Mathematics Department
The latest technology resources, such as wireless laptop computers, interactive whiteboards, graphing calculators, and the use of the Internet, are incorporated into each class to develop problemsolving skills and to apply mathematical concepts to realworld problems.
Math  Grade 7
Math 7 is the first year of a twoyear sequence covering the full PreAlgebra curriculum. Topics presented in the seventh grade curriculum include Rational Number Operations and Properties, Solving Equations and Inequalities with Rational Numbers, Using Rates, Ratios, Proportions, and Percents, Two and Three Dimensional Geometry, and Data, and Displays. Through numerous real life applications and opportunities for discovery and investigation, the students experience the value of Mathematics as a useful tool for solving problems.
Math  Grade 8
Math 8 is the second year of the PreAlgebra sequence. The program increasingly emphasizes critical thinking and mathematical reasoning. Topics include Solving Equations using Exponents and Roots; Solving Multistep Equations; Similarity and Congruence; Data, Statistics, and Probability; Coordinate Graphing; Functions; and Polynomials. Other topics include applied statistics in decisionmaking, and other realworld applications of mathematics to architecture, engineering, games and inventions.
PreAlgebra
PreAlgebra contains the full range of topics presented in the seventh and eighth grade mathematics courses. This course enables the most capable students to progress from sixth grade mathematics to Algebra I in one year. Topics presented include Variables, Solving Equations and Inequalities, the Real Number System, Geometry, Percents, the Coordinate Plane, Area, Volume, Analyzing and Graphing Data, and Probability. An emphasis is placed on Reasoning, Problem Solving, Communication Skills, Number Relationships and Theory, Patterns, and Understanding Algebraic Concepts.
Algebra
The Algebra I curriculum stresses the usefulness of mathematics through reallife applications. Manipulatives and technology provide students with activities for exploring concepts. Topics covered include Solving Equations and Inequalities, Functions, Analyzing and Graphing Data, Probability, Percents, the Coordinate Plane and Graphing, Operations with Polynomials, Factoring Polynomials, Radicals, Quadratic Equations, Operations with Rational Expressions and Trigonometry.
Credit: 1
Geometry
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
The study of plane geometry is combined with topics in coordinate geometry, an introduction to trigonometry and periodic review of algebra skills. This course primarily focuses on the axiomatic system of Euclidean geometry and the deductive process, with an introduction to the inductive process as well. The properties of polygons and circles are studied in depth as well as the concepts of area, surface area, and volume. Students study congruency, similarity, and transformations to recognize the relationships between figures. “Geogebra”, a dynamic geometric software program is used both as a demonstration and as an investigative tool. Throughout, students will apply what they learn to reallife applications.
Credit: 1
Honors Geometry
The main purpose of the geometry curriculum is to develop geometric skills and concepts and the ability to construct formal logical arguments and proofs in a geometric setting. Geometry is a comprehensive course covering Euclidean geometry, geometric terms and processes, logic and problem solving and formal proofs. It also includes an introduction to trigonometry as well as three dimensional shapes.
Like the regular Geometry course, the Honors Geometry curriculum is based on the Pennsylvania State Geometry Standards. Honors Geometry is an alternative to Geometry for highly motivated mathematics students. The depth, breadth and rigor of the Honors Geometry course is intended to prepare students for success in higher mathematics courses. Accordingly, the curriculum is designed for students with a strong mathematics background who are able to commit to the additional workload and study time that may be required.
PreRequisites
In order to enroll in Honors Geometry, students must have

an average of 92 or higher in Algebra 1 and

a teacher recommendation and

a score of Proficient or Advanced on the Algebra 1 Keystone exam
Algebra II
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
This course extends studies begun in Algebra 1. Students graph and solve linear equations, inequalities and functions, as well as quadratic equations and functions. Matrices and determinants are used in the solution to systems of equations in two and three variables. Students explore the properties of exponents to solve radical equations and logarithmic equations. Students study square root, cube root and logarithmic functions. Included is the study of counting techniques and probability. Throughout, students will apply what they learn to reallife applications. Students will also learn how to effectively utilize the graphing calculator throughout the course.
Credit: 1
PreCalculus
Prerequisite: Algebra 2
The Precalculus course is primarily designed to prepare college capable students for calculus. The close relationships among algebra, geometry, trigonometry and elementary analytic geometry are investigated. This course should follow after Algebra II. This course is a natural progression for those students who will be embarking on a math or science major in college or who will complete the full sequence of math courses offered at Jenkintown High School.
Credit: 1
Statistics
Prerequisite: Algebra 2
The purpose of statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: (1) Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns, (2) Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study, (3) Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation, (4) Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.
Credit: 1
AP Calculus
Prerequisite: 90% or higher in Precalculus, Teacher Recommendation (Success in AP Calculus is closely tied to the preparation students have had in courses leading up to the AP course. Students should have demonstrated mastery of Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Precalculus.)
AP Calculus AB is primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasizes a multirepresentational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The focus of the course is neither manipulation nor memorization of an extensive taxonomy offunctions, curves, theorems, or problem types. The core of the course focuses on the central ideas of limits, derivatives, and integrals. As such, the course becomes a cohesive whole rather than a collection of unrelated topics, allowing students to develop an appreciation of calculus as a body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment.
Credit: 1
Guided Study Mathematics
Prerequisite: Teacher or guidance counselor recommendation
This course is designed to assist students on an individual basis. It aims to increase success in problemsolving and promotes confidence in mathematics. Priority is given to students scoring basic or below on the Algebra Keystone Assessment. (Course is graded as Pass/Fail.)
Credit: .5 or 1 elective credit.
Guided Study Mathematics
Prerequisite: Teacher or guidance counselor recommendation
This course is designed to assist students on an individual basis. It aims to increase success in problemsolving and promotes confidence in mathematics. Priority is given to students scoring basic or below on the Algebra Keystone Assessment. (Course is graded as Pass/Fail.)
Credit: .5 or 1 elective credit.
*Students who are strong in mathematics and have completed Algebra 1 may opt to take Geometry and Algebra II concurrently. However, there will be a probationary period for any student who chooses to do this. At the end of the first marking period, a student must have an average of 90% or above in Geometry and Algebra II. To remain in Algebra II, all students must have no more than 1 missed and 1 late assignment in either class. The student cannot remain enrolled in Algebra II if these requirements are unmet.