Mathematics

Requirements

Three credits--grade 9
Six additional credits beyond grade 9 for graduation


Math Department Courses

*Students enrolling in mathematics have a series of options. This chart outlines the potential paths in mathematics that are open to them as they progress through high school. (Please note that these paths are not prescribed or required. Students may move between paths as their skills in math emerge.) Placement is made taking into consideration student academic goals, middle school grades and course work, placement test scores, parent recommendations and the spring AHA placement exam.

Department Philosophy

As mathematics instructors, we strive to provide a learning environment that promotes academic excellence and recognizes each student’s needs and capabilities in mathematics. As a result, students will acquire mathematical skills and improve basic reasoning processes to face challenges and solve problems.

We work with the guidance counselors to provide academic and career counseling for students, update and improve our curriculum, and educate ourselves in current research and methodology.

General Information

The Academy of Holy Angels offers a comprehensive program in mathematics. Because there is a great need for critical, quantitative thinking and problem solving ability in our highly technological society, the graduation requirement is nine trimesters. Most colleges require Intermediate Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II for admission.

The mathematics curriculum is not broken into rigid tracks, but is a flexible plan based upon students’ needs and abilities. As students progress, their performance is regularly evaluated by their teachers, parents or guardians and the students themselves. On the basis of this regular evaluation, students may elect to take a math course more appropriate to individual ability. In order to continue the next trimester, a student must pass the current trimester in that course. Students in “Advanced” courses or AP Calculus or AP Statistics must earn at least a C each trimester to continue in the course.

Graphing calculators and computers will be used in courses for which they are appropriate. The TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or the TI-84 Plus graphing calculator is required for courses using the graphing calculator. These models are used for instruction, and their operation is explained in classes using them.

Additional mathematics options

Students interested in other applications of mathematics may consider the courses listed below:

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Intermediate Algebra

3 credits

Grade Level: 9, 10

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I in eighth grade and recommended score of 70 percent (National Percentile) or higher on high school placement test.

This course is intended for students who have been successful in eighth grade algebra or geometry. It is a review of the basic principles of algebra and an extension of these as they apply to new topics.

Students will:

  • Review introductory algebraic concepts.
  • Be introduced to common functions (linear, quadratic, exponential and others) and become familiar with function operations.
  • Be introduced to the operation of a graphing calculator.
  • Improve problem solving skills and thinking abilities. 
  • Gain self-confidence in mathematical abilities. 

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


Advanced Intermediate Algebra

3 credits

Grade Level: 9

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra I in eighth grade and recommended score of 85 percent (National Percentile) or higher on high school placement test. A reading score of 75 percent (National Percentile) or higher is also recommended

This course is intended for the above-average serious student who is motivated, responsible and able to learn at a fast pace.

This is the same course as Intermediate Algebra but moves faster and covers material in more depth with an emphasis on problem solving and concept mastery.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


Intermediate Algebra Concepts

3 credits

Grade Level: 9

Prerequisite: Completion of eighth-grade algebra

This course is intended for students who would benefit from smaller classes sizes and more one-to-one teacher attention to master mathematical/algebraic concepts. It is a review of the basic principles of algebra and an extension of these as they apply to new topics. This course does not qualify for NCAA credit.

Students will:

  • Review introductory algebraic concepts.
  • Be introduced to common functions (linear, quadratic, exponential and others) and become familiar with function operations.
  • Be introduced to the operation of a graphing calculator.
  • Improve problem solving skills and thinking abilities.
  • Gain self-confidence in mathematical abilities.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


Geometry

3 credits

Grade Level:  10

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intermediate Algebra

This course introduces the concepts of plane, solid and coordinate geometry. Logical reasoning and critical thinking are emphasized through connections to algebra and real life applications. Formal proof and geometric probability are introduced.

Students will:

  • Learn introductory geometric concepts
  • Be introduced to inductive and deductive reasoning and their applications
  • Improve problem solving skills, logical reasoning and critical thinking abilities
  • Build self-confidence in mathematical abilities

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


Advanced Geometry

3 credits

Grade Level: 9, 10

Prerequisite:    Ninth grade: recommended 90 percent or higher on high school placement test; completion of Algebra I; pass the Academy of Holy Angels algebra proficiency examination and department recommendation. Tenth grade: Successful completion of Advanced Intermediate Algebra and department approval

This course is intended for highly interested, mature, responsible and serious students who are able to learn at a fast pace. Students are expected to have mastered and be able to use skills from Algebra I. This course may be taken concurrently with Advanced Algebra II.

This course is the same as Geometry, but it covers material in greater depth and extensively uses formal proof to develop logical reasoning skills. Trigonometry is introduced.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


Accelerated Advanced Geometry/ Algebra II

3 credits

Grade Level: 9, 10

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Intermediate Algebra and department recommendation

This rigorous course is intended for mature, responsible, serious students who have a high interest in mathematics and are able to learn at a very fast pace. Students are expected to have mastered and be able to use skills from Advanced Intermediate Algebra.

This course combines key concepts from Advanced Geometry and Advanced Algebra II and will prepare students for Advanced Pre-Calculus. Formal proof is used to develop logical reasoning skills. Trigonometry is introduced.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required. 

 


Geometry Concepts

3 credits

Grade Level: 10

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intermediate Algebra Concepts

This course is intended for students who would benefit from smaller classes sizes and more one-to-one teacher attention to master mathematical concepts.

This course offers an integrated view of geometry with algebra, science, social studies and art. Real world applications are emphasized. This course does not qualify for NCAA credit.

