# Mathematics Course Offerings

• ## Introductory Algebra

In Introductory Algebra the students obtain a solid foundation in Mathematics.  Students master the basic arithmetic skills needed to be successful in Algebra.  Logical thinking skills will be developed and the student will be able to perceive the role of deductive reasoning in Algebra.  The lessons will also incorporate skills necessary for taking standardized tests.

## Algebra I, Algebra I Honors

This is a course designed to teach the basic problem-solving skills of mathematics.  The student is introduced to the structure of the real number system and its properties.  Topics include operations on real numbers, factoring, solving first degree equations and inequalities, polynomials, and graphing in the coordinate plane.  An emphasis is placed on solving word problems and logical organization.

## Geometry, Geometry Honors

Geometry is the study of the relationships and properties of points, lines, and surfaces in space with an emphasis on real life applications. It is a mathematical system in which a few basic statements are agreed upon and then used to discover results by logical reasoning.  Emphasis is placed on developing spatial visualization and reasoning along with logical thinking skills.  Topics covered include congruent and similar triangles, parallel and perpendicular lines, polygons, 3-dimensional figures, symmetry transformations, Pythagorean Theorem applications, and coordinate geometry.

## Algebra II, Algebra II Honors

Algebra II continues the study of the real number system and algebraic operations on the real numbers begun in Algebra I. Particular emphasis is placed on expanding the concept of exponents, solving higher degree equations, and understanding a wide variety of word problems. Students relate and apply algebraic concepts to geometry, statistics, data analysis, probability, and discrete mathematics. Finally, the students are introduced to complex numbers, matrices, and quadratic functions. Critical thinking and logical reasoning are key objectives of the course.

## Algebra III

This course offers a more in-depth study of material and concepts of Advanced Mathematics.  Students will continue to study topics introduced in Advanced Mathematics such as analyzing and translating graphs of polynomial, rational, exponential functions and conics. Students will be challenged to increase their analytical skills in studying algebraic and numerical models including but not limited to matrices, interpreting functions and sequences and series.

The aim of a more advanced course in mathematics is to go beyond mere computational skills and to develop an understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts.  It includes a few advanced algebraic topics, such as logarithms, polynomial functions, sequences and series, and conic sections, as well as a study of the six trigonometric functions and their application to real-world problems and connections to other disciplines.  Topics such as graphs of trigonometric functions, solutions of trigonometric equations, identities, and inverse functions are also studied.

## Calculus

This course offers an introduction to differential calculus, developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications.  Topics include a review of functions and graphing, limits and continuity, derivatives and their applications, and integrals and applications of integration.

## Calculus A/B  AP

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives high school students the opportunity to study college-level material and receive college credit.  Students will study in depth the concepts, methods, and applications of calculus.  This course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally.  Preparation for the AP examination takes place throughout the year.  Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the College Board AP exam in May.

## Statistics AP

This course introduces to students the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.  An introductory statistics course in college is typically required for majors such as social sciences, health sciences, business, science, engineering, and mathematics.  Students will study four concepts:  Exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipation patterns, and statistical inference.  This course is open to students who have completed Algebra II and who possess sufficient mathematical maturity and quantitative reasoning ability.  Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the College Board AP exam in May.

## Computer Science Principles AP

This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology impacts the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, this course prepares students for college and career. Computer science experience has become imperative for today's students in the workforce of tomorrow in fields such as animation, engineering, music, app development, medicine, visual design, robotics and political analysis.  Students are required to take the AP exam at the end of the course.

## Probability & Statistics

In this one credit elective course, students develop an appreciation for the role of probability and statistics in real world applications.  Students explore probability with a variety of hands-on activities using dice, coins, cards, and spinners.  Statistics are investigated with data students collect themselves (from surveys) and with data from newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.  Knowledge gained from this course can improve students’ understanding and skills in math classes in high school as well as improve ACT/SAT scores. It can also provide a foundation for later statistics courses in college in fields of business, economics, other social sciences, politics, scientific research, health, medicine, and education.

## Problem Solving: ACT Prep

This course familiarizes the student with the format, content, and challenges pertinent to the ACT assessment in order to maximize the student’s performance. Basic problem-solving techniques and test-taking strategies in the areas of math, English, reading, science reasoning, and writing are reviewed and practiced. Using previously administered full-length tests, as well as workbook exercises, the student experiences taking actual ACT examinations.

## College Algebra/Trigonometry (Dual Enrollment with UNO)

Seniors who have successfully completed Advanced Mathematics may consider the dual enrollment program through the University of  New Orleans.  These students will take College Algebra in the fall semester and Trigonometry in the spring semester.  These students must meet the application requirements of UNO which currently include a score of 19 or higher on the mathematics section of the ACT.