Math

  • Students must earn 3.0 Math credits to graduate from WGHS. Most four-year colleges require 3-4 credits for admission purposes.

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    REGULAR SEQUENTIAL COURSES

    5523 ALGEBRA 1-PART I
    Credit:  1 unit                                      
    Enrollment recommendation based on 8th grade math proficiency                                     
    Open to Grades:   9-12
    This is a year-long course which covers curriculum that is contained in semester one of our Algebra course.  Topics covered include solving formulas, graphing functions, linear functions, and systems of linear equations.

    5524 ALGEBRA 1-PART II  
    Credit:  1 unit                                      
    Prerequisite:  Algebra 1-Part I or Semester 1 of Algebra                         
    Open to Grades:   10-12
    This is a year-long course which covers curriculum that is contained in semester two of our Algebra course.  Topics covered include solving inequalities (one and two variable), quadratic functions with emphasis on factoring, and exponential functions. 

    5660  ALGEBRA
    Credit:  1 unit                                                                           
    Open to Grades:   9-12
    This is the beginning course in a sequence of college preparatory courses. Topics covered include solving formulas, graphing functions, analysis of linear functions, analysis of quadratic functions, analysis of basic exponential functions, solving inequalities, solving systems of equations, and sequences.

    5600 ALGEBRA IN MANUFACTURING PROCESS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND DESIGN (AMPED)
    Credit: 2 units (1 credit  in Math; 1 credit in Practical Arts)
    Open to grades 9-12
    This is a 2-hour block class that will earn an Algebra and Practical Art credit. AMPED students will operate a business running an advanced fabrication lab customizing textile products and manufacturing other items comprised of wood, metal, and/or plastic.  The proceeds generated from the business aspect of the program will be utilized to self fund the venture and provide philanthropic opportunities for students through community service or monetary gifts to local charities. Students learn skill sets in various engineering techniques including sublimation, CNC operations, and rapid prototyping.  Additional areas for student engagement include composite technologies, alternative energies, and automation robotics.

    5680  GEOMETRY                                                                                                                              
    Credit:  1 unit                                        
    Open to Grades:  9-12
    This is the second course in a sequence of courses to prepare a student for college admission eligibility.  In this course students will have informal hands-on experiences which will deepen their understanding of the properties of shapes in two and three dimensions, and the application of those properties to real-world situations.  In addition, they will use formal deductive reasoning to generalize and prove their discoveries. Topics covered include properties of a triangle, congruent triangles, properties of parallel lines, polygons, and introduction to logic and formal deductive proof.  Similarity, properties of right triangles, polygons and circles, perimeter, area, and volume will also be studied.

    5690  HONORS GEOMETRY
    Credit:  1 unit                                      
    Recommendation: Students who have earned an “A” in both semesters of Algebra (in 8th or 9th grade) experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.                                             
    Open to Grades:  9-10
    This is the second course in a sequence of courses to prepare a student for college admission eligibility and leading toward Advanced Placement Calculus.  In this course a student acquires knowledge of geometric objects in two and three dimensions and an opportunity to apply this knowledge to discovering relations among geometric objects.  There will be heavy emphasis on mathematical proofs as well as an introduction to other geometric topics such as transformational geometry.

    Note: This counts as a weighted grade.

    5695 ALGEBRA 2 (pending Board of Education approval)                                                                                     
    Credit:  1 unit                                          
    Open to Grades:  11-12
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a “C-” or below in Algebra and Geometry experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course. 
    This is the third course in a sequence of courses to prepare a student for college admission eligibility. This course does NOT include the topic of trigonometry. The student strengthens and extends the algebraic skills begun in the Algebra 1 course and continues a study of more advanced algebraic skills and applications. 

    5700  ALGEBRA 2-TRIGONOMETRY                                                                                        
    Credit:  1 unit                                         
    Open to Grades:  10-12
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a  “C” or above in Algebra and Geometry experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course. 
    This is the third course in a sequence of courses to prepare a student for college admission eligibility.  It is also the first course in the sequence which requires average or above proficiency in the previous two courses.  The student strengthens and extends the algebraic skills begun in the Algebra 1 course and continues a study of more advanced algebraic skills and applications. This course includes the topic of trigonometry.

    5710  HONORS ALGEBRA 2-TRIGONOMETRY                                    
    Credit: 1 unit                                       
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “B” or better in both semesters of Honors Geometry or an “A” in both semesters of regular Geometry and Algebra 1 experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.                                       
    Open to Grades:  9-11
    This is the third course in a sequence of courses to prepare a student for college admission eligibility and leading toward Advanced Placement Calculus. The student strengthens and extends the algebraic skills begun in Algebra 1 and develops more advanced algebraic skills and applications.  Also, trigonometry will be studied. Note:  This counts as a weighted grade.

