Honors Math Sequence
Topics in the courses are taught from a rigorous perspective and presented to develop the mathematical reasoning ability of students. Exceptionally capable students who have taken Algebra I in eighth grade and follow the sequence through, have the opportunity to earn college credit for high school mathematics upon successful completion of the Advanced Placement Examination in Calculus.330 – HONORS GEOMETRYThis course includes coordinate, plane, solid and some analytical geometry. Algebraic and geometric concepts are integrated throughout this course to enhance student learning. This course emphasizes problem solving and logic as methods used to develop each new concept. Every effort is made to avoid stopping at the customary, fixed boundaries of the traditional mathematics course to improve students’ ability in applying theory and in analyzing problems independently.335 – HONORS ALGEBRA IIThis course covers most topics of advanced algebra as well as trigonometry and statistics. This course emphasizes facility with algebraic expressions and forms, especially linear and quadratic forms, powers, and roots, and functions and relations such as conics based on these concepts. Students study logarithmic, trigonometric, polynomials, rational and other special functions both for their abstract properties and as tools for modeling real-world situations. Topics also include probability and data analysis, sequences and series. A graphing calculator is used throughout this course to enhance student learning.346 – HONORS PRE-CALCULUSPre-calculus topics emphasize the theoretical background a student must have to be successful in many calculus courses including analysis of functions, notions of limit, analytic geometry, and the conceptual underpinnings of the derivative and the definite integral. Discrete mathematics topics may include formal logic, properties of natural numbers, mathematical induction, sequences and combinatorics. Manipulative algebra and careful development of algebraic reasoning and proof will also be included. These concepts, however, will be extended and supplemented with more rigor as needed to prepare students taking this course to elect AP Calculus as their next mathematics course. A graphing calculator is used throughout the course to analyze the behavior of functions, to conjecture about trigonometric identities and to study limits. Every effort is made to avoid stopping at the customary, fixed boundaries of the traditional mathematics course and to improve students’ ability to applying theory and analyzing problems independently.358 – AP CALCULUS AB359 – AP CALCULUS BCAP Calculus contains topics comparable to a semester (AB) Calculus I or a full first-year (BC) Calculus I and II college course which includes a review of functions and graphs, an in-depth look at limits and continuity, as well as differential and integral calculus with applications of each. College credit for calculus may be earned by a satisfactory performance on the Advanced Placement Examination. Various problem solving techniques are used and problems are devised to employ critical thinking skills. Graphing calculators are used throughout the course. Every effort is made to avoid stopping at the customary, fixed boundaries of traditional mathematics courses and to improve students’ ability to apply theory and to analyze problems independently. Note: Students may take either AB or BC for credit and should consult their math teacher to discuss appropriate placement.