Algebra I courses include the study of properties and operations of the real number system; evaluating rational algebraic expressions; solving and graphing first degree equations and inequalities; translating word problems into equations; operations with and factoring of polynomials; and solving simple quadratic equations.
Algebra I - IA
The first part in a multi-part sequence of Algebra I. This course generally covers the same topics as the first semester of Algebra I, including the study of properties of rational numbers (i.e., number theory), ratio, proportion, and estimation, exponents and radicals, the rectangular coordinate system, sets and logic, formulas, and solving first degree equations and inequalities.
Algebra I - IB
The second part in a multi-part sequence of Algebra I. This course generally covers the same topics as the second semester of Algebra I, including the study of properties of the real number system and operations, evaluating rational algebraic expressions, solving and graphing first degree equations and inequalities, translating word problems into equations, operations with and factoring of polynomials, and solving simple quadratics.
Algebra II course topics typically include field properties and theorems; set theory; operations with rational and irrational expressions; factoring of rational expressions; in-depth study of linear equations and inequalities; quadratic equations; solving systems of linear and quadratic equations; graphing of constant, linear, and quadratic equations; properties of higher degree equations; and operations with rational and irrational exponents.
Geometry courses, emphasizing an abstract, formal approach to the study of geometry, typically include topics such as properties of plane and solid figures; deductive methods of reasoning and use of logic; geometry as an axiomatic system including the study of postulates, theorems, and formal proofs; concepts of congruence, similarity, parallelism, perpendicularity, and proportion; and rules of angle measurement in triangles.
Personal Finance courses reinforce general math topics (such as arithmetic using rational numbers, measurement, ratio and proportion, and basic statistics) and apply these skills to consumer problems and situations. Applications typically include budgeting, taxation, credit, banking services, insurance, buying and selling products and services, home and/or car ownership and rental, managing personal income, and investment.
This course provides students with activities in analytical thinking and with the skills and strategies associated with standardized test taking (such as the state assessments). Topics covered include strategies for arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and quantitative comparison problems as well as time management, scoring procedures and calculator usage.
Intermediate Algebra is a thorough study of the fundamental laws of algebra, including adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, factoring, and simplifying polynomial, rational, and radical expressions. The course also will cover solving linear, quadratic, rational, and radical equations, including non-real complex solutions, as well as solving linear, compound, and absolute value inequalities. In addition, graphing linear equations, inequalities, and quadratic functions, solving systems of two equations in two variables, and using function notation will be covered, as well as applications of many of these algebraic concepts. Other topics will be included as time permits. A scientific calculator is required for this course.
College Algebra is a comprehensive study of the fundamental laws of algebra, including exponents, linear and quadratic equations, polynomial and rational inequalities, system of equations, radicals and radical equations, functions and graphing, polynomials and polynomial equations, modeling, logarithms, complex numbers, augmented matrices, determinants, and regression. The course will provide analysis of graphs and linear systems in two or three variables, as well as applications of most of the topics listed above and others as time permits. A graphing calculator is required for this course.