Course Descriptions and Numbers

The information on this page has been updated for the 2018-19 school year. Please see the 2017-18 course description catalog for this school year.

Algebra I (NCAA, RAI)
MTH103 and MTH104
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course

Algebra I is a two-semester course aligned with the High School Iowa Core Math Standards. Topics include solving, writing, and graphing linear equations; quadratic equations and functions; polynomials; systems of equations; radicals; rational expressions; as well as probability and statistics (data analysis).

Algebra II (NCAA)
MTH301 and MTH302
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Geometry A or B

Algebra II is a two-semester course for students who have successfully completed Geometry and desire another year of mathematics. The same text is used as in Algebra II and Trigonometry B or C, but there is less emphasis on challenge and enrichment exercises and no trigonometry topics are covered. Topics that are covered include a review of algebra, complex numbers, quadratic functions, polynomial equations, exponents, logarithms, sequences, and series.

Algebra II Math Lab
MTH515 and MTH516
(Elective 11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II

Algebra II Math Lab is a required yearlong, two-credit elective course that meets every day. The course is designed to raise students’ Algebra problem-solving skills and conceptual understanding. This course is grounded in providing pre-teaching, re-teaching, and support for the Algebra II Course. This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Geometry and enrolling in Algebra II. This course does not meet NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.

Algebra II and Trigonometry B (NCAA, RAI)
MTH303 and MTH304

(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Geometry B

Algebra II and Trigonometry B is a two-semester course that places an emphasis on the understanding of mathematical structures and processes. Functions of real numbers, one of the central ideas in mathematics, are studied throughout the course, and skill in algebraic manipulation is strengthened. Topics of study include rational exponents, complex numbers, and trigonometry. Challenge exercises encourage students to apply their knowledge at higher levels. Changes from this course to Algebra II may be made with teacher recommendation and must be completed during the first 10 weeks of the semester.

Algebra II and Trigonometry C (NCAA, RAI)
MTH305 and MTH306
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Geometry C at Valley Southwoods or teacher recommendation

Algebra II and Trigonometry C is an enriched two-semester course with text identical to Algebra II and Trigonometry B. All topics are covered in greater depth than in the other Algebra II & Trigonometry course, and additional enrichment topics are discussed. Algebra II and Trigonometry C is recommended for students who plan to take AP Calculus at Valley. Changes from this course to Algebra II and Trigonometry B may be made with teacher recommendation and must be completed during the first 10 weeks of the semester.

AP Calculus AB (DMACC, NCAA, RAI)
MTH501 and MTH502
(Elective 11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus or Algebra II and Trig C

AP Calculus AB is a two-semester college-level calculus course. Topics include the algebra of functions, limits, continuity, the derivative and its applications, differentials, integration and integration techniques, and the definite integral (including volumes and areas). Technology will be used to explore functions graphically, use numerical data, and model real-world applications.

It must be taken for DMACC credit. Effective for math classes, all students who wish to enroll in a DMACC mathematics course for the first time will be required to take the ALEKS mathematics placement assessment. The results of this exam will determine eligibility for the math course students wish to take.

Taking the Advanced Placement exam is the culmination of the AP course curriculum. Therefore, students who choose not to take the AP exam will not have completed the course and will have the AP designation removed from their transcript. Accelerated Calculus AB will become the course designation for both semesters. AP courses receive a weighted grade when students complete BOTH semesters and the AP exam.

AP Calculus BC (DMACC, NCAA, RAI)
MTH503 and MTH504
(Elective 11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC is a two-semester college-level calculus course, which includes all of the topics of AP Calculus AB, most in greater depth. Additional topics include vector functions and parametrically defined functions, polar coordinates, integral applications (arc length, work, area of a surface of revolution), sequences and series, and elementary differential equations. Technology will be used to explore functions graphically, use numerical data, and model real-world applications.

It must be taken for DMACC credit. Effective for math classes, all students who wish to enroll in a DMACC mathematics course for the first time will be required to take the ALEKS mathematics placement assessment. The results of this exam will determine eligibility for the math course students wish to take.

Taking the Advanced Placement exam is the culmination of the AP course curriculum. Therefore, students who choose not to take the AP exam will not have completed the course and will have the AP designation removed from their transcript. Accelerated Calculus BC will become the course designation for both semesters. AP courses receive a weighted grade when students complete BOTH semesters and the AP exam.

Each exam has a cost that will be incurred by the student. If students are in need of financial assistance to help with the cost of AP exams, please see your assigned counselor for information.

AP Statistics (DMACC, NCAA, RAI)
MTH409 and MTH410
(Elective 11-12) Full-Year Course

AP Statistics is a two-semester college level statistics course. The purpose of AP 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
  5. Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit, advanced placement, or both for a one-semester introductory college statistics course.

It must be taken for DMACC credit. Effective for math classes, all students who wish to enroll in a DMACC mathematics course for the first time will be required to take the ALEKS mathematics placement assessment. The results of this exam will determine eligibility for the math course students wish to take.

