Mills High School

Mathematics

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

 

 

Algebra I

Grade Level: 9-12   

This two semester course is aimed toward giving foundation in basic algebraic principles which will prepare the student for advanced courses in mathematics. The course includes the following topics: functions, solving and graphing linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, properties of real numbers, systems of equations and inequalities. 

This course meets the UC/CSU “c” mathematics requirement.

 

Algebra II

Grade Level: 9-12 

This two semester course is designed to prepare students for the upper level mathematics courses of Pre-Calculus and Calculus. Topics include: solving equations and inequalities, factoring, analytic geometry, pattern recognition, graphing higher order equations, logarithmic and exponential functions probability sequences and series. Fundamental ideas are developed through activities explorations and the use of a graphing calculator. The TI84 (or TI83 plus) calculator is highly recommended. Students are required to have a graphing calculator as it can be used daily to complete both class work and homework assignments. Applications and problem solving are highly emphasized to develop the higher order thinking skills necessary to succeed in more complex high-level mathematics.

This course meets the UC/CSU “c” mathematics requirement.

 

Strategic Algebra Support 1

Grade Level:  9

Strategic Algebra Support is to be taken concurrently with Algebra I for 9th grade students only.  It is designed to develop the skills students need to be successful in the Algebra I course.  Students will be assessed on a regular basis to determine how well they are meeting the Algebra I standards. Prerequisite: CAASPP Math and SMI performance scores at below basic or lower and teacher recommendation.

 

Integrated Mathematics 2

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Geometry 2 with a grade of D or better

This class is designed to provide a balance of problem solving, skill development, and conceptual understanding.  The course is based on strengthening algebraic skills while reinforcing geometric skills in preparation for Algebra 2 CP.

 

Geometry

Grade Level: 9-12

Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra 1 with a grade of C or better

This two semester course reviews and extends the algebra concepts of Algebra 1 and introduces the fundamentals of geometry which will prepare students for more advanced courses in mathematics. Topics covered include perimeter, area, volume congruence, similarity, circles, patterns and spatial visualization. Emphasis is placed on making conjectures from observations and justification of reasoning. Instructional techniques include manipulatives, cooperative groups and scientific calculators.

This course meets the UC/CSU “c” mathematics requirement.

 

Geometry Support

Grade Level:  10-12

Strategic Geometry Support (SGS) is a standards-aligned course designed to give students the skills and support they need to meet the California Geometry Standards and be successful in Geometry class.  On a regular basis, SGS teachers will engage in meaningful collaboration with the Geometry teachers at their school site to guide the pre-teaching and re-teaching throughout the year.  The class will support mastery of the standards for Geometry using materials that are appropriate to the students’ abilities and experience.  The course will follow the pacing guide for Geometry.

 

Finite Mathematics and Statistics

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry with a grade of C or better, Algebra II with a grade of D- or better.

This course provides an elective college preparatory mathematics course as an alternative to PreCalculus.  Topics in this course include reviewing and extending Algebra 2 and Geometry skills, exploring and investigating practical uses of mathematics in coding information, statistics, management science, social choices and decision making.

 

 

AP Statistics

Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, with a grade of C or better

This course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement Examination in Statistics. With successful performance on this test, the student may place out of a Statistics course at some colleges and universities. This course presents the basic concepts underlying statistical methods and covers descriptive statistics, probability, distributions, hypotheses testing, estimate and sample sizes, correlation and regression chi-square tests, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. Computer analysis of statistical data integrated into the course. Applications of statistics to business, life sciences and other areas are included.

This course meets the UC/CSU “c” mathematics requirement.

 

 

PreCalculus

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite: Algebra 2 with a grade of C or better.

This is a two semester rigorous course designed to develop the skills necessary to advance to Calculus. The course includes the following topics: relations and functions, circular functions, trigonometry, limits, logarithmic and exponential functions, vectors, matrices and conic sections. This course extensively utilizes the graphing calculator to further supplement the understanding of these advanced skills. This course meets the UC/CSU “c” mathematics requirement.

 

AP Calculus AB   

Grade Level:  1-12

Prerequisite: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and PreCalculus with a grade of C or better.

The Advanced Placement two semester courses in calculus consist of a full academic year of work in calculus comparable to coursework in a semester of Calculus in colleges and universities. It is expected that students who take an AP course in calculus will seek credit or placement, or both, from institutions of higher learning. AP Calculus (AB) covers the following topics: functions, graphs, limits, derivatives, and integrals.

This course meets the UC/CSU “c” mathematics requirement.

 

AP Calculus BC AP

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite:  Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus with a grade of B or better.

The two semester AP course in calculus consists of a full academic year of work in calculus comparable to courses in colleges and universities. It is expected that students who take an AP course in calculus will seek credit or placement, or both, from institutions of higher learning. Although individual colleges and universities determine appropriate credit and placement according to their local policies, the content of Calculus BC is designed to qualify students for placement and credit one course beyond that granted for Calculus AB. AP Calculus (BC) covers the following topics: functions (including parametric, polar and vector), graphs, limits, derivatives, integrals, polynomial approximations and series.

This course meets the UC/CSU “c” mathematics requirement.

 

AP Computer Science

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Algebra 2 (May be currently enrolled.)

This is a two semester computer programming course emphasis is on programming methodology, algorithms, and data structures. The programming language used is JAVA. Applications of computing provide the context in which these subjects are treated. Applications are used to develop student awareness of the need for particular algorithms and data structures, and to provide topics for programming assignments to which students can apply their knowledge. Treatments of computer systems and the social implications of computing are integrated into the course. This course is designed to be a fourth year math course, and the equivalent of an introductory, one semester, non-calculus based, college level statistics course. The course requires a working knowledge of Algebra II and quantitative reasoning. Teaching strategies include collaborative small group work, pairs engaged in data analysis, whole group presentations, peer to peer discussions, and an integration of technology when appropriate. This course requires more reading and writing than most traditional math courses.

This course meets the UC/CSU “c” mathematics requirement.

This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.

 

Algebra 1

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