## COURSE INFORMATION & DESCRIPTIONS

### Algebra 1

Math Credit: 1 Grade Level: 9-11

Prerequisite:

Students taking Algebra 1 as a one (1) semester Honors course must have passed the math 8 SOL with at least a 450, have earned a B in their pre- algebra course, and have a teacher recommendation. Honors Offered (one semester)

Description of the Class:

Algebra I is a course where students are required to use algebra as a tool for representing and solving a variety of practical real-world problems. Tables and graphs will be utilized to interpret algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities and to analyze behaviors of functions. This course will address the sequential development of concepts and skills by using concrete materials to assist students in making the transition from the arithmetic to the symbolic. Students will make connections and build relationships between algebra and arithmetic, geometry, and probability and statistics. Connections will be made to other subject areas through practical applications and will help the students attach meaning to the abstract concepts of algebra.

### Algebra 2

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### Algebra Functions & Data Analysis (AFDA)

Math Credit: 1 Grade Level: 10 - 12

Prerequisite:

Algebra I and Geometry. AFDA is strongly recommended for students who scored a 425 or below on the Algebra I and/or Geometry SOLs.

Description of the Class:

Algebra Functions and Data Analysis provide an opportunity for mathematical ideas to be developed in the context of real-world problems. Students will be asked to collect and analyze univariate and bivariate data using a variety of statistics and analytical tools. They will learn to attach functional algebra to statistics, allowing for the possibility of standardizing and analyzing data through the use of mathematical models. Students will use transformational graphing and the regression capabilities of graphing calculators to find regression equations, and they will use them to analyze the data and to predict the placement of data points between and beyond given data points. This course is an excellent course to be taken between Geometry and Algebra II to bridge the gap and help the student who needs additional help before attempting the rigorous Algebra II course.

### Calculator Math

Math Credit: 1 Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite:

Must have passed Algebra I and Geometry

Description of the Class:

Computer Mathematics is a board-approved course above the level of algebra that can be used to satisfy the mathematics requirements for a standard diploma, modified standard diploma, or general achievement diploma. Students will apply programming techniques and skills to solve practical problems in mathematics arising from consumer, business, personal finance, leisure activities, sports, probability and statistics, and other applications in mathematics. Problems will include opportunities for students to analyze data in charts, graphs, and tables and to use their knowledge of equations, formulas, and functions to solve these problems. The students will also design, write, test, and debug, and document a complete structured program that requires the synthesis of many concepts contained in previous standards. This can be counted as a required math class if student also has a CTE concentration.

### Calculus

Math Credit: 1 Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite:

Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II and Pre-Calculus. Students must have scored at least a 450 on Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II in order to take this course.

Description of the Class:

Calculus is a fast-paced rigorous class for students planning to attend college. Course work deals with equations and their graphs. Volumes and areas of irregular figures are calculated. Graphing calculator, which allow more complicated "real world" word problems to be solved, are used extensively. This course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of analytic geometry and elementary functions in addition to college preparatory algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

### DE Pre-Calculus

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### Geometry

Math Credit: 1 Grade Level: 9 - 12

Prerequisite:

Students taking Honors Geometry must have earned at least a 425 or better in Algebra I, have earned a B in Algebra I, and have a teacher recommendation. Honors offered (one semester).

Description of the Class:

Geometry offers students a means of describing, analyzing, and understanding aspects of their world. Geometric modeling, visualizing, and spatial reasoning can be used to solve many kinds of problems. Coordinate geometry and other representational systems allow locations to be specified and described. Geometry also focuses on the development of reasoning and proof, using definitions and axioms.

### Pre-Calculus

Math Credit: 1 Grade Level: 11 - 12

Prerequisite:

Must have passed Algebra I, Geometry & Algebra II courses with a C or better, have passed those specific SOLs and have a teacher recommendation.

Description of the Class:

Pre-calculus is a rigorous and demanding course taught to prepare college-bound students for Calculus. This course is a combination of two courses, Math Analysis and Trigonometry. Mathematical Analysis serves as a preparatory course for study of calculus. Mathematical Analysis extends the study of families of functions and also includes sequences and series, polar equations, vectors, and parametric equations. An intuitive introduction to the concept of the limit of an algebraic function may be enhanced with algebraic methods or numerical substitution. Trigonometry functions model periodic phenomena, such as those associated with alternating electrical current and the Dow Jones industrial average. The study of trigonometry includes trigonometric definitions, and graphing and solving trigonometric equations and inequalities within the context of applications. Students should be encouraged to make connections among right triangle ratios, circular functions, and trigonometric functions. Communication using the language of mathematics, logic of problem solving and mathematical procedures, and interpretation of results in context is essential skills for students.