Course Guide  20232024
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PCHS Course Guide  20232024

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117101 & 117102
Algebra 1
Grade(s): 9  10
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Mathematical Modeling: Algebra in Context
The primary goal in Algebra 1 is to help students transfer their tangible mathematical knowledge to more abstract algebraic generalizations. Topics include recognizing and developing patterns and using tables, graphs and equations for both linear and nonlinear functions. An improved understanding of these topics will help students better understand and respond to the challenges of our everchanging world. At the conclusion of this course, students will take the Algebra 1 End of Course Assessment required by the state of Missouri.
960501 & 960502
Algebra 1 Lab
Grade(s): 9  12
Credit: 1 Elective
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1 and consent of department
Algebra 1 Lab supports students’ learning of the content delivered in Algebra 1. This course supplements the Algebra 1 curriculum with additional time and strategies to master the essential knowledge and skills. Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1 and consent of the department are required.
116201 & 116202
Geometry B
Grade(s): 10  12
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
The emphasis of this course is on geometric relationships of figures, visualization of geometric properties and measurement. Algebraic skills are integrated through application of geometric concepts. An introduction to proofs, mathematical language, logical reasoning, and critical thinking is included. Topics include logic and probability, angles and lines, transformations, similarity, triangles, trigonometry, circles, and other polygons.
117201 & 117202
Geometry A
Grade(s): 9  12
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
This course requires students to focus on logical proof and critical thinking when solving problems or evaluating arguments. There is an emphasis on deductive reasoning and critical thinking. Geometric properties and concepts in both the plane and 3dimensional space are covered. Topics include logic and probability, angles and lines, transformations, similarity, triangles, trigonometry, circles, and other polygons.
118201 & 118202
Honors Geometry
Grade(s): 9  10
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or consent of department
This course requires students to focus on logical proof and critical thinking when solving problems or evaluating arguments. There is a strong emphasis on use of precise mathematical language, deductive reasoning, and critical thinking. Geometric properties and concepts in both the plane and 3dimensional space are covered. Rigorous higher order algebraic concepts are integrated throughout. Topics include logic and probability, angles and lines, transformations, similarity, triangles, trigonometry, circles, and other polygons.
117301 & 117302
Algebra 2
Grade(s): 10  12
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Geometry
This course continues the exploration of functions which began in Algebra 1. Students will analyze functions graphically, numerically, algebraically and investigate how these functions can be used to represent real world data. Functions that will be studied include linear, quadratic, absolute value, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic. This course is not recommended for students planning to pursue a career in a STEM or Business field.
117401 & 117402
Algebra 2 with Trigonometry
Grade(s): 10  12
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Geometry A (recommended C or better) or consent of department
This course, which covers second year algebra topics and trigonometry is designed for highly mathematically capable students interested in pursuing STEM professions. The focus is on the analysis and understanding of mathematical relations and functions. Students will analyze linear, quadratic, absolute value, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions graphically, numerically, and algebraically. Purchase of a graphing calculator is strongly recommended.
118401 & 118402
Honors Algebra 2 with Trigonometry
Grade(s): 10  11
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Honors Geometry or consent of department
This course, which covers second year algebra topics and trigonometry is designed for highly mathematically capable students interested in pursuing STEM professions. The focus is on the analysis and understanding of mathematical relations and functions. Students will analyze linear, quadratic, absolute value, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions graphically, numerically, and algebraically. Purchase of a graphing calculator is strongly recommended.
117900
Statistics
Grade(s): 11  12
Credit: 1/2 Math
Prerequisite: Algebra 2
In this introductory course, students will collect data and use statistics as tools to recognize and examine the basic principles of describing and presenting data to reach reasonable conclusions. Students will explain the role of probability in statistics, analyze and compare various sampling distributions for both discrete and continuous random variables, and compute confidence intervals. The presentation, use, and interpretation of data, probability, sampling, correlation, and use of statistical software will be applied to current events and studentdirected investigations.
117800
Problem Based Applications in Finite Math
Grade(s): 11  12
Credit: 1/2 Math
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 2 or higher, or consent of department
This course focuses on mathematical reasoning and the solving of reallife problems. Emphasis will be on projects, cooperative learning, and application of math skills across career clusters, current events, and social justice issues. Statistics and probability, linear systems, logic, and financial math are some of the topics that will be addressed.
117420
Algebra 3
Grade(s): 11  12
Credit: 1/2 Math
Prerequisite: Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Trigonometry
Algebra 3 continues to build skills and knowledge of topics covered in Algebra 1 and 2 and will prepare students for College Algebra.
117601 & 117602
College Algebra
Grade(s): 12
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Senior Standing. Algebra 2 with Trigonometry or Algebra 2 with consent of department
This is a standard course in College Algebra that students may take in order to earn college credit through the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Topics include linear, quadratic, and rational equations and inequalities, the algebra and graphs of functions including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic, systems of equations, and sequences and series. This course is designed to fulfill one of the college mathematics requirements for students planning to earn either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.
