Mathematics Course Descriptions

Algebra Readiness

Grades 9-11, Year-long
Prerequisite: Any student who has not passed Pre-Algebra or equivalent with a C or better will be enrolled in Algebra Readiness.
Algebra Readiness is designed to help under-performing students attain the skills necessary to complete the Algebra 1 or equivalent curriculum. This class also gives teachers the flexibility and time to rebuild foundational skills and concepts that may be missing from earlier grades. Materials will include a wide range of difficulty, starting with simple one-step problems and progressing to multi-step problems to ensure student success.  Units will include whole numbers and their operations, rational numbers and their operations, symbolic notation, equations and functions, the coordinate plane, graphing proportional relationships, and Algebra.  This course is based on Appendix E of the 2005 CA Math Frameworks.  Upon successful completion (C or better), the student will be eligible to take Algebra 1 or followed by Geometry or equivalent. Teachers will also have discretion to enroll students in Algebra Readiness based upon placement tests or other evaluations the first weeks of the new school year.

Algebra 1-P

College Prep, Grades 9-12, Year-long
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra, Algebra Readiness, or equivalent courses with a grade “C” or better.
Algebra 1 is the first in a series of college preparatory mathematics at Inspire. The course content includes working with properties of real numbers, solving linear equations, graphing linear equations and functions, writing linear equations, solving and graphing linear inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities, exponents and exponential functions, quadratic equations and functions, polynomials and factoring, rational expression and equations, radicals and connections to Geometry. This course is an everyday math class (two periods) with all students enrolled in Algebra 1 concurrently enrolled in Everyday Algebra.


College Prep, Grades 9-12, Year-long
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or equivalent with a grade “C” or better
Concepts are presented in an integrated algebra/geometry context. This course explores the characteristics of lines, planes, triangles, circles, polygons, and solids by developing the concepts of congruence, parallel, similarity, area, volume, and transformations.   Students may use software to visualize, manipulate, and enhance their conceptual understanding.

Algebra 2-P

College Prep, Grades 9-12, Year-long
Prerequisite: Geometry with a grade “C” or better
Graphing calculators are used daily (TI-83/TI-84). Students are strongly recommended to supply their own calculators. Topics include problem solving, mathematical modeling, graphing, systems of equations, functions and their inverses, trigonometry, probability and statistics, and communicating ideas and reasoning.

Math Analysis-P

College Prep, Grades 10-12, Year-long
Prerequisite: Algebra 2 with a grade “C” or better
Graphing calculators are used daily (TI-83/84). Students are strongly recommended to supply their own. Topics to be covered are functions and periodic functions, sinusoidal and right triangle trigonometry, polar coordinates, probability and statistics, mathematical modeling, vectors and parametric equations, polar coordinates and graphing, sequences and series, and an introduction to calculus principles. Upon successful completion of this course, students are prepared to enter first semester Calculus.

AP Statistics-P

College Prep, Grades 11-12, Year-long

This course will alternate every other year with AP Calculus and will not be offered in 2014-2015.

Prerequisite: Algebra 2 with a grade “C” or better

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: 1) Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns, 2) Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study, 3) Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation, and 4) Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. Students who successfully complete the course and AP Exam may receive credit, advanced placement or both for a one-semester introductory college statistics course.

AP Calculus AB-P

College Prep, Grades 11-12, Year-long
This course will alternate every other year with AP Calculus and will be offered in 2014-2015.
Prerequisite: Math Analysis with a grade “C” or better. It is strongly recommended that students have a graphing calculator (TI 83/TI 83Plus/TI-84).  
This course covers topics usually taught in first semester college calculus. Topics include functions, graphs, limits, derivatives including their applications, and integrals including their applications. The course emphasizes a multi representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically and verbally. The advanced placement examination in calculus may be taken in the spring for college credit.  
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