Course Descriptions

The Math department offers a variety of courses to meet the needs of all students. The advanced placement/honors courses are for students with a strong mathematical ability and work ethic. The college preparatory classes are for those students who wish to continue their studies after graduation from high school. The applied math classes are designed for students that have a weakness in mathematics. The recovery courses are for students that struggle with basic math concepts.

The recommended sequence strongly encourages each student to take two years of algebra and a geometry course prior to his or her senior year. One reason is to help ensure success on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). The courses offered are aligned to state standards, with a focus on the state anchors. Successful completion of the math course requirements gives students the necessary tools to be successful in numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, algebraic concepts, and data and probability. It is highly recommended that each student has his/her own scientific calculator to use on a daily basis.

Since mathematics is a cumulative discipline within each course as well as from one grade level to the next, it is expected that each student in any high school math course keeps up with all work assigned by the teacher. This will include trying to complete all homework assignments which are given almost daily in most courses. It will also include being responsible for making up any missed work due to class absences in a timely fashion. Lastly, the prerequisite for any course is required to continue on grade level in the sequence of study and has been written to offer the student the best chance of success as he/she progresses through his/her high school study of mathematics.


3140 ALGEBRA 1A 9 9/6 1.50

This course is designed to cover the first half of the Algebra 1 curriculum. This will include working with variable expressions, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, and an introduction to polynomials. Integrated throughout the course will be the reinforcement of the fundamental operations of rational numbers. Calculators and computer software will be used at appropriate places in this course of study and a scientific calculator is recommended. If a student is recommended to complete the M140 course of Algebra 1A, the class will meet everyday per six-day cycle, but as a double period three days per the six-day cycle. Students successfully completing this course will be awarded 1.50 credits. 1.0 credit will be used to fulfill the required math course fro graduation, and .50 credit will be used to fulfill elective credit.

3121 ALGEBRA 1 - CP 9 9/6 1.50

(Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra with a final grade of 74% or better and teacher recommendation is required, however an 83% or better is recommended).
The emphasis of this course is on working with linear and quadratic expressions, factoring polynomials, solving equations and inequalities in both one and two variables, solving simple quadratic equations, graphing linear equations and systems of simultaneous equations, and writing equations given applied descriptions, graphs, or two points. Related skills and concept development will be integrated throughout the course. Calculators and computer software will be used in appropriate places in this course of study and a scientific calculator is highly recommended.

3210 GEOMETRY - H 9-10 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite-Algebra 1 with a minimum grade of 89%, and the honors application process are required)
This course is an introduction to Geometry with an emphasis on definitions, theorems, and postulates dealing with lines and planes. Proofs written in various styles, congruence and similarity of figures, basic triangle trigonometry, geometric equalities and inequalities, simple logic, constructions of geometric figures, and measurement of segments, angles, area, and volume are emphasized. Concepts of vectors, dilations, and transformational geometry will also be studied. Computer software will be used at appropriate places in this course of study and a scientific calculator is highly recommended.

3330 GEOMETRY 10 6/6 1.00

3340 GEOMETRY 10 9/6 1.50

(Prerequisite: Algebra 1A and teacher/guidance/administration recommendation)
Students will learn about lines, planes, and shapes and all their properties. Problems with congruence and similarity of figures, geometric equalities and inequalities, simple logic, measures of segments and angles, area, and volume are the topics that are emphasized. Integrated throughout the course will be work with fundamental operations on whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. The use of calculators and computer software will be used where appropriate and a scientific calculator is recommended.

If a student is recommended to complete the M340 course of Geometry, the class will meet everyday per six-day cycle, but as a double period three days per the six-day cycle. Students successfully completing this course will be awarded 1.50 credits. 1.0 credit will be used to fulfill the required math course fro graduation, and .50 credit will be used to fulfill elective credit.

3320 GEOMETRY - CP 9-10 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Algebra 1CP or Algebra 1B with a grade of 86% or better and teacher recommendation is required.)
This course is an introduction to geometry with an emphasis on definitions, theorems, and postulates dealing with lines and planes. Proofs written in various styles, congruence and similarity of figures, basic triangle trigonometry, geometric equalities and inequalities, simple logic, constructions of geometric figures, and measurement of segments, angles, area, and volume are emphasized. Computer software will be used in appropriate places in this course of study and a scientific calculator is highly recommended.

3110 ALGEBRA 2 - H 10-11 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisites: Algebra 1 with a minimum grade of 89% and honors application process are required)
(NOTE: This is a typical tenth grade honors level course leading an advanced student to AP Calculus AB in his/her senior year.)
This course is a continuation of Algebra 1 The emphasis is on systems of linear equations and inequalities, equations in three variables, solving quadratic equations by various methods, graphing quadratic functions, complex numbers, working with radical and rational expressions, and graphing conic sections. Optional topics include logarithms, linear programming applications and the use of the graphing calculator. Computer software will be used at appropriate places in this course of study and a scientific calculator is highly recommended.

3230 ALGEBRA 1B 11 6/6 1.00

3240 ALGEBRA 1B 11 9/6 1.50

(Prerequisite: Algebra 1A, Geometry and teacher/guidance/administrative recommendation)
This course is designed to cover the second half of the Algebra 1 curriculum. This will include work with linear and quadratic expressions, factoring polynomials, solving equations and inequalities in both one and two variables, solving simple quadratic equations, graphing linear equations and systems of simultaneous equations. Related skills, calculator use, and concept development will be integrated throughout the course.
Very successful completion of Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B could be considered the equivalent of Algebra 1-CP. A scientific calculator is recommended.
If a student is recommended to complete the M240 course of Algebra 1B, the class will meet everyday per six-day cycle, but as a double period three days per the six-day cycle. Students successfully completing this course will be awarded 1.50 credits. 1.0 credit will be used to fulfill the required math course fro graduation, and .50 credit will be used to fulfill elective credit.

