- Satisfies Category C of the A–G requirements: 3 years, 4 years recommended
The math department is committed to bringing the highest quality math instruction to Grand Arts. We work to expand students' understanding and appreciation of mathematics through a comprehensive, Common Core aligned plan that acknowledges and addresses differences in motivation, goals, ability, and learning styles.
9th Grade Courses
CC Algebra 1 AB
Common Core Algebra 1
Common Core Algebra 1 is the vehicle by which students make the transition from arithmetic to symbolic mathematical reasoning. It provides an opportunity for students to extend and practice logical reasoning in the context of understanding, writing, solving, and graphing problems involving linear and quadratic equations (including systems of two linear equations in two unknowns). In this course, students are expected to demonstrate their ability to extend specific problems and conditions to general assertions about mathematical situations. Additionally, they are expected to justify steps in an algebraic procedure and check algebraic arguments for validity.
10th Grade Courses
CC Geometry AB
CC Algebra 2 AB
Common Core Geometry
Geometry leads students to an understanding that reasoning and proof are fundamental aspects of mathematics. Geometry students have the opportunity to make conjectures about geometric situations and prove in a variety of ways that their conclusion follows logically from their hypothesis. Although the curriculum is weighted heavily in favor of plane (synthetic) Euclidean geometry, some emphasis is placed on coordinate geometry and its transformations.
11th Grade Courses
CC Algebra 2 AB
Common Core Algebra 2
Algebra 2 expands on the mathematical content of Algebra I and Geometry. There is no single unifying theme. Instead, many new concepts and techniques are introduced that will be basic to more advanced courses in mathematics and the sciences and useful in the workplace. In general terms the emphasis is on abstract thinking skills, the function concepts, and the algebraic solution of problems in various content areas. Students who master Algebra II will gain experience with algebraic solutions of problems in various content areas, including the solution of systems of quadratic equations, logarithmic and exponential functions, the binomial theorem, and the complex number system.
This course combines many of the trigonometric, geometric and algebraic techniques needed to prepare students for the study of calculus and other advanced courses. Precalculus is covered in the first semester. Precalculus expands on Algebra I topics and includes matrices, complex numbers, conics, logarithms, sequences and series, trigonometric functions and identities. Precalculus is covered in the second semester. Topics emphasize the analysis of functions. Graphing calculators are used throughout the course.
12th Grade Courses
This class is intended for students with a strong mathematical background (including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 at a bare minimum) who would like to know how mathematics can be applied to decision-making in the messy real world that we actually live in. For instance, a typical question we might attack in the latter part of the year would be "Does sitting in the front of a room actually help students get better grades?" This class is all about data and is composed of four major units: 1) exploring and describing data, 2) gathering and generating data, 3) describing patterns for and predicting data, and 4) using data to make support claims and make estimates. It's a largely student-driven and exploratory class enhanced with ample use of technology, especially TI-81 calculators. Students who score 3 or above on the AP exam may be eligible for college credit.
AP Calculus AB
This course is intended for students who may have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics, including Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, Geometry, and Precalculus. The course stresses concepts and then techniques. Each concept is looked at graphically, numerically, analytically, algebraically and verbally. Students will learn how to express answers using the technical vocabulary of calculus and organize their solutions professionally so that the reader will clearly understand what the student has determined while solving the problem. The TI-84 calculator is used daily. Students who score 3 or more (out of 5) on the AP exam for Calculus AB may receive university calculus credit for the first semester of college-level calculus.
Additional Mathematics Support
CC Algebra 1 Tutorial AB
CC Algebra 2 Tutorial AB
Common Core Algebra 1 Tutorial
Algebra 1 tutorial lab is an elective mathematics course provided to students as a second course to support the core Mathematics class in Algebra 1. The course is designed to enhance the student's knowledge of prerequisite skills that are needed to access the grade level Algebra 1 course.
Common Core Algebra 2 Tutorial
Algebra 2 tutorial lab is an elective mathematics course provided to students as a second course to support the core Mathematics class in Algebra 2. The course is designed to enhance the student's knowledge of prerequisite skills that are needed to access the grade level Algebra 2 course.