St. Mary's Dominican High School

Math

Pre-Algebra
This course is designed to reinforce general mathematical topics that have been studied in elementary school while extending these topics to problem-solving involving real-life situations and multi-step problems. Major topics include the study of integers, solving equations and inequalities, graphing lines, and an introduction to basic Geometry.

Algebra I
This course is the foundation upon which students will build a higher level of mathematical understanding; therefore, stress is placed on accurate and complete skill development combined with real-life problem solving and critical thinking. Major topics include the study of integers, exponents, solving equations (linear, quadratic, radical, and rational), graphing and writing linear equations, and solving systems of equations. The honors course covers additional material at a more in-depth level and is taught at a faster pace.

Geometry
This course is designed to help students develop their thinking, reasoning, and problem solving skills, as well as an understanding of geometric concepts. Focus is placed on deductive reasoning through proofs and real world applications. The main topics include the study of triangles (congruency and similarity), coordinate geometry, area, volume, and circles. The honors course covers additional material at a more in-depth level and is taught at a faster pace.

Algebra II
This course is designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills as they work real-life application problems and as they use technology to investigate and verify findings. It expands on topics covered in Algebra I and introduces advanced algebraic topics including higher degree polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and radical and rational functions, with a focus on graphing. The honors course covers additional material at a more in-depth level and is taught at a faster pace.

Advanced Math – Pre Calculus
This course is a comprehensive study of trigonometry during the first three quarters. Major concepts include right triangle trigonometry, graphing trigonometric functions, working with trigonometric identities, and solving trigonometric equations. Advanced algebraic concepts are discussed in the fourth quarter, including sequences and series, combinatorics and probability, and a review of Calculus pre-requisites. The honors course covers additional material at a more in-depth level and is taught at a faster pace.

Calculus
This course is designed for students to learn the basics of functions, differential Calculus, and integral Calculus in order to build a foundation for an expanded application of elementary Calculus. Emphasis is placed on finding limits, derivatives, and integrals of polynomial, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions and applying them to real-life situations. The honors course covers additional material at a more in-depth level and is taught at a faster pace.

Calculus AP
Calculus AP is modeled on the Topic Outline for Calculus AB provided by the College Board. This course is concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of Calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. It emphasizes a multi-representational approach to Calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Major topics include differentiation and applying derivatives, integration, and area and volume of regions bounded by curves. Students in this course are required to take the Advanced Placement examination given in May.

Multimedia Productions
Multimedia Productions is a one semester course in which students will learn to combine text, graphics, sound, and animation to create attractive, media-rich presentations and productions. The following Adobe CS3 software products will be used extensively: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Soundbooth, and Flash. Students will become skilled in the use of photo editing, Web page design, sound editing, and basic animation. The product of students’ work will be in a variety of formats, including computer-based.

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