Mathematics

Mathematics as a discipline is an important intellectual discipline worthy of study for its logical form as well as for its ability to help stretch our minds to think in ways we never would have thought.

Stillwater Area High School's Math Department offers variety of courses that range from college level mathematics that meet the needs of high level learners and basic level math courses that help students who need assistance in developing their math skills.

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Course #  Course NameGradesPrerequisiteSemester 
Credits
M536
M538 
Algebra w/ Quads A & B9-12None2
M550
M552 
Geometry A & B9-12Algebra or Algebra with Quads2

M546
M548

Geometry with Computer Science A & B9-12Algebra or Algebra with Quads2
M553
M554 
Algebra 2 Concepts A & B9-12Algebra (recommended with semester grades less than C-) 2

M560
M562 
Algebra 2 A & B9-12Geometry (recommended C- or better) or Algebra 2 Concepts2
M564
M566 
Algebra 3 A & B9-12Algebra 2 (recommended C- or better)2
M580
M582 
Precalculus A & B9-12Algebra 3 (recommended C- or better)  2
M950
M952 
AP Calculus AB I & II9-12Precalculus (recommended B- or better)2
M954
M956 
AP Calculus BC I & II9-12AP Calculus AB I & II or Precalculus with teacher recommendation 2
M960
M962 
AP Statistics A & B9-12Algebra 2 (recommended B- or better) Algebra 3 (recommended C- or better) 2

M964
M966

AP Computer Science A & B9-12Algebra 2 (recommended C- or better)2

 

Algebra with Quadratics A & B

Algebra with Quadratics is a year-long course that addresses concepts in Algebra and the MN Standards as well as a full unit on quadratics.

Semester one will include a pre-algebra review, equations, inequalities, functions, and linear functions.

Semester two will follow with linear systems, exponents, polynomials, factoring, quadratics, and radical functions.

Each student will be placed in the most appropriate mathematics path based on data points of standardized test results, grades, and staff feedback. Students are exposed to the same mathematics in Algebra as they are in Algebra with Quadratics; however, Algebra with Quadratics includes different pacing and levels of enrichment. Appropriate placement in mathematics classes is regularly monitored and reviewed for each student.

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Geometry A & B

Geometry A: Students will explore the characteristics of geometric figures in two-dimensions, including transformations, measurement, and congruence. Students will also use logic and reasoning to prove geometric theorems, corollaries, and properties. Students will continue to use algebra skills while exploring geometry. Where do I go from here? Geometry B.

Geometry B: Students will learn how to find the area of two-dimensional plane figures, including polygons and circles. Also explore the characteristics of three-dimensional objects, calculate surface area and volume, and right triangle trigonometry is also introduced. Students will continue to use algebra skills while exploring geometry. 

Where do I go from here? Algebra 2 Concepts or Algebra 2

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Geometry with Computer Science A & B

This course will cover all topics in the Geometry A & B course description. In addition it will also introduce students to basic concepts of Computer Science including conditionals, loops, and syntax. This class will mostly use a block coding language created by MIT entitled Scratch. Students will use computational thinking to demonstrate knowledge of Geometry skills through coding projects and activities. Students will be engaged through inquiry-based, team-based, and gamified approaches to learning. Students will also be asked to self-reflect and be self-advocates for their own learning.

*This is an alternative course to Geometry A & B and will provide the graduation required Geometry credits.

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Algebra 2 Concepts A & B

Algebra 2 Concepts is a year-long course that builds and strengthens the skills necessary to be successful in Algebra 2, however this course does not meet the graduation requirement for Algebra 2. Students will need to take Algebra 2 after completion of this course.

Algebra 2 Concepts A: Students will study various forms of linear equations and inequalities. Using properties, the students will simplify and evaluate expressions of exponents. They will also explore funcition notation along with the properties and operations of functions. Solving systems of equations is also included in semester one. Students will conclude with discovering exponential functions, their graphs and also solving exponential problems in various contexts such as population growth, depreciation and investment growth.

Algebra 2 Concepts B: In semester two, students will analyze quadratic functions, graphs and real-life applications. They will continue to investigate higher degree polynomials, by combining polynomials functions, graphing and finding their solutions. The students will complete the semester with studying rational and radical functions by examining their properties, operations and graphs. Graphing technology will be infused throughout the course.

