Math Department

Below are the detailed descriptions of the Math courses being offered for the 2021-2022. Refer to the curriculum map see which courses are available for each class (freshmen, sophomore, juniors, seniors).

311 Foundations in Algebra – Year 1
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: Admissions Committee Recommendation

This is the first course in a two-course sequence covering the contents of Math 314 over a two-year period. The sequence is for students who need extra time to master the foundations of algebra. Assessment includes fall and spring semester exams. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Larson et al. Algebra I. McDougal Littell, 2004. (ISBN: 0-618-25018-2)

312 Foundations of Algebra – Year 2
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: Math 311

This is the second course in a two-course sequence covering the contents of Math 314 over a two-year period. The sequence is for students who need extra time to master the foundations of algebra. Assessment includes fall and spring semester exams. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Larson et al. Algebra I. McDougal Littell, 2004. (ISBN: 0-618-25018-2)

314 Algebra I
1.0 credit
Required Prerequisite: Admissions Committee Recommendation

This is the middle of three first-year algebra options, intended for students with good pre-algebra skills. Many students who take this course have studied algebra in middle school. Consistent with the standards published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the focus is on developing analytical reasoning skills as well as sound computational proficiency. Assessment includes fall and spring semester exams. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Larson et al. Algebra I. McDougal Littell, 2004. (ISBN: 0-618-25018-2)

315 Algebra I Analysis
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: Admissions Committee Recommendation

This is the highest of three first-year algebra options, intended for students with solid pre-algebra skills and the motivation to challenge themselves in our most demanding math sequence. Many students who take this course have done well in a middle school algebra course. This course introduces concepts at a more abstract level than Math 314, and includes more sophisticated examples and problems. Consistent with the standards published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the focus is on developing analytical reasoning skills as well as sound computational proficiency. Assessment includes fall and spring semester exams. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Larson et al. Algebra I. McDougal Littell, 2004. (ISBN: 0-618-25018-2)

319 Accelerated Geometry – One Semester
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: Algebra I Analysis or Department Approval

This modern course presents the fundamentals of geometry in both traditional (Euclidean) and analytic (coordinate-based) settings. The course introduces students to standard principles of logic and proof, but focuses as well on developing geometric intuition. Throughout the course, examples and problems reinforce skills from first-year algebra. Assessment includes a final exam. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Larson et al. Geometry. McDougal Littell, 2004. (ISBN 10: 0-395-93777-9; ISBN 13: 978-0-395-93777-8)

320 Geometry
1.0 credit
Required Prerequisite: Any Algebra I sequence.

This modern course presents the fundamentals of geometry in both traditional (Euclidean) and analytic (coordinate-based) settings. The course introduces students to standard principles of logic and proof, but focuses as well on developing geometric intuition. Throughout the course, examples and problems reinforce skills from first-year algebra. Assessment includes fall and spring semester exams. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Larson et al. Geometry. McDougal Littell, 2004. (ISBN 10: 0-395-93777-9; ISBN 13: 978-0-395-93777-8)

321 Algebra II
1.0 credit
Required Prerequisite: Geometry (319) or (320)

This course is one of two second-year algebra options, intended for students who have successfully completed Math 314 or the equivalent. Content is similar to Math 322 (see course description below) and includes a basic introduction to trigonometric functions and associated concepts. Treatment of most topics is less abstract in this course than in Math 322. Assessment includes fall and spring semester exams. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Larson et al. Algebra 2. McDougal Littell, 2004. (ISBN: 0-618-25020-4)

322 Algebra II Analysis (H)
1.0 credit Honors
Prerequisite: Algebra I Analysis (315) and Geometry (319) or (320); or Department Approval.

This is the more advanced of two second-year algebra options, intended for students with the skills and motivation to challenge themselves in our most demanding math sequence. This course treats Algebra II concepts at a more abstract level than Math 321, and includes more sophisticated examples and problems. Treatment of trigonometry is more extensive in this course than in Math 321. Other topics include linear systems; polynomials and polynomial equations; radical expressions and equations; exponential, logarithmic, and rational functions; techniques for solving quadratic equations (factoring, completing the square, and the quadratic formula); laws of exponents; and complex numbers. Assessment includes fall and spring semester exams. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Holliday, Cuevas, et al. Algebra 2. Glencoe-McGraw Hill, 2005. (ISBN: 0-07-865609-5) 23

331 Advanced Algebra & Trigonometry
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: Algebra II (321) or Algebra II Analysis (322)

This course provides a bridge between second-year algebra and college-level mathematics. The course focuses on analytic geometry, algebra, functions, and trigonometry, and revisits many Algebra II topics on a deeper level. The course also includes a sampling of topics in probability, statistics, and discrete mathematics. Treatment of topics in algebra and trigonometry is less abstract than in Math 336. Assessment includes fall and spring semester exams. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Demana et al, Precalculus. Pearson Education, 2015. (ISBN 10: 0-13-353919-9; ISBN 13: 978-0-13-353919-6)

336 Pre-Calculus (H)
1.0 credit Honors
Prerequisite: Algebra II Analysis (322) or Department Approval

This course focuses on the topics and skills necessary to excel in college mathematics courses intended for science and engineering majors. Consistent with that focus, the course revisits many topics covered in Algebra II Analysis at a deeper level of abstraction and generality. A primary theme is acquiring a sound geometric and algebraic understanding of the concept of function. Topics include compositions and transformations, analytic geometry, circular trigonometric functions, polynomial equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, and conic sections. The course introduces the derivative, including simple applications. Assessment includes fall and spring semester exams. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Demana et al, Precalculus. Pearson Education, 2015. (ISBN 10: 0-13-353919-9; ISBN 13: 978-0-13-353919-6)

340 AP Calculus (AB)
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus (336), or Department Approval

This course prepares students to take the Calculus AB Advanced Placement (AP) exam. It focuses on the mathematical tools needed to analyze quantities that change at variable rates. The course reviews concepts encountered in earlier courses and applies these concepts to various types of functions to determine their derivatives and integrals. Topics include properties of limits, derivatives, and the definite and indefinite integrals; exponential functions and the natural logarithm, including growth/decay applications; area under a curve, volumes of revolution, and integration techniques; the calculus of motion; and relevant special topics. Examples using the TI-83/TI-84 series-graphing calculator supplement the mathematical analysis. Assessment includes a fall exam. The AP Calculus exam is taken in lieu of a spring semester exam. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Foerster. Calculus: Concepts and Applications. Key Curriculum Press, 1998. (ISBN: 1-55953-117-7) 24

343 Statistics
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: Algebra II or equivalent, open to Seniors only.

This course focuses on the major concepts and tools used to collect, analyze and draw conclusions from data. Students study all topics in the AP curriculum; motivated students completing this course will be prepared to take the AP test. Key topics include techniques used to recognize patterns and departures from patterns; planning a study with emphasis on data collection, modeling and validity of conjectures; probability; statistical inference; confidence levels; significance tests and errors; and distributions. The emphasis is on active learning and interdisciplinary connections. Assessment includes fall and springs semester exams. See calculator policy letter for calculator requirement.

Text: Yates et al. The Practice of Statistics, 3rd edition. W.H. Freeman and Company, 2008. (ISBN 10: 0-716-77309-0; ISBN 13: 978-0-71-677309-2)