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Math Course Sequence

Courses marked with ovals are dualenrollment, and may optionally be taken for college credit.
Math Courses

This listing represents districtapproved courses. Courses noted with an * are given weighted grade status which is used in calculating class rank.
MA07 Algebra 1 (MA, 1.0 Cr., 1 Year)
This course is designed for the student who has a good grasp of the basic skills of arithmetic. The course introduces the student to the basic structure of Algebra through the use of the real number system. The basic operations of signed numbers, and the manipulation of polynomials will be stressed. Application will be made in solving equations, graphing equations and inequalities, and solving word problems. Students who successfully complete this course with a grade of “C” or higher should be prepared to take Geometry 12.MA09 Geometry (MA, 1.0 Cr., 1 Year)
This course introduces the student to the deductive method of proof with the use of points, lines, and planes. Solid geometry is integrated with plane geometry to lead the student to consideration of twoand threedimensional figures and to develop the ability to visualize space relationships. Students who successfully complete this course with a grade of “C” or higher should be prepared for Algebra 34.MA10 Honors Geometry * (MA, 1.0 Cr. 1 year)
This course introduces the student to the deductive method of proof with the use of points, lines, and planes. Solid geometry is integrated with plane geometry to lead the student to consideration of twoand threedimensional figures and to develop the ability to visualize space relationships. Other geometric and methods of proof will also be explored. Opportunities for creative expression and enrichment will be provided. Students who successfully complete this course with a grade of “C” or higher should be prepared for Honors Algebra 34.
MA11 Algebra 2 (MA, 1.0 Cr., 1 Year)
This course begins with a review of Algebra 12 topics and introduces the following new topics: graphing quadratic equations, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometry. This course or Honors Algebra 34 is recommended for all students who are planning to attend college. Students who successfully complete this course with a grade of “C” or higher should be prepared for Math Analysis 12.MA12 Honors Algebra 2 * (MA, 1.0 Cr., 1 Year)
This course in second year Algebra and Trigonometry places consistent emphasis on the real and complex number systems, solution of equations and inequalities, trigonometry, logarithms, and the deductive method of proof. The concepts of sets, relations, and functions are explored thoroughly and used to unify the course material. Included in the content will be an extension of the topics covered in Algebra 12 and many of the following: progressions, binomial theorem, vectors, probability, etc. This course is highly recommended for the student who will pursue a career in mathematics, science, or engineering.MA13 PreCalculus (MA, 1.0 Cr., 1 Year)
This course introduces the student to higher mathematics through the study of fundamental concepts of equations, functions and applications. Emphasis is placed upon understanding rather than just manipulation and computation. Appropriate technology will be used to enhance mathematical understanding and problem solving skills. Students successfully completing this course with a “C” or higher should be prepared to take Honors Finite Mathematics and Honors Brief Calculus. [Board Adopted 2000][Board Revised 2008]MA43 Honors Finite Math* (MA, 0.5 Cr., 1 Sem)
An introduction to the mathematics required for the study of social and behavioral sciences. The topics include: sets, solving linear systems with two and three equations, combinatorics, probability, matrix algebra, linear programming, statistics, and mathematics of finance. Student will be able to compute simple and compound interest, calculate the cost of repaying a loan using the amortization method, solve counting problems using permutations and combinations, use Markov chains, Bayes formula, or binomial experiments to determine the probability of an event. Lastly, students will be able to calculate the mean, median, and standard deviation for a series of scores. Appropriate technology will be used to enhance mathematical understanding and problem solving skills. The use of a graphing calculator/computer program is essential throughout this course. Students successfully completing this course with a “C” or higher should be prepared to take Honors Brief Calculus. [Board Adopted 2008]MA41 Honors Brief Calculus* (MA, 0.5 Cr., 1 Sem)
An introduction to the theory, techniques, and applications of the differential and integral calculus of elementary functions with problems of interest to students required for the study in business and social sciences. Students will be able to find limits of function values of algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students will be able to work business and economics applied problems using the derivative. The use of a graphing calculator/computer program is essential throughout this course. Students successfully completing this course with a “C” or higher should be prepared to take AP Calculus BC. [Board Adopted 2008]MA16 AP Calculus BC* (MA, 1.0 Cr., 1 Year)
