### Course Descriptions

Algebra I

Students taking Algebra I will focus on learning the basics of Algebra while expressing that knowledge both verbally and through written expressions. They will learn the basic operations working with expressions, as well as how to write algebraic expressions with verbal descriptions. Students will also become familiar with linear equations, learning how to create them, graph them and interpret them. Students will graph and solve both equalities and inequalities. Students will be exposed to different classifications of polynomial expressions and basic computation with polynomials.

Geometry

This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions.  It includes the study of transformations in a coordinate plane and congruence in terms of rigid motions.  Students make geometric constructions to assist in the comprehension of geometric concepts.  These concepts are also applied to modeling situations. Similarity, special right triangles, right triangles, trigonometric ratios, circles, volume, and surface area of solids are also covered.  Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations, and applications to the real world are stressed.  Students will also be introduced to the basics of writing proofs to solve (prove) properties algebra and of geometric figures.

Algebra II

Students taking Algebra II will continue to build upon skills learned in Algebra I. They will review solving linear equations both algebraically and graphically. Students will solve systems of equations and inequalities using different methods. Students working in Algebra II will work with functions and relations, demonstrating how they can create them and apply them to real world situations. Students will be exposed to matrices, and basic arithmetic operations associated with them. This course will also work with more advanced topics working with quadratics and polynomials.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry will develop the students’ mathematical concepts, improve logical thinking, and help to promote success. The laws of sines and cosines will be studied and applied to real life situations. Students will study relations, functions, trigonometric graphs and their properties and transformations using angular and radian measures.  There is an emphasis on solving trigonometric equations and proving trigonometric identities. Students will use graphing calculators in activities that are appropriate to the topics being studied.

Probability and Statistics

This course introduces students to the methods used in the field of applied statistics using mathematical models.  Emphasis is given to concepts and techniques for collecting, analyzing, representing data, drawing conclusions, and making predictions.  The major focus of this course is to provide students with experience in measures of location and dispersion, correlation, and regression. Students will use multiple representations to present data including written descriptions, numerical statistics, formulas, and graphs.   Students will work with independent and dependent events, random variables, conditional probability, binomial and geometric distributions.

Consumer Math

Students taking Consumer Math will get experience in financial literacy. They will use basic mathematics skills in order to solve everyday problems. Students will experience ‘real-world’ applications involving mathematics such as: investments, income, expenses, taxes and needs vs wants. They will also work throughout the year completing various projects such as creating a monthly budget based on an income, balancing a checkbook reading and writing checks. Students will be able to connect concepts learned in class with outside scenarios, preparing them to be successful and responsible consumers.

Math Strategies

This course explores the basic operations of arithmetic, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. Students will be introduced to math vocabulary and symbols. Other areas covered will include rounding, estimation, decimals and fractions, numerical ordering, percentages, ratios, proportions, rational and irrational numbers, and the reading, writing, and verbalizing of various numbers. Students will gain a better understanding of numbers and how to use them in practical applications such as measurement and money.