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Mathematics

All students must complete 3 courses to graduate from high school (Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra). Listed below are the minimum required courses for graduation. Students who took any of these courses in 7th or 8th grade have the option of requesting that they be put on their transcript or may take advanced level mathematics to meet the 3 course requirement.
Algebra 1 (MTH 103/104/505)
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: Mathematics 1.5 NCAA approved
This 3 trimester course engages students in the Common Core Mathematical Practices—especially problem solving and argumentation—as a means to interpret, build, and apply functions (including linear, exponential, quadratic, and other simple polynomials). Students learn to represent and solve problems with tables, graphs, equations and diagrams. This course is strongly aligned with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Content and Practices, and it prepares students for the state math assessment.
Intensified Algebra (MTH 121/122/507)
Grade Level: 9, 10
Credit: Mathematics 103/104/505 Algebra 1.5 & Mathematics Elective 101 Lab .5
Prerequisite: Placement in is based on student need with teacher approval. NCAA Approved. Intensified Algebra is a 4 trimester course that strengthens student foundations of Algebra, then proceeds into the core topics of Algebra 1: linear, exponential and quadratic functions. Students learn to represent and solve problems with tables, graphs, equations and diagrams. Intensified Algebra also teaches students about the changeable nature of their intelligence, and that effective effort increases their persistence, skill, and knowledge. This course is strongly aligned with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Content and Practices, and it prepares students for the state math assessment.
Geometry (MTH 151/152)
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: Mathematics 1.0 NCAA approved
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 / Applied Algebra with C or better or teacher approval.This Geometry is a 2 trimester course founded on transformational definitions of congruence, similarity, and symmetry. Students are engaged in the Common Core Mathematical Practices—especially problem solving and argumentation—as a means to understand, prove, and apply the foundations of Geometry to figures in the coordinate plane and the real world. Students learn to select and use a wide range of tools for geometric investigation. This course is strongly aligned with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Content and Practices, and it prepares students for the state math assessment.Modeling Our World with Mathematics (MTH363/364) (WA0009 OSPIprovided code)
Grade: 11, 12
Credits: 1.0 Mathematics (qualifies as 3rd math graduation requirement credit)
This course contains five thematic units where students use high school mathematics to analyze everyday life experiences and to support informed life choices. The math applications support student interest and career connections and can be sequenced in any order. Units include: Finances for Life, Civic Readiness, Health and Fitness, Digital World, Music and Art.
Geometry/Advanced Algebra (MTH 155/156)
Grade Level: 9, 10
Credit: Mathematics 2.0 NCAA approved
Prerequisite: Algebra
This accelerated course aligns with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Content and Practices for Geometry and Advanced Algebra. In 3 trimesters, plus summer online work, students will learn the essential content and skills to prepare them for advanced coursework. Extensive work will be required outside the classroom. Students who successfully complete this course will meet both their Geometry and Advanced Algebra graduation requirements.
Advanced Algebra (MTH 253/254)Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: Mathematics or Elective 1.0 NCAA Approved
Prerequisite: Algebra I, Applied Algebra with C or better or teacher approval. Advanced Algebra is a 2 trimester course that deepens the work of Algebra 1—interpreting, building, and applying functions. Common Core Mathematical Practices such as problem solving, reasoning, and modeling are used with the complex number system and with new function types (rational and trigonometric). The Math Practices are also used for interpreting and drawing inferences from data. This course is aligned with Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Content and Practices.
Bridge to College Math (MTB 401/402)Grade Level: 12
Credit: Mathematics or Elective 1.0
The Bridge to College Mathematics course is a math course for Seniors who score a 2 on the Smarter Balanced 11th grade assessment. The course curriculum emphasizes modeling with mathematics and the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice. Topics include building and interpreting functions (linear, quadratic & exponential), writing, solving and reasoning with equations and inequalities, and summarizing, representing, and interpreting data. Beginning in fall 2016 students who have passed the course (with a B or higher) will be considered college ready by the majority of colleges in Washington and permitted to enroll in collegelevel math courses (Non Calculus/STEM pathways) without additional placement testing.
Statistics Principles in Sports and Activities (MTH 207)
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Elective .5
In this one trimester course, students will effectively apply principles of algebra, advanced algebra, geometry, statistics, discrete math, and probability in the context of sports and games. This course will apply the mathematical principles to authentic simulations of real events. In addition, students will recognize, draw, and model geometric figures to represent real world objects.
