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Click on the headings below to read an overview of each Mathematics course offered at Holy Cross.

  • Math 5

    Number sense is a driving force of the program. Reinforcement of basic facts, four basic arithmetic operations applied to whole numbers, fractions, and decimals and skills, along with practice in estimating and mental math help students become more proficient with computation. Students are introduced to variables, solving single operation equations, graphing, and statistics. Manipulatives, models and hands-on work enhance students’ understanding of math concepts and skills. Problem solving strategies are analyzed and used throughout the program.

  • Math 6

    The focus of this course is numerical reasoning and connecting arithmetic to algebra. Operations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions are reinforced. Basic number facts and fraction notation are extended as a basis for algebraic functions and solving equations. Integers and the coordinate plane are explored, as well as numerical relationships within geometry and measurement. Students will solve word problems involving real-world situations using tables, graphs, number patterns and relationships. Tables and graphs will also be used to identify relationships in the data and make generalizations about mathematical relationships. Students use a variety of instructional materials and lessons are covered in a variety of ways. Teacher instruction, group work, online practice and individual practice are part of the daily routine.

  • Pre-Algebra

    This course is an introduction to the language and use of algebra. Concepts include variables, expressions, equations with both one and two variables, inequalities, functions and relations. Students work in the whole number, fraction, decimal, and rational number systems. The general topics of ratio, proportion, percent, probability, measurement and geometry are also revisited. Emphasis is placed on the application of mathematics and its relevance in the real world. Students use a variety of instructional materials and lessons are taught in a variety of ways. Teacher instruction, group work, online practice, individual practice, and standardized test preparation are part of the daily routine.

  • Pre-Algebra Accelerated

    This course serves as an introduction to the language and use of algebra. Concepts include variables, expressions, equations with both one and two variables, inequalities, functions and relations. Students work in the whole number, fraction, decimal, and rational number systems. The general topics of ratio, proportion, percent, probability, measurement and geometry are also revisited. Emphasis is placed on the application of mathematics and its relevance in the real world. Students use a variety of instructional materials and lessons are taught in a variety of ways. Teacher instruction, group work, online practice, individual practice, and standardized test preparation are part of the daily routine.

     

    A more rigorous approach to algebraic concepts is a focus in the accelerated pre-algebra course. Attention is given to ‘reasonable answers’, estimating and abstract concepts. Methods used foster critical thinking, use of technology, problem solving, and incorporate manipulative materials.

     

    Placement is based on the student’s standardized test results, grade point average and teacher recommendation.

  • Algebra I

    Algebra is the study of mathematics characterized by the use of variables and operations. This course is an introduction to the “Language of Mathematics” and the basis of all high school mathematics. Emphasis is placed on skill development for the writing and manipulation of algebraic expressions, setting up and solving equations, one and two dimensional graphing, slope, inequalities, and systems of equations. The course will integrate algebraic expressions with measurement and data. Students will apply this knowledge though the solving of word problems.

  • Algebra I Honors

    Algebra is the study of mathematics characterized by the use of variables and operations. This course is an introduction to the “Language of Mathematics” and the basis of all high school mathematics. Emphasis is placed on skill development for the writing and manipulation of algebraic expressions, setting up and solving equations, one and two dimensional graphing, slope, inequalities, and systems of equations. The course will integrate algebraic expressions with measurement and data. Students will apply this knowledge though the solving of word problems

     

    This course is designed for the advanced math student. In additional to traditional methods, conceptual understanding for finding solutions gives purpose for skills being taught. The development of reasoning skills is accomplished through mathematical modeling, inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning.

  • Geometry

    The study of geometry provides students with the opportunity to develop mathematic reasoning. Reasoning mathematically means developing and testing conjectures through deduction. Teaching students to make conjectures requires a spirit of experimentation and exploration in the classroom. Students will participate actively in the creation of the geometry they are learning through geometric constructions and manipulatives. Students will learn logical thought through the study and development of geometric proofs. Algebraic skills are integrated throughout the geometry curriculum.

  • Geometry Honors

    The study of geometry provides students with the opportunity to develop mathematic reasoning. Reasoning mathematically means developing and testing conjectures through deduction. Teaching students to make conjectures requires a spirit of experimentation and exploration in the classroom. Students will participate actively in the creation of the geometry they are learning through geometric constructions and manipulatives. Students will learn logical thought through the study and development of geometric proofs. Algebraic skills are integrated throughout the geometry curriculum.

