TEXTS (published by Prentice Hall):
Science Explorer Electricity and Magnestism Science Explorer Cells and HeredityScience Explorer Chemical Building BlocksTHEME: Elements of Engineering
UNITS:
Electricity
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Physics
LEARNING GOALS FOR SCIENCE:- Formulate research questions
- Write scientifically
- Use scientific vocabulary
- Gather, read, interpret, and analyze data
- Recall and apply content specific information
- Practice applying learned information to novel situations
- Use Scientific Method fluidly
- Practice Engineering Design Process
- Identify problem, brainstorm, design, build, test, evaluate, redesign, share solution
- Cite sources
- Practice online research skills
- Use and apply technology skills
- Learn and practice lab equipment skills
TECHNOLOGYEQUIPMENT TYPICALLY USED:
Cameras; document cameras; iPods®; laptops; microphones; projectors; video cameras
APPLICATIONS TYPICALLY USED:
E-mail applications; Google™ Apps; iLife® Suite; image editing software; Internet browsers; Microsoft® Office Suite; page layout software; photo editing software; video editing software
PROGRAMMING
CORE RESOURCES: Python (Club), Python Software Foundation
LEARNING GOALS
- Object-oriented programming:
- The if, for, while, try, class, def, pass, assert, yield, & import statements
- Execute code
- Create functions
- Create variables and values
MATHEMATICS
COURSES OFFERED: Algebra I, Algebra I Accelerated, Algebra I Honors, Geometry Honors
TEXT:
Algebra: Structure and Method Book 1, Brown, Dolciani, Sogenfrey, Cole: McDougal Littell Publishing Company, Evanston, Illinois; 2000
Charles, Randall, et al.
Geometry (Common Core). Boston: Pearson, 2012. iBook file.
KEY SUPPLEMENTAL TOOLS: IXL.COM, desmos.com (also available as an iPad app), Geogebra
TOPICS:
Equations
Polynomials
Quadratics
Graphing/Functions
Inequalities
Algebraic rational expressions
LEARNING GOALS FOR ALGEBRA I:
LINEAR AND QUADRATIC EQUATIONS
- Review and extend simplifying and evaluating algebraic expressions using order of operations and rules of exponents
- Review rate, ratio, proportion, and percent
- Solve complex linear equations
- Solve systems of linear equations and inequalities
- Learn factoring of 2nd (and possibly simple 3rd) degree polynomials
- Solve quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, and using the quadratic formula
- Apply skills and concepts learned in each unit to write equations for, and solve, a wide variety of word problems.
FUNCTIONS AND POLYNOMIALS
- Study basic function notation, concepts, and related terminology
- Perform all four operations with polynomials
GRAPHING
- Graph and explore properties of linear equations using patterns, coordinate plotting, slope, and x- and y-intercepts
- Graph and explore properties of quadratic equations using patterns, coordinate plotting, finding critical points, and using parent graphs
- Explore graph transformations of various functions and higher-order polynomials through the use of parent graphs
RADICAL EXPRESSIONS AND EQUATIONS
- Work with radical algebraic expressions and solve radical algebraic equations
ADDITIONAL LEARNING GOALS FOR HONORS ALGEBRA I:
- Derive quadratic formula through completing the square
- Explore the discriminant and its relationship to quadratic functions
- Explore the graphs of additional functions such as basic trigonometric functions
- Strategize alternative and efficient problem-solving strategies for linear and quadratic equations
- Begin to understand the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
- Begin to understand binomial expansion
GEOMETRY HONORS COURSE
TEXT: Charles, Randall, et al.
Geometry (Common Core). Boston: Pearson, 2012. iBook file.
KEY SUPPLEMENTAL TOOLS: IXL.com, Geogebra
LEARNING GOALS FOR GEOMETRY:
REASONING AND PROOF
- Examine rules of inductive and deductive logic
- Construct proofs of geometric theorems and corollaries
- Apply various methods of proof including both direct and indirect as well as utilizing algebraic and geometric knowledge (i.e., coordinate proofs)
LINES AND ANGLES
- Identify relationships among parallel and perpendicular lines, especially regarding transversals and angles
CONGRUENCE AND SIMILARITY
- Use geometric postulates and theorems to prove congruence between triangles and understand the relationships between corresponding parts
- Use ratios and proportions to determine similarity between figures
- Find and classify compositions of isometries
- Identify types of transformations and determine congruence and similarity transformations
- Use properties of congruent and similar solids to compare surface area and volume of 3-dimensional objects
TRIANGLES, POLYGONS, AND CIRCLES
- Examine properties of triangles including inequality theorems
- Apply basic trigonometric ratios to right triangles and include use of the Pythagorean Theorem, special right triangles, the Law of Sines, and the Law of Cosines
- Examine properties of quadrilaterals
- Compute interior and exterior angle sums of various polygons
- Identify components of circles as well as examine properties of and theorems about circles
GEOMETRIC MEASUREMENT
- Find perimeter/circumference and area of polygons and circles and compute geometric probability
- Calculate arc lengths and sector areas of circles
- Derive formulas for surface area of prisms, cylinders, pyramids, cones, and spheres
- Derive formulas for volume of prisms, cylinders, pyramids, cones, and spheres