Mathematics

Math Department Mission Statement:


The JHS Math Department facilitates learning and improves critical thinking skills by utilizing best practices that engage students and develop their confidence in math.

Course #

Description

Required or Elective

Other Information


306

Algebra I

Fulfills Requirement

 Co-Taught Option


Prerequisite: Entry Level

Year


Recommendation: None


The Algebra I course includes the study of properties and operations of the real number system, evaluating algebraic expressions, solving and graphing various functions, translating word problems into equations, and calculating operations with and factoring of polynomials.

316

Geometry

Fulfills Requirement

Co-Taught Option


Prerequisite: Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in 306

Year


This course presents the concepts of plane and solid geometry through deductive and inductive reasoning. Topics include constructions, angle relationships, parallel lines, congruent triangles, similar polygons, right angle trigonometry, circles, coordinate geometry, surface area, volume, and basic proof. This course meets the geometry requirement for graduation.

318

Honors Geometry

Fulfills Requirement

Honors Credit


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 306 (preferably an A)

Year


Recommendation: Teacher


Honors Geometry covers the same topics as Geometry 316 with the addition of: probability, indirect proof, formal proofs, a heavy emphasis on analytic methods, and a focus on the development of a postulate-theorem based logical system.

326

Algebra II

Fulfills Requirement

Co-Taught Option


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 316/318

Year


This course is designed to meet the Advanced Algebra II requirement of many colleges and as a prerequisite for pre-calculus courses. Topics include various parent functions and their transformations, solving equations, and applications. Owning a personal graphing calculator is recommended.

328

Honors Algebra II

Fulfills Requirement

Honors Credit


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 316/318

Year


Recommendation: A minimum score of 250 on the MAP Math test


Topics covered are those of Algebra II 326 with deeper analysis of the underlying mathematics and frequent extensions and applications. Owning a personal graphing calculator is recommended.

336

Pre-Calculus

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 326/328

Year


Recommendation: none


This course continues the study of advanced algebra from Algebra II 3262. Topics include sequences, series, logarithms, higher degree function analysis, inverse functions, and foundations of limits. This semester course is required for admission to Trigonometry 336. Owning a personal graphing calculator is recommended.

338

Honors Pre-Calculus

 Elective

Honors Credit


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 326/328

Year


This course contains trigonometric functions, their inverses, and graphs of trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities, solution of right and oblique triangles, complex numbers, polar coordinates, graphing of higher order functions, and composition of advanced functions. Theorems are proven in this class. This year long class serves as a prerequisite for calculus. Owning a personal graphing calculator is recommended.

346

Calculus

Elective


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 336 or 338

Year


Recommendation: None


This course includes the study of limits, differentiation, and integration. The course requires a solid basis in algebra. Most work is done in class with an emphasis on application rather than formal analysis. Not intended to replace a college calculus course, this course provides a good introduction to the basic concepts and procedures of calculus and would be useful to the student wishing to take calculus in college or to maintain his/her math skills. Owning a personal graphing calculator is recommended.

348

AP Calculus

Elective

AP Credit


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 336 or 338

Year


Recommendation: None


"AP courses in calculus consist of a full high school academic year of work and are comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. It is expected that students who take an AP course in calculus will seek college credit, college placement, or both from institutions of higher learning" (AP Calculus AB Course Description, p. 4). Limits, continuity, derivatives, and integration are included with their associated applications. "The courses emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The connections among these representations also are important" (AP Calculus AB Course Description, p. 5). Students are prepared to successfully take the AP Calculus AB exam in April or May of the course, which can earn them college credit or placement into higher college math courses if certain scores are earned.

356

Computer Programming I

 Elective

Semester


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 316/318

Semester


Recommendation: None


Computer Programming I is a beginning course in writing Visual Basic, a language that is used to write programs for use in the Windows environment. Students will learn how to create form layouts including command buttons, labels, textboxes, picture buttons, timer objects, OLE objects, drive/directory boxes, check boxes, combo boxes, option buttons, and scroll bars. Students will learn decision making, work with data structures, create menus, and learn error handling and how to debug code. Code that is learned in Computer Programming I will be used to turn the forms into working programs. This course is only recommended for those students who have a strong interest in computers. This course is an elective credit and does not count towards the three-year JHS math graduation requirement.

366

Computer Programming II

 Elective

Semester


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 356

Semester


Recommendation: A passing grade in 356 with a "C" or better average


Students will learn how to write, compile, and link source code into executable files in C#. Basic input/output operations will be studied along with function structures, parameter passing and pointers. Students will use different data types and create their own types. Strings will be studied in depth and DO, WHILE, and FOR loops will be mastered. Arrays will be used routinely in most of the applications. This course is only recommended for those students who have a strong interest in computers. It is recommended that students take this course during the semester immediately following the semester in which they were enrolled in Computer Programming I. This course does not count towards the two-year JHS math graduation requirement.

376

Computer Programming III

 Elective

Semester


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 366

Semester


Recommendation: A passing grade in 366 with a "C" or better average


This course is designed primarily for those students who have an above-average aptitude for computers and who intend to increase their knowledge base or pursue a degree in computer science. The programming language taught in this course is JAVA. Students will learn how to write, compile and link source code into executable files. Basic input/output operations will be studied along with function structures, parameter passing, and pointers. Students will use different data types and create their own types. Strings will be studied in depth and DO, WHILE, and FOR loops will be mastered. Arrays will be used routinely in most of the applications. This course is an elective credit and does not count towards the three-year JHS math graduation requirement.

386

Probability and Statistics

 Elective

Year


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 326/328 or concurrent enrollment in 336/338 or 346/348

Year


Recommendation: A passing grade in 326/328 with a "C" or better average


Course topics include basic probability and statistics, discrete probability theory, odds and probabilities, populations and samples, frequency tables, measures of central tendency and variability, random variables, and data presentation, and the normal distribution. This course introduces students to the concepts of statistics, preparing them for a subsequent class in college as well as maintaining math skill during the senior year. Owning a personal graphing calculator is recommended.


388

AP Statistics

Elective

Year






Prerequisite: Successful completion of 326/328 or concurrent enrollment of 336/338 or 346/348 Year

AP Statistics introduces students to the main concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. The four general conceptual themes which students are given to work with are: Exploring Data, Sampling and Experimentation, Anticipating Patterns, and Statistical Inference. Incoming students to this course are expected, according to the College Board, to have mathematical maturity and quantitative reasoning ability. Students use a TI-83/84 graphing calculator, Fathom, and Minitab statistical software, and Web-based java applets to investigate statistical concepts. To develop effective statistical communication skills, students are required to prepare frequent written and oral analyses of real data. Students are prepared to successfully take the AP Statistics exam in April or May of the course, which can earn them college credit or placement into higher college math courses if certain scores are earned.

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