The basic concepts of Algebra are introduced in this full-year course. Students will use linear and quadratic equations to solve application problems from real situations. Graphs of equations will also be used in problem solving. Upon completion of the course, students will have the necessary background to be successful in their higher level mathematics courses.
Students who have successfully completed Algebra I are eligible for this course. Sophomores may take this course concurrently with Geometry provided they receive a recommendation from their Algebra I teacher. In this full-year course, students use problem solving and critical thinking skills to solve non-routine problems with real world applications. Students review their Algebra I skills and are introduced to new topics in algebra including rational expressions, complex numbers, quadratic equations, polynomial equations, conic sections, logarithmic functions and various topics in trigonometry. Several projects which integrate mathematics with other subjects by way of technology and other resources are required.
This is a full-year course which deals with Algebra as a primary subject, yet integrates all concepts of various mathematics courses and applications. The course deals with beginning Algebra techniques, up to and including graphing. In addition, problem solving is stressed along with the basic emphasis of a more conventional Algebra I course. The course is part of the VISTA program, which incorporates a grading system that allows for the extension of day and/or year in order for students to experience success.
Students who have successfully completed Integrated Mathematics I are eligible for this course which is the sequential course in the VISTA Integrated Mathematics program. In addition to reviewing the concepts learned in Integrated Mathematics I, the students will work with radicals and radical equations, systems of equations, exponents, and polynomials. Also, a significant amount of time is spent on preparation for the HSPT, taken in the students' third year. The course follows the philosophy of the VISTA program, which offers an extended day or an extended year, if necessary, for the students to achieve success in the course.
Students who successfully complete Algebra I or its equivalent are eligible for this course. Topics will include postulates, deductive reasoning/proofs, parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, polygons, indirect reasoning, similarity, geometry of the right triangle, circles, constructions, and logic.
Students who have successfully completed Algebra II and Geometry are eligible for this course. Precalculus is intended to provide the mathematical background necessary for success in first-year college calculus. Topics studied include polynomial, exponential, and trigonometric functions, inequalities, analytic geometry in both polar and Cartesian coordinates, vectors, determinants, sequences, series and the fundamental concepts of limits and derivatives. The use of scientific calculators and computer software in problem solving will be stressed. Some sections of this course are Honors level and will be weighted as an Honors course.
Students who have successfully completed Precalculus and are recommend- ed by the instructor are eligible. This full-year course introduces the fundamental concepts of Differential and Integral Calculus. Students will use derivatives and integrals to solve applications. The course is intended as a foundation for a rigorous college calculus course, not as a replacement for a college course. Students majoring in engineering and science will find this background very helpful when taking college mathematics courses. Honors sections are weighted courses.
Students who have successfully completed Precalculus with a grade of "B" or higher and been recommended by their instructors are eligible. Equivalent to a standard first semester college calculus course, this course is intended for students planning to major in mathematics, engineering, science, or a related field. A rigorous approach is utilized in the development of major concepts and theorems throughout the course of study. Topics will include limits, continuity, techniques of differentiation, techniques of integration, applications of the derivative and integral, and logarithmic and exponential functions. Advanced Placement Calculus is weighted as a college level course.