KAOL Math

Bill McCord

bmccord@kaolaz.org


Belinda Hancock

bhancock@kaolaz.org


William McDavid

wmcdavid@kaolaz.org





Courses Offered:


Math Skills Review  (by placement only - for all incoming students who do not qualify for Algebra Foundations)

This course is designed to review the math skills needed to be successful in a high school math course.  The course content will solidify a student’s knowledge of number theory (including fractions, prime factorization, exponents, and percent), proportional reasoning, beginning algebraic concepts (including solving one- and two-step equations containing rational numbers), two- and three-dimensional figures, geometry topics, and an introduction to graphing on a coordinate plane.  Opportunities for the development of problem-solving skills are also included.  Learning strategies include writing equations, “try, check, and revise,” and drawing diagrams.  The course will be presented in a differentiated setting whose instructional delivery will include the use of computer-based software, small group discussions, and individual student instruction. (1 elective credit) 


Algebra Foundations

This course is designed to prepare students for Algebra I and offers rational number theory (including comparing and ordering on a number line), drawing conclusions from statistical data, ratios, proportions and percents, spatial thinking (including congruency, translations, and symmetry), sequences and patterns, and polynomials and functions.  Opportunities for development of vital problem-solving skills are also included.  Learning strategies include writing algebraic expressions, generating patterns and problem simulations. The course will be presented in a differentiated setting whose instructional delivery will include the use of computer-based software, small group discussions, and individual student instruction.  


Algebra 1  

This course provides in-depth coverage of writing, solving and graphing a variety of equations and inequalities, as well as linear systems.  Functions are a central theme of the course which includes function notation, domain and range, rate of change and transformations.  Students use the properties of real numbers to explore, justify and simplify numeric and algebraic expressions, including laws of exponents, radicals and rational expressions.  Lab activities provide students with opportunities to explore and discover algebraic principles on their own, often prior to the lecture.  Students model and solve real world problems using algebra, functions, probability and data analysis.  In the Making Connections sections, relevant, project-based learning activities provide students with a deeper understanding of the subject matter. The course will be presented in a differentiated setting whose instructional delivery will include the use of computer-based software, small group discussions, and individual student instruction.  


Geometry

This is a hands-on and lecture-based course which features an introduction to geometry, including reasoning and proof, and basic constructions.  Triangle relationships (similarity and congruency) and quadrilaterals enable a student to further hone such concepts as surface area, volume, circles, and transformations.  Trigonometry topics include tangent ratios and the Laws of Sine and Cosine.  Learning strategies include writing, analyzing, and using proofs.  The course will be presented in a differentiated setting whose instructional delivery will include the use of computer based software, small group discussions, and individual student instruction.  


Algebra 2

This course serves as an extension of Algebra I.  This course covers advanced algebraic concepts, including trigonometry, statistical analysis, permutations, and sequences and series.  Students learn to manipulate and use matrices in various formats to determine data relationships and also delve into function types such as polynomial, logarithmic, quadratic, exponential, and rational periodic. The course will be presented in a differentiated setting whose instructional delivery will include the use of computer-based software, small group discussions, and individual student instruction.  


Financial Algebra/Money Management

This course is designed as an alternative to Algebra 2 and will meet the fourth math credit requirement.  This course focuses on the applications of mathematics in personal and business settings.  Topics include personal financial planning, income, budgeting and wise spending, banking, paying taxes, the importance of insurance, long-term investing, buying a house, consumer loans, consumer credit, consumer debt, economic principles, traveling abroad, starting a business, and analyzing business data.  Students apply math skills such as percent, proportions, probability, data analysis, linear systems, exponential functions and formulas to real life situations.  In the Making Connections sections, relevant, project-based learning activities provide students with a deeper understanding of the subject matter.  It is an ideal class for a junior or senior looking towards their future.  The course will be presented in a differentiated setting whose instructional delivery will include the use of computer-based software, small group discussions, and individual student instruction.  

(Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Geometry or higher.)


Trigonometry

This college prep course will be taken after Algebra 2.  Topics covered in this course will include:  an introduction to trigonometry, trigonometric graphs and models, trigonometric identities, purpose and place of trigonometric identities, application of trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, applications of trigonometry, and applications of conic sections and polar coordinates. (Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra 2.)


Resource Math 

This class is designed for those students identified as special needs in the area of math. Curriculum will focus on improving knowledge of basic math facts while increasing the ability to apply math skills to daily life.  


MCC College Level Math 

Once a student has completed Trigonometry they will be encouraged to enroll in one MCC math course based on their COMPASS placement.  This course can be taken during the junior or senior year and the District will pay the cost of tuition and books. (3 credit college course = ½ credit HS Math)