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High School Mathematics

The Algebra course is designed to equip students with problem solving skills and to develop logical reasoning. The topics covered in this course include: operations using real numbers, solving linear, quadratic, rational, and radical equations, graphing linear, and quadratic equations and inequalities, factoring trinomials and polynomials, using the quadratic formula to find the roots of a quadratic equation, and other essential topics to be successful in Algebra-2, Geometry and Pre Calculus.

This comprehensive course featuring coverage of geometric terms and processes, logic and problem solving. This includes topics such as parallel lines, planes, congruent triangles, inequalities in triangles and quadrilaterals. Various forms of proof such as two-column proof, paragraph proof, and indirect proof are studied. Emphasis is placed upon reasoning, and problem solving skills gained through study of similarity, areas, volumes, circles, and coordinate geometry. The later part of the course deals with topics such as trigonometry, and transformations preparing the students for higher level mathematics.

The integrated maths course is designed to equip students with knowledge of the fundamentals in math, gain competency in problem solving skills and develop logical reasoning. In the first year of the course, emphasis will be placed on building a strong foundation for both Algebra and Geometry. Use of algebraic methods for problem solving and spatial/logical reasoning in geometry will be highlighted. Topics such as linear equations, functions, inequalities, two-dimensional geometry, triangle congruence, similarity and skills to write geometric proofs will be taught.

The main objective of mathematics instruction in the secondary levels is for the students to develop a thorough understanding of the concepts, and make meaningful connections to the real world. This is achieved in the course with the study of relations and functions, matrix algebra, special functions such as exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry of right, acute and obtuse triangles, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations. Later part of the course deals with diverse topics such as conics, vectors, polar coordinates, sequences and series, and data analysis. The course is designed to prepare students for Calculus, by providing a thorough study of the graphs of the different functions and their behavior. Experience with graphing calculators is incorporated.

This course is also intended to introduce students to basic statistical concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. It covers descriptive and inferential statistical methods. This course demonstrates how statistical techniques can be applied to a wide variety of problems, and situations that arise in everyday life. Topics include graphical description of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, binomial and normal distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing, and an introduction to correlation and regression analysis.

Applied Business mathematics course is an introduction to and application of mathematical theory for the business environment. The focus is on topics in General mathematics, Linear, Matrix and Quadratic algebra, Mathematics of Finance, Descriptive Statistics are also taught. Evaluation is based on homework, class participation, investigative project work, chapter tests, and quizzes which form the formative assessment, while the exams given at the end of each semester form the summative assessments.

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