    5715  ALGEBRA III
    Credit:  1 unit                                                 
    Open to Grades:  11-12
    This course is designed for students who earn credit for two semesters of Algebra 2 or Algebra 2-Trigonometry. Placement is based on a teacher recommendation.  It is designed to prepare students to take Pre-calculus at Webster Groves High School or to take College Algebra in a post-secondary setting. Topics include linear functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, and systems of equations.

    5720  PRE-CALCULUS                                                                                                             
    Credit:  1 unit                      
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a “B” or above in both semesters of Algebra 2-Trigonometry experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course. 
    Open to Grades:  11-12
    This is the fourth course in a sequence of courses to prepare a student for college admission eligibility and enrollment in a calculus course.  The student will continue to strengthen and extend the algebraic skills developed in previous courses. In addition, students will extend their knowledge of trigonometry.  Application problems are emphasized and a graphing calculator is used daily.

    5730  HONORS PRE-CALCULUS                                                                                                         
    Credit: 1 unit                                       
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “B” or better in both semesters of Honors Algebra 2-Trigonometry or an “A” in both semesters of Algebra 2-Trigonometry experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course                                          
    Open to Grades:  11-12
    This course is the fourth in a sequence of courses preparing for college admission eligibility and leading toward AP Calculus. Through an intensive study of functions and their graphs, many of the important concepts of calculus are foreshadowed.  Students will extend their knowledge of trigonometry and the algebraic concepts needed for the study of calculus. Real world applications of mathematics are emphasized and a graphing calculator is used daily. Note:  This course will count as a weighted grade.

    5800 COLLEGE ALGEBRA
    Credit: 1 unit
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “B” or better in both semesters of Algebra 2-Trigonometry or a “B” in Pre-Calculus experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.  
    Open to Grade: 12
    This is a college level algebra course with dual credit offered through University of Missouri – St. Louis.  It is designed for students who will need College Algebra credit in a post-secondary setting. The course includes linear, quadratic, and rational equations and inequalities, the algebra of functions (including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions), the graphs of some of these functions, and systems of equations.

    5830  INTRODUCTION TO CALCULUS & DISCRETE MATHEMATICS
    Credit: 1 unit                                       
    Prerequisite:  1 full credit of Pre-Calculus                     
    Open to Grade: 11-12
    This course extends the topics covered in Pre-Calculus.  In addition to more fully developing pre-calculus concepts, students will study topics in discrete mathematics including logic, combinations, recursion, and circuits.  Beginning concepts in calculus will also be addressed.

    5840  AP CALCULUS
    Credit: 1 unit                                       
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “B” or better in both semesters of Honors Pre-calculus or an “A” in both semesters of Pre-Calculus experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.                                              
    Open to Grade:  11-12
    The content of this course is that recommended in a College Entrance Examination Board publication, Advanced Placement Mathematics. Successful completion of this course prepares a student to pass the Calculus AP College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Mathematics examination.  The student has the option of concurrent enrollment at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (a fee must be paid to UMSL) whereby that student will receive five calculus credits from UMSL.  The student is expected to assume considerable responsibility in deciding what he/she must do outside of class to master the ideas dealt with in the course. The textbook used in the course is a book which achieves a balance in emphasis upon the calculus ideas themselves and the application of these ideas.

    Note:  This course will count as a weighted grade, and college credit may be earned from UMSL.

    5531 AP STATISTICS
    Credit:  1 Unit
    Prerequisite:  1 full credit of Precalculus or Honors Algebra 2-Trigonometry
    Open to Grades: 10-12   
    The full year AP Statistics course is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. Students have the potential to earn college credit by taking the AP exam in May.  The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, and problem solving as they build conceptual understanding. 

    Note:  This course counts as a weighted grade.

    SPECIAL PROGRAMS-MATH

    9420 MATH DEPARTMENT STUDENT INTERN  
    Credit: ½ elective unit
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    *Requires the permission of the teacher to which student will be assigned and the permission of the department chair.
    Students will be assigned to one math teacher but will work closely with the entire Mathematics Department.  Each student will assist teachers in creating and teaching lessons, working with small groups of students, and tutoring individual students.  The ideal candidate enjoys explaining mathematics and is interested in pursuing a career as a Mathematics teacher. This is not a math credit.