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A major focus of the mathematics program is to provide opportunities to develop problem solving and thinking skills.  Studies have shown that students who do not take a mathematics course all four years of high school are more likely to drop out of their post-secondary school. The program is based on a sequential flow of courses.  These courses are progressively challenging in order to provide learning experiences that will enable students to reach their full potential.

Students are expected to successfully complete prerequisites before proceeding forward through the sequence.  The math department recommends that a student earning less than a C- in one of the sequential courses should consider repeating that course rather than attempting the next course.

It is recommended that all students attending post-high school education take a mathematics course all four years of high school. These classes should include: Algebra II, Trigonometry, and a Probability and Statistics course.

CONSUMER MATH - 2 CREDITS - 11, 12  - Topics addressed are related to the Iowa Core 21st Century Skills including hourly wages, salary, net pay, cash purchases, checking accounts, savings accounts, charge accounts, loans, owning an automobile, modes of transportation, leisure and recreation, buying a house, housing cost, energy, home budgeting, taxes, insurance, investments, and economics. A calculator will be used. Students who have completed Algebra II may not enroll in Consumer Math; they may take Topics of Math and or Probability and Statistics.

ALGEBRA I / CONCEPTUAL MATHEMATICS  - 3 CREDITS - 9, 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  - Algebra I is a three semester course consisting of Algebra I (2 semesters) and Conceptual Mathematics (1 Semester).  This course teaches the skills and concepts necessary to complete all other math courses at the high school and college level.  The course covers the Iowa Core set of essential skills and concepts starting with a review of the basic algebra tools such as: number properties, solving and rewriting equations and inequalities, order of operations, exponents, linear functions, and graphing on the coordinate plane.  The main focus of Algebra 1 is on problem solving using linear equations, radicals, polynomials, quadratic functions, solving systems of equations, functions, rational expressions, transformations, statistics, and probability.

GEOMETRY - 2 CREDITS - 9, 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Algebra I   - Geometry is for those desiring to advance their background in mathematics and/or planning to attend college. Topics covered relate to the Iowa Core Curriculum include transformations, geometric figures and their measurements, area, volume, and construction. Introduction to writing proofs, using similarity, right triangles, and trigonometry as well as continued use of algebra skills are included. A compass and protractor will be used, and a calculator is required.

ALGEBRA II - 2 CREDITS - 9, 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite:  Geometry  - Algebra II extends the work learned in Algebra and Geometry courses and covers the advanced topics in the Iowa Core. Topics addressed are sequences and recursion, solving equations and inequalities, polynomials, powers and radicals, factoring, problem solving, exponential, and logarithms.   Any student planning on attending college is strongly recommended to also enroll in Trigonometry. A graphing calculator is required.  Graphing calculators will be available for students to check out for the duration of the class.

TRIGONOMETRY - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite:  Algebra II  - This course covers right triangle trigonometry, law of sines, law of cosines, trigonometric identities, the unit circle, graphs, and vectors.  This course covers the Iowa Core Trigonometric Standards.  A scientific calculator is required (example: TI-30XIIS). This course is recommended for any student planning to attend a 4-year university or college.

TOPICS OF MATHEMATICS - 1 or 2 CREDITS - 11, 12  Prerequisite: Geometry  - This course is intended for college-bound students that do not intend to take Pre-Calculus and students who are not college bound that need a sixth credit.  Many of the Iowa Core Essential Concepts and Skills will be reinforced.  Topics covered include discrete mathematics, matrix logic, problem-solving strategies, review of Algebra skills, organizing information, special visualization, basic trigonometry, and basic probability and statistics. A scientific calculator will be used.

PRE-CALCULUS MATHEMATICS - 2 CREDITS - 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Trigonometry   - Pre-Calculus Mathematics will prepare students for college mathematics and science courses.  The three main areas discussed are analytical geometry, functions, and trigonometry.  A graphing calculator is required. This course is recommended for any student planning to go into one of the STEM fields.

PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS - 1 CREDITS - 9, 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite:  Algebra I    - Probability and Statistics will emphasize methods for analyzing and making inferences about data.  Other topics covered are: permutations, combinations, probability, sampling techniques, and correlations.  The majority of the Iowa Core Curriculum statistics standards are addresses in this course.  It is recommended that all students attending post-high school education take Probability and Statistics or ICCC Statistics I.

MOBILE APP PROGRAMMING - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Geometry  - Mobile App Programming introduces computer fundamentals through a specific programming language. Topics addressed include computer terminology, algorithm and flowchart logic, program design, user interface design, problem solving, and applications of technology to society. Students will learn about data input/output, decision-making statements, random number generation, and loops. Students will create real world applications for the iPod Touch and iPhone using the iOS Software Developer Kit.

ADVANCED MOBILE APP PROGRAMMING I - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite:  Mobile App Programming   - Students will extend their study of computer programming through the creation of applications. The student will create proposals to solve real world problems. The student will then use the appropriate programming techniques to solve each issue. The iOS Software Developer Kit (iPhone/iPod Touch) will be available for students to use in creating their solution to the real world problem. Students may bring in their own equipment and use a different programming language (licensed to the student) to solve real world problems. Students may also prepare for the AP Computer Science Exam by arrangement with the instructor.

ADVANCED  MOBILE APP PROGRAMMING II - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Advanced Mobile App Programming I  - This course is designed for the student who wants to extend his/her programming knowledge beyond the first two computer programming courses.  The student will contract with the instructor to solve a real world problem using a programming language.  The student will then explore potential solution and will use appropriate research methods to determine the most efficient way to solve the problem.  The iOS Software Developer Kit (iPhone/iPod Touch) will be available for students to use in creating their solution to the real world problem. Students may bring in their own equipment and use a different programming language (licensed to the student) to solve real world problems. Students may also prepare for the AP Computer Science Exam by arrangement with the instructor.

TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS - 1 CREDIT - 11, 12  Prerequisite: Geometry  - Technical Mathematics is an applied mathematics course designed to prepare students for the technical courses in the Applied Sciences.  Students will be taught and/or reinforced on basic mathematics skills. Students will apply these skills to real world problems.

ICCC STATISTICS (MAT-157) - 1.5 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND 4 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Student must have scored at the minimum placement level on the ALEKS.  Required: A graphing calculator capable of statistical computations and graph displays.  - This is the first course in basic probability and statistics which includes the study of frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, elements of statistical inference, regression and correlation.

ICCC CALCULUS I (MAT-210) - 1.5 HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS AND 4 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED   Student must have scored at the minimum placement level on the ALEKS  - Calculus is for those students who have successfully completed the Pre-Calculus Mathematics course. Topics included in this course are limits, rate of change of a function, derivatives, and applications of derivatives, integration and applications of integration. A thorough study of the calculus that applies to trigonometry, logarithmic, and exponential functions is also included. A graphing calculator is required.

ICCC CALCULUS II (MAT-216) - 2 HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS AND 4 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Passed College Calculus I and scored at the minimum placement level on the ALEKS.  Required: a graphing calculator capable of at least numeric computation of integration and differentiation.  - This is the second course in the Calculus sequence. It includes the study of techniques and applications of integration, infinite series, polar equations and graphs, and vectors in two and three dimensions.

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