Pre-Algebra gives students a strong foundation in algebra while also preparing them for future study of geometry, probability, and data analysis. It provides the students with extensive review of the four basic operations using counting numbers, whole numbers, integers and rational numbers. Work is done with decimals, fractions and 9 percentages. The second half of the class prepares the student for entry into Algebra 1, which involves finding solutions to one-variable equations and word problems.
Algebra 1 gives the student a basic background in the real number system. This involves finding solutions of equations of one or two variables. It introduces inequalities, radicals and quadratics and the laws of exponents. The linear, quadratic, and power families of functions are introduced, with emphasis on solving and graphing each function. Algebra I also includes introductory lessons in geometry, data analysis, and probability. A graphing calculator (such as TI83 or TI84) is recommended, especially for those students who plan on enrolling in Algebra II, College Algebra or Pre-Calculus the following year. It is a requirement for graduation.
Unified Mathematics is the introduction of Geometry in an integrated program. The main emphasis is bridging the gap between Algebra 1 and Geometry; this is accomplished by a review of algebraic topics while including the basic concepts of Geometry. This course is not intended for those students who wish to pursue a four-year college degree. Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and permission from math department.
In Geometry, students will develop reasoning and problem solving skills as they study topics such as congruence and similarity and apply properties of lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles. Students will also develop problem solving skills by using length, perimeter, area, circumference, surface areas, and volume to solve real-world problems. Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra 1, or permission of math department.
The content of Algebra 2 is organized around families of functions, including linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, radical, and rational functions. As students study each family of functions, students will learn to represent them in multiple ways- as verbal descriptions, equations, tables, and graphs. Students will also learn to model real-world situations using functions in order to solve problems arising from those situations. In addition to its algebra content, Algebra 2 includes lessons on probability and data analysis as well as numerous examples and exercises involving geometry and trigonometry. A graphing calculator (such as TI83 or TI84) is required, especially for those students who plan on enrolling in College Algebra or Pre-Calculus the following year. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry or enrollment in Geometry and Algebra 2 concurrently.
Dual Credit (MAT 103) 4 Sem Hrs (U of M) Topics covered in Math 103 include finding solutions of linear, quadratic and higher degree equations and inequalities; graphing functions and relations; polynomial and rational functions; non-linear system of equations; complex numbers; exponential and logarithmic functions and an introduction to statistics. A graphing calculator (such as TI83 or TI84) is required. Prerequisites: C or better in Algebra II; ACT Math 22 or higher or ACT Plan Math 19 or higher.
Dual Credit (MAT 180) 4 Sem Hrs (U of M) The study of descriptive statistics such as mean, mode, range, standard deviation, variance and histograms that describe statistical information. The study of inferential statistics such as hypotheses testing of a population mean, proportion and using a sample drawn from the population or testing to see if the sample is representative of the population being studied. A graphing calculator (such as T183 or T184) is required. Prerequisites: ACT Math 22 or higher or ACT Plan Math19 or higher.
Pre-Calculus students study the real number system, functions and graphing, sequences & series, trigonometry, complex numbers, polynomial equations, polar equations, vectors & limits. This course is recommended for students intending to pursue a math or science related study in college such as medicine, architecture or engineering. PreCalculus is the prerequisite for Calculus. A graphing calculator (such as TI83 or TI84) is required. Prerequisite: B or better in Algebra 2 and Geometry.
Dual Credit (MAT 209) 4 Sem Hrs (U of M) Calculus students study two and three dimensional analytic geometry, functions, limits, continuity, differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions, development of the definite and indefinite integral, and applications problems involving integrals and derivatives. A graphing calculator (such as TI83 or TI84) is required. (Future Engineering students should consider TI89) Prerequisite: C or better in Pre-Calculus; ACT Math 22 or higher or ACT Plan Math19 or higher.