Academics
Curriculum

Mathematics

The objective of the mathematics department is to provide a variety of courses that prepare students for college, help them reason logically and understand basic skills, and enable them to apply what they learn to everyday life. The department offers a full range of courses including those for the mathematically gifted. Students are placed in a math course based on their completion of our math placement exam. Placement is not based on grade level, but rather on math achievement level. This type of placement ensures the success of the student.

Courses

List of 9 items.

  • Pre-Algebra

    Topics from the standard eighth-grade text include the introduction of abstract reasoning and equation solving using real numbers.
  • Algebra I

    Topics from the standard Algebra I text include working with real numbers in word problems, solving equations, inequalities and problem solving.
  • Algebra II

    Topics from a standard Algebra II textbook include working with real numbers, imaginary numbers, and complex numbers in solving equations, inequalities, and problem solving. Prerequisite: Algebra I or Placement Test
  • Geometry

    Content areas include points, lines, planes, angles, triangles, polygons, circles, areas, volumes, and coordinates. Applied level students will take a "hands-on" approach to discover the properties of geometry.
  • Honors Geometry

    Content areas include points, lines, planes, angles, triangles, polygons, circles, areas, volumes, and coordinates. Honors level requires higher level cognitive skills through theory-based proof-oriented studies to challenge students and prepare them for Pre-Calculus studies.
  • Trigonometry

    Prerequisites:Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and/or Placement Test

    Content areas include induction, vectors, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, functions, complex numbers, and matrices.
  • Calculus

    Content area include Differential Calculus including implicit differentiation, applications of the derivative, Maxima, Minima, Mean Value Theorem, Taylor's Theorem, Taylor's Series, Limits; Integral Calculus including definite integrals, area, volume of solids of revolution, indefinite integrals, applications of integration, theory of infinite series, and integration by parts.
  • A.P. Calculus AB

    Grier's Advanced Placement (AP) program provides students with competitive courses which prepare students for university and college studies.

    This course provides a thorough study of the elementary functions of Calculus designed to prepare a student for the A.P. Calculus AB exam in May.
  • A.P. Calculus BC

    Grier's Advanced Placement (AP) program provides students with competitive courses which prepare students for university and college studies.

    The AP Calculus BC course is designed to offer students who have completed a regular calculus course or the AP Calculus AB course an opportunity to further study calculus. All of the topics of the “AP Calculus BC” course description will be discussed.

Electives

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  • Introductory Statistics

    This course for grades 10 and above is an introduction to statistical reasoning with an emphasis on concepts over in-depth coverage of methods. Topics will include graphical displays, simulation and experimentation, surveys, sampling, basic probability, normal distributions, and single and two sample hypothesis testing for means and proportions. Prerequisite: Algebra II
  • A.P. Statistics

    This class uses a college level text with computer applications for college bound students who are interested in the study of basic statistical methods. This A.P. course prepares each student for the AP Statistics Exam.
  • Financial Literacy

    This senior (12th grade) course covers business mathematics including personnel, production, purchasing, sales, marketing, warehousing/distribution, services, accounting, recordkeeping, management, and planning.

Faculty

List of 5 members.

  • Jennifer Payne 

    Math Department Chair
    International Student Orientation Program Director
  • Christopher Claar 

    Teacher
  • Michael Jefferson 

    Teacher
  • Danielle Kelley 

    Teacher
  • Greta McCracken 

    Teacher
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