# MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Math and science provide a framework for the circuitry of your mind. The goal is to make connections between the information presented so you have a solid mental framework for understanding ourselves, each other, and the world around us, therefore building better decision making skills.

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SUMMER & FALL SCHEDULE (registration is open for all courses)

2023 Summer Semester 1: June 12- June 30 2023 Fall Semester Begins: Monday, August 21st

2023 Summer Semester 2: July 10-28 2024 Spring Semester Begins: Monday, January 8th

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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ALGEBRA I

Full Year Course - 1.0 Credit

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This course is THE most important class your child will ever take in school and therefore I made my kids take it twice! Everything in higher math and science builds from this fundamental class and your child's success in high school and college is directly dependent on their confident mastery of this course material. Algebra is learning to use variables and solve equations for unknowns and all the rules that pertain to the mysterious "x"! This full year course is geared toward eighth and ninth graders starts with a review of pre-algebra and moves into equations and inequalities, graphing, polynomials, exponents, and more. Skills learned in this course will prepare students for chemistry and physics, as well as for upper levels of math. Once you master the foundational skill, you can then jump, jog, skip, etc. on to the more advanced courses.

ALGEBRA II & TRIGONOMETRY

Full Year Course - 1.0 Credit - Honors

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This course builds off of Algebra 1 skill and strengthens them through more advanced problem solving. Students will be able to make calculations regarding functions, exponential growth, arithmetic functions using variables, and much more. Algebra 2 is the third math course in high school and will guide you through among other things linear equations, inequalities, graphs, matrices, polynomials and radical expressions, quadratic equations, functions, exponential and logarithmic expressions, sequences and series, probability and trigonometry.

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PRE-CALCULUS

Full Year Course - 1.0 Credit - Honors

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This course is designed for upper-level high school students who have already completed Algebra 1, and Algebra 2 & Trigonometry. This course cover trig, changing derivative functions, limiting functions, graphing, exponential and logarithmic functions, conics, systems of equations, matrices, sequences, the binomial theorem, and prepare your child for college Calculus! These higher math courses will develop valuable critical thinking skills necessary for complex problem solving. Complex ideas will be broken down in a succinct organizational structure so students can understand and apply their knowledge. Math does not need to be difficult and every student can become an expert if it is taught in a clear, concise manner for students to fully absorb. They will finally develop confidence in math!

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GEOMETRY

Full Year Course - 1.0 Credit - Honors

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This class introduces the key shapes of the triangle and the circle which are imperative to understanding the world around us. Proofs teach you to problem solve in a systematic, step by step manner in which you justify your results. Geometry provides the foundation students need for physics, therefore, these will be offered together so students can finally make connections between math and science.

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BIOLOGY

Full Year Course - 1.0 Credit - Honors

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This biology course is taught with a Christian worldview and is the first journey to high school science. high school students explore human biology, and more. This course will cover the most important aspects of our understanding of our natural world including ecology, zoology, botany, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, origins, respiration cycles, ecosystems, reproduction, and the miracle of life. There will be hands-on labs to better engage with the material, along with group projects. Learning to memorize and retain information is a key skill for college prep which is often neglected, but in this class students will understand how to structure their mind and notes for optimum retention.

CHEMISTRY

Full Year Course - 1.0 Credit - Honors

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Chemistry introduces students to the molecular world of life around us. Understanding a basic foundation in atoms, the periodic table, molecular bonding, and much more will help students get an amazing glimpse into the unseen world. The beauty and complexity of life around us will be celebrated through the majesty of God’s work. Our passion to teach through this lens of appreciation and gratitude will lay the groundwork for most of our science courses. We will have lab and group work to better visualize this mystical world.

PHYSICS

Full Year Course - 1.0 Credit - Honors

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Physics gives students a glimpse into the micro and macro forces that provide a circuitry of connection between us and our universe. These forces are a code of law that we are bound to every single day, and understanding them will help our students manage boundaries in all aspects of life. This class can be challenging to students, but don't shy away from it. It is absolutely necessary in not only understanding the space around us but in appreciating the grand design of earth and space as well. We have a passion to understand more complex, mind bending topics such as quantum physics and string theory, which will be studied by our students.

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All of the Math and Science courses offered at Athena may be using Schoolhouse Teachers.

Those enrolled in the math and science classes at Athena may need to purchase a Schoolhouse Teachers membership through the link provided. Although subscriptions to this platform vary in price, they are very affordable and helpful to our student's understanding.