117701 & 117702
PreCalculus
Grade(s): 11  12
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Algebra 2 with Trigonometry (recommended C or better)
This course is designed to prepare students for college level mathematics. Students will describe, analyze, and graph basic algebraic and transcendental functions. Students will also study sequences, series, probability, conic sections, and be introduced to the concept of limits. This class will be offered for college credit through University of Missouri  St. Louis.
118701 & 118702
Honors PreCalculus
Grade(s): 11  12
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Honors Algebra 2 with Trigonometry or consent of department
This course is designed to prepare students for a calculus course during high school. The content consists of traditional precalculus topics, but the emphasis of the course is on the underlying structure of mathematics. Students will study, analyze, and apply basic algebraic and transcendental functions. A weighted grade is given.
119901 & 119902
AP Statistics
Grade(s): 11  12
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Algebra 2 with Trigonometry
This Advanced Placement course is for students who wish to complete the equivalent to an introductory, noncalculus based, college course in statistics. Students gain experience in four broad themes: exploring data, planning a study, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. This course prepares students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination and follows the College Board s recommended syllabus. A weighted grade is given. This course also offers the opportunity to earn college credit from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
119801 & 119802
AP Calculus AB
Grade(s): 12
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: PreCalculus or consent of department
This is an honors course that emphasizes a multirepresentational approach to calculus through the exploration of limits, differentiation, integration and many applications within these areas. In this course students will study in depth situations involving change and accumulation using descriptive, analytical, numerical and graphical approaches. This course prepares students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB examination which fulfills the requirements for Calculus I and follows the syllabus approved by the AP Audit. A weighted grade is given. This course also offers the opportunity to obtain college credit from the University of Missouri  St. Louis.
119851 & 119852
AP Calculus BC
Grade(s): 12
Credit: 1 Math
Prerequisite: Honors PreCalculus
This is an honors course that emphasizes a multirepresentational approach to calculus through the exploration of limits, differentiation, integration, series, parametric functions, polar functions and many applications within these areas. . In this course students will study in depth situations involving change and accumulation using descriptive, analytical, numerical and graphical approaches. This course prepares students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus BC examination which fulfills the requirements for Calculus I and Calculus II and follows the syllabus approved by the AP Audit. A weighted grade is given.
037310
Introduction to Computer Science
Grade(s): 9  12
Credit: 1/2 Career & Technical Ed OR 1/2 Math
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 required; Introduction to Computer Technology recommendedThis course is designed to provide students with an introduction to fundamental programming and software development practices. Students will develop a firm understanding of algorithm design and objectoriented programming. This course is a prerequisite to the AP Computer Science course.
*This course may be taken for high school math credit; however, some colleges/universities may not accept computer science courses as a way to fulfill their admissions requirements. If a student wishes to take this course for high school math credit, the student and parent/guardian will be asked to sign a form acknowledging that the credit may not satisfy college/university admissions standards. Students may utilize up to 1.0 credit of districtapproved computer science courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements.
039251 (fall semester) & 039252 (spring semester)
AP Computer Science Principles
Grade(s): 10  12
Credit: 1 Career & Technical Ed OR 1 Math
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Technologies recommended
Computer Science Principles (CS Principles) curriculum is a fullyear, vigorous, entrylevel course that introduces high school students to the foundations of modern computing. The course covers a broad range of foundational topics such as programming, algorithms, the internet, big data, digital privacy and security, and the societal impacts of computing. This course prepares students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles examination. A weighted grade is given.
*This course may be taken for high school math credit; however, some colleges/universities may not accept computer science courses as a way to fulfill their admissions requirements. If a student wishes to take this course for high school math credit, the student and parent/guardian will be asked to sign a form acknowledging that the credit may not satisfy college/university admissions standards. Students may utilize up to 1.0 credit of districtapproved computer science courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements.
039321 (fall semester) & 139322 (spring semester)
AP Computer Science A
Grade(s): 11  12
Credit: 1 Career & Technical Ed OR 1 math
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Technologies recommended
The major emphasis of this course is on programming methodology, algorithms, data structures, and objectoriented programming. The material for this course is the equivalent of one semester of entry level coursework in a college computer science program. This course prepares students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Computer Science A examination. A weighted grade is given.
*This course may be taken for high school math credit; however, some colleges/universities may not accept computer science courses as a way to fulfill their admissions requirements. If a student wishes to take this course for high school math credit, the student and parent/guardian will be asked to sign a form acknowledging that the credit may not satisfy college/university admissions standards. Students may utilize up to 1.0 credit of districtapproved computer science courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements.