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Course Descriptions
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SAT Math
This course prepares students for the SAT math tests. The math content covered in the class is aligned with the actual test. Classes consist of targeted lessons and practice with problems similar to those on the SAT. Students take periodic practice exams, which provide valuable feedback to the students and enable lessons to be targeted to specific areas of weakness. Homework will be assigned after each lesson. Periodic quizzes will be used to assess student progress as well. Classes will also address testtaking strategies and time management.
English Instructor
ACT Math/Science
This course prepares students for the ACT math and science tests. The math content covered in the class is aligned with the actual test. Classes consist of targeted lessons and practice with problems similar to those on the ACT. Science classes focus on the 3 types of reading passages that students will encounter on the test and strategies and techniques to address each type. The ACT science passages are written in the languages of the different scientific disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, astronomy, etc. Detailed knowledge of the individual sciences is not required or expected. The technical reading comprehension strategies covered in this course are sufficient to ensure success on the test. Each class will be split between math and science content and practice.
Students take periodic practice exams which provide valuable feedback to the students and enable lessons to be targeted to specific areas of weakness. Homework will be assigned after each lesson. Periodic quizzes will be used to assess student progress as well. Lessons will also address testtaking strategies and time management.
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Algebra I
This intensive Algebra 1 summer course is designed to prepare the student for success in an Algebra 1 class in the upcoming academic year. The class is both rigorous and fastpaced. The goal is to prepare the student indepth for topics typically covered in the first half of the school year and introduce the student to additional topics from the second half of the year. Classes will consist of a mix of lectures and handson practice. Completion of homework assignments outside of class is expected. Ongoing progress will be assessed through tests and quizzes.
Topics covered include:

Solving Linear Equations

Solving Linear Inequalities

Graphing Linear Functions

Writing Linear Functions

Solving Systems of Linear Equations

Exponential Functions and Sequences

Polynomial Equations and Factoring

Graphing Quadratic Functions

Solving Quadratic Equations

Radical Functions and Equations
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Geometry
This intensive Geometry summer course is designed to prepare the student for success in a Geometry class in the upcoming academic year. The class is both rigorous and fastpaced. The goal is to prepare the student in depth for topics that are typically covered in the first half of the school year and to introduce the student to additional topics from the second half of the year as time permits. Classes will consist of a mix of lecture and handson practice. Students should have a compass and straightedge set for completing geometric constructions. Completion of homework assignments outside of class is expected. Ongoing progress will be assessed through tests and quizzes. Topics covered include:

Basics of Geometry

Reasoning and Proofs

Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

Transformations

Congruent Triangles

Relationships Within Triangles
English Instructor
PreCalculus
This intensive Precalculus summer course is designed to prepare the student for success in a Precalculus class in the upcoming academic year. The class is both rigorous and fastpaced. The goal is to prepare the student indepth for topics that are typically covered in the first half of the school year and to introduce the student to additional topics from the second half of the year as time permits. Classes will consist of a mix of lectures and handson practice. Completion of homework assignments outside of class is expected. Ongoing progress will be assessed through tests and quizzes.
Topics covered include:

Review of Prerequisites

Polynomial and Rational Functions

Quadratic functions

Introduction to polynomial functions

Division of polynomials and the Remainder and Factor theorem

Zeros of polynomials

Rational functions


Trigonometric Functions

Measuring angles

The unit circle

Right angle trigonometry

Trigonometric functions of any angle

Graphs of trigonometric functions

Inverse trigonometric functions


Analytic Trigonometry

Trigonometric identities

Trigonometric equations


Applications of Trigonometric Functions

Law of Sines

Law of Cosines

Harmonic Motion


Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Inverse functions

Exponential functions

Logarithmic functions

Properties of logarithms

Exponential and logarithmic equations

English Instructor
Algebra 2
This intensive Algebra 2 summer course is designed to prepare the student for success in an Algebra 2 class in the upcoming academic year. The class is both rigorous and fastpaced. The goal is to prepare the student indepth for topics that are typically covered in the first half of the school year and to introduce the student to additional topics from the second half of the year as time permits. Classes will consist of a mix of lectures and handson practice. Completion of homework assignments outside of class is expected. Ongoing progress will be assessed through tests and quizzes.
Topics covered include:

Linear Functions

Quadratic Functions

Quadratic Equations and Complex Numbers

Polynomial Functions

Rational Exponents and Radical Functions

Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Rational Functions

Sequences and Series

Trigonometric Ratios and Functions
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Python & Robotics
This course introduces students to computer programming. Students learn skills to design, implement and test computer applications using Python. Topics covered include data types, assignment statements, program decision making, repetition structures, lists and tuples, and string manipulation. Students develop common business applications as well as the basics of computer game design. The class will include an introduction to robotics through creating Python programs for a Lego Mindstorms robot.
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JAVA I
This course is an introduction to software engineering, using the Java programming language. It is a prerequisite to AP Computer Science. Students will learn the fundamentals of Java. The course emphasizes problem solving through the development of algorithms. The sequential steps are then coded as control statements and functions, which lead to meaningful results. Students will design, run and edit programs using the computer.
English Instructor
AP Computer Science (JAVA II)
The AP Computer Science A class is a course in Java programming and is based on the syllabus developed by the College Board. Topics include program design and implementation, algorithm analysis, standard data structures, and objectoriented programming design. AP Computer Science emphasizes programming methodology with an emphasis on problemsolving and algorithm development. It is intended to serve both as introductory courses for computer science majors, and for students who will major in disciplines that require significant involvement with computing.
Major topical areas include:

the concepts of computer science

program control constructs

arrays and strings

class methods

objectoriented design and programming concepts

creating and modifying classes

understanding existing designs and code

the use of sorting and searching algorithms

recursion

use of standard Java class libraries
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AP Chemistry
AP Chemistry is traditionally a secondyear chemistry course open to any student who meets the prerequisites. This course can also be taken by motivated Honors Chemistry Students who commit to independently studying for several hours each week until the exam in May.
AP Chemistry provides an orderly development of the fundamental concepts and principles of chemistry, emphasizing inquiry and critical thinking skills, including problemsolving, mathematical reasoning, and experimental investigations. Topics of study include the structure of matter, states of matter, chemical reactions, and descriptive chemistry. The breadth, pace, and depth of material covered exceed the standard high school chemistry course, as does the collegelevel textbook, laboratory work, and time and effort required of students.
Homework is assigned daily, and each lesson starts with an AP practice assessment intended to evaluate each student’s proficiency in the previously covered topic.
Homework must be completed each day, as this course requires a tremendous amount of studying, practice, and preparation.
Each session will begin with a question and answer segment to clarify any misunderstandings from the homework.
There will be several AP test assessments offered throughout the course and full AP exams administered before the May exam.
Textbook and Supplemental Resources:
Required Textbook:

Zumdahl, Steven, and Susan, Zumdahl. 2012. Chemistry,8th edition, Belmont, California: Brooks/Cole.
Required Materials:

Notebook

Scientific calculator

Black or blue pens
Topics to be covered:

Chemical formulas and stoichiometry

reactions in aqueous solution

thermochemistry

bonding

gas laws

states of matter

solutions

atomic theory

periodicity