## Mathematics

While each unique math course at Wasatch Academy has its own set of standards and learning outcomes, the following anchors guide the curriculum we have developed.

We believe strongly in cultivating problem-solving skills, especially through hands-on practice. It is important that students can apply the many techniques that they acquire to a variety of different scenarios and contexts.

Students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of mathematics through meaningful project-based learning. Students integrate and internalize their knowledge by applying the skills they have developed in the novel and authentic ways.

We recognize and celebrate the different skill levels of our students and provide many opportunities for differentiated and self-paced learning. We emphasize collaboration, creativity, and grit.

Pre-Algebra
Pre-algebra is a course geared toward preparing students for high school mathematics. The course begins with a review of whole numbers and their properties and then extends these ideas to integers and the rational number system. Applications are made with decimals, scientific notation, proportions, ratios, and percents. A brief scratch at the surface algebra is made through the exploration of solving one-step linear equations. An introduction to geometry is provided through the study of congruence, similarity, symmetry, and transformations of the plane.

Algebra I
This course is designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of linear and quadratic functions and graphing on the XY-coordinate system. The student solves and graph equations and inequalities. Students also learn to apply this knowledge to other areas of math, such as word problems, ratios, and proportions. The course starts off with a review of basic algebraic concepts, such as variables, order of operations, exponents, and problem-solving skills. It then moves on to a thorough introduction to functions and quadratic equations. Students learn how to solve linear equations, including multistep equations, equations with multiple variables, and equations involving decimals, as well as writing a linear equation based on the graph of a line.

Algebra II
This course is a survey of more advanced algebraic topics. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, linear equations, inequalities, absolute values, polynomials, factoring, quadratics, solving quadratic equations and functions, function notation, and algebraic manipulation of functions. This class makes extended use of technology in the form of graphing calculators and computer-based resources.

the prerequisite is algebra i, but geometry is recommended.

AP Calculus AB

use of a graphing calculator is an essential component of this course. this course is taught in the math lab setting, in which students are guided through the course material and learning resources at their own pace.

The prerequisite is Precalculus.

AP Calculus BC
AP Calculus BC is an introductory college-level calculus course. Students cultivate their understanding of differential and integral calculus through engaging with real-world problems represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally and using definitions and theorems to build arguments and justify conclusions as they explore concepts like change, limits, and the analysis of functions.

The prerequisite is AP Calculus AB.

Precalculus
The main objective of Precalculus is to prepare students for the rigors of calculus. Students develop a solid understanding of functions (domain and range, graphical interpretations, manipulation of functions), build a library of special types of functions and their characteristics (polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric), gain a deep understanding of trigonometry, and learn to form connections between trigonometric equations, identities, and their geometrical interpretations. Additional topics include calculus concepts such as limits, continuity, sequences and series, maxima, minima, and others. A secondary objective of the course is to help students become fluent in using calculators for arithmetic, graphing functions, finding maxima, minima and intersection points, evaluating trigonometric functions, and more. This course is taught in the Math Lab setting, in which students are guided through the course material and learning resources at their own pace.

Calculus
This course is an introduction to calculus. This course explores a similar curriculum as AP Calculus-AB. The focus is on limits, the derivative, the integral, and the application of an interaction between these three broad concepts. More specifically, topics include a review of functions, continuity, differentiability, extrema, Riemann sums, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and areas between curves. Use of a graphing calculator is an important component of this course. Students are guided through the course material and learning resources at their own pace. Suggested academic preparation includes Pre-Calculus.

College Algebra

this course is restricted to seniors. the prerequisite is algebra ii.

Geometry
The main objective of Precalculus is to prepare students for the rigors of calculus. Students develop a solid understanding of functions (domain and range, graphical interpretations, manipulation of functions), build a library of special types of functions and their characteristics (polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric), gain a deep understanding of trigonometry, and learn to form connections between trigonometric equations, identities, and their geometrical interpretations. Additional topics include calculus concepts such as limits, continuity, sequences and series, maxima, minima, and others. A secondary objective of the course is to help students become fluent in using calculators for arithmetic, graphing functions, finding maxima, minima and intersection points, evaluating trigonometric functions, and more. This course is taught in the Math Lab setting, in which students are guided through the course material and learning resources at their own pace.

Linear Algebra

*Not Offered for the 2020-21 Academic Year

Math Team
Description coming soon.

Statistics

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