• Mathematics Course Description:

Algebra 1 is the first course in a sequence of three required high school courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. The course represents a discrete study of algebra with correlated statistics applications. The fundamental purpose of Algebra I is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. The critical areas, organized into modules, deepen, and extend understanding of functions by comparing and contrasting linear, quadratic, and exponential phenomena. Students will study Linear Equations and Inequalities, modeling and analyzing Quadratic and Exponential Functions and its application. As key characteristics of functions are introduced students will gain a deeper understanding of such concepts as domain and range, intercepts, increasing/decreasing, relative maximum/minimum, symmetry, end behavior, and the effect of function parameters. Module 5 (Comparing and Contrasting Functions) will also provide an excellent opportunity for review of many concepts in preparation for the administration of the Georgia Milestones EOC assessment. The final unit in the course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studied.  The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

This math course is for High School seniors planning to attend 4-year college after graduation. This is an exciting and dynamic course in which we will work together to explore ways that math is used in the authentic setting.  This course requires that you use all the skills learned in GSE Algebra, GSE Geometry and GSE Algebra 2 to investigate and solve application problems.  This course will give students further experiences with statistical information and summaries, methods of designing and conducting statistical studies, and opportunity to analyze various voting processes, modeling data, basic financial decisions, and use mathematical models for making informal decisions.

Algebra II students pull together and apply the accumulation of learning that they have from their previous courses, with content grouped into six critical areas, organized into modules. They apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data. Students expand their repertoire of functions to include quadratic (with complex solutions), polynomial, rational, and radical functions. And, finally, students bring together all of their experience with functions to create models and solve contextual problems. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that student experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

AMDM course is for High School seniors planning to attend 4-year college after graduation. This is an exciting and dynamic course in which we will work together to explore ways that math is used in the authentic setting.  This course requires that you use all the skills learned in GSE Algebra, GSE Geometry and GSE Algebra 2 to investigate and solve application problems.  This course will give students further experiences with statistical information and summaries, methods of designing and conducting statistical studies, and opportunity to analyze various voting processes, modeling data, basic financial decisions, and use mathematical models for making informal decisions.

Geometry is the second course in a sequence of three required high school courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. The course represents a discrete study of geometry with correlated statistics applications.

In the first semester we will be studying the basics of Euclidean Geometry. Building on standards from middle school, students will perform transformations in the coordinate plane, describe a sequence of transformations that will map one figure onto another, and describe transformations that will map a figure onto itself. Students will compare transformations that preserve distance and angle to those that do not. Students will use transformations and proportional reasoning to develop a formal understanding of similarity and congruence. Students will identify criteria for similarity and congruence of triangles, develop facility with geometric proofs (variety of formats), and use the concepts of similarity and congruence to prove theorems involving lines, angles, triangles, and other polygons.

In the second semester students will discover and explore Algebraic connections with Geometry, Trigonometry of the Right Triangles, Volume, Applications of Probability and Circles.

Math of Finance course is for students planning to attend two-year college or a technical college after graduation. Please check with your counselor about the specific college requirements.  Mathematics of Finance concentrates on the mathematics necessary to understand and make informed decisions related to personal finance. The mathematics in the course will be based on many topics in prior courses; however, the specific applications will extend the student’s understanding of when and how to use these topics. Concepts should be introduced and used, where appropriate, in the context of realistic phenomena. Students will extend their understanding and application of the following concepts: capital, profit, stock, stock holder, stock market, net change, spreadsheet, capital gain, capital loss, commission, dividend, preferred stock, common stock, maturity, stock value, supply, demand, markup, retail price, revenue, debit, credit, overdraft, future value, present value, asset, credit rating, finance charge, balloon payment, liability, uninsured, no-fault, deductible, insurance, appreciation, depreciation, overtime, gross pay, net pay, property tax, sales tax, income tax, debt-to-income ratio, points, amortization, budget matrix, cash flow, net worth.

Pre-Calculus is a course designed to provide students with the necessary skills to be prepared for college level mathematics. The study of circles and parabolas is extended to include other conics such as ellipses and hyperbolas. Trigonometric functions are further developed to include inverses, general triangles, and identities. Matrices provide an organizational structure in which to represent and solve complex problems. Students expand the concepts of complex numbers and the coordinate plane to represent and operate upon vectors. Probability rounds out the course using counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions.