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    Algebra 1-2 with Freshman math Seminar: CCSS
    The course is structured around problems and investigations that build the conceptual understanding of algebraic topics and awareness of connections between different ideas. There are strong threads woven throughout the course on multiple representations and the meaning of a solution. Students will be asked to justify their thinking, generalize relationships, make connections between ideas and reverse thinking to solve problems. A major focus of Algebra: CCSS is to develop multiple strategies to solve problems and to recognize multiple ways of understanding concepts. In the first year course in algebra the representation of functions is used as a unifying theme. Students are introduced to linear, quadratic and exponential functions through graphical, numerical and symbolic representations. Students learn to solve linear equations, inequalities, systems of equations, and quadratic equations. They deepen their understanding of basic algebraic concepts using hands‐on activities, TI‐84 calculator lessons and problem solving, and develop confidence in their ability to think mathematically as they work both individually and collaboratively. Prerequisite: None
     
    Algebra 3-4: CCSS
    This course utilizes the Algebra 2 Connections text and supplemental material for the CCSS. This course aims to apply and extend what students have learned in previous courses by focusing on finding connections between multiple representations of functions, transformations of different function families, finding zeros of polynomials and connecting them to graphs and equations of polynomials, modeling periodic phenomena with trigonometry, and understanding the role of randomness and the normal distribution in making statistical conclusion. On a daily basis, students use problem solving strategies, questioning, investigating, analyzing critically, gathering and constructing evidence, and communicating rigorous arguments justifying their thinking. Students learn in collaboration with others, sharing information, expertise, and ideas. The course is well balanced between procedural fluency (algorithms and basic skills), deep conceptual understanding, strategic competence (problem solving) and adaptive reasoning. The course imbeds the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice as an integral part of the lessons in the course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1-2 and Geometry
     
    Calculus
    The first semester focuses on differential calculus, where students will learn the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and as a linear local approximation. Second semester, students will study integral calculus. They will learn the meaning of the definite integral as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change, and the indefinite integral as the antiderivative. Students will also study the relationship between the derivative and the integral through the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will communicate in mathematics both orally and in writing, as well as through the use of technology. They will model physical situations with functions and use calculus to describe and interpret them. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus
     
    Geometry
    In this course, students study two‐ and three‐dimensional shapes and their relationships in plane and space. It is a visual, as well as analytical subject, integrating spatial and numerical concepts. Students classify and describe shapes in terms of congruence, similarity and transformations. The course introduces students to different forms of mathematical logic, including inductive and deductive reasoning. Students solve measurement and algebraic problems using properties, proportions, and trigonometric relationships. Algebra 1-2 is reviewed with geometric applications. Students use the software available with the TI-84 calculator and/or Geometer’s Sketchpad to deepen their understanding of key ideas. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1-2
     
    Math In Society
    Students will explore topics outside of the typical high school math curriculum. They will study personal finance, as well as basic probability and statistics. They will investigate problem solving techniques, as well as some nontraditional mathematics topics such as social choice or discrete mathematics. Students will use technology where appropriate, and will review critical components of the high school math course sequence to prepare for other college-level courses. Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 3-4
     
     
    Pre-Calculus
    Pre-Calculus provides the opportunity to extend your knowledge of rational, radical, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. You will be introduced to limits and the underpinnings of calculus. This is a college preparatory course. The first semester aligns directly with PCC MATH 95 and successful completion of the first semester will provide students the choice to earn dual credit for MATH 95. Homework completed outside of class is required. Prerequisite: C or higher in Alg 3-4  

    *Successful completion will satisfy the pre-requisite for Math 95 at PCC

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  • Ricardo Alonso

    Ricardo Alonso

    Calculus/Math in Society

    ralonso@pps.net

    503-916-5180 ext. 71351

     

    Joe Ballman

    Geometry/Pre-calculus Teacher

    jball@pps.net

    503-916-5180 ext. 78555

     

    Nicole Duncan

    Algebra 1-2/Algebra 3-4

    nduncan@pps.net

    503-916-5180 ext. 78368

     

    Travis Fantz

    Algebra 1-2

    tfantz@pps.net

    503-916-5180 ext. 78536

     

    Jacqueline Rutherford

    Algebra 3-4 Teacher

    jarutherford@pps.net

    503-916-5180 ext. 71278

     

    Andrew Schroth

    Algebra 3-4/Geometry Teacher

    aschroth@pps.net

    503-916-5180 ext. 71312