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Math Course Descriptions

ALGEBRA I  (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Level: 9 
This is the first course in a 3 year math sequence that is required for the advanced Regents diploma. Topics covered will include: The real number system, polynomials, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, factoring, algebraic fractions, radicals, right triangle trigonometry, plane and solid geometry, set theory, probability and statistics. Students WILL take a New York State Regents exam at the end of this course in June.

ALGEBRA I, 2-YEAR - PART I  (NCAA approved .5 credit)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Level: 9 
This course, followed by part 2 of the Integrated Algebra sequence, covers all of the same topics as the full year course described above. Because the content is spread out over 2 years, the pace of the course can allow more time for practice and mastery. The topics covered in the first year course include: The real number system, polynomials, linear equations and inequalities, graphing of linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, factoring, algebraic fractions and an introductory study of statistics. Students will NOT be taking a New York State Regents exam at the end of this course.

ALGEBRA I, 2-YEAR - PART 2 (NCAA approved .5 credit)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit 
Grade Level: 10
This course, preceded by part 1 of the Integrated Algebra sequence, covers all of the same topics as the full year course described above. Because the content is spread out over 2 years, the pace of the course can allow more time for practice and mastery. The topics covered in the second year course include: Probability, plane and solid geometry, verbal problems involving linear equations and inequalities, non-linear functions such as quadratics, an in depth study of the triangle and a unit on radicals. Students will take a New York State Regents exam at the end of this course in June. 
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of 2 –Year Integrated Algebra, Part 1.

ALGEBRA II (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Levels: 10, 11
This is the third math course required to graduate with an advanced Regents diploma. Major topics covered will include: The rational numbers, rational expressions, the real numbers, relations and functions,  exponential functions, logarithmic functions, sequences and series, complex numbers, trigonometry and statistics. Students will take a New York State Regents exam at the end of this course in June. 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry.


CALCULUS I (College Level) (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit, 4 SUNY Albany credits
SUNY Albany: MAT 112 Calculus I
Grade Levels: 11, 12
The study of how things in the world around us are changing. Differential Calculus with emphasis on Pre-Calculus topics and an introduction to Integral Calculus. Students will learn in depth about the different classes of functions and how to find their derivatives. The classes of functions covered include linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, rational, logarithmic, exponential, piecewise and trigonometric. As the students learn about each new function class they will discuss “real world” situations that involve these functions and their derivatives. An introduction to integration will occur toward the end of the course. SUNY Albany tuition fees (reduced rate for students qualifying for free/reduced lunch) will be charged if college credit is desired. 
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Algebra2/Trigonometry and Dept. Chair approval or Pre-Calculus.

CALCULUS II (College Level) (NCAA approved)
20 weeks, 1/2 HS credit, 4 SUNY Albany credits
SUNY Albany: MAT 113 Calculus II
Grade Level: 12
The study of accumulation of a quantity while the rate of accumulation is variable. Topics include: Techniques of integration, applications of the definite integral, limits of indeterminate form, improper integrals, infinite series, Taylor polynomials, the calculus of polar and parametric functions. A fee of approximately $140 ($70 for students qualifying for free/reduced lunch) will be charged if SUNY Albany credit desired. Successful completion of the course will earn the student 4 College credits that are often transferrable to other colleges. 
PREREQUISITE: Calculus I 

ELEMENTARY STATISTICS (College Level) (NCAA approved)
20 weeks, 1/2 HS credit, 3 SUNY Albany credits
SUNY Albany: MAT 108 Elementary Statistics
This course includes all aspects of analysis of statistical data. Graphing calculators and Minitab computer software will help in this analysis. Topics include: Organizing data, averages and variation, binomial probabilities, normal distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square distributions, non-parametric statistics and regression correlation. Albany tuition fees (reduced rate for students qualifying for free/reduced lunch) will be charged if college credit is desired. 
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Algebra II/Trigonometry or Approval of Department Chair.

FOUNDATIONS OF COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Level: 12 
This course is designed to prepare college bound students for entering their college with the ability to take a credit-bearing math course.  Not only will it be an in-depth review of high school mathematics but it will focus on using real life examples of where high school math can be applied. Students completing this course with an average of 70 or better will be able to avoid the placement test at SUNY Broome and enter directly into a credit bearing, general education fulfilling math course. Topics include: math modeling using linear, quadratic and exponential and trigonometric functions; number sense without a calculator, data analysis, working with polynomial and rational expressions and equations; applications of right triangle trigonometry; exploring compound interest.
PREREQUISITE: Geometry/Trigonometry II 

GEOMETRY (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Levels: 9, 10
This is the second course in the 3 year sequence to gain an advanced Regents diploma. Topics include formal geometric proofs dealing with congruency and similarity, formal logic proofs, coordinate and transformational geometry, solid geometry, circle geometry, constructions and locus problems. Students will take a New York State Regents exam at the end of this course in June. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Integrated Algebra.

GEOMETRY/TRIGONOMETRY I 
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Levels: 10, 11
This is the 3rd course of the three year math sequence required for high school graduation (provided that students have completed Integrated Algebra parts 1 and 2). This course covers a survey of Euclidean and plane geometry as well as a review of algebraic topics and an introduction to trigonometry functions.  Many of the topics include hands on activity to help relate math to the real world.  Students will NOT be taking a Regents exam at the end of this course. 
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Integrated Algebra

GEOMETRY/TRIGONOMETRY II (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Levels: 10, 11
This course is offered to senior students looking to increase their chances of having success at college level math or juniors who are preparing to take the Algebra II/Trigonometry in their senior year.  This course provides a survey of Intermediate Algebra as well as a study of trigonometric functions.  Many of the topics will include hands on activity to help relate math to the real world.  There will be a focus on mathematical literacy and preparing the students to be successful at the everyday tasks they will encounter after graduation.  Students will NOT be taking a Regents exam at the end of this course.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Geometry or of Geometry/Trigonometry

PRE-CALCULUS (College Level)  (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Levels: 11, 12
This course is designed specifically for the student who anticipates taking calculus at some point in the future. Topics include the algebraic and graphical nature of functions, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric identities, polynomial and rational functions, analytic geometry, conic sections, polar coordinates and graphs, sequences and series, math induction and matrices.  There will be an emphasis on real world applications of many of the above topics.  Albany tuition fees (reduced rate for students qualifying for free/reduced lunch) will be charged if college credit is desired. Students will NOT be taking a Regents exam at the end of this course. 
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Algebra II/Trigonometry

Math Dept. Staff

ALGER, SAMANTHA
Math Teacher
FENDICK, MATTHEW
Math Teacher
HOLDEN, Ms. KATIE
Math Teacher
HUGHES, PATRICK
Math Teacher
PALMER, DANIEL
Math Teacher
SWARTZ, RICHARD
Math Teacher

Recommended Books

  • A Tour of the Calculus by David Berlinski
  • How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
  • Flatland


Recommended Videos

  • Stand and Deliver(The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.)
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