Math

  • Math Department Vision Statement:   The vision of the South Allegheny Mathematics Department is to provide quality instruction essential to maximize every student’s mathematical ability to prepare them to become responsible and productive members of an increasingly complex and technological society. 

     


    TITLE: Math Enrichment                                                       Credit: .25

    Course Number: 0909                                                             Grade: 9

    Prerequisite: N/A                                                                    Difficulty Rating: 1    

    Description: This course is designed to support the Math department by utilizing Algebra I curriculum and flavoring it with fun and practical applications to better prepare for the Keystone Exams.  Students will complete assignments that are designed to enhance and enrich their math skills.

     

    TITLE: Algebra I                                                                    Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0311                                                             Grade: 9, 10

    Prerequisite: N/A                                                                    Difficulty Rating: 1    

    Description: Students will develop problem solving skills by using algebraic terminology and various equation solving techniques.  Also, students will develop the ability to interpret written information into mathematical sentences. 

     

    TITLE: Honors Geometry 9                                                   Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0315                                                             Grade: 9

    Prerequisite:  “A” in Algebra I                                                Difficulty Rating: 2

    Description: Students will learn the basic definitions and principles of plane geometry in an effort to understand the relationships between various geometric figures as they pertain to congruence and similarity. The course will stress the concepts of triangles, parallel lines, polygons, and other solids. Students will also strengthen their critical thinking and logical skills. They will also reinforce their knowledge of algebraic concepts.

     

    TITLE: Geometry                                                                   Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0323                                                             Grade: 10, 11

    Prerequisite: Algebra I                                                            Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: Students will learn the basic definitions and principles of plane geometry in an effort to understand the relationships between various geometric figures as they pertain to congruence and similarity. The course will stress the concepts of triangles, parallel lines, polygons, and other solids.

     

    TITLE: Algebra II                                                                  Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0321                                                             Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Geometry                                                           Difficulty Rating: 1   

    Description: Students will study the advanced concepts of algebra including:  linear functions, systems of equations, quadratic equations/functions, conic sections, and rational functions.  Students will continue to enhance their equation-solving and problem-solving skills.

     

    TITLE: Honors Algebra II                                                      Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0322                                                             Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: “A” or “B” in Geometry                                    Difficulty Rating: 2  

    Description: Students will study algebraic concepts such as: linear functions, systems of equations, quadratic equations/ functions, conic sections, and rational functions. Students are also introduced to the topics of compound probabilities, exponential and polynomial functions, and other advanced algebraic concepts. Students will also work to enhance their equation and problem-solving skills.

     

    TITLE: Integrated Math 12                                                    Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0302                                                             Grade: 12

    Prerequisite: N/A                                                                    Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: Students will solve linear equations and practice basic algebraic procedures.  The course will also focus on basics of geometry including:  vocabulary, parallels, triangles, polygons, solids, and logical reasoning.  Simulations will be used to develop the student’s decision making skills as they learn to allocate funds for basic items such as food, clothing, rent, utilities, etc.  

     

    TITLE: Pre-Calculus                                                               Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0331                                                             Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: “C’ or better in Algebra II                                 Difficulty Rating: 2  

    Description: A course in Pre-calculus serves as a prerequisite for Calculus and is recommended for students planning on attending a four year institution. This full year course covers topics including: set theory, quadratic functions and relations, analysis of functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, systems of equations and matrices, conic sections, parametric equations, vectors, polar coordinates and complex numbers, sequences and series, and topics in statistics.

     

    TITLE: AP Calculus                                                               Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0340/0341                                                    Grade: 12

    Prerequisite:  “C” or better in Pre-Calculus                Difficulty Rating: 3 (test)/2 (no test)

    Description: Calculus AB is primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The courses emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The connections among these representations also are important.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    TITLE: SAT Prep                                                                   Credit: .5

    Course Number: 0954                                                             Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: N/A                                                                   Difficulty Rating: 1  

    Description: This course will require students to practice all sections of the SAT test.  Four sections involve mathematics. Three sections involve reading and grammar. Improvement of performance within each section is the goal.  Students will constantly improve their vocabulary by mastering an ongoing list of words that adapt in difficulty to their understanding.  Students’ grades are based mostly on their completion of vocabulary words and practice questions.  An ongoing minimum set of requirements in each category is monitored as students will work at their own pace.