Mathematics

Calculus

Students expand on their knowledge of limits and differentiation from Pre- Calculus. They also learn the theory behind and how to take integrals as well as differential equations. Mr. Nelson

Algebra I

Algebra is a course which utilizes all the arithmetic skills encountered in grade school to introduce the students to the development of an abstract system. Rather than deal with specific values (21 + 35 = 56) the students deal with variable relations (3x + 5x = 56.) After reviewing the fundamental operations with whole numbers and integers, students are introduced to the rational and real number system. The course also concerns itself with manipulating polynomial, radical and rational expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, graphing, and implementation of the above concepts in solving practical application problems. Mrs. Johnson

Algebra II

Second year Algebra reviews many topics from Algebra I and then explores them in greater depth. Students have their first experience with many concepts including imaginary numbers, conic sections, logarithms, and matrix determinants. Graphing calculators are used extensively in the development of a wider mathematical scope of understanding. Mr. Nelson and Mrs. Johnson

Geometry

This course provides students one of the best observations of the development of a structured mathematical system. By starting with a set of terms and a few accepted facts, a complete, logical set of relations is unfolded about points, lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygonal regions. The student will become familiar with both the deductive process and the indirect proof method. These provide a person with a fundamental problem solving approach and open the door to more critical thinking. Mr. Nelson

Pre-Calculus

This course reviews concepts from Algebra and Geometry, takes them deeper, and moves beyond. The first unit covers relations, functions, and graphs using algebraic methods, matrices and technology. Unit two is trigonometry and builds on the skills and knowledge gained in Algebra 2 and Geometry. The third unit covers advanced functions and includes polar coordinates. Discrete Mathematics, the fourth unit, covers sequences and series, probability, and statistics. The final unit is an introduction to calculus . Mr. Nelson/Mrs. Johnson