High School Mathematics Courses

The mathematics program at Saint Thomas Academy is designed to challenge students with an enriched curriculum and to make appropriate courses available to all students. 

ALGEBRA I QUADRATIC - Grade Level: 9    Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite:  Instructor approval.
Algebra I – Quadratic reviews structure of the real number system, algebraic symbols, and first-degree equations; it then moves quickly into the study of all aspects surrounding second degree equations and graphs; expanded systems of first-degree equations; factoring second- degree functions and the quadratic formula; exponents and square roots; rational functions.

ALGEBRA I/GEOMETRY HONORS - Grade Level: 9    Weight: 1.1
Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
This rigorous course includes all topics covered in the Algebra 1 - Quadratics course combined with the all the topics of Honors Geometry.

GEOMETRY - Grade Level: 9-10    Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
This course first establishes the tools of geometry – methods of reasoning, the coordinate plane, and types of measurement. Subsequently, it focuses on properties and applications of lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, circles, and transformations.

GEOMETRY HONORS - Grade Level: 9-10    Weight: 1.1
Prerequisite: 9th Grade: Selection based on Instructor approval and entrance exam composite score. 10th Grade: Selection based on Instructor approval & grade of A in Honors Algebra I.
This course covers all of the topics in the regular geometry course. This program will move at a quicker pace and will incorporate enrichment activities to study the topic more in depth.

ALGEBRA II/TRIGONOMETRY - Grade Level: 9-11    Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite: Instructor approval; C- or better in Geometry.
Algebra II/Trigonometry includes an in-depth study of the topics taught in Algebra I and Geometry. Additional topics include quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions. The unit circle is the basis for the trigonometric functions.

ALGEBRA II/TRIGONOMETRY HONORS - Grade Level: 9-11    Weight: 1.1
Prerequisite: Instructor approval; A- or better in Honors Geometry.
Algebra II/Trigonometry is a rigorous in-depth study of functions. A solid foundation in Advanced Algebra is essential. Some areas of study include polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Rational expressions, data analysis, and trigonometry are also explored.

PRECALCULUS - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
The purpose of a precalculus course is to prepare students for a successful experience in Calculus. Topics include number systems, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions, sequences, series, and limits. Trigonometry is developed on the basis of the unit circle and circular functions.  This is, in turn, applied to trigonometric identities and proofs.

PRECALCULUS HONORS - Grade Level: 10-12    Weight: 1.1
Prerequisite: Instructor approval; B+ or better in Honors Algebra II/ Trigonometry or an A in Algebra II/ Trigonometry.
Honors Precalculus is a course designed for students who plan to take Calculus AB or BC. Students will complete an in-depth analysis of topics, which include functions and their graphs, analytic trigonometry, linear systems and matrices, sequences and series, limits, and the introduction of Calculus.

CALCULUS I - Grade Level: 11-12    Weight 1.0
Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Calculus I deals with the major topics of differential and integral calculus. Applications include related rates, areas, volumes, rectilinear motion, and graphing with the use of the first and second derivatives.

CALCULUS (AB) AP/CIS - Grade Level: 11-12    Weight: 1.2
MATH 1371 CSE Calculus I (4 cr., University of Minnesota)
Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Calculus (AB) deals with the major topics of differential and integral calculus. Applications include related rates, areas, volumes, rectilinear motion, and graphing with the use of the first and second derivatives. All topics that are part of the AB curriculum of the Advanced Placement Program are included. This course is under the supervision of the mathematics department of the University of Minnesota from which four college credits may be earned. Students should expect to spend 2-4 hours a week reading, completing assignments, and free response questions. All AP students are expected to take the AP exam. Weight changes to 1.1 if student does not take the AP exam.

CALCULUS (BC) AP - Grade Level: 12    Weight: 1.2
Prerequisite: Instructor approval, Calculus I or AP Calculus (AB).
AP Calculus (BC) deals with the more advanced topics of differential and integral calculus. Applications include related rates, differential approximation, areas, volumes, arc length, and polar coordinates. The course concludes with units on infinite series, including Taylor series and differential equations. All topics that are part of the BC curriculum of the Advanced Placement Program are included. Students should expect to spend 2-4 hours a week reading, completing assignments, and free response questions. All AP students are expected to take the AP exam.  Weight changes to 1.1 if student does not take the AP exam.

COMPUTER SCIENCE AP - Grade Level: 11-12    Weight: 1.2
Prerequisite:  Instructor approval; Algebra 2/Trigonometry and A- or better in current math course.
Advanced Placement Computer Science (A) is a study of the Java programming language, emphasizing the object-oriented approach. Students will study computer systems, objects and primitive data, programming statements, flow of control, writing and enhancing classes, arrays, inheritance, and recursion. Students should expect to spend 2-5 hours a week reading, completing assignments, and programming projects.  All AP students are expected to take the AP exam.  Weight changes to 1.1 if student does not take the AP exam.

STATISTICS AP - Grade Level: 11-12    Weight 1.2
Prerequisite: Instructor approval; Algebra 2/Trigonometry and A- or better in current math course.
The statistics course encompasses four major units: exploring and analyzing data, producing data through samples and experiments, understanding probability and simulation models, and drawing conclusions about population through inference. This is not the typical math class. Each topic is directly connected to the real-world through collecting data, experiments, investigations, and simulations. This course focuses on communication and interpretation of the mathematics, and writing is critical. Students should expect to spend 2-4 hours a week reading, completing assignments, and free response questions.  All AP students are expected to take the AP exam.  Weight changes to if student does not take the AP exam.

FUNCTIONS, STATS AND TRIGONOMETRY - Grade Level: 11-12    Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra 2 and Instructor approval.
This course is a review of linear, quadratic, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions. Probability and statistical topics are introduced along with game theory. Graphing technology will be employed to enable students to investigate functions and data.

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