# Grade Twelve Schedule of Courses

This is our standard menu of courses for Grade Twelve. Every student is different, and so is their path. We tailor as needed.

## core Courses

### English

### Math

Basic statistical concepts, summarizing data, probability concepts, distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing.

Topics covered include limits, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and the definite integral. Note: No co-credit with MATH 1080. Note: : To be able to register for this course, students must first be entered into the MATH 1401 Student Group. To be eligible, students must demonstrate that they have mathematical knowledge equivalent to MATH 1120 or MATH 1130. Students can demonstrate this proficiency 1) by having an SAT score of 620 or an ACT score of 27, taken within the last three years, or 2) by having completed and transferred in a course that is the exact equivalent of MATH 1401 at a different institution, or 3) by earning a score of 70% or higher on the prerequisite exam administered through the MERC lab.

Topics in trigonometry, analytic geometry, and elementary functions designed for students who intend to take the calculus sequence. Angles and trigonometry functions of acute angles, analytic trigonometry, fundamental trigonometric functions and identities including hyperbolic trigonometry, parametric equations, and polar coordinate system. Graphic calculators and/or computer algebra systems are used extensively. Applications are emphasized.

Topics in algebra designed for students who intend to take the calculus sequence. Functions, domains, ranges, graphs, data scatter plots and curve fitting, solving equations and systems of equations, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions and other topics. Applications are emphasized. Note: Students may not receive credit for this course if they have already received credit for MATH 1070 or MATH 1130. Note: 24 on ACT-Math, 560 on SAT-Math or above average performance in intermediate algebra, algebraic literacy or integrated math are strongly recommended as preparation for this course.

### Science

This laboratory or survey course develops a basic understanding of ecological relationships and environmental systems. Issues such as the effects of human activities on earth’s environment, extinction or diversity, greenhouse effect, hazardous or toxic wastes and human population growth are discussed.

### Social Studies

## enrichment courses

Introduction to Journalism provides students a broad overview of the histories of, debates within, and best practices for journalism in print, digital, and other media. This is a writing intensive course.

Introductory course in philosophy that focuses on some of the central questions of philosophy, including theories of reality and the nature of knowledge and its limits. The knowledge of these areas is essential to the student for informed participation in the resolution of contemporary problems in today’s society.

Introduces students to the Spanish-speaking cultures of Spain, Latin America, and the United States through a historical overview and a focus on contemporary politics and culture.

Introductory survey course for nonscientists that emphasizes the main concepts of physics. Although this course is mainly descriptive, some high school algebra will be used. The accompanying lab work is designed to illustrate the material discussed in the lectures.

Asks students to explore how stories determine who we are. Everything people do fits into a narrative pattern, evident everywhere from TV news to memory to daily schedules. We tell ourselves stories about ourselves and others–how do these stories shape who we are as cultural beings?

Studies communication theory and application. Topics include communication models, interpersonal communication and the concept of self, nonverbal communication, message preparation and analysis, and decision making.

Introduces class members to the works of famous authors as well as to major themes, elements, and techniques of fiction in both short stories and novels.

Theory and practice of presentational speaking in a variety of contexts to accomplish goals of asserting individuality, building community, securing adherence, discovering knowledge and belief, and offering perspectives.