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Cortland High School Adds Two New Mathematics Courses

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Students at Cortland Junior-Senior High School will soon have more opportunities to sharpen their math skills while earning college credit, with the recent approval of two new elective courses by the Board of Education.

The first elective is Technical Math, a course designed to meet the needs of juniors and seniors interested in various technology programs.

Among the topics covered will be fundamental algebraic operations, linear equations, functions, applied geometry, trigonometry, and vector analysis.

“The technical math is a great option for seniors who do not want to head in to Algebra 2 or pre-calc but still want to remain math active,” said School Counselor Kindra Catalano. “I encourage all students to take math all four years of high school; prepping for SAT testing and strengthening their transcript. It can only help them in the future college/career opportunities. Basic math knowledge will be a requirement no matter what career path a student chooses.”

Also added is a course entitled Algebra 2R Honors, which will fulfill requirements for both the New York State course of Algebra 2 and TC3’s MATH 120 college algebra course.

Students will be able to earn college credit while covering linear, quadratic, absolute value, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic expressions/equations/functions.

They’ll also study function notation, graphing functions, transformations of functions, inverses, complex numbers, and linear, absolute value, and quadratic inequalities.

Students can sign up for the new math electives beginning this January, when they meet with their school counselor to make their schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.

Visit the Cortland High School math website for more information.

“What I really want students to understand is that by staying ‘math active’ and taking math all four years of high school, you put yourself at an advantage starting college no matter where you decide to go to school,” said Math Department chair Abbey Albright. “For example, most SUNY colleges require three credit hours of math, regardless of what your major is. If students choose to take one of these math electives, they have the opportunity to fulfill their general education requirements.”

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