Mathematics Courses and Descriptions

  • Mathematics Graduation Requirement

    Students must be enrolled in a mathematics course each school year, and students pursuing a regular diploma must earn credits in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a fourth higher level math course.* 

    The following courses may also count as a 4th math credit:

    • Honors Physics I may count as the fourth math credit as long as the student has earned Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II credits.
    • Advanced Placement Calculus, Adavanced Placement Statistics, Advanced Placement Computer Science, and Advanced Placement Physics may count as the fourth math credit.
    • Statewide Dual Credit Pre-Calculus or Statewide Dual Credit Statistics may count as the fourth math credit.
    • Dual Enrollment Math courses may count for the fourth math course.  
    • *CTE Course Substitutions for a fourth level math course
      •  Principles of Agribusiness 
      •  Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering

    *Students with qualifying disabilities as documented in the IEP are required to complete Algebra I and Geometry to earn a regular high school diploma. Students must be enrolled in a math class for each year of high school for four consecutive years.

    *Many postsecondary institutions require the completion of Algebra II for admissions.  Please check with the postsecondary institutions in which you would like to enroll to ensure you meet all necessary math requirements for admission.

    Recommended Mathematics Sequences

    7th Grade

    8th Grade

    9th Grade

    10th Grade

    11th Grade

    12th Grade

    7th Grade Math

    8th Grade Math 

    Algebra I 

    Algebra I Honors

     

     

    Geometry 

    Geometry Honors

     

    *Students may concurrently take Algebra II Honors with Geometry Honors with principal approval

    Algebra II 

    Algebra II Honors 

     

     

    Honors Pre-Calculus

    Statistics 

    Bridge Math** 

    Applied Math

    4th Math Substitution

    7th Grade

    Math

    Algebra I 

    Geometry 

    Geometry Honors

     

    *Students may concurrently take Algebra II  or Algebra II Honors with Geometry Honors

    Algebra II 

    Algebra II Honors 

     

     

    Honors Pre-Calculus

    Honors Calculus 

    AP Statistics* (*concurrent with Honors Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus with principal approval)

    Honors Calculus

    AP Calculus AB 

    AP Calculus BC 

    AP Statistics 

    Statistics 

    Applied Math

    4th Math Substitution

    Algebra I

    Geometry

    Algebra II 

    Algebra II Honors 

     

    Honors Pre-Calculus

    Honors Calculus

    AP Statistics* (*concurrent with Honors Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus with principal approval)

    Honors Pre-Calculus

    Honors Calculus 

    AP Calculus AB 

    AP Calculus BC 

    AP Statistics 

    AP Calculus AB 

    AP Calculus BC 

    AP Statistics 

    4th Math Substitution

    **Students who score below a 19 on the Mathematics ACT subtest will be placed in Bridge Math or SAILS.

    Students with qualifying disabilities as documented in the IEP may fulfill math graduation requirements through the following options:

    Option 1

    Option 2

    Option 3

    Option 4

    9th Grade

    Algebra IA

     

    10th Grade

    Algebra IB

     

    11th Grade

    Geometry A

     

    12th Grade

    Geometry B

     

    9th Grade

    Algebra I A

     

    10th Grade

    Algebra I B

     

    11th Grade

    Geometry 

     

    12th Grade

    Algebra II 

    OR Bridge Math

    9th Grade

    Algebra I

     

    10th Grade

    Geometry A

     

    11th Grade

    Geometry B

     

    12th Grade

    Bridge Math

    9th Grade

    Algebra I

     

    10th Grade

    Geometry

     

    11th Grade

    Bridge Math

     

    12th Grade

    Algebra II 

    Mathematics Courses and Descriptions

    Algebra I A and Algebra I B ( G02H01A/ G02H02B)

