Mercy High School

Mathematics

Algebra 110 credits/year

This course introduces students to variable expressions and their use in representing variable quantities in real world situations. Students learn to manipulate and evaluate the expressions and to solve for the variable when the value of a variable expressions unknown. They also learn two-dimensional graphing and to solve quadratic equations. Each student must have and maintain his/her own scientific calculator. Meets the University of California “c” and California State University requirements.

Prerequisites: Adequate score on the Mercy High School Mathematics Placement Examination or a grade of “B” or better in Pre-Algebra or a grade of “C” in Pre-Algebra combined with an adequate score on the Mercy High School Mathematics Placement Examinations and instructor’s/department chair’s approval. Note: It is recommended that students do not take this course for the first time in summer school.

Geometry10 credits/year

Students will study angles, parallel lines, polygons, congruent and similar triangles, circles, right triangle trigonometry, and some three-dimensional figures. Inductive reasoning is used to form conjectures, and deductive reasoning is used in proofs. Meets the University of California “c” and California State University requirements.

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in Algebra 1.

Algebra 210 credits/year

Students will learn various classes of complex numbers and functions and– linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, and rational – and their use in mathematical modeling. They also will learn functional graphing and systems of equations. Each student must have and maintain his/her own scientific calculator for the course. Meets the University of California “c” and California State University requirements.

Prerequisites: A grade of C in both Algebra 1 and Geometry or Instructor’s/Department Chair’s approval. Note: It is recommended that students do not take this course for the first time in summer school.

Pre-Calculus10 credits/year

This course is intended for students who wish to pursue further studies in mathematics, engineering, or science. It covers both trigonometry and college level advanced algebra. Each student must have and maintain his/her own scientific calculator for the course. Fulfills the University of California “c” and California State University requirements.

Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in both Algebra 2 and Geometry or a grade of C in Geometry and sufficient scores on the appropriate CSU/UC tests and Instructor’s/Department Chair’s approval.

Advanced Placement Calculus AB10 credits/year

This course covers the necessary fundamentals of a university calculus course for mathematics, science or engineering majors. It prepares students for the Advanced Placement Calculus AB test by covering both differential and introductory integral calculus with an emphasis on limits, continuity, derivatives, rates of change, Reimann integrals, and applications. Each student must have and maintain his/her own TI-89 graphics calculator for the course. Fulfills the University of California “c” and California State University requirement.

Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or better in Pre-Calculus.

Advanced Placement Calculus BC10 credits/year

The Calculus BC course develops students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and provides experience with its methods and applications. The course emplasizes a multirepresentational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. This is an extension of Calculus AB, with common topics requiring a similar depth of understanding.

Statistics10 credits/year

This course is designed as a practical math course for students who have completed Algebra 2 but, for a variety of reasons, do not want to prepare for Calculus. While the same mechanics, formulas, standard methodology and vocabulary found in any college level introductory statistics course are present in this course, the emphasis is on real life situations, problems and studies and how statistics can help make sound decisions in health care, business, industry, politics, and everyday life. The skill most transferable to real life is that of developing the ability to think critically about what you hear, read, and see in books, magazines, newspapers and other media. The universal expected student learning outcome is that each student will possess the tools necessary to think critically about this information - and misinformation - and be able to distinguish between the two.

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