## Class Descriptions

Outdoor Math (Middle School)Weather permitting we will be outside for this class studying the geometry of the playground, buildings, vehicles, the angle of the sun, and nature. We will look at real world problems involving circles, triangles, quadrilaterals, parallel lines, and three dimensional shapes. Our study will include looking at angles, area, and volume. Probability of GamesProbability of Games (Middle/High School)We will look at the probability behind popular board and card games. We will learn how to use math to count large number of objects and how to use probability to calculate the chance of an event to take place. The class will consist primarily of experiments in counting and probability. Statistics in the Media (Adv. Middle School/High School)We will look at look at statistical data used in advertising, news reporting, sports and business. We will learn different ways to analyze and graphically represent a set of numerical data and how data can be manipulated in order to skew the findings in favor of a particular message. Students who have completed at least one semester of Algebra 1 will also learn how to fit a function to the data and use the function for further analysis. High School Probability and StatisticsDuring our probability unit we will cover topics such as the counting principle, combinations, permutations, and simple and compound probability. During our statistics unit we will do analyses on mono-variable and bi-variable data sets including measures of central tendency, ranges, frequency tables, graphs, and regression functions. In every class we will look at application problems including application to games, media, business, science, and consumerism. |
Algebra 1 (Advanced Middle School/High School)We will primarily focus on learning how to simplify, graph, and solve problems involving linear and quadratic relationships. Additionally we will spend some time learning to simplify and solve basic problems involving exponential, radical, and rational relationships. Each class will include an exploratory or experimental aspect utilizing resources such as the graphing calculator, a science lab, or current events. Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra and Pre-Geometry Geometry (High School)We will study high school geometry concepts primarily by doing investigations using a dynamic geometry software (Geometer’s Sketchpad) and other hands on activities. Topics covered include transformations, congruent and similar triangles, and properties of parallel lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and circles. Prerequisites: Pre-Geometry and Algebra 1 CANCELED Algebra 2 (High School) We will learn how to simplify expressions and solve problems using matrices, imaginary numbers, vectors, polynomials, radicals, rationals, exponentials, and logarithmics. Prerequisites: Algebra I Math Facts and Mental Math (Elementary and Middle School)Session 1 (September 12 - October 24): We will be working fluency with addition facts through group activities and games. Students will learn mental math tricks to add numbers ending in 9, add even and odd numbers, counting up, add double digits in their head, and calculate change when handling money.Session 2 (January 9 – February 28): We will be working fluency with multiplication facts through group activities and games. Students will learn about patterns in multiplication and how to use mental math to multiply two-digit numbers.Session 3 (March 5 – April 23): We will be working fluency with subtraction and division through group activities and games. Students will learn how to reverse the skills they learned in Session 1 and 2 to do the inverse operations. |