Mathematics Courses


During the 2019-20 school year Elmwood Park High School will offer the following math courses. To learn more about the Mathematics Department, please click here.


ALGEBRA I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

The content of Algebra 1 is organized around families of functions, with special emphasis on linear, exponential and quadratic functions. Students will learn to represent functions through verbal descriptions, equations, tables and graphs. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


GEOMETRY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Algebra I or CPM I

The content of Geometry includes geometric forms, shapes, patterns and relationships. Algebraic methods are used as they apply to geometric situations. The use of logical reasoning is stressed, which helps the students in real-life situations. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


ALGEBRA II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Geometry or CPM II

The content of this course gives students a strong background in mathematical reasoning and problem solving that will be important in the future. The course emphasizes using functions, equations and graphs to model problem situations. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


PRE-CALCULUS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Algebra II or CPM III

This is a college preparatory course designed to complete the student’s study of high school algebra and move into topics covered in a trigonometry and an introductory calculus course. This class is intended for those students entering college or taking an Advanced Placement math course. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.


FINANCIAL MATH

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Algebra I, Geometry and teacher recommendation

This course reinforces general math topics (such as arithmetic using rational numbers, measurement, ratio and proportion, and basic statistics) and applies these skills to consumer problems and situations. Applications typically include budgeting, taxation, credit, banking services, insurance, buying and selling products and services, home and/or car ownership and rental, managing personal income and investment. This class is a junior/senior math course, which can be taken in lieu of Algebra II, in which students will utilize mathematics as a tool to model the world around them.


TRANSITIONAL MATH

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

12

Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II

This transitional course is for high school seniors who have passed Algebra II with a C or better and will prepare them for a general education college-level math course. The course will serve as a prerequisite for the following college-level courses: General Education Statistics, General Education Mathematics, Quantitative Literacy, Elementary Mathematical Modeling or a technical/occupational mathematics pathway.

Topics will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Numeracy — Operation sense, estimation, measurement, quantitative reasoning
  • Algebra — Operations on expressions and functions (must include at least one factoring technique in context), construction and solving of equations
  • Functions and modeling — Characteristics of functions including graphical analysis, modeling with geometry, modeling with linear and nonlinear functions (must include at least three types of nonlinear functions from the following list: polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic)

Taking and passing this course means that you will not have to take the college-level entrance exam. You will be placed into a credit-bearing course.


CORE-PLUS MATHEMATICS I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9

Teacher recommendation

The first course in the Core-Plus series covers topics regarding patterns in data, patterns of change, linear models, graph models, patterns in space and visualization, exponential models and simulation models.


CORE-PLUS MATHEMATICS II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10

Teacher recommendation

The second course in the Core-Plus series covers topics regarding matrix models, patterns of location, shape and size, patterns of association, power models, network optimization, geometric form and its function, and patterns in chance.


CORE-PLUS MATHEMATICS III

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11

Teacher recommendation

The third course in the Core-Plus series covers topics regarding multiple-variable models, modeling public opinion, symbol sense and algebraic reasoning, shapes and geometric reasoning (including proof), patterns in variation, families of functions and discrete models of change.


CORE-PLUS MATHEMATICS IV

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Teacher recommendation

The fourth course in the Core-Plus series contains mathematical content that allows considerable flexibility in tailoring a course to best prepare students for various undergraduate programs. CPM IV is designed for students intending to pursue programs in the mathematical and physical sciences or engineering. The topics include rates of change, modeling motion, logarithmic functions and data models, polynomial and rational functions, functions and symbolic reasoning, and space geometry. Depending on time available, additional topics of study will be selected based on student performance and interests.


AP CALCULUS AB

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

CPM IV or Pre-Calculus

This course will meet all the College Board topic requirements for an AB Advanced Placement Calculus class. The equivalent of one semester of college calculus, the course begins with functions and graphs and proceeds through limits, continuity, derivatives and their applications, integrals and their applications, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The use of the graphing calculator and computers as tools to assist in sound problem-solving techniques will be emphasized. The course will create the ideal environment for the integration of mathematics, science and technology. As a result of successfully completing the course, together with their performance on the AP exam, students may receive college credit and/or advanced placement in calculus at several colleges and universities. All students enrolled in AP Calculus AB are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


AP CALCULUS BC

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

CPM IV or Pre-Calculus

Following the College Board's suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level calculus courses, AP Calculus BC courses provide students with an intuitive understanding of the concepts of calculus and experience with its methods and applications, and also require additional knowledge of the theoretical tools of calculus. These courses assume a thorough knowledge of elementary functions, and they cover all of the calculus topics in AP Calculus AB as well as the following topics: vector functions, parametric equations and polar coordinates; rigorous definitions of finite and nonexistent limits; derivatives of vector functions and parametrically defined functions; advanced techniques of integration and advanced applications of the definite integral; and sequences and series.


AP STATISTICS I/II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

CPM IV or Pre-Calculus

This course will meet all the College Board topic requirements for an Advanced Placement Statistics class. It is the equivalent of one semester of college statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Four broad conceptual themes are covered: (1) exploring data, (2) planning a study, (3) probability models and (4) statistical inference. As a result of successful completion of this course and performance on the AP exam, students may be able to receive college credit and/or advanced placement in statistics at numerous colleges and universities. All students enrolled in AP Statistics are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.