
Summer Homework for 20192020 School Year
Math Department Staff

Why Study Math?
Math is not just calculation and formulas. The study of mathematics helps students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, discover patterns and order in the world, develop logical arguments, and make valid inferences. The aim of all mathematics courses is to help students see and understand mathematical relationships, reason logically, and use mathematical strategies to solve realworld problems.
Graduation Requirements:
In 2007 the State of Oregon raised the number of math credits required for an Oregon Diploma from 2 credits to 3. The new requirements took effect fully in 2014 and required that the 3 math credits must be at the Algebra I content level and higher. In addition, all students must meet the Essential Skills requirement. For more information about graduation requirements for an Oregon High School Diploma click here.
Calculators
We use graphing calculators in all of our math classes. Our recommendation is a TI83 Plus but if you have an older TI83 laying around or you purchase a TI84 Plus they will also meet the requirement. Most students get a calculator at the start of 8th or 9th grade and use it for class work, homework, and assessments in math and science through all four years of high school.
Math Courses Flow Chart
Below are some typical pathways for students to earn the required 3 math credits. Students who plan on attending college/university should consider either the Traditional or Advanced pathway. Please speak with Counseling or someone in the Math Department for questions about which math classes you should take.
Notes:
++ College Credit Course
+ Algebra Foundations will not be accepted by most universities as a math credit. Students starting on the Alternative Path
who wish to be 4year University bound need to notify their Algebra Foundations teacher within one month of beginning
class. The teacher will then monitor progress and could make additional recommendations.See the Curriculum Guide for more information
Course Descriptions

Algebra 1
1 Credit
Grades: 911
Prerequisites: Placement TestThis is a basic course in abstract reasoning as it relates to
our number system. Topics include variables and
variable expressions, integers, solving equations and
inequalities, polynomials, rational and irrational
numbers, and linear and quadratic functions. Algebra 1
is the prerequisite for all other math courses. You must
pass both semesters plus 2 other math classes to
graduate.
Algebra 2
1 Credit
Grades: 9, 1112
Prerequisites: Algebra I or Placement Test
College Credit AvailableThe course is designed to build understanding of the
concepts that provide a strong foundation for future
courses. The course will connect Algebra to the real
world and to other subjects, involve students in
exploration and discovery of math concepts and assess
student’s progress in ways that support learning. The
course uses functions as a unifying theme with emphasis
on graphing and the relationship between graphs and
equations.
Algebra Foundations
1 Credit
Prerequisites: Placement Test Grades: 910A course designed to bridge the gap between 8th grade
math/PreAlgebra and Algebra 1, covering topics such as
proportions, ratios, solving one, two, and multistep
equations, inequalities, and other math skills to prepare
for future math courses. This an alternative course to
Algebra 1, which individualizes instruction through
Algebra 1 standards.
Algebra Projects
0.5 Credit
Grades: 1012
Prerequisites: Algebra I or Algebra Foundations
This course combines Algebra 1, Geometry and some
Algebra 2 skills in solving realworld application
problems.
Geometry
1 Credit
Grades: 1012
Prerequisites: Algebra 1
Geometry is the study of the relationships between lines,
angles, and other geometric figures. Emphasis is on
deductive reasoning and the writing of proofs relating to
the logical developments of geometry. Recommended
for college bound students.
Geometry Projects
0.5 Credit
Grades: 1012
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 or Algebra Foundations
This class uses geometry concepts and skills to complete
projects based on reallife applications.
Informal Geometry
1 Credit
Grades: 1012
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 or Algebra Foundations
This course will develop the basic concepts and the
applications of geometry, without the rigors of proof
writing. This will include practical applications, problem
solving, hands on activities and projects.
Math Block
0.5 Credit
Grades: 912
Prerequisites: Enrolled in a Mathematics course
This is a class for a student who is really busy and needs
time to work on math or for students struggling in math
that need help while working on math homework.

AP Calculus AB
1 Credit
Grades: 1112
Prerequisites: Trigonometry
College Credit Available
Calculus courses include the study of derivatives,
differentiation, integration, the definite and indefinite
integral, and applications of calculus. Typically, students
have previously attained knowledge of precalculus
topics (some combination of trigonometry, elementary
functions, analytic geometry, and math analysis).
AP Calculus BC
1 Credit
Grades: 12
Prerequisites: AP Calculus AB
College Credit Available
An extension of AP Calculus AB with more techniques for
Taylor series, parametric equation, integration by parts,
polar coordinate function and curve interpolations.
Coding with Python
0.5 Credit
Grades: 1012
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 or Algebra Foundations
This is a course in applying mathematical and analytical
thinking to computer programming. In the course,
students learn how to use the Python 3 programming
language to solve mathematical problems. Students will
also get an introduction to basic electronics by building
and programming a number of projects using the
Raspberry Pi computer platform. This course will apply
Algebra 1 and Geometry concepts, so a familiarity with
these topics is encouraged.
College Algebra/Trigonometry
1 Credit
Grades: 1112
Prerequisites: Alg 2 & Geometry
College Credit Available
The College Algebra course examines functions and
related inequalities using a graphing calculator. Students
will focus on polynomial, rational, exponential,
logarithmic and related piecewise defined functions. This
course includes a study of the complex number system,
the algebra of functions, the applications of functions in
sequences and series. Highorder linear systems will be
solved using a calculator. For Trigonometry it is expected
that you understand the theorems, corollaries and
postulates from geometry and be able to do rudimentary
proofs. It is also expected that you have an
understanding of functions, fractions and solving
equations by a variety of means as learned in Algebra 2.
Senior Math Essential Skills (ES) Lab
0.5 Credit
Grade: 12th only
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation only
This class is specifically designed for seniors who have
yet to meet their essential skill requirements in math.
Students will begin the year by identifying his or her own
weaknesses and finding strategies to fix these.
Throughout the semester students will track
improvements until the requirements have been met
through state testing or work samples.
Statistics
1 Credit
Grades: 1112
Prerequisites: Algebra 2
This is a class designed to introduce probability and
statistics. We will address both theoretical problems and
explore statistics in our everyday lives. Topics include
random samples, organizing data, averages and
variation, probability theory, and distributions.
Transitional Algebra
1 Credit
Grades: 1112
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 or Algebra Foundations;
Geometry, or Informal Geometry
Transitional Algebra reviews and extends algebra
concepts for students who have already taken Algebra 1
and Geometry. Transitional Algebra includes a study of
linear and quadratic equations and expands this to a
study of general parent functions for cubic, exponential,
hyperbolic, and radical functions. Sequences and series
are introduced as well as properties of higher degree
functions.