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HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS

Students are required to take three full credits in math to earn their diploma.

Mathematics 1 – one credit
Prerequisite:  Based on teacher recommendation and formal/informal testing
Text: PreAlgebra (Holt)
This is a developmental math course.  Emphasis is placed on the building of strengths and remediation of weaknesses.  Topics of study include:  Integers, Exponents, Plane Geometry, Perimeter, Area, Volume, Rations, Proportions, Percents, Inequalities as well as Solving and Graphing Linear Equations.  Students are required to have a Fractions calculator.  Students who complete this course typically move into Integrated Math I and II.

Integrated Math I – one credit 
Prerequisite: Passing  of Pre-Algebra or Mathematics 1
Text: Algebra One Interactions, Course 1, Holt, Rinehart and Winston

Integrated Math II – one credit 
Prerequisite: Passing  of Integrated Math I
Text: Algebra One Interactions, Course 2, Holt, Rinehart and Winston
Integrated Math I and II are one-year courses that are recommended for the business student or the college-bound student who is less skilled in mathematics.  The two courses together include all of the topics taught in the Algebra I/Geometry course, but at a slower pace and with less complex problems.  Students are required to have a four-function algebraic calculator with square roots and powers. 

Algebra I – one credit
Prerequisite:  C or higher in Pre-Algebra
Text: Algebra 1, Prentice Hall
The solution of linear equations and inequalities together with the graphing of linear functions forms the core of the course.  Polynomial operations and factoring are thoroughly developed and applied to algebraic fractions.  Within the structure of the real number system, students are introduced to systems of linear equations, radical equations, quadratic equations, and fractional equations. Word problems are used throughout the course to relate algebra to everyday situations and to develop problem-solving skills. 

Algebra II – one credit
Prerequisite: C or higher in Algebra I
Text: Algebra 2, Prentice Hall
Recommended to follow Algebra I or Geometry.  Logical foundations for concept as well as manipulative skills and problem solving techniques are stressed. The student learns to solve and graph systems of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities.  Within the structure of the complex number system, fractional equations, radical equations, and quadratic equations are solved.  Additional topics include conic sections, exponential equations, factoring, rational expressions, and matrices.

Geometry – one credit
Prerequisite: C or higher in Algebra I
Text: Geometry, Glencoe
Recommended to follow Algebra II.  The focus of the course is on the properties of plane geometric figures:  triangles, circles, parallelograms, and other polygons.  The concepts are presented in the framework of a deductive logical system.  Formulas for area and volume of geometric figures are developed and applied.  Additional topics include three-dimensional space and coordinate geometry.

Consumer Math – one credit
Prerequisite:   Integrated Math 1 or Department Head approval
The goal of Consumer Mathematics is to prepare the student for managing family financial affairs.  Operations with fractions and decimals are reviewed and then applied to topics in banking, investment, stock market, merchandising, insurance, home ownership, automobile ownership, and income taxes.  Calculators are used for most of the course.

Trigonometry – one credit
Prerequisite: C or higher in Algebra II and Geometry
Text: Precalculus: Blitzer, (Pearson/Prentice-Hall)
The goal of this course is to help students develop their proficiency in trigonometry, and so strengthen their understanding of the underlying concepts.  The text takes every opportunity to show how algebra with trigonometry is a modern modeling language for real-life problems.  Graphing technology is utilized throughout the text to enhance student understanding of mathematical concepts.  Students are required to purchase a TI-82 or above graphing calculator (at a cost of approximately $90.00). (This course offered during odd numbered graduating years.)

PreCalculus – one credit
Prerequisite: C or higher in Algebra II and Geometry
Text: Precalculus: Blitzer, (Pearson/Prentice-Hall)
Topics in advanced algebra and analytic geometry are related to prepare the student for calculus and other college mathematics courses.  Emphasis is placed on proofs of theorems and use of a variety of technological tools in problem solving.  Students are required to purchase a TI-82 or above graphing calculator (at a cost of approximately $90.00). (This course offered during even numbered graduating years.)