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    MATH I 
    This course is the first in the sequence of integrated and investigative high school mathematics program designed to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. It provides opportunities for using patterns, modeling, and conjecturing to build student understanding and competency in mathematics. The overarching goal of this course is to teach students how to learn math differently than they may have historically. The students will be expected to engage in collaboration, collection of data, experimentation, and conjecturing. Technology tools will also play an important role in learning. By using technology to collect, evaluate, and model data, students will be able to make conjectures and develop a robust understanding of the mathematical principles involved. This course aligns perfectly with the five goals of the UC mathematics requirement. The students will engage in mathematical  sense making, make and test conjectures and justify conclusions, use mathematical models to represent real-world data, learn to provide clear and concise answers, and have computational and symbolic fluency. This course meets the subject area - c requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list. This course meets the math requirement for graduation and is required for a diploma.
     
    MATH 2
    9-12  Prerequisite:  Passed Math 1.
    This course is the second in the sequence of classes in an integrated and investigative mathematics program.  The focus is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Math 1. The need for extending the set of rational numbers arises and real and complex numbers are introduced so that all quadratic equations can be solved. The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability and counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions. The study of similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships.  Conic sections, especially circles, and their quadratic algebraic representations will round out the course. This course will meet the subject area – C requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list. This course meets the mathematics requirement for graduation. 

    MATH 3
    10-12  Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Math 2. 
    The course is the third in the sequence of integrated and investigative high school mathematics classes.  The program is designed to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learn in the middle grades.  It provides opportunities for using patterns, modeling, and conjecturing to build student understanding and competency in mathematics.  The overarching goal of this course is to teach students how to learn math differently than they have historically.  The students will be expected to engage in collaboration, collection of data, experimentation, and conjecturing.  Technology tools will also play an important role in learning, and students will be using technology to collect, evaluate, and model data, allowing them to make conjectures and develop a robust understanding of the mathematical principles involved.  This course aligns perfectly with the five goals of the UC mathematics requirement.  The students will engage in mathematical sense making. Make and test conjectures and justify conclusions, use mathematical models to represent real-world data, learn to provide clear and concise answers, and have computational and symbolic fluency. This course meets the subject area  - C requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list.  This course meets the mathematics requirement for graduation. 

    MATH ANALYSIS HONORS
    11-12 Prerequisite: Alg 2/Math 3 with a grade of C or better
    This elective course is designed for students with a desire for a more advanced background in mathematics. Although the course exceeds the basic entrance requirements for most colleges, it is recommended for a wide variety of major fields of study. Topics include trigonometric functions and their inverses, graphs, identities and applications. Analysis topics include sequences and series, theory of equations, vectors and matrices, complex numbers, and polar coordinates. Also included will be an introduction to Calculus with emphasis on limit theory. This course meets the subject area - C requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list.

     AP CALCULUS A/B
    (12) Prerequisite: A grade of  B or better in Math Analysis and teacher rec
    This is a college level Calculus course designed for students with high mathematical motivation and ability. Topics include a study of the theory, techniques, and applications of limits, explicit and implicit differentiation, and integration. Functions, their inverses and graphs will be studied, including polynomials, trigonometric, and logarithmic functions. Students will be strongly urged to take the AP exam in the spring and may receive college credit with a passing score. This course meets the subject area - C requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list.
     
    AP CALCULUS B/C
    (12) Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in Math Analysis and teacher rec
    Students who have completed AP Calculus A/B are eligible. This is a college level Calculus course designed for students with high mathematical motivation and ability. The B/C course is a challenging class that covers all topics in the AP Calculus A/B course plus additional topics, including derivatives of polar and vector functions, Euler’s method, L’Hopital’s rule, improper integrals, logistic differential equations and polynomial approximations and series. Students should plan on taking the AP Calculus BC exam offered in May, and will receive a sub-score for the AP Calculus A/B exam. A passing score on the AP exam may provide students with the opportunity to receive college credit. This course meets the subject area - C requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list.
     
    AP STATISTICS
    (11-12) Prerequisite: completion of Algebra II/Math 2 with a C or better. May be taken either in place of or concurrently with Trig/Math Analysis or Calculus
    This is a college level Statistics course designed for students with high mathematical motivation and ability. Topics include exploring data, planning a study, anticipation patterns, and statistical inference. You will be expected to do homework regularly, which will include reading, analyzing, thinking and writing clearly. Students will be strongly urged to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring and may receive college credit for a passing grade. This course meets the subject area - C requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list. 

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