MATH COURSES AT
WEST DEPTFORD HIGH SCHOOL
(updated for the 2011-2012 school year)
    
 

To help our students retain the skills they learned this past year, the math department has developed review sheets which all students must complete during the summer months.  Every student was given a packet along with instructions.  In case you misplaced your copy, please click the following link and print the review for the course you will be entering in September. 

In order to download these packets, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.  Click here to install it:  http://get.adobe.com/reader/
 

Summer Review Packets ~ Due Friday September 9, 2011

Entering Algebra 1 and Advanced Algebra 1

Entering Geometry ~ All Levels

Entering Algebra 2 ~ All Levels

Entering Math Analysis ~ All Levels

Entering Honors Calculus ~ All Levels

Entering AP Calculus

Entering Interactive Algebra and Geometry III

Entering Interactive Algebra and Geometry IV

Entering Probability & Statistics and Discrete Math

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Algebra I - In this course, the students will learn the Algebra standards put forth by the State of New Jersey in a more concrete ratherthan abstract manner. This college-prep course is designed for students who have not passed the NJ ASK8 or students for whom mathematics is not a strength.

Advanced Algebra I - This course is the foundation for all courses in advanced mathematical studies and is designed for students who have a solid foundation in basic arithmetic and knowledge of the real number system. Students must have passed the NJ ASK8.

GeometryIn this course, the students will learn the Geometry standards put forth by the State of New Jersey in a more concrete rather than abstract manner.This college-prep course is designed for students who have not passed the NJASK8 or students for whom mathematics is a weakness.

Advanced Geometry - a year-long course where students learn and apply the theorems and postulates of plane geometry. Prerequisite: Algebra I, passing with at least a C
Course registration is based on a number of factors, such as final grade average, standardized test scores, teacher recommendation, etc.

Interactive Algebra/Geometry III - This is the third in a series of three courses designed to provide a common core of broadly useful mathematics for all students.  Please see the description above.  Upon completion of this course, the student is recognized as having completed the standards for Algebra I and Geometry.

Accelerated Interactive Algebra/Geometry III -Students will be placed in this level based on teacher recommendation, grades, and testing results. This course is similar in content to Interactive Algebra/Geometry III, but topics will be delved into more deeply, the pace will be faster, and additional concepts will be presented. We strongly recommend that each student own a TI-83 plus graphing calculator. They can be purchased for approximately $70-$100 at stores such as Target, K-Mart, Staples, Best Buy, or on-line at ebay or half.com (NOTE-the silver edition is not necessary and is more costly).  We will, however, provide one for use in the math classroom.  Students will be assigned a particular one for classroom use only and the student will be responsible for it should they destroy it.

Interactive Algebra/Geometry IV -  This program will cover  the remaining standards addressed in Algebra II and it will also prepare the students for college entrance exams such as the Accuplacer Test and the SAT.  A student who completes all four levels of Interactive Algebra/Geometry is recognized as having completed the standards for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.

Accelerated Interactive Algebra/Geometry IV -Students will be placed in this level based on teacher recommendation, grades, and testing results. This course is similar in content to Interactive Algebra/Geometry IV, but topics will be delved into more deeply, the pace will be faster, and additional concepts will be presented.

Algebra II - a year-long course which continues and refines Advanced Algebra I. Functions and graphing are stressed as well as applications. Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra I, Geometry, passing with at least a C in both courses.  Course registration is based on a number of factors, such as final grade average, standardized test scores, teacher recommendation, etc.

Math Analysis - this is a year-long pre-calculus course. Trigonometry receives a major emphasis.  Prerequisite: Algebra II, passing with at least a B-.  Course registration is based on a number of factors, such as final grade average, standardized test scores, teacher recommendation, etc.

Prob/Stat - this is a semester course dealing with such topics as samplings, permutations, combinations, and data analysis.  Prerequisite: Algebra II, passing with at least a C.  Course registration is based on a number of factors, such as final grade average, standardized test scores, teacher recommendation, etc.