Taking the Advanced Placement exam is the culmination of the AP course curriculum. Therefore, students who choose not to take the AP exam will not have completed the course and will have the AP designation removed from their transcript. Accelerated Statistics will become the course designation for both semesters. AP courses receive a weighted grade when students complete BOTH semesters and the AP exam.

Each exam has a cost that will be incurred by the student. If students are in need of financial assistance to help with the cost of AP exams, please see your assigned counselor for information.

Functions with Analytic Geometry (NCAA, RAI)
MTH405 and MTH406
(Elective 11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Trigonometry B/C

Functions with Analytic Geometry will explore mathematical systems. The first semester will study various functions and their inverses. Students will investigate algebraic, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Topics will include algebraic manipulation as well as graphical representation and transformations. Second semester will develop concepts of Analytic Geometry including explorations with parametric equations, sequences, series, and limits. Second-semester topics will reinforce student understanding of the functions studied in first semester.

Geometry A (NCAA, RAI)
MTH203 and MTH204
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra A

Geometry A is a two-semester course, which uses the same text and course outline as Geometry B. Topics include congruence and similarity of figures, right triangles, area, volume, and coordinate geometry. Students learn to analyze and solve problems, maintain their algebra skills, and organize and compose proofs.

Geometry A Math Lab
MTH513 and MTH514
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Geometry A

Geometry A Math Lab is a required yearlong two credit elective course that meets every day. The course is designed to raise students’ geometry problem-solving skills and conceptual understanding. The course is grounded in providing pre-teaching, re-teaching, and support for the Geometry A course. This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra I and enrolling in Geometry A. This course does not meet NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.

Geometry B (NCAA, RAI)
MTH205 and MTH206
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra B

Geometry B is a two-semester course, which involves the development and study of a mathematical system. This course is designed to review and strengthen algebraic skills, develop deductive and inductive reasoning ability, and increase spatial perception. The topics include principles of logic, parallelism, congruence, similarity, circles, spheres, constructions and loci, areas, volumes, coordinate geometry, and transformations. Changes from this course to Geometry A may be made with teacher recommendation and must be completed during the first 10 weeks of the semester.

Geometry B (Blended Instruction) (NCAA)
MTH901 and MTH902
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra B

Geometry B is a two-semester course, which involves the development and study of a mathematical system. This course is designed to review and strengthen algebraic skills, develop deductive and inductive reasoning ability, and increase spatial perception. The topics include principles of logic, parallelism, congruence, similarity, circles, spheres, constructions and loci, areas, volumes, coordinate geometry, and transformations. Changes from this course to Geometry A may be made with teacher recommendation, and must be completed during the first ten weeks of the semester. The course will be set-up in a fashion that requires the student to receive the delivery of instruction in the classroom and through a digital online media.

Mathematics Topics I
MTH101
(Elective 11-12) First Semester

Mathematics Topics I is a one-semester course for students who have experienced difficulty in previous mathematics courses. It emphasizes upgrading and mastering basic skills and becoming familiar with concepts which involve these skills. Students who have successfully completed another high school math course should not register for this course.

Mathematics Topics II
MTH102
(Elective 11-12) Second Semester

Mathematics Topics II is a one-semester course where the emphasis is on the study of mathematics involved in consumer decisions. Topics covered include earning money, checking accounts, savings accounts, credit cards, income tax, buying a car, comparative shopping, reading and constructing graphs, and pre-algebra. A student may take a full year of Mathematics Topics (I and II) or one semester (either I or II).

Pre-Calculus (DMACC, NCAA, RAI)
MTH403 and MTH404
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Trigonometry B or C

Pre-Calculus begins with a study of mathematical systems. First semester will explore various functions and their inverses. Second semester will deal with concepts in Analytical Geometry including in-depth explorations with parametric equations, polar coordinates, and conic sections. Each topic during second semester will reinforce the students understanding of the functions discussed during first semester. Pre-Calculus is recommended for students who plan on taking Calculus AB at Valley, or for those who have an interest in studying Business, Engineering, Medicine, or other math- and science-based fields.

It must be taken for DMACC credit. Effective for math classes, all students who wish to enroll in a DMACC mathematics course for the first time will be required to take the ALEKS mathematics placement assessment. The results of this exam will determine eligibility for the math course students wish to take.

Statistics (NCAA, RAI)
MTH407 or MTH408
(Elective 11-12) First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Algebra II or Algebra II and Trigonometry B/C

Statistics is a one-semester course with topics including data collection, graphical representation of data, percentiles, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, standard scores, and hypotheses testing.

Trigonometry (NCAA, RAI)
MTH401 or MTH402
(Elective 11-12) First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Algebra II or current enrollment in Algebra II

Trigonometry is a one-semester course covering trigonometry functions, inverse trig functions, graphing, trigonometry identities, applications, trigonometry equations, and polar coordinates. Students who have successfully completed Algebra II and Trigonometry B or C may not enroll in this course.