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Mathematics Courses

The Bethel Park School District requires all students to complete four credits that meet the standards for Mathematics. The four credit requirement can be satisfied through the following options:  Complete four Mathematics credits or 3 Mathematics credits and a Business Mathematics credit for graduation.

In view of the rapidly changing world in which we live, mathematics should be oriented toward developing the abstract and creative thinking ability of each student.  If students are encouraged to think and develop logically ordered thought processes, they should be prepared to meet the demands of society now and in the future.

 

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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Algebra I

202

3

9

2

1

Algebra I: This course is required for students who plan to take Geometry. It is designed to broaden and strengthen the topics developed in arithmetic and to provide a transition to Algebraic symbolism and concepts. Application, through problem solving, is emphasized throughout the course. Students that do not pass the 8th grade State Assessment will be assigned an additional Algebra I lab. Prerequisite: Mathematics 8, Teacher Recommendation and successful completion of pre-algebra with a C or better.

  
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Geometry

212

3

9 10 11 12

2

1

Geometry: This course is strongly recommended for college-bound students and is an entrance requirement for many universities.  The content consists of written expressions of logical reasoning with definitions, theorems, and postulates which deal with the basic geometric figures such as lines, triangles, other polygons, and circles.  Prerequisite:  Algebra I (202) with a C or better

  
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Geometry (Honors)

213*

3

9 10

3

1

Geometry (Honors): This course was developed for ninth grade students that have either moved into the district or have come from a private school and did not have the opportunity to take it in eighth grade. This is a fast-paced class that consists of written expressions of logical reasoning with definitions, theorems, and postulates dealing with basic geometric figures. Prerequisite: Algebra 1 with either an A or a high B and teacher recommendation. *Denotes 4.5 QP course


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Algebra II

222

3

9 10 11

2

1

Algebra II: This course is required for students who plan to take Pre-Calculus. It is recommended for college-bound students and is required by some universities. It involves a more detailed exploration of Algebra I topics and advanced Algebraic concepts to provide the techniques needed in more complex problem solving. Prerequisite: Geometry (212) with a C or better

 

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Algebra II (Honors)

223*

3

9 10

3

1

Algebra II (Honors): This course is for students who plan to take Honors PreCalculus. It a fast paced course that involves all of the Algebraic concepts in the level 2 course with higher levels of difficulty, and additional topics such as graphs of higher level rational functions.  Prerequisite:  Geometry (Honors 213) with a B or higher and teacher recommendation. *Denotes 4.5 QP course

 
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Algebra III /Trigonometry

232

3

10 11 12

2

1 

Algebra III/ Trigonometry:  This course is for seniors who plan to attend college but are not ready to take Pre-Calculus. Emphasis will be placed on solidifying and expanding algebra skills, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Prerequisite: Algebra II (222) with a C or higher.

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LEVEL

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Pre-Calculus

242

3

10 11 12

2

1

Pre-Calculus:  This course is for college-bound students.  It consists of the study of polynomial functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, circular functions, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, applications to triangles, Cartesian coordinates, properties of conic sections, locus.  Prerequisite:  Algebra II (222) with teacher recommendation

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LEVEL

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Pre-calculus Honors

243

3

11 12

3

1

Pre-Calculus (Honors):  This course is for students who plan to pursue a mathematics or science related curriculum in college.  Class topics include elementary functions, advanced properties of functions (including special attention to polynomial and rational functions), polar coordinates, logarithms, exponents, trigonometry functions (including identities, theorems, equations, graphing), analytical geometry, complex numbers, and introductions to the derivative and integral.  Analytical thinking with practical problem situations is a unifying theme. Prerequisite: Algebra II (Honors 223) with a B or higher and teacher recommendation.

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Statistics

250

1 / 2

11 12

2

½

Statistics: This is a half-year course designed to introduce students to the methods of descriptive statistics. Topics include date collection and description as well as scatter plots, regression and sampling. Prerequisite: Algebra II (222) with a B or better.