Students will:

  • Learn introductory geometric concepts.
  • Be introduced to inductive and deductive reasoning and their applications.
  • Improve problem solving skills, logical reasoning and critical thinking abilities.
  • Build self-confidence in mathematical abilities.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


Algebra II

3 credits

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intermediate Algebra and Geometry

This course is a review of concepts presented in Intermediate Algebra and an extension of these as they apply to new topics. Statistics is introduced throughout the year.

Students will:

  • Become more familiar with a graphing calculator.
  • Improve problem solving skills and critical thinking abilities.
  • Build self-confidence in mathematical abilities.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


Advanced Algebra II

3 credits

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11

Prerequisite:   Successful completion of Advanced Intermediate Algebra, Advanced Geometry, and department recommendation

Ninth grade: Very high interest in mathematics. Successful completion of Advanced Intermediate Algebra, Advanced Geometry, and recommended score of 90 percent (national per- centile) on high school placement test; pass the Academy of Holy Angels algebra and geometry proficiency examinations and department recommendation.

This rigorous course is the same as Algebra II except that it covers material in more depth and at a faster pace. Trimester 3 includes trigonometry. This course may be taken concurrently with Advanced Geometry.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required. 

 


Algebra II Concepts

3 credits

Grade Level: 11, 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intermediate Algebra Concepts and Geometry Concepts

This course is intended for students who would benefit from smaller classes sizes and more one-to-one teacher attention to master mathematical concepts. This course does not qualify for NCAA credit.

This course will review and extend topics from Intermediate Algebra Concepts. Applications of algebra will be emphasized.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


Pre-Calculus

3 credits

Grade Level: 11, 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II or Advanced Algebra II and department recommendation

This is a course in advanced mathematics designed for college-bound students in mathematics or science related fields. It will review and extend topics from Algebra II. Functions, conic sections, and trigonometry are studied as well.

Students will:

  • Extensively use the graphing calculator.
  • Prepare for calculus and college mathematics.
  • Improve problem solving skills and critical thinking abilities.
  • Build self-confidence in mathematical abilities.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


Advanced Pre-Calculus

3 credits

Grade Level: 11, 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Algebra II or Accelerated Advanced Geometry/Algebra II and department recommendation

This is a rigorous course in advanced mathematics designed for students college-bound for math- or science-oriented fields. This course will prepare students for AP Calculus. It will review and extend topics from Advanced Algebra II and may be taken concurrently with AP Statistics.

Students will:

  • Develop a firm background in basic theory of mathematics, analytic geometry, trigonometry, functions and conic sections
  • Prepare for AP Calculus or college mathematics
  • Improve problem solving skills and critical thinking abilities
  • Build self-confidence in mathematical abilities

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required. 

 


Introduction to Calculus

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus or Advanced Pre-Calculus and department recommendation

This class is similar to the first half of a college calculus course.

Students will:

  • Work with concepts of calculus, including limits, derivatives, integrals, and their application.
  • Improve problem-solving skills and critical-thinking abilities.
  • Build self-confidence in mathematical abilities.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


AP Calculus AB

3 credits

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Pre-Calculus and department recommendation.

This rigorous course involves a discussion of limits, derivatives, the integral and their applications.

Students enrolled in AP Calculus will prepare for and take the AP exam in May. Any waivers must be approved by the instructor and the principal.

This course may be taken for college credit through St. Mary’s University PACC program. Since this is an AP course, grades are weighted as an “Advanced” course.

Students will:

  • Prepare for the AP Calculus AB examination in May.
  • Improve problem solving skills and critical thinking abilities.
  • Build self-confidence in mathematical abilities.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


AP Statistics

3 credits

Grade Level: 11, 12

Grade 11 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Algebra II and concurrent enrollment in Advanced Pre- Calculus or AP Calculus and department recommendation

Grade 12 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus and department recommendation

This rigorous course explores data by observing patterns and departures from patterns. Students will develop skills in anticipating patterns, applying appropriate statistical methods, using probabilities, planning statistical studies and using statistical inference. This course may be taken concurrently with Advanced Pre-Calculus or AP Calculus.

Students enrolled in AP Statistics will prepare for and take the AP exam in May. Any waivers must be approved by the instructor and the principal.

May be taken for college credit through St. Mary’s University PACC program. This is an AP course, and grades are weighted as “Advanced”.

Students will:

  • Prepare for the AP Statistics examination in May.
  • Improve problem-solving skills and critical-thinking abilities.
  • Build self-confidence in mathematical abilities.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


Survey of Mathematics

3 credits

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II Concepts and department recommendation

This course is designed for students who need extra time to master mathematical concepts and desire practical application of basic mathematics, geometry and algebra skills. Students will be expected to complete daily homework. Applications of mathematics in the arts, sciences, and business are examined. This course does not qualify for NCAA credit.

Students will:

  • Improve problem-solving skills and critical-thinking abilities.
  • Review and improve basic math, algebra and geometry skills.
  • Gain proficiency with the graphing calculator.
  • Build self-confidence in mathematical abilities.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.

 


Problem Solving & Statistics

3 credits

Grade Level: 11, 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II or Pre-Calculus and department recommendation

For students who have successfully completed Algebra II or Pre-Calculus and are seeking additional mathematical studies, this course explores problem solving strategies which prepares them to meet challenges and gain confidence. Data sets and statistics are explored in the context of daily living.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a variety of problem-solving strategies.
  • Use real-life data sets as a basis for problem solving.
  • Use statistical information to analyze daily life situations.
  • Improve problem-solving and critical- thinking abilities.
  • Build self-confidence in mathematical abilities.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator required.