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CMHS Math Program Flow Chart (Common Paths)

Grade 9
Math 87
Pre-Algebra  
 Algebra I
Algebra II
 Grade 10
 Pre-Algebra
Algebra I
 Algebra II
Pre Calc I
 Grade 11
 Algebra I
Algebra II
 GTA III or Geometry
Pre Calc II
 Grade 12
 Algebra 2 or Geometry
 GTA III or Geometry or Applied Math(12)
GTA IV/Intro to Calc or
Applied Math(12)  
Calc AB or Calc BC

Course Descriptions

408 MATH 87
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
This course will prepare a student to enter Pre-Algebra. It will enforce
the fundamental skills of arithmetic and all other concepts prior to Pre-
Algebra. It will have drills in fractions, decimals, percents and whole
numbers. It will also cover topics in simple statistics and probability.

410 PRE ALGEBRA
Prerequisite: C or better in Math Applications or Math 87
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
The purpose of the course is to develop those mathematics skills necessary
to ensure success in Algebra I. The course is designed to automate the use
of fractions, mixed numbers, and decimal numbers in any and all opera-
tions. It is also designed to automate procedures for solving simple word
problems. The beginning concepts of algebra are practiced thoroughly.

411 ALGEBRA I
Prerequisite: C or better in Pre Algebra and approval of instructor
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
This course covers the standard topics of algebra. Signed numbers are
heavily emphasized, as are integer exponents and scientifi c notation.
Systems of two linear equations in two unknowns, graphs and equations
of linear functions are heavily emphasized. Word problems are in every
problem set after lesson 3, with strong emphasis on identifying word
problems by type and learning the procedures for each type.


412    INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA
Prerequisite: Teacher or department chair recommendation only
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course is designed for the student that did not finish Algebra l with
a C or better.  This course will re-emphasize the skills covered in second
semester Algebra and give introduction to skills covered in first semester
Algebra ll.  It will cover topics in graphing, factoring, solving algebraic
equations, uniform motion problems, exponents and radicals.

413 ALGEBRA II
Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra I
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course is designed to complete the automation of the fundamentals
of algebra. In addition to the basic topics of algebra, uniform motion
problems, chemical mixture problems, systems of two linear equations in
two unknowns, systems of three linear equations in three unknowns, and
systems of non-linear equations are emphasized. Area and volume and unit
conversion problems are in most problem sets. Right triangle trigonometry,
conversions from rectangular to polar coordinates and polar to rectangular
coordinates, and addition of vectors are also emphasized. Also covered are
similar triangles, problems on the equation of a line, complex numbers,
completing the square, and deriving and using the quadratic formula.

414 PRE CALCULUS I
Prerequisite: Algebra II as a freshman with a final grade of B or better
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10
This course covers approximately the first 100 lessons in the GTA text-
book. (See math 416 and 417 for course description).

415 ADV ALGEBRA II
Prerequisite: Recommendation from 8th grade math instructor
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9
This accelerated course of Algebra II (see course 413) is designed for the
ninth grade student, with more emphasis on geometry.

416 GEOMETRY/TRIGONOMETRY/ALGEBRA 3
Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra II
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11, 12
This is the first year of a two-year sequence using the same text. This
course should be the student’s next course following Algebra II in the
college prep sequence. We continue to practice the skills of Algebra and
introduce the first half of topics normally covered in a Trigonometry and
a Plane Geometry course. Permutations, combinations, complex roots,
angular velocity, conic sections, complex numbers, matrices, and determi-
nants are some of the topics covered.

417 GEOMETRY/TRIGONOMETRY/ALGEBRA 4/INTRO TO CALCULUS
Prerequisite: C or better in GTA 3 and instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 12
This course is a continuation of GTA 3. It will finish the GTA textbook and
approximately 50 lessons in the calculus textbook.

422 GEOMETRY
Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra I. Students who have taken GTA 3
must have the instructor’s approval to enroll.
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11, 12
This course is designed for students who have finished Algebra I or
Algebra II and would like to have a third year in mathematics. This course
is designed for those students who are not prepared to enroll in the GTA
3 course. This course deals with the relations and properties of plane
surfaces, lines and angles by using deductive reasoning. There is a minor
emphasis on two column proofs and their development.

423 DISCRETE MATH
Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed at least 2 years of
Algebra and/or Geometry
Credit: 2
Course Length: Semester or Year
Grade: 11, 12
This course provides a fourth year of math for students who do not wish
to take the GTA sequence and covers topics not taught in Algebra and
Geometry. Liberal use of videos, technology, hands-on activities, and
cooperative group projects make the course relevant and enjoyable.
Semester 1: Problem solving strategies are applied to a wide variety of
problem types. Set theory, symbolic logic, coding theory (including base
2, modular arithmetic, ID numbers, ciphers, and fingerprint classification)
will be covered.
Semester 2: Areas covered include topology topics (mazes, network theory,
map coloring, surfaces), numerical and geometric sequences, including
fractals and tessellations, consumer mathematics (loans, credit , invest-
ments and the stock market), provability and statistics.

