. Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. CSE helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. This course prepares students to take the AP Computer Science Principles exam.

Algebra II reviews equations and inequalities. Other topics covered in this course include solving quadratic and polynomial functions; simplifying problems involving powers, real numbers, and radicals; and understanding exponential, logarithmic, and rational functions. Students will make connections to gain understanding of topics covered in Algebra II by exploring and problem solving via technology, individual, and group work. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry and course instructor approval.

This course includes the study of reasoning and proofs, parallel and perpendicular lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, and polygons. The study of triangles will include congruency, similarity, and an introduction to right triangle trigonometry. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I.

This course includes the study of reasoning and proofs, parallel and perpendicular lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, polygons and transformations. The study of triangles will include congruency, similarity, and an introduction to right triangle trigonometry. This course will be more rigorous than the standard Grade 10 Geometry course. A student desiring to enroll in this class should achieve a B in Algebra I (Honors) or receive approval from their Algebra I (Honors) instructor.

This course begins with a brief review of linear equations, linear inequalities, and systems of linear equations and inequalities. The course continues with in-depth discussions of quadratics, radicals and powers, exponential and logarithmic functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, and sequences and series. If time allows, there will be an introductory unit on conic sections. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry. (A student may take this course concurrently with Geometry with teacher recommendation.)

This course is offered to students who are enrolled in Algebra 1 and in need of support. The course will focus on attainment of the skills, concepts, and test-taking strategies presented in the Keystone Exams and will be individualized to meet the needs of each student’s area of weakness. Students will be enrolled in this course based on their previous assessment results and/or academic performance during their previous math course. (Assigned remedial offering; not for math credit.) Students must be recommended by their eighth grade CC3 instructor.

This course is a non-calculus based introduction to statistics exposing students to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data, observing patterns and departures from patterns; planning a study, deciding what to measure and how to measure it; anticipating patterns in advance, introducing probability and simulation; and statistical inference, confirming models for explanations of patterns. Calculators and computers are used extensively in doing some of the more tedious tasks involved with this sort of study. The course is intended for college-bound students with a strong background in algebra and geometry. At the conclusion of the course students will take the AP Statistics exam. Course prerequisites: Geometry and Algebra II

AP Calculus BC continues the study of Calculus taught in the AP Calculus AB course. The course meets the criteria set forth by the College Board. Topics studied include improper integrals, parametric, polar and vector functions and the calculus applications of such functions. Calculus applications of infinite series and improper integrals will also be studied. Selected topics from the Calculus AB course will be reviewed to help prepare for the Calculus BC exam. Prerequisite: successful completion of Calculus 312 course and instructor approval.