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ALGEBRA I (COLLEGE PREP) 911
This Algebra I course emphasizes the study of functions with tables, graphs, verbal rules and symbolic rules.
Students will explore topics in solving linear equations and inequalities, Systems of Linear Functions
Exponential Functions, Quadratic Functions, and topics in statistics. Practical application through the
incorporation of word problems is required in this course.
ALGEBRA I (HONORS) 9
This Honors Algebra I course emphasizes the same study of functions from College Prep with indepth
exploration of how these functions relate to subsequent math courses with an increase in pace and rigor.
Students will explore topics in solving linear equations and inequalities, Systems of Linear Functions and
Exponential Functions, Quadratic Functions, and topics in statistics. Practical application through the
incorporation of word problems is required in this course.
GEOMETRY (COLLEGE PREP) 1012
This Geometry course emphasizes the study of congruence and similarity among classes of two and three
dimensional geometric objects. Students will explore topics in Quadrilaterals, Triangles, Surface Area and
Volume, Circles, Trigonometry, transformations, and topics on Probability. Practical application through the
incorporation of word problems is required in this course.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or Precalculus
GEOMETRY (HONORS) 1012
This course includes extensions on the College Prep course of study. Students will explore topics in
Quadrilaterals, Triangles, Surface Area and Volume, Circles, Trigonometry, transformations, and topics on
Probability. Students will also include study on proofs, solids of revolution, and logic. Practical application
through the incorporation of word problems is required in this course.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Algebra I or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or Precalculus
ALGEBRA II (COLLEGE PREP) 1012
This course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts and provides further development of the
concept of a function. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, imaginary and complex
numbers, and a variety of functions including inverse, quadratic, trigonometric, and introduces inferential
statistics, and matrices. The content of this course is important for studentsâ€™ success on the ACT, the SAT and
college math entrance exams. Graphing calculators are implemented in each unit to combine technology into
the lessons and it is highly recommended that each student have one. This course is at a faster pace than the
college prep and covers additional units and extensions within each unit of study.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment in Geometry
ALGEBRA II (HONORS) 912
This course in intermediate algebra reviews the principles studied in Algebra I and further develops these ideas with more advanced material. Topics presented are polynomials and factoring, rational numbers, complex numbers, quadratic functions, exponential, logarithmic, rational and trigonometric functions. Relations and functions are thoroughly explored and used to unify the course. Graphing calculators are implemented in each unit to combine technology into the lessons and it is recommended that each student have one. This course is at a faster pace then the college prep and covers extensions on each unit of study.
PREREQUISITE:Â Algebra I and Geometry or concurrent enrollment
STATISTICS AND DATA GATHERING (COLLEGE PREP) 1012
This course is an introduction to the field of statistics. The content of the course is designed for students with a
wide variety of vocational and educational interests. Topics will include: data gathering, frequency
distributions, summarizing data, understanding scores, probability, sampling, and simulations.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Geometry.
PRECALCULUS (COLLEGE PREP) 1012
Precalculus is an advanced form of algebra. The course is intended to prepare students for the study of
calculus. The units of study include graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic
functions, triangular and analytic trigonometry, circular functions, and sequences and series. Assessment will
be based on tests, quizzes, homework, and class work. There will be extensive use of the graphing calculator.
It is highly recommended that students have their own graphing calculator.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Geometry
PRECALCULUS (HONORS) 1012
Honors Precalculus is an accelerated form of PreCalculus. The course is intended to rigorously prepare
students for the study of AP calculus. The units of study include graphs, polynomial and rational functions,
exponential and logarithmic functions, triangular and analytic trigonometry, circular functions, and sequences
and series. Honors Precalculus includes additional topics not covered in College Prep. Assessment will be
based on tests, quizzes, homework, and classwork. There will be extensive use of the graphing calculator. It is
highly recommended students have their own graphing calculator.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Geometry
A.P. CALCULUS AB (1112)
A.P. Calculus AB is designed to teach students how to work with functions represented in a variety of ways:
graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal. They should understand the connections among these
representations; understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear
approximation and they should be able to use derivatives to solve a variety of problems; understand the
meaning of the definite integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change and
should be able to use integrals to solve a variety of problems; understand the relationship between the derivative
and the definite integral as expressed in both parts of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; communicate
mathematics both orally and in wellwritten sentences and should be able to explain solutions to problems;
model a written description of a physical situation with a function, a differential equation, or an integral; use
technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and verify conclusions; determine the
reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement; and develop an
appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment. Students are
required to take the A.P. test. This course is comparable to collegelevel Calculus I. Additionally, students
seeking college credit from Western Connecticut State University must register with the University and pay a
registration fee, which is payable directly to the University.
PREREQUISITE: PreCalculus
A.P. CALCULUS BC (1112)
A.P. Calculus BC is an extension of A.P. Calculus AB rather than an enhancement; common topics require a
similar depth of understanding. Both courses are intended to be challenging and demanding. The content of
Calculus BC is designed to qualify the student for placement and credit in a course that is one course beyond
that granted for Calculus AB. Students are required to take the A.P. test. This course is comparable to collegelevel
Calculus I & II. Additionally, students seeking college credit from Western Connecticut State University
must register with the University and pay a registration fee, which is payable directly to the University.
Students are required to take the A.P. test.
PREREQUISITE: PreCalculus
A.P. STATISTICS (1012)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and
drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: Exploring data by
describing patterns and departures from patterns; sampling and experimentation by planning and conducting a
study; anticipating patterns by exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation; and statistical
inference by estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. Students are required to take the A.P.
test. Additionally, students seeking college credit from Western Connecticut State University must register with
the University and pay a registration fee, which is payable directly to the University. A graphing calculator is
recommended.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Geometry
MATH LAB (COLLEGE PREP)
9
This is a course that is mandatory for 9th grade students who have been identified as in need of math
intervention based upon middle school performance (7th or 8th grade SBAC, STAR and/or teacher
recommendation). This elective course will provide foundational support to ensure that students have the skills
required to be successful in subsequent math courses.