Where do I go from here? Algebra 2

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Algebra 2 A & B

Algebra 2 is a year-long course that is intended to cover the MN Math Standards for grades 9-11.

Algebra 2 A: Students will explore and solve linear and quadratic functions through graphs, tables, factoring, and real world situations. Students will identify function properties and transformations. Students will also study systems of equations and inequalities, absolute value inequalities, and complex numbers. A TI 83/84 graphing calculator is required for this course. Students move to Algebra 2 B after completing this course.

Algebra 2 B: Students will study polynomials and their operations, exponential functions, rational and radical functions and sequences in series. Additionally, students will spend a unit on probability and statistics where students will learn various counting methods and make predicitions based off a normal distribution. A TI 83/84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

Where do I go from here? Algebra 3 A and/or AP Statistics

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Algebra 3 A & B

Algebra 3 is a college preparatory course that will take students through a year-long progression of mathematical studies.

Algebra 3 integrates general function topics including matrices using linear systems, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, radical, rational, inverse, and trigonometric functions. The functions will be analyzed using graphical representations, transformations, concluding with real-world models. In addition to analyzing functions, students will be expected to solve equations and inequalities. The trigonometric section will include right triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphical representations, trigonometric identities and concluding with solving trigonometric equations. An introduction of conics is also included in Algebra 3.

Where do I go from here? Precalculus and/or AP Statistics

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Precalculus A & B
 
Precalculus is a college preparatory course that will take students through a year-long progression of mathematical background needed for calculus.

Precalculus integrates graphing technology into the course without losing the underlying mathematics. Beginning concepts include review of basic terminology; sequences; methods of solving equations and inequalities; and transformations of parent functions, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Five full units are devoted to trigonometry concepts including right triangle trigonometry, trigonometric functions, circular trigonometry, identities, inverse trigonometric functions, graphing and transformations of trigonometric functions concluding with trigonometric applications. Final concepts include analytic geometry, systems of equations, conics, and vectors. 

Where do I go from here? AP Calculus AB and/or AP Statistics

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AP Calculus AB I & II
 
These are advanced theoretical math courses which when taken over the course of one year are equivalent to a one semester college calculus course. The curriculum follows the College Board guidelines. Students will study limits, derivatives, integrals and their applications. All students are expected to take the AP exam in May
 
Where do I go from AP Calculus? AP Calculus AB II. (Both classes are needed in order to take the AP exam).  
 
Where do I go from AP Calculus AB II? AP AP Calculus BC I & II, AP Statistics, or AP Computer Science.
 
 

AP Calculus BC I & II

AP Calculus AB I & II are covered in BC I along with several additional functions not covered in AB. These are advanced theoretical mathematics courses that when taken over the course of a year are equivalent to two college semesters of calculus. The curriculum follows the guidelines of the College Board. Students will study limits, derivatives, integrals, and their applications. In addition, they will study parametric, vector, and polar functions as well as series and sequences. Also covered are integration by parts and integration using partial fractions. All students are encouraged to take the AP exam in May. 

Where do I go from AP Calculus BC I?  AP Calculus BC II
Where do I go from AP Calculus BC II?  AP Statistics or AP Computer Science

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AP Statistics A & B

This course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: (1) Exploring Data: Observing patterns and departures from patterns. (2) Planning a study: Deciding what and how to measure. (3) Anticipating Patterns: Producing models using probability theory and simulation. (4) Statistical Inference: Using sample data to draw conclusions about a population. Students who successfully complete this course and AP exam may receive credit for a one-semester introductory college statistics course. An introductory statistics course is typically required for majors such as social sciences, health sciences, business and math. It is strongly recommended that students take the AP exam in May. 

Where do I go from here? AP Calculus AB or BC or Precalculus, if you have not taken it yet. 

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AP Computer Science A & B

AP Computer Science includes course content and strategies aligned with AP College Board standards. No prior knowledge of coding is needed. This course is intended for beginner students ranging to students with a potential for a Computer Science major. Topics include: simple, user defined and structured data types, algorithm development, decisions and loops, arrays, recursion, searches and sorts, data abstraction, and classes. Instruction includes preparation for the AP Computer Science Exam in May. Students may explore real-life examples of how computer science is more than just programming. All students are encouraged to take the AP exam. This course will count as math credit at Stillwater Area High School. This course may also be counted as a math credit at some post-secondary institutions--check with these institutions for confirmation.