Math Staff Directory
|Bowen, David||Math Teacher|
|Conrad, Jean-Marie||Math Teacher|
|Englehardt, Mrs.||Math Teacher|
|Gardner, Desti||Math Teacher|
|Hensley, Brenda||Math Teacher|
|Holleran, Joy||Math Teacher|
|Puddy, Kent||Math Teacher|
|Ray, Jennifer||Math / Theater Teacher|
|Rodriguez, Daniel||Math / AVID Teacher / Dept. Chair|
ALGEBRA I SUPPORT – See Non Departmental
ALGEBRA I-P, ALGEBRA I-P/Freshman Focus
(VHS/WCW) (1 yr) 9th – 12th grade Prerequisite: Placement to be determined by a grade earned in a pre-algebra curriculum, state assessment results (STAR), district assessments, and teacher recommendation. Some students will be placed in one period of Algebra I-P while other students will be recommended for one period of Algebra I-P and one period of Algebra I-Support.
A rigorous two-semester course in first-year algebra. Topics include: operations in algebra, polynomials, special products and factors, formulas, linear equations, graphs, fractional equations, powers, roots, radicals, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, proportions, and verbal problems. Emphasis is placed on preciseness and consistency in language and on the development of mathematical structure. Algebra I-P/Freshman Focus is designed to meet all of the above and is designed for the English learner students.
(VHS/WCW) (1 yr) 10th – 12th grade Prerequisite: Students in Algebra I-P with a grade of “D” and,
students with a grade of “C” or “D” in Algebra I-P with an
Algebra I-Support class and/or Math Department approval.
Students with a D- or below are highly recommended to repeat Algebra I.
This is a survey of the most important concepts in college prep Geometry. This .course will provide an informal introduction to those topics covered in more depth in Geometry-P while concurrently reviewing the essential topics that will be covered in Algebra I-P
The scope and sequence of this course is designed to bridge the gap between Algebra and Geometry, allowing time for students to master and extend concepts necessary for their success in Geometry and further study in Mathematics.
In addition, students will be reviewing topics covered on the CAHSEE exam.
(VHS/WCW) (1 yr) 9th – 12th grade Prerequisite: Algebra I-P, with a grade of “C” or better and/or Math Department approval
This course is designed for students to develop the ability to discern, conjecture, reason, invent, and construct mathematically in real-life applications. Two-dimensional geometry, coordinate geometry, brief units in solid geometry, deductive reasoning, and area probability will be introduced. This course differentiates clearly between giving examples that support a conjecture and giving a proof on a conjecture. This course will provide for the consistent use of algebra and a full range of problem-solving skills in the development of geometric concepts. In addition, students will communicate their knowledge of basic skills, understanding of concepts, and appropriate applications.
(VHS/WCW) (1 yr) 10th – 12th grade Prerequisite: Algebra I-P and Geometry-P (“C” or better in both)
This course is an in-depth study of the topics listed in Algebra I-P, and an introduction to the theory of functions, probability, sequences, series, complex numbers, matrices, properties of conic sections, and exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Critical thinking and problem solving skills will be emphasized.
(WCW) (1 yr) 10th – 12th grade Prerequisite: “C” or better in Algebra II-P
The course begins with a short review of functions and their properties. Circular functions, their inverses and their graphs are discussed. Various applications of trigonometry are introduced. The analysis portion of the course includes an intensive study of polynomial, trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions. The course concludes with an introduction to differential calculus and applications.
(WCW) (1 yr) 11th – 12th grade Prerequisite: “B” or better in Algebra II-P
The course begins with a short review of functions and their properties. Circular functions, their inverses, and their graphs are discussed. Various applications of trigonometry are introduced. The analysis portion of the course includes an intensive study of polynomial, trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions. The course concludes with an introduction to differential calculus and its applications. Students who successfully complete this course will be properly prepared to take a college level calculus course.
(WCW) (1 yr) 12th grade Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus P or HP or recommendation of teacher
This course is primarily designed to prepare students for the AP test in statistics. Because many college majors require the use of statistics and/or a strong understanding of statistical data, this course’s secondary purpose is to provide students with the tools necessary for success at the college level. The last purpose is to expose students to the uses of statistics in every day life and how different professions employ statistics in their work.
AP CALCULUS AB
(VHS/WCW) (1 yr) 11th – 12th grade Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus-HP or Pre-Calculus-P
AP Calculus AB is designed to be the high school equivalent of the "calculus for math and/or science majors" at the college or university level. Students will take the AP Exam or an equivalent exam as part of their final course grade.
MATH EXIT EXAM BASICS
(VHS/WCW) (1 sem - may be repeated with instructor’s permission) 11th – 12th grade
Prerequisite: Counselor recommendation or failure to pass the Mathematics part of the
This course is designed to specifically address the mathematics skills necessary to pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), a graduation requirement. Seniors as well as retained juniors who have not passed the CAHSEE will be enrolled in this course unless a written waiver from a parent/guardian is received by the school. Students in the spring semester of their junior year are also eligible to enroll in this course.
(VHS/WCW) (1 yr) 10th – 12th grade Prerequisite: None
Business Math fulfills one year of the graduation requirements in mathematics. This course reviews and fosters improvement of basic computational skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) involving whole numbers, decimals, percentages, and fractions. Students apply these skills to practical business problems. Calculators and/or computers are used for some problem solving activities. This course is recommended for students preparing to major in business in college as well as for vocational preparation.
(This course is also listed under Business Department)