MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM

 

  MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT 

The philosophy, objectives and goals of the Mathematics Department are in alignment with the National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics. The curriculum focuses on the development of numeric, algebraic and analytical concepts that enable the students to formulate, analyze and solve problems proficiently.  Our students will develop the ability to think critically and be articulate as they discover the meaningful applications of Mathematics.  The Mathematics courses will also provide sufficient rigor to support more advanced levels of accomplishment. The mathematics courses in the first three levels follow the standards of the common core curriculum. Note: It is the policy of the Math Department that, if a student does not pass a regents exam, she must prepare on her own and re-take the next regents exam offered. In the case of Algebra I, it is required that she take the exam until she passes.
  ALGEBRA I COMMON CORE                                                                                                         Course #410                                   Credit: 1.0
The basic structure of the real number system, sets, equations, inequalities, polynomials and graphs are studied with an emphasis on problem-solving and application. Students are prepared to take the Algebra Common Core regents exam in June. Students receive a graphing calculator as part of the school fees. All students are required to take and pass the Algebra Common Core Regents exam in order to graduate.
 ALGEBRA I (HONORS) COMMON CORE                                                                                  Course #411                                       Credit: 1.0
This is an accelerated Algebra I course with special emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking.  Many problem solving strategies are explored with a view toward preparing students for the SAT test. As in the Algebra I course, students are prepared and required to take and pass the Regents exam in June. Each student receives a graphing calculator as part of the school fees.
  GEOMETRY COMMON CORE                                                                                                       Course # 420                                        Credit: 1.0
This course includes the study of  Euclidean Geometry with topics including congruent and similar triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, study of rigid motion, transformations, basic trigonometry including the law of sines and the law of cosines, coordinate geometry and solid geometry.  Also included are perimeter and area polygons, as well as surface area and volume of solid figures.  The students are prepared and required to take the Geometry regents in June. 
GEOMETRY HONORS COMMON CORE                                                                                    Course # 421                                          Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: 93% in Algebra ,at least an 85% in the regents and the approval of the Algebra teacher.
This is an accelerated Geometry course which includes the topics covered in Geometry, as well as Trigonometry of the right triangle, an independent study project and enrichment activities. Students are prepared and required to take the Geometry Common Core regents exam in June.
ALGEBRA 2/TRIGONOMETRY (COMMON CORE)                                                            Course # 430                                            Credit: 1.0
This course extends the previous work with the language and structure of algebra.  The study of Trigonometry is further developed and emphasized. Analysis of linear and quadratic functions, relations, inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions and polynomials are included. Students are prepared and required to take the Algebra II/Trig Regents exam.
 HON. ALGEBRA 2/TRIGONOMETRY COMMON CORE                                                 Course #431                                                Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: 90% in Geometry; 80% or above on the Integrated Algebra Regents; approval of the Geometry teacher.
This course includes topics covered in the Algebra 2/Trigonometry course.  Additionally, topics including lines, functions and graphs, exponential functions and parametric equations will also be presented. Students are prepared and required to take the Algebra II/Trig Regents exam in June.
 ALGEBRA II/ TRIG +                                                                                                                                 Course # 430+                                              Credit 0.5
This course is a preparation course for those who did not pass the Algebra II/Trig regents in June. It is taught during the first semester to the students who did not pass the Algebra II/Trig regents in June.  It is a mandatory class for these students.
 PRECALCULUS                                                                                                                                         Course # 440                                                 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra 2/Trig and the approval of the Algebra 2 teacher.
This course is designed to prepare the student for a college level study of calculus.  The concepts of algebra and trigonometry are extended.  Polynomial functions, limits and differentiation are studied. 
ADV  PLACEMENT CALCULUS  AB                                                                                                Course #441                                                     Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Pre calculus and the approval of the Pre calculus teacher.
Thicourse is the study of differential and integral calculus.  The emphasis is on concepts involving limits, rates of change, exponential functions, and their applications.
All students enrolled in this course are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam.  The cost of the exam is approximately $90.00. 
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS                                                                                                              Course # 449                                                      Credit: 0.5
In this course students will study Descriptive and Inferential Statistics and Probability. They will learn how to collect , organize, summarize and present descriptive statistical information; how to perform experiments on subject samples using sampling techniques; and use probability and knowleThis is a semester course offered as an elective for juniors and seniors.  Students will learn the fundamentals of computer-aided design.  The software utilized is AutoCAD which is a program widely used by professionals (architects, engineers, etc …) in today’s technologically advanced world.  Students will be engaged in a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) environment through the use of real-world applications. The course meets the CollegeBoard standards for the AP Computer Science Principles curriculum and may be used for college credit. Prerequisite: Geometry course credit.dge about distributions to examine and make predictions about a population.
GEOMETRIC DESIGN AND APPLICATIONS                                                                             Course # 453                                                       Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Geometry
This is a semester course offered as an elective for juniors and seniors.  Students will learn the fundamentals of computer-aided design.  The software utilized is AutoCAD which is a program widely used by professionals (architects, engineers, etc. …) in today’s technologically advanced world.  Students will be engaged in a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) environment through the use of real-world applications. The course meets the College Board standards for the AP Computer Science Principles curriculum and may be used for college credit.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE - CODING                                                          Course # 452                                                       Credit: 0.5
This is designed to offer an introduction to computer science. Students will learn the basics of computer programming along with the basics of computer science. The material emphasizes computational thinking and helps develop the ability to solve complex problems. The semester course covers the basic building blocks of programming along with other central elements of computer science. It gives a foundation in the tools used in computer science and prepares students for further study in computer science, including AP Computer Science principles and AP Computer Science A courses.