Discrete Math - this semester course deals with the topic of efficiency. Some questions that are addressed are why do you stand in a maze to enter a ride in Disney World, how does a CD player interpret codes correctly, what's the most efficient way to drive through a city with one-way streets. This course is ideal for anyone interested in entering such fields as computer science, telecommunications, biological sciences, social sciences, business, education, or liberal arts. Prerequisite: Algebra II, passing with at least a C.  Course registration is based on a number of factors, such as final grade average, standardized test scores, teacher recommendation, etc.

Honors Calculus - in this year-long course differential and integral calculus are studied. The text is a book used by many area colleges and universities.  Prerequisite: Mathematical Analysis-Honors, passing with at least a C or Mathematical Analysis, passing with at least a B.  Course registration is based on a number of factors, such as final grade average, standardized test scores, teacher recommendation, etc.

AP Calculus - this year-long course intensely prepares the students for the examination given in May of each year. (prerequisite is Honors Math Analysis).  Students must own a TI-83 Plus graphing calculator.  If this poses a problem for any student, he/she should see the department chairperson, Mrs. Fish, as soon as possible so accommodations may be made.

SAT Studies - an evening course offered to the students in the spring who wish to prepare for or improve their SAT scores. It is offered jointly with the English department.  This carries a no-credit status and their is a charge.


Miscellaneous information:

Honors levels courses are offered in Geometry, Algebra II, and Math Analysis. AP Calculus carries an honors status. Students are recommended for these courses based on pAG00030_.gif (5181 bytes)ast classroom performance, test scores, and teacher recommendation.  If a student was not recommended for an honors level, the math department strongly encourages you to speak with your son/daughter's present math teacher and guidance counselor before signing a waiver.  Please note that many students who are not recommended for this level course do not perform successfully and, due to class sizes, may not be able to be placed in the appropriate level once the school year has begun. 

 

 

Every student should own his/her own calculator.  A graphing calculator, the Texas Instrument TI-83 Plus, is the one that will be used in most math classes as well as in science classes, HSPA testing, SAT testing and even at the college level.  For this reason we strongly recommend all students invest in this calculator. They can be purchased for approximately $70-$100 at stores such as Target, K-Mart, Staples, Best Buy, or on-line at ebay or half.com (NOTE-the silver edition is not necessary and is more costly).  

 


 

Doubling courses:
If a student wishes to double up Geometry and Algebra II, it is important to discuss this with his/her current math teacher.  Two math courses taken simultaneously is not an easy task for a student.  

For additional information, please refer to the curriculum guide or contact the guidance department.

 

Commitment to NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards for Mathematics

1.        All students will develop number sense and will perform standard numerical operations and estimations on all types of numbers in a variety of ways.

2.        All students will develop spatial sense and the ability to use geometric properties, relationships, and measurement to model, describe, and analyze phenomena. 

3.        All students will represent and analyze relationships among variable quantities and solve problems involving patterns, functions, and algebraic concepts, and processes.

4.        All students will develop an understanding of the concepts and techniques of data analysis, probability, and discrete mathematics, and will use them to model situations, solve problems, and analyze, and analyze and draw appropriate inferences from data.

5.        All students will use mathematical processes of problem solving, communication, connections, reasoning, representations, and technology to solve problems, and communicate mathematical ideas.


 

Commitment to NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards for Workplace Readiness

1.      All students will demonstrate interpersonal and self-management skills

2.       All students will develop career awareness, planning, and employability.

3.      All students will use critical thinking, decision-making, and problem solving skills.

4.      All students will use computer applications to manipulate and communicate information.

5.      All students will develop an understanding of the nature and impact of technology, engineering, technological design, and the designed world as they relate to the individual, society, and the environment.

6.      All students will demonstrate career planning and employability skills, and develop the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for further study in a selected occupational area.