Welcome to Ms. Pallen's math class .Algebra I
This course is available to students upon completion of Concepts of Mathematics or with teacher recommendation. Course content will include topics such as probability, matrices, relationships between quantities, algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities, distance, linear functions and their graphs, systems of equations, interpreting graphs, properties of exponents, and polynomials. A graphing calculator is required and is an integral part of the course. The TI-83, TI-83 Plus, and TI-84 Plus are the recommended calculators. This course is designed for those students whose past achievement indicates a need for a more gradual pace.Accelerated GeometryThis course is a rigorous study of the concepts of geometry requiring analytical thinking in addition to factual knowledge of the material. Students develop their deductive reasoning skills throughout the course through informal justifications and arguments as well as formal proofs. All of the topics of Geometry are covered but in greater depth. Other topics such as symbolic logic, loci, and coordinate transformation are also included. Many algebraic concepts/skills from Accelerated Algebra 2 are integrated throughout the course. This course is recommended for those who have successfully completed Accelerated Algebra 2 with a grade of C or better and who plan to study Accelerated Analysis. A graphing calculator is required in the course. The TI-83 and TI-83 Plus are the recommended calculators.Honors GeometryThis course covers the same material as Accelerated Geometry, although in greater depth and at a more rapid pace, with greater emphasis on analytical reasoning and formal proofs. Students develop deductive reasoning skills, formal mathematical vocabulary, techniques in perspective drawing and formal geometric construction. In addition, the following topics are studied: problem solving techniques, the structure and development of Euclidean geometry from an historical standpoint, non-Euclidean geometry, the contributions of several major mathematicians to geometry, and the rules of logic. The students will read Flatland and prepare a written report. Students are also required to research and deliver an oral presentation on an assigned topic. Students should have earned at least a strong "B" in Honors Algebra 2 with teacher recommendation.Accelerated Analysis
This course is designed to provide a strong foundation in pre-calculus concepts, techniques, and applications to prepare students for more advanced work in mathematics. The primary topics studied are graphical analysis; functions including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic; complex numbers; polar coordinates and complex numbers in polar form; discrete mathematics; data analysis; and trigonometry. Problems will relate abstract concepts to real world situations. Students electing this course should have completed Accelerated Algebra 2 and Accelerated Geometry with grades of “B” or better in both courses. A graphing calculator is required for this course. The TI-83, TI-83 Plus, or TI-84 Plus are the recommended calculators.
Students electing this course will be required to complete a review packet over the summer to be submitted at the beginning of the school year. A grade for this assignment will be part of the student’s first marking period grade.