# Course Catalog

## Course Catalog

Edmentum offers a broad range of rigorous and engaging courses paired with virtual instruction. Explore your options below.

Post Secondary STEM Library
Math

### Courses

##### Algebra 1 A/B

This course advances the ability of students to think algebraically, taking them from middle school work with variables and linear equations to the exploration of non-linear function types and more advanced calculations with variable expressions. Students will work with expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions. The course places considerable emphasis on identifying key features of functions in various forms, such as graphs, tables, and equations. It also fosters an understanding of functions as relationships that help people in many walks of life calculate and plan. The course brings these concepts to students in many forms, including interactive graphing, videos of solving problems, and many practice items.

##### Algebra 2 A/B

This course advances students’ ability to think algebraically, taking their earlier work with linear, exponential, and quadratic equations and expanding on it with polynomials and more advanced equation types. Students will work with rational, radical, logarithmic, inverse, and piecewise functions. They will also extend their studies to include systems of equations and inequalities, trigonometry, complex numbers, and statistics. The course emphasizes using these algebraic concepts to solve problems and help people in many walks of life. The course employs many tools to teach students these concepts, including interactive graphing, videos that walk through problems, and many practice items.

##### Integrated Math 3 A/B

Beginning with the simplification of rational and polynomial expressions, Semester A takes students through the next steps in mastering the principles of integrated math. These two semester-long courses focus on meeting Common Core objectives with engaging and interactive content. Semester B begins with the derivation of the trigonometric formula for the area of a triangle, and proceeds through the use of functions and on developing the critical thinking skills necessary to make logical and meaningful inferences from data.

##### Math 8 A/B

This course is designed to enable all students at the middle school level to develop a deep understanding of math objectives and leaves students ready for algebra. The first semester covers objectives in transformations, linear equations, systems of equations, and functions. The second semester focuses on scientific notation, roots, the Pythagorean Theorem and volume, and statistics and probability. The course is based on the Common Core State Standards Initiative and on a modern understanding of student learning in mathematics.

##### Probability & Statistics

This course is designed for students in grades 11 and 12 who may not have attained a deep and integrated understanding of the topics in earlier grades. Students acquire a comprehensive understanding of how to represent and interpret data; how to relate data sets; independent and conditional probability; applying probability; making relevant inferences and conclusions; and how to use probability to make decisions.

Science

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##### Chemistry A/B

This inquiry- and lab-based course is designed to support modern science curriculum and teaching practices. It robustly meets NGSS learning standards associated with high school chemistry along with additional concepts and standards typically included in a full-year high school chemistry course. Content topics include atoms and elements, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, quantitative chemistry, molecular-level forces, solutions, and energy and changes in matter.

It also addresses additional concepts and standards typically included in a full-year high school chemistry course, including molar concentrations, acid-base reactions, advanced stoichiometry, gas laws, and organic compounds.  Each lesson includes one or more inquiry-based activities that can be performed online within the context of the lesson. In addition, the course includes a significant number of hands-on lab activities. Approximately 40% of student time in this course is devoted to true lab experiences, as defined by the National Research Council (2006, p. 3).

Lab materials note: Most hands-on labs employ relatively-common household materials. A few labs require specialized scientific equipment or materials, such as an electronic balance (0.01g), graduated cylinders, test tubes, and chemical reagents. These few specialized labs are optional but provide valuable laboratory experience. School laboratories may be used for these specialized labs or single-student Edmentum Lab Kits may be purchased from Ward’s Science. Please refer to the Student Syllabus or Teacher’s Guide for details on lab materials.

##### Integrated Physics & Chemistry A/B

The lessons in this course employ direct-instruction approaches. They include application and Inquiry-oriented activities that facilitate the development of higher-order cognitive skills, such as logical reasoning, sense-making, and problem solving.

##### Physics A/B

Physics introduces students to the physics of motion, properties of matter, force, heat, vector, light, and sound. Students learn the history of physics from the discoveries of Galileo and Newton to those of contemporary physicists. The course focuses more on explanation than calculation and prepares students for introductory quantitative physics at the college level. Additional areas of discussion include gases and liquids, atoms, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear physics.

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To generate skills for lifelong learning, 25 percent of the lessons in Advanced Biology use student-driven, constructivist approaches for concept development. The remaining lessons employ direct-instruction approaches. In both cases, the lessons incorporate multimedia-rich, interactive resources to make learning an engaging experience. The AP approach to advanced biology topics helps students achieve mastery of abstract concepts and their application in everyday life and in STEM-related professions.

This course grounds the study of calculus in real-world scenarios and integrates it with the four STEM disciplines. The first semester covers functions, limits, derivatives and the application of derivatives. The course goes on to cover differentiation and antidifferentiation, applications of integration, inverse functions, and techniques of integration.

Advanced Chemistry includes most of the 22 laboratory experiments recommended by the College Board to provide a complete advanced experience in a blended environment. More than 25 percent of the online lesson modules are inquiry-based and employ online simulations, data-based analysis, online data-based tools, and ―kitchen sink labs that require no specialized equipment or supervision. Many of the lessons include significant practice in stoichiometry and other critical, advanced chemistry skills.

##### Developmental Math 1 - Pre-Algebra

Pre-algebra uses a spiraling curriculum approach by which each unit builds on the skills and knowledge gained in the previous unit. It, along with the other developmental math courses, emphasizes the demonstration of the mastery of mathematical concepts through problem solving. The course's seven units range from the introduction of whole numbers to solving linear equations, concluding in week 24 with an overview exponents and polynomials. A variety of standard learning aids are provided to support the learner, as are an array of specific math specific tools.

##### Developmental Math 2 - Beginning Algebra

Building on the skills developed in Pre-Algebra, the nine units in Beginning Algebra span approximately 21 weeks of instruction. This engaging and comprehensive course includes online courseware, offline activities, and supplemental enrichment activities leveraging a variety of Internet resources. Units include a two week introduction to graphing as well as an approximately two and a half week unit of graphing linear equations and inequalities. The final unit covers rational expressions, and is followed by an end-of-semester test.

##### Developmental Math 3 - Intermediate Algebra

As with other Plato courses, each unit in Developmental Math 3 includes a pretest that allows learners to be exempted from material they already know, and lets them focus solely on the skills and concepts they have yet to master. This creates a more effective learning experience by creating a more personalized learning experience. The five units in this course include: essentials of algebra; rational exponents and radicals; quadratic equations; functions; and exponential and logarithmic functions. Unit post-tests inform teachers of the concept mastery achieved by each.

##### Developmental Math 4 - Advanced Algebra

This course prepares learners for trigonometry and for whatever their next steps are in mathematics. It provides a more in-depth study of nonlinear equations, inequalities, and functions, while also covering induction, sequences, and counting. Other units include functions and conic sections. The units are intentionally sequential and use a spiraling curriculum approach to ensure that each unit builds on the previous units. The course is engaging, rigorous, and highly interactive, and was developed using proven pedagogical methodologies.

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