This course is designed for students with a high interest and motivation in science and mathematics. The students are expected to come to class prepared to actively engage and solve problems. Each day will involve active participation and demonstration of the current math concept. Students will analyze and interpret the behavior and nature of functions and their graphs including polynomial, rational, conics, exponential, logarithmic, power, absolute value, and piecewise-defined functions. Topics will also include systems of equations and inequalities using matrices, sequences, series, probability, limits, and numerical reasoning proofs. Students will apply the mathematics that they are learning to solve real-life problems.
This class is offered for dual enrollment credit through the Maricopa Community Colleges. This course aligns with the National Collegiate Honors Council’s expectations for university honors course pedagogy. The course format will follow these objectives in the delivery of the content:
- Discussion and writing are the hallmarks of Honors classes. Students will consistently use writing, both in class and out, as a means to express ideas and prepare for discussions.
- The course is discussion-oriented rather than lecture. The instructor provides background to inform the discussion and guide the research, as students are given time in advance to read, research and prepare their responses in writing.
- Students work to develop the ability to think about a broad range of ideas and come to understand how scholars and artists work by reading and responding to primary source material, by exploring issues and problems in depth rather than quickly and superficially, and by being carefully exposed to and guided through the methods of many disciplines. Students learn to see the broad implications of each issue, as well as learn to analyze and synthesize the material.
- Students work to become more independent as critical thinkers, demonstrating the ability to use knowledge and logic when discussing an issue or an idea, while considering the consequences of their ideas, for themselves, for others, and for society. The classroom environment is open to many perspectives and points of view, where students are encouraged to take intellectual risks and feel safe doing so.
Grade Level: 9-12
Offered for AP Credit and Dual Enrollment thgout SMCC
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- 4 years of Math