Advanced Level Mathematics
The following courses are advanced level and similar to college level courses. It is recommended that students take at least one of these courses if they plan to attend a fouryear college or university. Students who took Algebra and/or Geometry in 7th and 8th grade may use these courses to meet their 3 high school credits.
Statistics/Probability (MTH 321/322)
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: Elective 1.0 NCAA approved (2/16/18)
Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra with a “C” or better or teacher approval
This Course is designed to introduce statistical thinking. The focus of this class is on statistical ideas and reasoning, and on its relevance to such fields as medicine, education, environmental science, business, psychology, sports, politics, and entertainment. Activities, applications, and data explorations give students an opportunity to investigate, discuss, and make use of statistical ideas and methods. This class invites discussion and even argument about statistical ideas rather than focus exclusively on computation (though some computations remain essential). Students who take this course will use technology, such as, TI graphing calculators, statistical software packages, and internet resources. Some major assignments in this course include designing and implementing a statistical survey/observational survey and designing and analyzing games of chance. By the end of this course, students will have a working knowledge of the ideas and applications of practical statistics.
Advanced Placement Statistics (MTH 461/462)Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Mathematics, or Elective 1.5 NCAA approved
Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra or Applied Math 3 with a “C” or better or teacher approval.
This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. This course is recommended for those students pursuing college studies in the social science, medicine, psychology, business, humanities and education. This course focuses on the following four content areas for statistics: exploratory data analysis, data collection, probability and statistical inference. Students must have a graphing calculator capable of advanced statistical analysis (TI83 strongly recommended). Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.
PreCalculus (MTH 251/252)
Grade Level: 9,10, 11, 12
Credit: Mathematics, or Elective 1.0 NCAA approved
Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra with a grade of a “C” or better or teacher approval.
University of Washington College Credit Available  Credit fee paid to University of Washington
This course will emphasize functions algebraically and graphically. Linear, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic models will be applied to the real world. Additional topics may include matrices, vectors, parametric equations, polar coordinates and limits. Graphing calculators are used throughout the course to visualize, verify and analyze problem solving strategies and solutions (TI83 strongly recommended).
Advanced Placement Calculus AB (MTH 463/464)
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: Mathematics, or Elective 1.5 NCAA approved
Prerequisite: PreCalculus with a grade of a “C” or better or teacher approval.
This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. This course is recommended for students who intend to study engineering, sciences, business or who want a deeper understanding of math. Students must have their own graphing calculator (TI83 calculator strongly recommended). Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.
Advanced Placement Calculus BC (MTH 465/466)
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: Mathematics, or Elective 1.5 NCAA approved
Prerequisite: AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC is a continuation of AP Calculus AB for students preparing to take the Calculus BC exam in May. The course reviews all of the Calculus AB topics and covers parametric, polar and vector functions with their application in differential and integral calculus, slope fields, Euler’s Method, L’Hopital’s Rule to determine limits and convergence of improper integrals and series, antiderivatives by substitution with change of limits, by parts and simple partial fractions. The exploration of polynomial approximations and series convergence or divergence is a large part of the class. A graphing calculator is required. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.
Advanced Placement Computer Science A (CTT 403/404)Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Algebra Based Lab Science, Occupational/CTE or Elective 1.5 NCAA approved
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Computer Science A with a "C" or better and successful completion of Introduction to Computer Programming or teacher permission.
Students will learn Java programing. The course emphasizes the design issues that make programs understandable, adaptable, and, when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the development of useful computer programs and classes is used as a context for introducing other important concepts in computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, and the study of standard algorithms and typical applications. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required. *Note: the Pierce County Skills Center offers programs that may be of interest to you: DigiPen Game Design or PC Networking and Hardware Repair. For more information please see the Pierce County Skills Center section.
Elective Courses with Math Emphasis
Math Lab (MTH 101/102)
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable
Credit: Elective 0.5
Students will gain math skills necessary to meet the math requirements of high school courses.
**The Math courses listed below are offered through the Career and Technical Education Department.
Accounting 1 & 2 (CTB 201)
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: Mathematics, Occupational, Elective 1.0
College Credit Available
Accounting 3 & 4 (CTB 361)
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Occupational, Elective 1.0
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Accounting 1&2
College Credit Available
Financial Fitness (CTB 305/306)
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: Mathematics, Occupational, Elective 1.0,
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1 or Applied Algebra 1.
Principles of Engineering (CTM 259/25C)
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: Occupational, or Elective 1.0
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Intro to Engineering Design. College Credit Available (through testing)
Applied Math (CTM 279/280)
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: Mathematics, Occupational, Elective 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 / Applied Algebra with C or better or teacher approval
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