Junior Courses

JUNIOR YEAR COURSES
 
MATH ANALYSIS: dual enrollment MTH 166 (4 credits) and MTH 168 (3 credits)
A pre-calculus course that includes an in-depth conceptual analysis of algebraic, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Topics include graphical behavior, domains and ranges, roots (real & complex), the first derivative, graphing, application problem solving and data analysis, and an introduction to integration. Parametric equations are presented with a focus on applications and conceptual analysis. Analysis includes required algebraic proofs and/or conceptual explanations in written and oral presentations. Graphing calculators, spreadsheets, and a computer algebra system are used extensively. The study of matrices is included, and optional topics include an introduction to sequences and series.

CALCULUS I: dual enrollment MTH 263 (4 credits) (May be taught in one OR two semesters)
A college level study of differential calculus; this course includes the study of limits, continuity, derivatives (concept and definition), derivatives of parametric equations and polar curves, differentiation techniques (including inverse trigonometric functions), curve sketching, optimization applications and an introduction to antiderivatives and definite integrals with applications.

PHYSICS
CVGS physics is a college level introduction using basic calculus and vector analysis to study the particle and wave nature of everyday phenomena. Topics include Newtonian and fluid mechanics, conservation laws, thermodynamics, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Concepts are explored and applied through hands-on activities and in a computer-based laboratory through investigations requiring data collection and analysis or use of models and computer simulations that show interdisciplinary relationships between physics, life sciences, mathematics, and technology. Development of problem solving, analytical thinking, laboratory, and communication skills is also stressed.

RESEARCH
This unique course is an introduction to the research process including literature research, project design, elementary statistical analysis, scientific writing and multimedia presentations. Each student completes an individual research project. Students design a study, collect and analyze data, and report the results in paper, PowerPoint, and poster formats. The statistical analysis of data is conducted using Microsoft Excel. During the second semester students complete a 36-hour internship.