    This two-year, two-course sequence is designed for students with exceptionalities in mathematics as documented in the student's IEP. These courses will explore and apply concepts, processes, and skills that are essential to successfully completing the high school graduation requirement of Algebra I. Students in the first year will learn to integrate pre-algebra and introductory algebra skills. In the second year, students will spend more time to develop intermediate algebraic thinking and problem solving skills to apply to real world situations.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Mathematics Exceptionality
    • Minimum Credit: 1 credit for each course
    • Maximum Credit: 1 credit for each course

    Algebra I (G02H00)

    This course includes properties of the real number system, linear and quadratic systems, inequalities, operations on real numbers and polynomials, exponents and radicals.  Students learn the language of algebra and practice the application of algebraic concepts to real world problems.  The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout this course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Algebra I (G02H00H)

    This course is for students who excelled in middle school mathematics.  Course content addresses the topics of Algebra I in greater depth and at a faster pace, providing time for enrichment through the study of additional performance objectives and project-based learning opportunities.  Students must successfully meet district and teacher expectations in the completion of honors criteria each grading period. Honors criteria activities may involve complex problem-solving research involving reading/writing, investigations and explorations, advanced use of technology, and making connections within the discipline and to the workplace.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Geometry A and Geometry B (G02H12/G02H13)

    This two-year, two- course sequence is for students with exceptionalities in mathematics as indicated in the student's IEP. This course meets the graduation requirement of Geometry and provides a survey of the fundamental and advanced concepts of plane geometry and the related topics in three-dimensional, coordinate and transformational geometry.  The fundamental purpose of the course in Geometry is to formalize and extend students’ geometric experiences from the middle grades.  Students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments.  The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout this course and, together with the content standards, allow students to experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that capitalizes on their ability to make sense of problem situations.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I A and B
    • Minimum Credit: 1 credit for each course
    • Maximum Credit: 1 credit for each course

    Geometry (G02H11)

    This course is a survey of the fundamental and advanced concepts of plane geometry and the related topics in three-dimensional, coordinate and transformational geometry.  The fundamental purpose of the course in Geometry is to formalize and extend students’ geometric experiences from the middle grades.  Students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments.  The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout this course and, together with the content standards, allow students to experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that capitalizes on their ability to make sense of problem situations.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Geometry (G02H11H)

    This course teaches all topics of Geometry at a significantly faster pace, in greater depth, and with supplemental topics. Strong analytical thinking skills beyond the rigors of algebraic computation are essential for this course which strongly emphasizes the concept of proof. Students must successfully meet district and teacher expectations in the completion of honors criteria each grading period. Honors criteria activities may involve complex problem-solving research involving reading/writing, investigations and explorations, advanced use of technology, and making connections within the discipline and to the workplace.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Algebra II (G02H05)

    This course builds on the previous work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions.  Students extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions.  In this course rational functions are limited to those whose numerators are of degree at most one and denominators of degree at most two; radical functions are limited to square roots or cube roots of at most quadratic polynomials.  Students work closely with the expressions that define the functions, and continue to expand their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms.  The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout this course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Algebra II (G02H05H)

    This course teaches all topics of Algebra II at a significantly faster pace, in greater depth, and with supplemental topics.  Strong analytical thinking skills beyond the rigors of algebraic computation are essential for this course, which strongly emphasizes the concept of proof.   Students must successfully meet district and teacher expectations in the completion of honors criteria each grading period. Honors criteria activities may involve complex problem-solving research involving reading/writing, investigations and explorations, advanced use of technology, and making connections within the discipline and to the workplace.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Mathematics Intervention (G02H22)

    This course is designed to support students’ learning of the mathematical skills necessary to be successful in high school mathematics courses. Students may be required to participate in this course based on student mathematics data.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 4

    Bridge Math (G02H41)

    This course is designed to introduce concepts previously studied in a new approach.  Connections will be made between concepts allowing for a more in-depth understanding of topics and for problem solving applications.  Students will look at multiple representations of concepts, blend their new understanding of topics with applications, and have the opportunity to model contextual situations.  Concepts to study will include linear and quadratic functions, similar triangles and proportions, angle properties, scientific notations, polynomial arithmetic, radical expressions and probability.  This course is required for students who score below 19 on the Math portion of the ACT. 