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AP Statistics

251**

3

11 12

3

1

AP Statistics:This is a full year course that follows the same syllabus as the Advanced Placement Testing Service. Students have the option of registering with the University of Pittsburgh for four (4) college credits and will then be required to pay a fee. The course will teach methods of descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include data collection and description, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, and the analysis of variance and contingency tables. Students who elect Pitt credit will be required to pass four (4) tests from the university including a final exam. Prerequisite: (Algebra II (Honors) (223).**Designates University of Pittsburgh Credit and a 5.0 QP course

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Calculus (Honors)

261**

3

12

3

1

Calculus (Honors): This is a full-year course which follows the same syllabus as the one-semester course offered at the University of Pittsburgh. The course is geared to students who would be required to take a calculus course for business, economics, or social science. Students have the option of registering with the University of Pittsburgh for four (4) college credits. To earn the credit, students must pass a Mathematics Entrance Exam, pay registration fee, and must pass three (3) tests from the university including a final exam. Prerequisite: PreCalculus (242) or PreCalculus (Honors 243) and teacher recommendation. **Designates University of Pittsburgh Credit and a 4.5 QP course

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AP Calculus AB

262**

3

11 12

3

1

AP Calculus AB: This is a full year course designed to prepare students for advanced placement in college. Due to the advanced level of topics involved, only students who have successfully completed Pre-Calculus and Analytical Geometry or beyond should take this course. Students will be prepared to take the AB level Advanced Placement Calculus test in the spring. Course content, coverage, and emphasis will be based on an outline provided by the advanced placement testing service regardless of the text used for the course. **Denotes 5.0 QP course. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus (242) or Pre-Calculus (Honors) (243) with a B or higher and teacher recommendation.

 
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AP Calculus BC

263**

3

12

3

1

AP Calculus BC: This course includes differential and integral calculus with applications of previous math courses. The intent is preparation for colleges and/or one or more semesters of advanced placement calculus. Students will be prepared to take the BC level Advanced Placement Calculus test in the spring. Course content, coverage, and emphasis will be based on an outline provided by the advanced placement testing service regardless of the text used for the course.**Denotes 5.0 QP course. Prerequisite: AP Calculus AB (262)  with teacher recommendation

 

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Introduction to Computer Programming

270**

3

9 10 11 12

2

1

Introduction to Computer Programming: This course emphasizes programming structures and algorithms, and explores object-oriented programming using Java.  The syllabus will follow the course description for the University of Pittsburgh’s CS 0007.  Topics include algorithms, operators, decision structure, repetition structure, arrays, and class design.  This course is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement computer programming.  Prerequisite:  Concurrent with Algebra II (222/223) or Geometry (212/213).  **Designates University of Pittsburgh Credit

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AP Computer Programming in JAVA

272**

3

11 12

3

1

AP Computer Programming in JAVA: This course emphasizes fundamental areas of the programming language.  Topics include JAVA applications, applets, control structures, methods, arrays, object oriented programming concepts, object based programming, strings, and characters.  Programming assignments are used to develop student awareness of the need for algorithms and data structures.  A Case Study will be followed throughout the course to prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam in the spring.  Prerequisite:  Completed either Visual Basic or Intro to Programming, or Advanced Math with teacher approval.  **Designates University of Pittsburgh

 

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Game Coding (MINECRAFT)

273

1 / 2

10 11 12

1 - 3

½

Game Coding (MINECRAFT): This course emphasizes programming structures and  algorithms in video games. The current feature is MINECRAFT.  Students will use Java to manipulate MINECRAFT and make their own MODS. No prior programming experience is necessary. This is a semester elective course.

 

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Computer Science II (Honors)

275

3

10 11 12

2 / 3

1


Computer Science II (Honors): Computer science 2 is a course in data structures. This course will focus on content beyond the AP Computer Science curriculum. Arrays, Lists, Recursion, Stacks, Queues, Trees, Maps, Sets, and Graphs are the fundamental areas of concentration. Videos, programming assignments, and assessments will be given in each data structure. This course is project based. Prerequisite: AP Computer Science in Java


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Introduction to Programming in Python

276

3

10 11 12

1 / 2 / 3

1


Introduction to Programming in Python: This is a math elective that serves as an excellent introduction to computer programming. The PYTHON programming language is used and this course emphasizes programming methodology, algorithms and data structures. The PYTHON language will follow the course content and requirements for the University of Pittsburgh’s computer Science 008, so students can have the option of registering for 3 college credits through the College in High School program. Prerequisites: Designed for those students who have taken Algebra 1 (course #202) and Geometry (course #206) and have passed with a C or higher.

 
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Business Math

500

3

9 10 11 12

1 – 2

1

Business Math: Use computers to discover business and consumer math concepts such as gross and net pay, banking services, loans and credit. Personal applications of money management such as budgeting, electronic checking accounts, and investments will be stressed. Students will utilize available technology and acquire the tools necessary to solve mathematical problems, analyze and interpret data, evaluate and solve quantitative and precise calculations while applying sound decision-making skills.

Only 12th grade students, who need a fourth math credit and who would not be successful in a fourth math such as Algebra II or Algebra III/Trigonometry, could elect to take Business Math in place of a fourth math class.