Mathematics

The mathematics program at The Fulton School is a rigorous and traditional curriculum designed to prepare students for advanced high school and college math programs. Students may opt to take the AP Calculus exam junior or senior year, depending on the sequence they follow. Students who prefer a less intense math curriculum can opt for an alternative sequence, culminating in a senior practical math of their choice.

Pre-Algebra

provides the students with an understanding of basic concepts of algebra and other areas of mathematics. This course enables the students to make the transition from general mathematics to algebra. It emphasizes pre-algebra skills and concepts, such as variables, equation solving, and problem solving. The full range of topics needed for the successful study of algebra is presented. The course increases the student’s understanding of correct mathematical language in verbal and symbolic form and increases awareness of the interrelationships of mathematical ideas. The course helps students to develop critical thinking skills and the proper use of a graphing calculator.

Algebra

provides the students with an understanding of algebraic concepts while integrating earlier mathematical courses, especially pre-algebra. This course increases the student’s understanding of correct mathematical language in verbal and symbolic form and increases awareness of the interrelationships of mathematical ideas. The course is also designed to reinforce algebraic reasoning, critical thinking skills, and the proper use of a calculator.

Geometry

provides students with complete geometric concepts while reviewing and integrating pre-algebra and algebra topics. This class is also designed to give students the skills they need to better understand and master a wide range of proof – by emphasizing reasoning, logic, writing arguments, and analyzing arguments. The class helps students more effectively visualize concepts; create a spirit of experimentation and exploration, and teach the proper use of a graphing calculator.

Algebra II

covers both linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, and functions; operations with polynomials and functions; rational expressions; powers, roots, radicals, and fractional exponents; expolential and logarithmic functions; conic sections; trigonometry; permutations, combinations, probability, and series; statistics; complex numbers and mathematical induction.

Pre-calculus

prepares the students for calculus. The class develops the students’ ability to explore, make conjectures, and think logically, critically and creatively. Also, the course incorporates technology (a graphing calculator), problem-solving strategies, real-life applications and an algebraic approach to solutions.

Calculus

provides students with the concepts necessary for the standard calculus sequence; to help them develop the ability to explore, make conjectures, think logically, critically and creatively, to teach students how to use calculus effectively applying analytic techniques as well as using technology (graphing calculator) regularly to reinforce the relationships among the multiple representations of functions, to confirm written work, to implement experimentation, and to assist in interpreting results. The course emphasizes a multi-presentational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed geometrically, analytically, and verbally.

 

*Algebra IIA and Algebra IIB (ninth and tenth grade) cover the same material as the Algebra II class but over a two-year time period for students who prefer a more hands on, creative approach.