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Course Offerings 2020 - 2021

Mathematics Department
Assistant Principal, Roz Fitzgerald

Elective Courses

Math Department Elective:

Financial Algebra (MQN11QFA)

This course focuses on using mathematics to model and explore real world financial problems including interpreting and justifying reasoning to make data-supported financial decisions. Since you are earning, spending, saving, and investing now and will be throughout the rest of your life, it’s time to understand finance in mathematical terms and gain confidence in your ability to manage money.

By building on your prior knowledge of math concepts from other courses, Financial Algebra will take you step-by-step through strategies to help you learn the time value of money, how to evaluate the best cell phone contract, how to build a business plan by knowing costs, profits, and breakeven points, and much more. The applications-based practice problems use real-life scenarios that have been researched and field-tested by our students over many years.

This new algebra-based and technology-oriented book features ten chapters under six financial umbrellas: Investing, Banking, Credit, Income Taxes, Insurance, and Household Budgeting. It reviews and strengthens your algebra mechanics and problem-solving skills, while at the same time teaches you selected advanced mathematics topics. For example, Financial Algebra introduces you to piecewise functions, regression, limits, exponential functions, linear/quadratic systems, and more.

Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement Calculus - (note – there will be a non-AP level pre-calculus, pre-calculus honors, and Calculus honors class)

 AB Level (MCN11XAB)

 Focus is on developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications.  We try to make the course a cohesive whole through the use of unifying themes of derivatives, integrals, limits, applications, and modeling.  A multi-representational approach is adopted, with concepts and results expressed geometrically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. 

 Full Year, 2 Credits                                                                          Grades, department approval


BC Level (MCN11XBC)

 This course covers differential and integral calculus intended to prepare students for the study of multivariable calculus.  Technology is incorporated into the curriculum throughout. Students are required to explain solutions to AP free-response questions in writing using full sentences.  Students are expected to enter with a command of algebraic and trigonometric techniques. Topics include: a rigorous study of differentiation, integration and applications commensurate with a second semester college calculus course; vectors in a plane; polar equations, an introduction to differential equations, and Taylor Series Polynomials.

 Full Year, 2 Credits                                                                          Grades, department approval


Advanced Placement Statistics (MSN11X)

The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data.  Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:

·         Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns

·         Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study

·         Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation

·         Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

 Full Year, 2 Credits                                                          85 on Alg. 2/ Trig Regents,, department approval

Advanced Placement Computer Science (MKN11X) (note – there will be a non-AP level computer science class)

 AP Computer Science A is a college-prep course for students who will potentially become computer science majors in the future.  By the end of this course students should have a firm foundation programming that will lead to the ability to adapt to any new programming language that they are taught in college.  The students will use the computer language Java.  They will be introduced to the concept of object-oriented programming.  The major topics of this course include the syntax of java, OOP, classes, and a solid ability to read code.  We will also cover in detail the Grid World case study.  I want students to walk out of this course with confidence to conquer any problem-solving obstacles regardless of the subject.

 Full Year, 2 Credits                                                                                                          Grades, department approval