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Pre-Algebra   Grades 8-10
Description: This non-college preparatory course is designed to prepare the student for success in Algebra I by developing mathematics abstraction skills and logical thinking processes. The majority of the course work is spent on learning to write and solve algebraic equations. Special attention is given to the students' understanding of the step-by-step solution process. At the end of the course some geometric ideas are introduced.
Text: Pre-Algebra  McDougal Littell, CA Edition  (ISBN  978-0-618-84099-1)
  • Graph paper
  • Scientific calculator 
The following courses meet the “C "requirement in UC/CSU Requirements:
ALGEBRA  1    Grades 8-12
Description:  As the first college preparatory mathematics class, this course begins with the fundamental language of algebra and continues with basic algebraic properties. Students learn to solve equations and inequalities and to graph their solutions. The course contains material on irrational numbers. Graphing linear equations is studied, as are multiplying and factoring polynomials.
Text: Algebra 1, McDougal, Littell  (ISBN: 0-618-25018-2)
  • Scientific calculator
  • Ruler
  • Graph Paper
  • Single subject spiral notebook

No Graphing Calculators are permitted

GEOMETRY    Grades 9-12
Description:  This course provides a student the opportunity to develop his ability to use logic. The student becomes involved with formal logic at work in developing the deductive system of Euclidean geometry. Students learn to apply the ideas of the postulates, theorems, and corollaries to problem-solving situations. The chief focus is plane geometry, with the essentials of solid geometry included in the course. The students also illustrate geometric properties in constructions and class projects.
Text:  Geometry , Houghton Mifflin    (ISBN: 978-0-395-93777-8)
 Prerequisites: Algebra I with a "C" or better and appropriate scores on the Elementary Algebra Diagnostic Test and the Geometry Readiness Test.
  • Graph paper
  • Compass
  • Straight edge/6" ruler
  • Protractor
  • Scientific calculator
ALGEBRA  2    Grades 10-12
Description:  This course is an extension of the topics studied in Algebra I.  Many concepts of Algebra I are developed further (for example, solving equations, inequalities, and systems of linear equations and inequalities, and working with exponents and radicals). New topics are introduced and developed as well (logarithms, probability, and trigonometry). Throughout the study of Algebra II, the concept of functions is a cohesive element; applications and problem solving also play a vital role.
Text: Algebra 2,  McDougal Littell  (ISBN:  0-618-25020-4)
  • hp Prime graphing calculator (optional)
  • Graph paper
  • Single subject spiral notebook
MATH ANALYSIS/TRIG    Grades 11-12
Description:  This course is a detailed study of trigonometric functions; rectangular, polar, and parametric graphing; conic sections, and logarithms
Text:  Trigonometry  (John W. Coburn, J.D.Herdlick, Second Edition, McGraw-Hill) 
                  (ISBN: 978-0-07-351948-7 or 0-07-351948-0, hard copy)
Prerequisites: Algebra II with above average grades and appropriate scores on the Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic Test and the Mathematical Analysis Readiness Test.
  • hp Prime graphing calculator
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) Calculus AB   Grades 11-12
Description:  This course is an extension of the topics studied in Algebra II and Math Analysis. The course is designed to enable the students to successfully complete the AP Calculus Exam in May, which then exempts them from the first semester Calculus course their freshman year of college. The course begins with limit theory, proceeds through basic differentiation of functions, and then moves on into integration. The final section goes into a rudimentary study of separable differential equations.
After the AP Exam, students construct models of the volumes of rotation, which help to illustrate these abstract concepts to future classes, as well as providing first-hand experience to the students in applying the theory of integration to practical construction. Above all, these models create a unique ambiance in the classroom, commensurate with the academic achievement of the study of Calculus. In other words, they are totally cool.
Text: James Stewart, Calculus with Early Transcendentals, (Fifth Edition, Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2003)
                                   (ISBN: 0-534-393-21-7)
  • hp Prime graphing calculator
Fees:  CollegeBoard AP test fee is paid at Book Sales.
STATISTICS     Grades 11-12
Description:  This course teaches students to learn to model distributions of data, describe relationships, design studies, compare two populations or groups, test claims, sample distributions, and learn about probability and random variables.
Text:   The Practice of Statistics, (Starnes Yates Moore)  (ISBN  13:  978-1-4292-4559-3
                                                                                                       10:  1-4292-4559-X)
 Prerequisite:  Algebra  II with a grade of C or better

  • Graphing calculator as per teacher instruction
  • Single subject spiral notebook