This course continues the thorough study of differentiation and integration begun in Honors Brief Calculus. Applications of these topics are studied: limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, infinite series, and differential equations are investigated indepth. After completion of this course, the student may wish to take one of these Advanced Placement Exams: Calculus AB or Calculus BC. [Board Adopted 2000][Board Revised 2008]MA17 Honors Computer Programming 12* (EL, 1.0 Cr., 1 Year)
This college level course is designed to introduce the student to computer programming. Structured programming techniques will be developed through the use of algorithms. Problems from various subject areas will utilize advanced concepts such as data files, arrays and records. In cooperation with Rio Salado Community College, the student may enroll concurrently in the corresponding college course to receive college credit. (Prerequisite: Geometry 12 or concurrent enrollment in Honors Geometry 12)[Board Adopted 2000][Board Revised 2005]MA26 AP/Honors Computer Programming 34* (EL, 1.0 Cr., 1 Year)
This college level course is designed to continue to develop the student’s programming skills in a high level language. Application programs will be written in the areas of mathematics, business, science, and economics. These programs will utilize advanced data structures including searches, sorts, arrays, and inheritance. This course is valuable for any student intending to pursue a career in mathematics, science, engineering, business, or computer science. In cooperation with Rio Salado Community College, the student may enroll concurrently in the corresponding college course to receive college credit. The student may choose, upon completion of the course, take the Computer Science A Advanced Placement Exam. Upon completion of additional topics; linked lists, binary trees, stacks and queues, the student may choose to take the Computer Science AB Advanced Placement Exam. (Prerequisite: Honors Computer Programming 12) [Board Adopted 2000][Board Revised 2005]MA21 Honors Computer Programming 56* (EL, 1.0 Cr., 1 Year)
This course is designed to continue to develop the student’s programming skills. Options could include extending the knowledge base of the language used in the previous course, or studying other languages. Emphasis will be placed on modular programming and participation in programming teams. Application programs will be written in the areas of mathematics, business, science, and economics. This course is valuable for any student intending to pursue a career in mathematics, science, engineering , business, or computer science. (Prerequisite: AP Computer Programming 34 or Instructor approval) [Board Adopted 2000][Board Revised 2005]MA42 Honors Calculus III* (MA, 0.5 Cr., 1 Sem)
This course is designed as an advanced followup course to AP Calculus BC. This course will cover the third semester of college calculus. This course will be taught utilizing a graphing calculator. Computer graphing will be used to enhance visualization and conceptualization. Real life applications and examples will reinforce problemsolving skills. The course will combine graphical, numerical, and algebraic techniques toward the solution of problems involving the techniques of calculus. [Board Adopted 2008]MA45 Differential Equations* (MA, 0.5 Cr., 1 Sem)
This course is designed as an advanced followup course to Honors Calculus III. This course will cover differential equations. This course will be taught utilizing a graphing calculator. Computer graphing will be used to enhance visualization and conceptualization. Real life applications and examples will reinforce problemsolving skills. The course will combine graphical, numerical, and algebraic techniques toward the solution of problems involving the techniques of calculus. [Board Adopted 2008]
MA29 AP Statistics* (MA, 1.0 Cr., 1 Year)
This college level course is designed to explore data analysis, standard deviation, scatter plots, correlation, residual plots, experimental design, bias, probability, central limit theorem, margin or error, null hypothesis, alternative hypothesis, assumptions rules of thumb, pvalue, alphas level, type I & II errors, confidence intervals, inference by ztests, I & II sample and tests, I & II proportion tests, x2 tests, 2 sample ftests, Anova tests, linear regression ttests. After completion of this course, the student may wish to take the Advanced Placement Statistics examination. [Board Adopted 2003]MA50 Honors Linear Algebra* (MA, 1.0 Cr., 1 Year)
This course is a college level course for students who have completed Honors Calculus III. This course covers systems of linear equations and matrices, GaussJordan elimination, homogeneous systems, matrix algebra, elementary matrices, and inverses. Study continues with determinants, by row redeuction and cofactor expansions, vector spaces, linear independence, subspaces, bases, and dimension. It also covers topics such as linear transformations, matrices, change of basis, similarity, rank, null spaces, range, inner product spaces, GramSchmidt orthogonalization, eigenvectors and values and diagonalization. This course is presented in a more rigorous way than a student may be used to from previous math courses, so although the theory is easier than that of calculus, there will be perhaps unexpected challenges for most students. [Board Adopted 2011]