Senior Year Course Selection Powerpoint

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William Fremd
High School
Senior Year Math Course
Selection
Choosing the Right Path
For YOU!
Projected Enrollments
Multiple Math
Classes
33%
M359: AP Comp
Sci
17%
M579:
Multivariable
Calculus
25%
M419: AP
Statistics
25%
 Many students
elect to take
more than one
math class
their senior
year
What Class Should I Take Next Year?
 Here are a few things to ask
yourself when deciding what to
take:
 Which class(es) will I enjoy the most?
 Which class(es) will my college want me to
take?
 Remember colleges want to see
you taking FOUR CONSECUTIVE
YEARS of math while in high
school
Which Newspaper Headline Interests You The Most?
The Mathematics Times
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Second Sighting
of Faster-ThanLight Neutrinos
Two months after
scientists reported that
they had clocked
subatomic particles
known as neutrinos going
faster than the speed of
light, to the astonishment
and vocal disbelief of
most of the world’s
physicists, the same
scientists, performed a
second experiment that
confirmed its first
results…
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Health and
Happiness
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22% lower in people who
ate chocolate once a
week. Another found that
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46% lower in those who
ate 50g of chocolate once
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Google Algorithm
Changes Include
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Update
Google revised its
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algorithm is a recognition
that Google, whose
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providing the most useful
results, is being
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Course Selection by Interest:
M579:
Multivariable
Calculus
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•
•
•
Calculus
Thinking in 3D
Graphing
Analyzing functions
and how they
behave
• Enjoyed Physics B
or plan on taking
Physics C
• Enjoy reading news
stories or books
about physics,
weather models, or
engineering
M419:
AP Statistics
• Integration of many
subject areas
• Analyzing data and
using this data to
make informed
conclusions
• Writing
• Enjoy reading news
stories or books
about how people
behave or think,
how data is
gathered and
interpreted or
academic studies
• Healthy skepticism
of others’
interpretation of
data
M359:
AP Computer
Science
• Algorithms
• Logic
• Project-based
learning
• Analyzing problems
and breaking them
down
• Enjoy reading news
stories or books
about software,
mobile apps, or tech
companies like
Google
Course Selection by Major/Career Choice:
M579:
Multivariable
Calculus
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•
•
•
Mathematics
Physics
Chemistry
Math/Science
Education
• Engineering
• Material Sciences
• Electrical
• Mechanical
• Nuclear
• Aerospace
• Chemical
• Biomedical
M419:
AP Statistics
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Business
Economics
Biology, Physics
Applied
Mathematics
Engineering
• Civil
• Industrial
• Environmental
Social Sciences
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Anthropology
• Government
Journalism
Education
M359:
AP Computer
Science
• Computer Science
• Mathematics
• Information
Technology
• Art and 3D Modeling
• Mobile app design
• Website design
• Modeling real world
systems in biology,
economics, etc.
• Engineering
• Computer
• Civil
• Industrial
M579: Multivariable Calculus
 Earn U of I college credit
for the course instead of
AP credit
 Must have a 4 or 5 on the
AP Calc exam to enroll (U
of I requirement)
 Work with powerful
computer algebra software
on a daily basis
 Preview course materials at
Mr. Grattoni’s webpage
http://www.fhs.d211.org/departments/math/cgrattoni/M579/
M419: AP Statistics
 Earn possible
college credit by
AP exam
 Statistics is a set
of tools that
guides how data is
collected, analyzed
and interpreted
 Data collection in our world continues to
accelerate – we need people who can make
sense of it in all fields of study!
M359: AP Computer Science
 Earn possible
college credit by
AP exam
 Basics of
programming
using the JAVA
language
 Computer programming is used in physics,
engineering, applied mathematics and other
disciplines
M256: Introduction to
Computer Programming
 Projects include
interactive web pages,
mobile web apps and
PC/Xbox games
 Basics of
programming using
JavaScript, Visual
Basic and Visual C#
(with XNA)
 Covers the same
basic material as
the AP course,
without the AP rigor
(project-based
class; no written
tests)
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