#### The goal of mathematics instruction at Freeman Academy is to develop students’ skills in thinking and logic, organization, problem solving techniques, carefully following directions, neatness, precision, and attention to details.

Mathematics provides a language for expressing the ideas and relationships that involve numeric and geometric ideas that occur frequently in many areas of life. Once an idea is translated into the appropriate mathematical representation, mathematics provides tools for manipulating those ideas and providing solutions to problems. Therefore mathematics builds a strong framework for life-long thinking and problem solving.

Three high school math credits are required for graduation from Freeman Academy.

## Courses

#### Pre-Algebra

**Offered to:** 7th Grade

**Credits:** 1

**Textbook: **Saxon Math 87, An Incremental Development

**Description: **Pre-algebra builds a solid foundation for algebra I and II and geometry by reinforcing the rudiments of computation and expanding the understanding of the use of variables. Word problem applications are included in almost every lesson to regularly expose students to the application of mathematical concepts.

#### Algebra I

**Offered to:** 8th Grade

**Credits:** 1

**Textbook: **Saxon Algebra I, An Incremental Development

**Description:** Algebra I is an introduction to the skills and problem solving methods of algebra. Students learn to use abstract expressions (mathematical statements involving variables) and open sentences (equations with variables) to perform calculations and solve problems. Several important topics include one-variable equation solving, the laws of exponents, simplifying polynomials, factoring, quadratic equation solving, linear equation solving, and radicals. Simple geometry concepts and applications are included throughout the course.

#### Algebra II

**Offered to:** Freshmen

**Credits:** 1 (two trimesters)

**Prerequisite: **Algebra I

**Textbook: **Houghton Mifflin Algebra Book 2, Structure and Method

**Description:** Algebra II continues to develop the skills and problem solving methods of algebra. Key topics include the laws of exponents, linear equations and linear functions, systems of equations, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations and functions, algebraic fractions, radicals expressions and equations, irrational numbers, imaginary numbers, exponential functions, and logarithms.

#### Geometry

**Offered to:** Sophomores

**Credits:** 1 (three trimesters)

**Prerequisite: **At least one credit of Algebra I

**Textbook: **Holt Geometry

**Description:** This course explores basic geometric concepts and relationships including points, lines, planes, angles, polygons, and circles. The course includes the study and use of formal logic, theorems, proofs, transformations, constructions, and applications.

#### Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry

**Offered to:** Juniors

**Credits:** 1 (two trimesters)

**Prerequisite: **Algebra and Geometry

**Textbook: **Christy Fundamentals of Algebra and Trigonometry

**Description:** This course reviews key aspects of algebra and geometry, and then explores trigonometric functions, wave graphs, the law of sines, the law of cosines, trigonometric equations and applications, trigonometric identities, conic sections, and coordinate geometry.

#### Calculus

**Offered to:** Seniors

**Credits:** 1/2 (one trimester)

**Prerequisite: **Algebra, Geometry and Pre-Calculus

**Textbook: **Foerster Calculus

**Description:** This course is designed to give students an overview and foundation in calculus. It is not an AP Calculus course. It explores the concepts of limits, derivatives, and integrals and their applications. The course utilizes computer graphing of functions to reinforce the graphic interpretation of these rudimentary concepts. It includes the chain rule, the product rule, the quotient rule, and trigonometric derivatives.

#### Probability and Statistics

**Offered to:** Seniors

**Credits:** 1/2 (one trimester)

**Prerequisite: **Algebra

**Textbook: **Houghton Mifflin Advanced Mathematics

**Description:** The course gives students an overview and foundation in combinatorics, probability, and statistics, and includes many practical and even “fun” applications.