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Mathematics Course Descriptions
GSE Algebra I(Prerequisite: Successful completion of 8th grade math)Algebra I is the first course in a sequence of three required high school courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. The course represents a discrete study of algebra with correlated statistics applications. The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.GSE Geometry/GSE Honors Geometry
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of GSE Algebra I)Geometry is the second course in a sequence of three required high school courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. The course represents a discrete study of geometry with correlated statistics applications. The Honors Geometry course is available to students who achieve a firstsemester Algebra I grade of 85 or higher, and includes extensions of the standards that serve as foundational studies for Calculus. The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.GSE Algebra II/GSE Honors Algebra II
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of GSE Geometry/Honors Geometry)This is the culminating course in a sequence of three high school courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. It is designed to prepare students for fourth course options relevant to their career pursuits. The Honors Algebra II course is available to students who achieve a firstsemester Honors Geometry grade of 85 or higher, and includes extensions of the standards that serve as foundational studies for Calculus.
GSE PreCalculus
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of GSE Algebra II)This is a fourth mathematics course designed to prepare students for calculus and other college level mathematics courses.
Accelerated GSE Algebra I/Geometry A
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accelerated 7th grade math)This course is available to accelerated eighthgrade students. It is the first in a sequence of mathematics courses designed to ensure that students are prepared to take higher‐level mathematics courses during their high school career, including Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Advanced Placement Calculus BC, and Advanced Placement Statistics. The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment in Algebra I is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.
Accelerated GSE Geometry B/Algebra II
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accelerated GSE Algebra I/Geometry A)This is the second in a sequence of mathematics courses designed to ensure that students are prepared to take higher‐level mathematics courses during their high school career, including Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Advanced Placement Calculus BC, and Advanced Placement Statistics. The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment in Geometry is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.
Accelerated GSE PreCalculus
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accelerated GSE Geometry B/Algebra II)This is the third in a sequence of mathematics courses designed to ensure that students are prepared to take higher‐level mathematics courses during their high school career, including Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Advanced Placement Calculus BC, and Advanced Placement Statistics.
AP Statistics(Prerequisite: Successful completion of GSE Algebra II)AP Statistics is a course in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program developed by the College Board. AP Statistics is designed to be the secondary school equivalent, upon taking the Advanced Placement Examination, to a onesemester, introductory, noncalculus based, college course in statistics. Its purpose is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. AP Statistics has four themes: exploring data, planning a study, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination in AP Statistics in May.
AP Calculus AB (requires math department approval)AP Calculus AB is a course in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program developed by the College Board. The course content follows the curriculum necessary for successful performance on the Advanced Placement Examination given by College Board. Topics included in this course include elementary functions, limits and continuity, and differential and integral calculus. As different colleges have different criteria for placement and for calculus credit, we suggest that the student make inquiries at their colleges of interest, to determine the score necessary for credit and for placement. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination in AP Calculus AB in May.
AP Calculus BC (requires math department approval)AP Calculus BC is a course in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program developed by the College Board. The prerequisite for this class is AP Calculus AB. AP Calculus BC is a continuation of the AP Calculus AB curriculum and is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement exam in Calculus BC. In addition to the topics covered in AP Calculus AB (see above), AP Calculus BC includes advanced techniques and applications of differential and integral calculus, differential equations, and calculus as it relates to sequences and series, parametric, and polar equations. As different colleges have different criteria for placement and for calculus credit, we suggest that the student make inquiries at their colleges of interest, to determine the score necessary for credit and for placement. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination in AP Calculus BC in May.
AP Calculus AB/ AP Calculus BC (requires math department approval)AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC are courses in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program developed by the College Board. his selection of classes is taught as two linked classes with first semester as AP Calculus AB and second semester AP Calculus BC. (See above for the topics taught in both AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC.) As different colleges have different criteria for placement and for calculus credit, we suggest that the student make inquiries at their colleges of interest, to determine the score necessary for credit and for placement. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination in AP Calculus BC in May.Calculus (requires math department approval)Calculus is a fourth twosemester mathematics course option for students who have completed PreCalculus or its equivalent. It includes problem solving, reasoning and estimation, functions, derivatives, applications of the derivative, integrals, and application of the integral.Multivariable Calculus (requires math department approval)Multivariable Calculus is a fourthyear mathematics course option for students who have completed AP Calculus BC. It includes threedimensional coordinate geometry; matrices and determinants; eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices; limits and continuity of functions with two independent variables; partial differentiation; multiple integration; the gradient; the divergence; the curl; Theorems of Green, Stokes, and Gauss; line integrals; integrals independent of path; and linear firstorder differential equations.Foundations of AlgebraFoundations of Algebra is a first year high school mathematics course option for students who have completed mathematics in grades 6 – 8 yet will need substantial support to bolster success in high school mathematics. The course is aimed at students who have reported low standardized test performance in prior grades and/or have demonstrated significant difficulties in previous mathematics classes.Mathematics of Finance
Mathematics of Finance is a course concentrating on the mathematics necessary to understand and make informed decisions related to personal finance. The mathematics in this course will include the applications of ratios, proportions, and percents in financial situations; applications of functions, their characteristics, their use in modeling and matrices for solving problems in financial situations; realworld applications including, but not limited to, floor plans, square footage, models of furniture arrangements, trip planning, and accident investigations; representations and models of data as tools in the decision making process of finance.
Advanced Mathematical Decision Making(Prerequisite: Successful completion of GSE Algebra II)
AMDM is designed to follow the completion of Algebra II. The course will give students further experiences with statistical information and summaries, methods of designing and conducting statistical studies, an opportunity to analyze various voting processes, modeling of data, basic financial decisions, and use network models for making informed decisions.Statistical Reasoning(Prerequisite: Successful completion of GSE Algebra II)Statistical Reasoning is a fourth mathematics course option for students who have completed Algebra II, Accelerated Geometry B/Algebra II, or Accelerated Analytic Geometry B/Advanced Algebra. The course provides experiences in statistics beyond the GSE sequence of courses, offering students opportunities to strengthen their understanding of the statistical method of inquiry and statistical simulations. Students will formulate statistical questions to be answered using data, will design and implement a plan to collect the appropriate data, will select appropriate graphical and numerical methods for data analysis, and will interpret their results to make connections with the initial question.