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Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science

We strongly recommend that all students take four years of Mathematics in grades 9-12.  Many colleges and universities require three years and recommend four years of high school-level Mathematics, along with experience in applied math and computer applications or programming.  Vocational and technical schools also require a strong math background for many of their programs.  In order to prepare for post-secondary studies and the future job market, students can benefit from a well-chosen plan of mathematical coursework that is appropriate for them.  With this in mind, the Mathematics Department offers courses that are sequential and appropriate to meet each student's plan for the future.

To fulfill graduation requirements, all students are required to complete twelve quarter courses (three years).  Computer Science credits do not count toward the mathematics graduation requirement, but are recommended for students considering post secondary training.  Incoming ninth graders are enrolled in a math course based on input from the eighth grade math teacher, previous grades in mathematics, standardized test scores, and student/parent choice.

Calculators:
Intermediate Algebra and Geometry:
  • A scientific calculator is needed for courses in Intermediate Algebra and Geometry.  We recommend the TI-30X or TI-30XII (solar).  We do not recommend the TI-30Xa.  
Algebra 2, CAPS, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and AP Statistics:
  • A graphing calculator is necessary for Algebra 2, CAPS, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and AP Statistics.  Texas Instruments makes several user friendly calculators.  Because the TI-83 and TI-84 are used for classroom demonstrations and discussion, the Eastview Math Department strongly recommends these models to students.  Due to lack of ease in use or missing applications, we do NOT recommend the TI-85 or TI-86.  The TI-89, TI-92 and TI-Nspire CAS are not allowed on tests and college entrance exams and therefore are discouraged.  The TI-89 is not allowed on the ACT exam.  Cell phone/iPad calculators are not allowed on any assessments.  Questions may be referred to the Math Department Leader.

It is very important that you register for the Mathematics/Statistics class that best fits your background, skills, scholarly habits and future plans.  Changing to a different course partway through the school year can be a very difficult situation, and there is no guarantee that a chance can happen.  You are advised to register for the course that you are most likely to learn the most in and complete successfully, not just "try out".  If you are uncertain about correct registration and placement, please see your counselor or current Math teacher.  Near the end of the school year, re-check your registration and make any necessary changes at that time.

The below chart provides four suggested paths of study for the majority of students at EVHS.

LEVEL 1: This level is suggested for students who have not successfully completed a full year of Intermediate Algebra in 8th grade and/or have experienced great difficulty with math.  This path is designed to help fill in any gaps in understanding.  To be successful at this level, students will need a desire to improve on their weaknesses and work hard to fill in any gaps in understanding.  Students will be a full year behind their peers, but through the four years of math will be prepared for entrance into many non-math related post-secondary programs.  A scientific calculator is required for both Intermediate Algebra and Geometry.  A graphing calculator is needed for Algebra 2.
Intermediate Algebra Concepts Intermediate Algebra Geometry Algebra 2*

 

Level 2: This level is suggested for students who have not completed a full year of Intermediate Algebra prior to entering high school but desire a standard high school curriculum necessary for entrance to most programs at most colleges, universities and technical institutes.  To be successful at this level, a student must have a solid math background along with good classroom, study and homework skills.  Courses at or above Algebra 2 require a graphing calculator.  Due to the sequential nature of math courses, successful completion in each course is required before progressing to the next course.
Intermediate Algebra Geometry Algebra 2*

College Algebra/Probability & Statistics

Pre-Calculus

AP Computer Science A or Principles

AP Statistics*

 

Level 3: This level is for students who have been accelerated a full year in math.  These students have completed both Algebra 1 and Intermediate Algebra prior to entering high school and wish to engage in a more challenging mathematics curriculum.  Students in level three are likely considering a college major and career that require a rigorous mathematics preparation.  To be successful, level three students need a strong math background and excellent classroom, study, attendance and homework habits.  All courses except Geometry require a graphing calculator.  
Honors Geometry Honors Algebra 2

Honors Pre-Calculus

AP Calculus BC*
AP Statistics* AP Calculus AB*
AP Computer Science AP Statistics*
AP Computer Science A or Principles
NOTE: Students who are very successful in Level 3 may have an opportunity to move to Level 4. 
Request a recommendation from your current math instructor if you are interested in making that move.
 
Level 4: This level is for students who have been accelerated two full years in math.  It is a rigorous path of study recommended for those that have a very strong aptitude in mathematics and wish to pursue a very math intensive college major and career.  All courses require a graphing calculator.
Honors Algebra 2 Honors Pre-Calculus AP Calculus BC* Multivariable Calculus*
AP Calculus AB* Linear Algebra & Differential Equations+
AP Statistics * AP Statistics* AP Statistics*
AP Computer Science AP Computer Science AP Computer Science A or Principles

 

Note: They typical courses at each level are listed in bold.
* Summer work may be required for these courses.
+ Linear Algebra and Differential Equations are each semester courses and are designed to be taken together as a year-long program.
AP Statistics and AP Computer Science may be taken at any time after successful completion of Algebra 2.