    • Grade Level: 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    SAILS Math (G02H41S)

    The Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) program targets students that have not achieved college readiness benchmarks by introducing the college developmental curriculum into the high school senior year. Developed by K-12 teachers and higher education faculty at Chattanooga State Community College, SAILS embeds the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Learning Support competencies into the high school senior year math course utilizing a blended learning model.

    • Grade Level: 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Applied Mathematical Concepts (G02H42)

    The primary foci of this course are applications and modeling using mathematics in topics such as counting, combinatorics, and probability, financial math, and linear programming.  In addition, students will explore concepts in logic, as well as analyze data and use of normal probability distribution and confidence intervals. Students will gain understanding and critical thinking skills that are necessary to be truly college and career ready.  In order for our students to be mathematically proficient, standards focus on a balanced development of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application. Through this balance, students gain understanding and critical thinking skills that are necessary to be truly college and career ready.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Pre-Calculus (G02H23H)

    This course combines topics from areas of higher mathematics, including trigonometry, complex numbers, and analytical geometry, sequences and series, probability, exponential and logarithmic functions, graphs, and vectors.  Students who successfully complete this sequence will have a strong background for the first-year Calculus sequence. Students must successfully meet district and teacher expectations in the completion of honors criteria each quarter. Honors criteria activities may involve complex problem-solving research involving reading/writing, investigations and explorations, advanced use of technology, and making connections within the discipline and to the workplace.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Statewide Dual Credit Pre-Calculus (G02H74)

    This course is a college-level course in which students will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in the study of Equations, Inequalities, Properties of Functions, Models, Funtions, Trigonometric Functions, Triangles, and Circles. See Learning Objectives for further details. At the end of this course, students will take a challenge exam, and if they make a passing score in the challenge exam, students will earn college credit at any of Tennessee's public colleges and universities.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    Honors Calculus (G02H18H)

    This course combines topics from areas of higher mathematics, including trigonometry, complex numbers, and analytical geometry, sequences and series, probability, exponential and logarithmic functions, graphs, and vectors.  

    In addition, this course is designed to bridge students’ understanding of pre-calculus concepts to the study of differential and integral calculus in Calculus AB AP.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    AP Calculus AB (G02H24)

    This course is devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The scope of the course follows the topics listed in the College Board Advanced Placement Mathematics Course Description.  Successful completion of this course will prepare students to take the AP exam with the possibility of earning college credit.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    AP Calculus BC (G02H25)

    This course reviews all the topics covered in AP Calculus AB plus additional objectives and additional topics. The scope of the course follows the topics listed in the College Board Advanced Placement Course Description.  Successful completion of this course will prepare students to take the AP exam with the possibility of earning college credit.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    Statistics (G02H37)

    This course introduces students to the basic concepts of both descriptive and inferential statistics.  Topics include collecting, displaying, interpreting, and analyzing data; surveys and experimental design; drawing conclusions about a population from a sample and predicting with data.  Students must have a good understanding of equation solving and be comfortable working with functions and their graphs.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Statewide Dual Credit Introduction to Probability and Statistics (G02H75)

    This course is a college-level course in which students will learn about sampling methods, representation of data, measure of center and variation, probability and statistics, distribution, sample sizes and confidence intervals, and more. See Learning Objectives for further details. At the end of this course, students will take a challenge exam, and if they make a passing score in the challenge exam, students will earn college credit at any of Tennessee's public colleges and universities.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    AP Statistics (G02H26)

    This course introduces students to the major concepts and processes of collecting/analyzing data and making inferences for a population from a sample. A good command of concepts of equation solving and working with functions and their graphs is essential. Students must quickly master computational skills and apply higher-order thinking skills.  This course follows the topics listed in the College Board Advanced Placement course description.  Successful completion of this course will prepare students to take the AP exam with the possibility of earning college credit.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    Preparing for ACT, Postsecondary, & Career (G25H00)

