Mathematics at Chaffey High School

Students should take at least three years of math, but four years are strongly recommended.

“The study of mathematics is like climbing up a steep and craggy mountain; when once you reach the top, it fully recompenses your trouble by opening a fine, clear, and extensive prospect.”

Tyron Edwards

Choosing your math course

Deciding which math course to take depends on your preparation, goals, and skills. For more information and guidance, talk to your current math teacher and your counselor.

Integrated Math

Integrated math courses are taken in order and are the pre-requisites for subsequent math courses.

Integrated Math 1 P

The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades.  The critical areas, organized into units, deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend.  Integrated Math I uses properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades.  The final unit in this course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studied.  The Mathematical Practice standards apply throughout, and together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

Integrated Math 2 P

Integrated Math II is a Common Core State Standards-based course developed around skills-based units.  Students will develop their Algebra skills in quadratic functions and equations. Students will develop their Geometry skills in coordinate Geometry, similarity, circles, and conics. Students will also develop their skills in Statistics. The course is designed to meet the college and career-ready expectations of grade 10 students enrolled in an integrated curriculum as outlined in both the CCSS and the Smarter-Balanced assessments.

Integrated Math 2 Honors

Integrated Math II (H) is a Common Core State Standards-based course developed around skills-based units. Students will develop their Algebra skills in quadratic functions and equations. Students will develop their Geometry skills in similarity, circles, conics, trigonometric ratios, and measurement and dimension. Students will also develop their skills in probability. The course is designed to meet the college and career-ready expectations of grade 9 students enrolled in an integrated curriculum as outlined in both the CCSS and the Smarter-Balanced assessments. As this is an honors course, students will be expected to analyze, synthesize and problem solve at a higher level. Advanced projects and problem-solving assignments will be used to encourage students to think more in-depth about the mathematical concepts.

Integrated Math 3 P

Integrated Math III is a Common Core State Standards-based course developed around skills-based units.  Students will develop their Algebra skills in rational and polynomial expressions and in functions, including exponential and trigonometric functions, and sequences and series. Students will develop their Geometry skills in measurement and dimension and in Trigonometric ratios. The course is designed to meet the college and career-ready expectations of grade 11 students enrolled in an integrated curriculum as outlined in both the CCSS and the Smarter-Balanced assessments.

Integrated Math 3 Honors

This is a Common Core State Standards-based course developed around skills-based units.  Students will develop their algebra skills in rational and polynomial expressions and in functions, including exponential and trigonometric functions, and sequences and series.  Students will develop their Geometry skills in measurement and dimension and in Trigonometric ratios.  The course is designed to meet the college and career-ready expectations of grade 10 students enrolled in an integrated curriculum as outlined in both the CCSS and the Smarter-Balanced assessments.  As this is an honors course, students will be expected to analyze, synthesize and problem solve at a high level.  Advanced projects and problem-solving assignments will be used to encourage students to think more in-depth about the mathematical concepts.

Statistics

Statistics P

This course will have students study descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency, probability of discrete and random variables, z-scores, t-test and chi square measures. Students will study various distributions, including normal, binomial and geometric. Significant time will be dedicated to experiment and study as well as an introduction to formal inference.

AP Statistics

Students will study descriptive and inferential statistics including descriptive statistics, experimental design, probability, hypothesis tests and confidence intervals. The course is designed to prepare students for the AP Statistics Exam offered near the end of the academic year in the month of May. Students passing this exam may earn college credit while still in high school. Lectures, demonstrations, reading and written assignments will be a regular part of the course work as well as homework assignments. The course content is identical to that taught in a first semester college statistics course.
AP Statistics overview on College Board

Calculus
Pre-Calculus P

Students who have completed Algebra II may continue their study of mathematics in this course. Further topics of study include trigonometric functions and properties, various topics in math analysis, and an introduction to Calculus.

Pre-Calculus Honors

This honors Introduction Analysis course is designed for honor students who have completed a rigorous Algebra II course. Course content includes a study of trigonometric functions and properties. The course covers math analysis and an introduction to Calculus. Since it is an honors course, subjects discussed shall be examined thoroughly and students shall complete assignments that reflect a deeper understanding of the mathematical principles involved

AP Calculus

This course covers functions and limits, differentiation and its applications, integration and its application. It is presented with the depth and rigor of an entry-level college course. AP Calculus develops both the applications and the theory of calculus.
AP Calculus overview on College Board

Other College Preparatory Math Courses

For additional course offerings, talk to your counselor.

Introduction to College Math

Students will study advanced algebra concepts such as linear systems (with matrices), linear programming and function theorems and procedures for polynomial, quadratic, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions (including mathematics of finance, exponential growth and decay).  Second semester focus will shift to test preparation for the ELM (Entrance Level Mathematics), analytical geometry, probability, along with an introduction to statistics and calculus. The course content is similar to an entry-level college algebra course and will prepare students for general education college mathematics courses.  Lectures, experiments, projects and homework will be a regular part of the course work.

Math Reasoning with Connections

This course is developed around reasoning-themed units.  Students will develop an advanced level of reasoning by making connections with numbers, functions, equivalences, and distance. The course builds upon an IM II and III curriculum and is designed to meet the college and career-ready expectations of grade 12 students. MRWC is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for advanced math courses and is intended to prepare students to meet the ICAS Statement of Competencies for incoming college freshmen.