Math Models and Intro to Calculus
This course is offered to those seniors who have completed Statistics, Trigonometry, and Functions and those students who have completed Pre-Calculus and are not going on to Calculus in high school. In rare cases, students who have only completed Algebra II may petition to enter the course.
The course is designed so that students apply the knowledge they learned in previous math courses in long-term projects. The spring trimester includes an introduction to Calculus, including limits and derivatives; consequently, most students are well prepared to take first-semester Calculus.
There are two major goals to the course. The first is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the mathematical concepts that they have learned in the past three years to a variety of “real world” situations, including an extensive study of financial literacy and investing. The second goal of the course is to provide the students with a strong enough mathematical background so that, at the end of this course, they are prepared for college calculus. There is an emphasis on problem-solving, group work, and the sharing of ideas.