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Mathematics Courses

Algebra I

This first year algebra course introduces students to the abstract nature of mathematics and stresses the importance of developing competence in basic algebra skills.


Geometry is a traditional class in Euclidian geometry. Postulates about points, lines, and planes will develop inductive reasoning skills. We cover all traditional geometry topics.

Algebra II (Regular and Honors)

This second year algebra course introduces exponential and logarithmic functions. An honors section of the class also introduces students to right triangle trigonometry, the laws of sines and cosines, radian measure of angles and the graphs of the sine and cosine functions.

Algebra III/Trigonometry

Algebra III prepares students for introductory college math classes. Topics covered include problem solving and reasoning, numeration systems and number theory, graphing functions, trigonometry, probability, statistics and personal financial management.

Pre-Calculus (Regular and Honors)

Pre-calculus prepares students to succeed in upper level mathematics courses, both at the secondary and collegiate levels. Throughout the course of the year, students will study linear, quadratic and polynomial functions, exponents and logarithms, analytic geometry, trigonometric functions, polar coordinates, complex numbers and statistics. An honors section of this course prepares students for the Advanced Placement sections of Calculus.


Calculus explores the concepts of derivative and integral calculus to give students a solid foundation upon which to build mathematical knowledge in future courses. Specifically, we will study functions and different representations of functions (graphically, numerically, etc.), limits, derivatives and differentiation, applications of derivatives, definite integrals, indefinite integrals, and applications of integrals, among other topics.

AP Calculus (AB and BC levels)

These courses prepare students for the AP Calculus exams. Students are recommended for the classes by the Chair of the department with consultation of previous instructors.


Statistics will explore statistical concepts to give students both the tools needed to analyze data in a variety of disciplines, and a solid foundation upon which to build mathematical knowledge in future courses. We will study how to collect, summarize, and draw inferences from data. 

AP Statistics

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data to describe patterns and departures from patterns, planning and conducting an experimental study, exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation to anticipate patterns, and estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses using statistical inference.

Academics at Northwood