     

    A more rigorous approach to geometric concepts is a focus in the honors geometry course. Students develop abstract and critical thinking skills through the study of deductive reasoning and proofs.

  • Algebra II

    Algebra II provides a review and extension of the concepts taught in Algebra I. Topics studied will include linear equations and inequalities, graphs, systems, matrices, quadratics and quadratic functions, polynomials and polynomial functions, radical functions, rational exponents, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions. Graphing calculator skills will be taught and used extensively in this course. Students will develop learning strategies, critical thinking skills, and problem solving techniques that will prepare them for future math course throughout high school and college.

  • Algebra II Honors

    Algebra II Honors provides an extension of the concepts taught in Algebra I Honors. Topics studied will include linear equations and inequalities, graphs, systems, matrices, quadratics and quadratic functions, polynomials and polynomial functions, radical functions, rational exponents, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions. Graphing calculator skills will be taught and used extensively in this course. Students will develop learning strategies, critical thinking skills, and problem solving techniques that will prepare them for future math courses. There is a more rigorous approach to the focus topics in the Honors Algebra II course.

  • Probability & Statistics

    Probability and statistics is the study of the likelihood of an event occurring and the collection, organization, and use of data to make predictions. Students will learn to collect and analyze data using technological tools and statistics. Students will work with statistical methods of data collection, methods of determining probability, binomial and normal distributions, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals. Students will use multiple representations to interpret data including histograms, pie/bar charts, normal distribution curves, and scatterplots.

  • Probability & Statistics Honors

    Probability and Statistics is the study of the likelihood of an event occurring and the collecting, organizing, and using data to make predictions. Students will learn advanced methods to collect and analyze data using technological tools and statistics. Students will work with statistical methods of data collection, methods of determining probability, binomial and normal distributions, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals. Students will use multiple representations to interpret data including histograms, pie/bar charts, normal distribution curves, and scatterplots.

  • Advanced Math / Trigonometry

    Advanced Math / Trigonometry is the study of triangles, angles and their relationships by applying the skills learned in Algebra I and II. Students explore advanced topics in mathematics such as rational functions, conic sections, sequences and series, probability and statistics, unit circle, trigonometric functions using radians and degree measurement. Graphing calculator skills are taught and applied extensively in this course. Students develop learning strategies, critical thinking skills, and problem solving techniques that will prepare them for future math courses throughout high school and college.

  • Advanced Math / Trigonometry Honors - Dual Enrollment

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will earn credit in LSU Math 1021 and 1022. Homework, quizzes, and tests will be taken using exercises generated by the web-based system, MyMathLab. Help features, individualized feedback, and repeated opportunities for practice are features of this online delivery program. Prerequisites are Algebra II Honors, Algebra II with Administrative Approval, teacher recommendation and ACT composite minimum 18, Math minimum 19.

     

    • The first semester will cover algebra at an advanced/intermediate level. Topics include linear, quadratic, absolute value equations and inequalities. Properties, transformations, and composition of functions are also covered. Linear, piece-wise, absolute value, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions are studied in greater depth. Applications of exponential, logarithmic, and natural logarithmic functions are also included.
    • The second semester covers Honors Math curriculum and can also be taken for college credit. Topics covered include evaluating trigonometric functions of general angles, graphing trigonometric functions, inverse trig functions, trigonometric identities and formulas, solving trig equations, triangle applications, polar graphs and equations, and vectors.

  • Calculus

    Calculus is a study of functions with applications, and an introduction to differential calculus. Topics include a review of algebra and functions, mathematical modeling with elementary functions, rates of change, inverse functions, logarithms and exponential functions, the derivative, and differential equations. Precalculus topics are reviewed in the development of calculus.

  • Calculus Honors

    Honors Calculus is a rigorous study of the concepts of Calculus and its applications. Topics include functions, graphs, and limits, the derivative and its applications, definite and indefinite integrals and their applications, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will be able to work with functions represented analytically, graphically, numerically and verbally. Each student can expect required summer work as well as one hour per night of independent study.

  • AP Calculus AB

    Advanced Placement Calculus is a rigorous study of functions and the limits, derivatives, integrals, and resulting applications of each. Students will be challenged to understand topics, verbally, graphically, numerically, and analytically. Each student can expect required summer work as well as one hour per night of independent study. The course has the advanced placement designation and includes course content established by the College Board. All enrolled students are expected to take the AP Calculus AB exam in May.

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