# Mathematics

**Department Philosophy**

In addition to understanding mathematical concepts, Seton’s Mathematics curriculum strives to develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

*Three years of Math are required for entrance to most colleges and universities, including Algebra 2, and as such three years of math is required at Seton Catholic.***Course Offerings**

**Algebra 1 (1 Credit)**

Grade Level: 9 This is the most common entry level Math course for students who have successfully completed a Pre-Algebra class. Students will learn to use linear, quadratic and high order polynomial equations. They will learn to solve systems of equations as well as how to work with functions, inequalities, and irrational numbers.

**Honors Geometry / Geometry (1 Credit)**

Grade: 9-10

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or 70% or higher on Geometry Challenge Exam

This course examines geometric structure, congruence, similarity, and measurement. Emphasis will be placed on proofs and problem solving. Students will study the additional topics of 3-Dimensional and Non-Euclidean Geometry.

**Honors Algebra 2 / Algebra 2 (1 credit)**

Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and Geometry or 70% or higher on the Algebra 2 Challenge Exam

This course examines polynomial and quadratic equations and their manipulations. Rational, irrational and complex numbers are considered and the geometry of lines and conic sections are graphed and explored. Trigonometry, logarithm, series and sequences are looked at in their basic forms. By the end of this course students will be able to manipulate polynomials and quadratic equations.

**Financial Algebra (1 credit)**

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Algebra 2

In this class, students learn how to prepare and follow a budget, apply for and build their credit, purchase an automobile, apply for employment, calculate their taxes, rent an apartment, buy a house and plan for retirement. Mathematics concepts include basic probability and statistics, quadratic and linear regression and equations, logarithmic functions and equations, exponential growth and decay, ratios and proportions, square root functions, trigonometric ratios and relationships, similar triangles, percent increase and decrease, rational equations, matrices, systems of equations and piecewise functions.

**Honors Pre-Calculus (1 credit)**

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 2 and instructor recommendation

Any student interested in a career in Engineering, Science, Mathematics, or Computer Programming should take this course. Topics included in this class are functions and graphs; intercepts, zeros and solutions; polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric functions; linear models and systems of equations; matrices, determinants; sequences, probability and statistics; as well as an introduction to limits and derivatives. They will be able to solve triangles using trigonometric functions and they will be able to solve science problems using exponents and logarithms.

**AP Calculus AB (1 credit)**

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisite: Completion of Honors Pre-Calculus / Trigonometry and instructor recommendation This course is based on the AP Calculus AB curriculum which includes limits, derivatives, applications of derivatives, integrals, applications of integrals and an introduction to differential equations. This class prepares students for the AP exam in May.

**AP Calculus BC (1 credit)**

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisite: Completion of AP Calculus AB and instructor recommendation

This course is based on the AP Calculus BC curriculum which include limits, differentiation, integration, logarithmic, exponential, and other transcendental functions, differential equations, parametric, polar, and vector functions. This class prepares students for the AP exam in May.

**AP Statistics (1 credit)**

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 2 and instructor recommendation

This course introduces 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, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. This class prepares students for the AP exam in May.