3220 ALGEBRA 2 - CP 11 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Algebra 1 CP with a grade of 80% is recommended or Algebra 1B with a grade of 86% or better and teacher recommendation is required, and Geometry CP or concurrently taking Geometry CP with teacher recommendation is required.)
This course is a continuation of Algebra 1. The emphasis is on the Algebra 1 fundamentals, first degree equations and inequalities in two variables, solving quadratic equations, graphing quadratic functions, complex numbers, working with radical and rational expressions, and graphing conic sections. Calculators and computer software will be used in appropriate places in this course of study and a scientific calculator is highly recommended. The final course grade will be a major consideration for placement in Algebra 3, Discrete, or Transition.

3420 ALGEBRA 3 & TRIGONOMETRY - CP 11-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisites: Algebra 2 with a final grade of 80% or better is required, however a grade of 83% or better is recommended A scientific calculator is required.)
This is a continuation of Algebra 2 (and Geometry), requiring a strong Algebra 2 background, and emphasizes advanced algebra and graphing skills with polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions. Nearly one half of the year will be spent on Trigonometry. Use of graphing calculators and computer software will be integrated throughout the course.

3310 PRE-CALCULUS - H 11-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisites: Algebra 2 H with a minimum grade of 83%, or Algebra 3 & Trigonometry and Geometry and the honors application process are required. A scientific calculator is required, but a graphing calculator is preferred)
This is a continuation of Algebra 2 and Geometry emphasizing advanced Algebra skills, exponential, polynomial, rational, logarithmic functions, and conic sections. Nearly one half of the year will be spent on Trigonometry. An introduction to Calculus concepts will be studied appropriately. Solving equations in three variables with matrix methods will be included in this course. Use of graphing calculators and computer software will be integrated throughout the course. As a preparatory course for AP Calculus AB, students should expect to spend a minimum of 30-45 minutes per day on homework. Students should be highly dedicated and self-motivated.

3430 ALGEBRA 2 12 6/6 1.00

3440 ALGEBRA 2 12 9/6 1.50

(Prerequisite: Geometry and Algebra 1B or Algebra 1 CP)
This course is for seniors only in the Applied program. Students will review applied Algebra I skills, work with linear inequalities and linear functions, quadratic functions, non-linear relations, systems of equations, and probability and statistics. Use of calculators, computer software and practical applications will be integrated throughout the course and a scientific calculator is recommended.

3422 TRANSITION TO COLLEGE MATHEMATICS - CP 12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry and teacher/guidance/administrative recommendation are required. A scientific calculator is required)
This is a senior only course which reviews Algebra and calculator basics, including fractions and exponential notation, as well as ratio, proportions and percents as they relate to solving percent word problems. Other topics include: measurement and problem solving with two and three dimensional geometric objects; applications of percent, including simple and compound interest, credit card usage, formulas for purchasing a home, etc.; sets and logic; probability and statistics; review of solving systems of linear equations and inequalities by various methods; geometry review, including right triangle and introductory trigonometry.

3421 DISCRETE MATHEMATICS & TRIGONOMETRY - CP 12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 with a grade of 74% or better are required)
This course emphasizes solving systems of equations in two and three variables, linear programming, matrix operations, and arithmetic and geometric sequences and series. Probability and statistics, right triangle trigonometry, trigonometric functions, and trigonometric identities will also be studied. A scientific calculator is required. Use of graphing calculators and computer software will be integrated throughout the course.

3400 AP CALCULUS AB 12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus and the Honors application process are required)
Topics will include fundamental calculus skills needed for the AP Calculus AB Exam given in May. Topics will include differential calculus rules, along with applied problems on related rates and curve sketching. Differentiation rules and integration rules will include finding the area under a curve, applied problems of integration, finding volumes of solids of revolution, and other integration rules and techniques. Graphing calculators and computer software, if available, will be integrated throughout the course. A scientific calculator is required, but a graphing calculator is preferred. Students will be expected to complete a project in the spring. This course requires the student to have a solid background in Pre-Calculus. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 45-60 minutes per day on homework. Discussion and demonstration of the solutions of assigned problems are expected regularly for this course.

3401 AP CALCULUS BC 12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: AP Calculus 1 and the Honors application process are required)
This course is a continuation of AP Calculus AB and is only offered to the most advanced student who has very successfully completed Calculus AB. Topics will include review of derivative and integral formulas, exploring integral applications and working with parametric equations and polar coordinates, sequences and infinite series, vector functions and elementary differential equations. A scientific calculator is required, but a graphing calculator is preferred.

3410 STATISTICS & PROBABILITY - H 12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus and the honors application process are required.)
This course will emphasize an introduction to statistics including organizing data and calculating measures of central tendency and variability, an introduction to probability and the study of both discrete and continuous random variable distributions. Population sampling, hypothesis testing and regression will also be explored with the use of the T183 PLUS graphing calculator and computer software integrated throughout the course. A scientific calculator is required, but a graphing calculator is preferred.