    This course provides students with skills and competencies needed to be successful on the  ACT.  Students will become familiar with the format and the scoring of the ACT, learn test taking skills, and receive individualized instruction to improve scores.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 4 

    Other Courses for 4th Math Credit 

    Honors Physics I (G3H20H)

    Physics Honors is a course that studies the interaction between matter and energy.  Topics include mechanics, thermodynamics, waves and sound, light and optics, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics.  Physics is a math-based course that involves the application of mathematical principles and problem solving, graph interpretation, laboratories, and lab reporting.  Strong math and analytical thinking skills are important.  There is much more emphasis on mathematics than standard physics.  Students must successfully meet district and teacher expectations in the completion of honors criteria each quarter. This course may count as a 4th math credit.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II concurrently
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    AP Physics 1 (G03H27)

    Physics 1 AP is equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics.  The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound.  It will also introduce electric circuits.  No prior course work in physics is necessary for students to enroll in AP Physics 1.  Students should have completed geometry and be concurrently taking Algebra II or an equivalent course. Although the AP Physics I course includes basic use of trigonometric functions, this understanding can be gained either in the concurrent math course or in the AP Physics 1 course itself. This course may count as a 4th math credit.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    AP Physics 2 (G03H28)

    Physics 2 AP is equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics.  The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; and atomic and nuclear physics.  Students entering AP Physics 2 need to have developed mastery of the learning objectives described in the AP Physics 1 curriculum framework to be prepared for AP Physics 2.  Taking the AP Physics 1 course or a comparable introductory course in physics will satisfy this prerequisite.  Students should also have taken or be concurrently taking pre-calculus or an equivalent course. This course may count as a 4th math credit.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus (concurrent), AP Physics 1
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    AP Physics C: Mechanics (G03H29) and Electricity and Magnetism (G03H24)

    The Physics AP Course is designed to be representative of courses commonly offered in colleges and universities.  In the typical Physics C course, roughly one-half year is devoted to mechanics including:  kinematics, Newtonian physics, work, energy, power, linear momentum, circular motion, oscillations and gravitation.  Use of calculus in problem solving and in derivations is expected to increase as the course progresses.  In the second half-year of the C course, the primary emphasis is on classical electricity and magnetism including:  electrostatics, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields and electromagnetism.  Calculus is used freely in formulating principles and in solving problems.  There are two College Board exams given in Physics C; one on mechanics and one on electricity and magnetism.This course may count as a 4th math credit.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: AP Physics 1
    • Minimum Credit: 1 for each course
    • Maximum Credit: 1 for each course

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    AP Computer Science Principles (C02H44)

    Computer science embraces problem solving, hardware, algorithms, and perspectives that help people utilize computers to address real-world problems in contemporary life.  As the study of computer science is evolving, the careful design of the AP Computer Science Principles course and exam continues to strive to engage a diverse student population, including female and underrepresented students, with the rigorous and rewarding concepts of computer science.  Students who take the AP Computer Science Principles course and exam are well prepared to continue their study of computer science and its integration into a wide array of computing and STEM-related fields. This course may count as a 4th math credit.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1 for each course
    • Maximum Credit: 1 for each course

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    Principles of Agribusiness (C18H14)

    This CTE course in Agriculture Pathway teaches students to apply the economic and business principles involved in the sale and supply of agricultural products to a wide range of careers across the industry and builds foundational knowledge of finance and marketing principles. This course may count as a 4th math credit.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1 for each course
    • Maximum Credit: 1 for each course 

    Agricultural Fabrication and Biosystems Engineering (C18H22)

    This CTE course includes basic technologies of metal fabrication and agricultural structures.  Also includes hot/cold metal work, and material computation, electric wiring and codes, blueprint reading and drawing and selection of appropriate materials for projects. This course may count as a 4th math credit.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Principles of Agricultural Mechanics
    • Minimum Credit: 1 for each course
    • Maximum Credit: 1 for each course