High School Math 3B*
Note: This class is offered as both a Classic course and Honors course. Honors Math is for highly engaged students who like to think deeply and challenge themselves. Honors students will engage with a weekly project, reading, problem of the week, or research topic that will help them dive deeper into the subject and think more critically. These weekly WAM also provides students with an opportunity to explain their deep thinking and push past procedural math to a more complete, conceptual understanding.
Why This Class
To excel at school and in life, your student needs to hone the skill of abstract thinking: the ability to see beyond the here-and-now and recognize the patterns and connections between ideas. This course helps by training your student in the tools of advanced algebra, applying the fundamentals of arithmetic to abstract scenarios.
Mentors in this course guide students on an exploration of rational, logarithmic, sinusoidal, inverse, and composite functions. Students also learn to model real-world situations with statistics. By doing so, they learn lifelong skills including data interpretation and advanced handling of measurements, proportions, and equations. In the process, they prepare for post-secondary math courses or a high school diploma and expand their view of math as a real-world problem-solving tool.
By the end of this course, students gain confidence in the process of using a concrete set of principles to solve an abstract problem. This new skill prepares them to excel in future math learning—and to think more creatively and dynamically in every area of life.
What are the powers of an imaginary unit?
What are sigma notation and arithmetic series?
What are the properties of logarithms?
What are the trigonometric values of special angles?
How can I find the midline and amplitude of sinusoidal functions from a graph?
Readings for Live Course*
Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh
This course requires a Scientific or Graphing Calculator. Please see the book list in SIS for details.
*If your student is taking the self-paced version of this course, no texts or materials are required.
Recommended Grade: 11th (Junior)
Prerequisites*: High School Math 3A OR Algebra 2A
Estimated Weekly Hours: 5-7
Format: Live, self-paced, independent
*Transferring from a traditional track? Check out this guide for help!
*This course is equivalent to Algebra 2B.