IB Course Offerings for 11th and 12th Graders
Diploma Programme (SL & HL)
"The course syllabus focuses on important mathematical topics that are interconnected. The syllabus is organized and structured with the following tenets in mind: placing more emphasis on student understanding of fundamental concepts than on symbolic manipulation and complex manipulative skills; giving greater emphasis to developing students’ mathematical reasoning rather than performing routine operations; solving mathematical problems embedded in a wide range of contexts; using the calculator effectively." (www.ibo.org)
Pre IB Course Offerings for 9th and 10th Graders
Algebra I Honors
This class is the first high school credit class available to math students. Students will continue their understanding between proportional relationships, lines and linear equations, and learn to solve linear equations and their pairs. Both linear and quadratic functions will be defined, evaluated, and compared. Students will learn to use different properties to simplify expressions involving monomials as well as multiply and divide using the properties of exponents and solve exponential equations. They will learn how to perform various operations with polynomials as well as factor quadratic expressions and use different methods to solve quadratic equations. Students will work with radicals and perform various operations with radical expressions and solve radical equations. Topics include expressions, equations, real numbers, exponents, polynomials, radicals, quadratic equations, two variable equations, linear functions, rational expressions, absolute value, systems of equations, inequalities and an emphasis on problem solving and graphing.
Geometry is the 2nd of high school credit courses. Algebra is a prerequisite course to geometry, as algebraic procedures will be used to solve problems and need to have been mastered. This course is designed to include activities and work that relate to geometry and its understanding. The study of geometry includes experiences and activities that relate to the value of geometry in life. Emphasis is placed on the use of reasoning skills, and two and three-dimensional modeling to solve problems, both mathematical and real-world. The students will demonstrate the ability to use fundamental concepts of geometry, including definitions, basic constructions, and tools of geometry. Students will explore and recognize geometric patterns using inductive reasoning, recognize examples of deductive reasoning, distinguish between inductive and deductive reasoning, identify and apply basic definitions of geometry, identify and apply postulates, write statements in if-then form and write their converses, construct a segment congruent to a given segment, use a number line to calculate distance, graph points and lines in the coordinate plane, and find the midpoint of a given segment, among other topics.
Algebra 2 Honors
This course implements the shift from just manipulative skills to algebra as a means of representation. Students explore the language of algebra in verbal, tabular, graphical, and symbolic forms. Problem-solving activities and applications encourage students to model patterns and relationships with variables and functions. This course incorporates graphing-calculator and computer software activities for discovery, problem solving, and modeling.