445 PRE CALCULUS II
Prerequisite: Pre Calculus I
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11
Students will complete the GTA text during the first semester. Students will
complete the first half of the calculus text in preparation for AP Calculus in
their senior year.


450 APPLIED CALCULUS
Prerequisite: C or better in GTA 4
Credit: 2 (no honors credit)
Course Length: Year
Grade: 12
This course is for those juniors who are currently enrolled in GTA 4 and
any of the Pre-Calc II students who do not want to take the AP Calculus
course. It will cover all of the same materials as a first semester college
calculus course.

460 AP CALCULUS AB
Prerequisite: Pre Calculus II or GTA 4 with the completion of 55
lessons in the Calculus text
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 12
This course consists of the study of the derivative and the integral as
applied to polynomial, rational, irrational, trigonometric, logarithmic and
exponential functions in one variable. At the completion of this course,
students may take the AP exam.

462 AP CALCULUS BC
Prerequisite:
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 12
This course is a more rigorous and extensive coverage of the topics of
AB Calculus. In addition, it applies the Calculus to parametric equations,
vector functions, and polar equations, as well as covering sequences and
series. Students may earn up to 10 semester hours of advanced placement
and college credit depending on the results of their AP exam.

463 AP STATISTICS
Prerequisite: C or better in Pre Calc I or GTA III, and approval of  
current math teacher
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11, 12
This course is to be taken in conjunction with Pre Calc II. It can be taken
by those students who have completed GTA III or GTA IV as well. This
course will cover aspects of probability and beginning statistics that will
be tested in an AP format. It is a rigorous course and will be advantageous
to those students who will have to take a statistics course in college to
complete their degree (most business and science majors need to take a
statistics course).

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BUSINESS
The following courses may be used to fulfill elective credits toward CMHS elective requirements.  PLEASE NOTE: Accounting may be used to fulfill 2 units of Academic Electives towards either higher education admission requirements or CMHS academic elective requirements.  Business Law may be used towards 1 semester credit of academic electives as well.

634 PERSONAL FINANCE
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Course Length: Semester
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Personal Finance is a basic one-semester elective course in financial
management, developed to provide the skills needed to wisely plan and
manage personal finances and maintain financial records. Budgeting,
checking accounts and banking, insurance (life, health, car), buying real
estate/cars, investments/savings, credit, and taxes are some of the units
which will be explored.

641 BUSINESS LAW I
Prerequisite: 10th graders with instructor approval
Credit: 1
Course Length: Fall
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Business Law is a one semester elective  course designed to help students
understand basic legal concepts.  Legal obligations and legal rights
under our democratic government will be stressed. Units will be covered
regarding the court system, criminal law, civil law, torts, contracts, and
search and seizure. Speakers will include judges, district attorneys, private
attorneys, public defenders, police, juvenile attorneys, and prison public  
relations representatives.

642 BUSINESS LAW II
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Business Law I
Credit: 1
Course Length: Spring
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Business Law II is a one-semester elective course covering contract law,
rights and responsibilities of citizens, utilization of financial transactions,
employment and agency relationships, and the understanding of the regula-
tions governing different types of business organizations. As a culminating
project, students will participate in one or more mock trials.

645 ACCOUNTING
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Accounting is a full year course designed to develop the skills of recording,
classifying, analyzing, and integrating financial information of companies.
Use of a computer accounting program is integrated into the class. College
bound business majors should plan on taking this class in preparation for
the degree program which normally requires college accounting.

650 DECA/MARKETING I
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Marketing is a full year elective course that is designed to introduce
students to general marketing and business concepts. Units include market-
ing concepts, economics (micro/macro), selling, promotion, distribution,
pricing, marketing research, product and service management, entrepre-
neurship and finance. Students will also compete at DECA competitions at
the local, state, and national level.

651 DECA/MARKETING II
Prerequisite: Successful completion of DECA Marketing I or instructor
approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11, 12
Advanced Marketing is a one semester elective course that expands upon
information learned in DECA/MARKETING I course.  Advanced market-
ing is a comprehensive study of the development and implementation of
a marketing plan including the plans placement in a business or organiza-
tional plan.  Students will be required to apply the principles and concepts
of marketing to real world problems.  Students will also compete at DECA
competitions at the local, state, and national level.