Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics Department Philosophy

In accordance with the school philosophy, the Bishop Kelly High School Mathematics Department will provide students with the opportunity to develop a full range of cognitive abilities. Mathematics instruction will focus on empowering individuals with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed at the postsecondary level of education or in the workplace. Students will recognize and communicate mathematics in a variety of concrete, visual, verbal, and pictorial formats and be led to understand, integrate, and utilize technological facilities and resources in appropriate, creative, and thoughtful ways. All students will be exposed to mathematics as a powerful and useful tool in their lives, in the pursuit of knowledge in other subject areas and their careers.

To meet these objectives, the mathematics curriculum at Bishop Kelly High School will offer a traditional course sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, followed by five elective math courses available to students who advance beyond what is required for graduation. Common Core State Standards aligned objectives will be included with special focus placed on mathematical skill and clear communication, demonstrating rigorous understanding of concepts. Along with ensuring students master skills and concepts, courses will continue to prepare students for the upcoming changes in standardized tests such as the MAP, PSAT, SAT and ACT. Additional math credits earned above the required six credits will count towards elective graduation credits.

ATTENTION STUDENTS!  Any courses marked with an “*” after the course name require you to complete an Application Form. Please expand courses below to access their specific “Required Application Form” links at the bottom of each course description.

Recommended Mathematics Sequences

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Grade Levels: 9, 10
Recommended: Pre-Algebra
Two Semesters (FY)

Algebra 1 will utilize the fundamental language of algebra to describe patterns, work with formulas, discuss unknowns and graph functions. Applications will serve to motivate the study of all topics. Statistics and probability, and geometry will be included to motivate work with algebraic expressions, equations, functions and fractions. A TI-30X IIS and a TI-84 calculator are required for this course.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: Algebra I
Two Semesters (FY)

Geometry will present the student with a study of transformations, measurement formulas, three-dimensional figures, and shapes and patterns. Additionally, concentrated work will be undertaken in proof writing – following a carefully sequenced development of logic. Emphasis will be placed on drawings, measurements and visualizations, along with properties and deduction, and the algebraic and numeric representations needed to describe the visual world.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and Geometry
Two Semesters (FY)

Algebra 2 will emphasize facility with algebraic expressions and forms – especially linear, quadratic and polynomial forms, powers, and roots along with functions based on these concepts. Students will study logarithmic, trigonometric, polynomial and special functions both for their abstract properties and as tools for modeling real world situations. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and facility with problem solving techniques. Graphing calculators and their appropriate practical uses are incorporated into the course. TI-84 calculators are required for this course.

Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: A or B in Algebra 1 and Geometry
Two Semesters (FY)

The content of the course includes all topics from Algebra 2, presented from a more abstract and theoretical standpoint. Students should be most able in mathematics. Additional time will be spent studying topics from Probability and Statistics, Conics, Sequences and Series, Discrete Math and Limits. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and facility with problem solving techniques. Graphing calculators and their appropriate practical uses are incorporated into the course. TI-84 calculators are required for this course.

Grade Level: 12
Prerequisites: Algebra 2, Advanced Mathematical Concepts and/or Precalculus
Two Semesters (FY)

Introductory Statistics will focus on experiential statistics with an activity driven format, intended to give students an introduction to the practice of statistics. Topics will include how a statistician gathers, summarizes, and draws conclusions from data in order for all students to become wise consumers of information. TI-84 calculators are required for this course.

Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: A, B or C in Algebra 2 or Accelerated Algebra 2
Two Semesters (FY)

Advanced Mathematical Concepts will integrate trigonometric, statistical and algebraic courses and preview calculus through work with functions and intuitive notions of limits. Graphing calculators are required for students’ use in plotting functions, analyzing data, and simulating experiments. TI-84 calculators are required for this course.

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: A or B in Algebra 2, Accelerated Algebra 2 or Advanced Mathematical Concepts
Two Semesters (FY)

Precalculus will integrate the background students must have to be successful in calculus with elements of discrete mathematics which will be helpful for computer study. Mathematical thinking, including specific attention to formal logic and proof, will be a theme throughout the course. TI-84 calculators are required for this course.

Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisite: A or B in Advanced Mathematical Concepts or Precalculus
Two Semesters (FY)
Dual Credit: BSU Math 254

AP Statistics is a study of data analysis, experimental design, probability as it relates to statistical inference, and the practice of data gathering and evaluation of statistical inference in an elementary statistics setting. It is activity based and incorporates use of graphing calculators and computers. TI-84 calculators are required for this course. Students have the option to take the Advanced Placement Exam and/or enroll in the Concurrent Enrollment Program through Boise State University.

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Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: A or B in Precalculus
Two Semesters (FY)
Dual Credit: BSU Math 171

AP Calculus AB will provide qualified senior students with a college-level mathematics experience containing many of the topics included in a rigorous freshman college course. Included in the AP Calculus class will be coverage of functions, rates of change, limits, continuity, techniques of differentiation and integration, slope fields, real-life applications and complex problem solving. Graphing calculators will be required for use in this course. TI 89 calculators are recommended. Students have the option to take the Advanced Placement AB exam and/or to enroll in the Concurrent Enrollment Program through Boise State University.

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Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: A or B in AP Calculus AB
One Semester (S2)
Dual Credit: BSU Math 175

AP Calculus BC will provide students with a college level mathematics experience reviewing topics from AP Calculus AB and containing topics contained in a rigorous second semester college calculus course. TI – 84 and TI – 89 calculators are required for this course. Students have the option to take the Advanced Placement Calculus BC Exam and/or enroll in the Concurrent Enrollment Program through Boise State University. This course is only offered second semester.

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