Elective Courses

English

George Orwell’s 1984 is widely known, but the progenitor of 20th century dystopian fiction, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, is less so. In Russian Literature: Dystopia we will read both novels with the express purpose of determining whether 1984 derives from We and, if so, to what extent. Students in the course will be asked to prepare for and conduct a trial of Orwell on charges of intellectual and artistic appropriation, as well as being tasked with writing their own dystopian fiction, based upon or inspired by these works and/or current events.

Open to all seniors and to juniors with permission of Department Chair.

If race has no genetic or biological basis why does it matter so much? How has the notion of race been created and maintained over the last 300 years of American history? What are the impacts of racial categories in society? This course will explore the development of the idea of race through anthropological and historical research, and will apply these insights to works of fiction. Students will gain valuable tools for interpreting and discussing a thorny and problematic topic, and for analyzing current events and everyday interactions. Students will choose whether to earn History or English credit through varied assignments, but all students will read the major assigned texts. This course is cross-listed with History. Students will need to choose which department to receive credit in.

Open to all seniors and to juniors with permission of Department Chair.

Fifteen or so years ago, two Darrow faculty members made ambitiously wishful plans to make a film based upon Yuri Olesha’s novel Envy. This enigmatic work, with its vibrant poetic language, memorable characters, stunning imagery, and complex narrative structure recommends itself for translation to a performing arts medium. So, although the two faculty members never acted on their nascent idea, in Russian Literature: Screenplay Project, students will immerse themselves in Envy and will create a screenplay based upon that experience.

Open to all seniors and to juniors with permission of Department Chair.

What can reading poetry teach us about the relationship between creativity and critical thinking? Between writing and living? What is a poem? What is a good poem? Poetry makes us think about what it means to be human; it paints a picture of how and why we think, and what we ought to think about. No matter what your interests, learning how to read a poem can hone the precision of your thinking, the grace of your expression, and the expansiveness of your thought. This course is an inquiry into the oldest form of literature and an exploration of what is arguably the most complex and profound expression of human experience. The course consists of 75% literary analysis and 25% of the student’s original writing. In addition to a wide selection of poems written in different forms and from different eras, the course will also feature a focus on the poetry of the Beat Generation. We will consider these poets, as well as many others, in an effort to explore their individual perspectives regarding the human condition throughout the ages.

Open to all seniors and to juniors with permission of Department Chair.

What does it mean to belong? How does it feel not to belong? What does the process of belonging look and feel like? In this course, we will write our own narratives of belonging while reading literature by and about immigrants, including poetry, short stories, and a novel that explores these themes. Using the immigrant experience as our lens, we will analyze films and talk with guest speakers to learn how others process culture shock, acculturation, integration, and assimilation. Students will be graded on one analytical essay and one personal narrative, as well as leading class discussions. The final project will be curating a story slam about belonging that will be performed for the Darrow community.

In this semester-long course, we will explore the common themes that are found in sacred texts throughout the world, including creation, destruction (sin), redemption, and salvation. We will use Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth as our guide as we explore texts including the Torah, Qur’an, Bible, Vedas, and other important texts from world religions. Students will read these texts critically, looking for the themes that arise in each of them. How are they similar? How do they differ? How does text become sacred? How does culture impact the sacred? As students become familiar with those themes present in all sacred texts, they will be asked to begin looking for themes in the texts that have had significance in their lives. At the end of the semester, students will identify a text that has helped create meaning in their lives and analyze that text through the framework of the course.

Open to all seniors and to juniors with permission of Department Chair.

History

Lyall Watson famously stated, “If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t.” Nevertheless, we will take a crack at using our mighty brains to gain insight into ourselves and those around us. In this survey course, students will be introduced to core concepts and methods of inquiry and evaluation in the study of psychology. We will take every opportunity to relate these concepts to our own experiences and perceptions, an endeavor uniquely suited to the subject of psychology. Among the topics covered will be the history of psychology, major psychological theories, sensation and perception, learning and memory, intelligence and testing, developmental psychology, states of consciousness, personality, motivation and emotion, prejudice and discrimination, group dynamics, abnormal psychology, treatment and therapies, and careers in psychology. At the end of the course students should have a greater understanding of psychology as a field of inquiry, increased insight into the complex factors that drive our behavior, and be intelligent consumers of psychological theories.

Open to all seniors, and to juniors with permission of the Department Chair.

In the 1950s, civic engagement was at an all-time high but what were the social implications? The class will read excerpts from Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam to discuss the dissolution of social attendance, coupled with the rise of technological achievements. The course will also have a civic engagement experiential element, consisting of the creation of a social compact regarding participation in government. We will also examine the Darrow community: its components, its mission, and its identity. We will collaborate as a group to create a visual representation of our conclusions.

Open to all seniors, and to juniors with permission of the Department Chair.

This course will complement Sacred Text by delving into attempts to answer the big questions of existence, knowledge, and morality from the perspective of human reason rather than faith (or, as the Greeks had it, logos instead of mythos). Students will learn about major philosophical thinkers and ideas to encourage critical thinking, self-reflection, and the examination of ideas often taken for granted. They will begin by exploring the way major topics of inquiry were identified in classical Greece, and how those topics came to dominate the western philosophical tradition. The course will then delve into the philosophy of religion, including the various attempts to prove the existence of God, and the explanations for the existence of evil in the world. Students will then move to the study of moral philosophy, in particular the ideas of Mill and Kant, as well as the various critiques of their ideas, in order to better understand the development of moral and political frameworks that inform our lives, both on an individual and societal level. After analyzing the response to Kant by German idealists, primarily Hegel, students will dive into the Marxian tradition, and conclude the course with the major trends of late 19th-century and 20th-century philosophy, primarily existentialism.

Open to all seniors, and to juniors with permission of the Department Chair.

“What if…?” Alternate history is a relatively new field of historical inquiry that attempts to deepen our understanding and appreciation of actual history by imagining alternate outcomes to pivotal historical events. What if… Lincoln had not been assassinated? Hitler had invaded and conquered Britain in 1940? John Adams had refused to relinquish the presidency to Thomas Jefferson in 1801? The Nationalists had won China’s civil war? Rather than Native Americans being decimated by European diseases, it had happened the other way around? Respected historians and accomplished fiction writers have contributed vivid and compelling historical scenarios to the growing body of alternate history work. Following a study of the real history of selected events, we will read and analyze corresponding alternate history accounts of these events. Students will also research, write, and present their own alternate history scenarios. Through answering the overarching question of “What if…?” students will develop their historical knowledge, critical thinking, and historical imagination.

InHumanity taps into current events and 20th-century history to survey the extreme poles of human political behavior, ranging from the deplorable to the sublime. This course will be organized into biweekly themes, oscillating between topics that include, but are not limited to, the Nazi Holocaust, César Chávez’s NFWA, the Syrian civil war, Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD, the Native American experience in the modern United States, and a range of nonprofit activist organizations working to advance justice and the human condition. Students will adopt research topics of their own interest about which they will educate their peers and teacher alike. By independently researching and comparatively analyzing modern episodes of noble humanity and egregious inhumanity, together we will attempt to establish a set of universal truths regarding humans at our very best and absolute worst.

Open to all seniors, and to juniors with permission of the Department Chair.

In Women and Leadership, students will learn to understand and articulate the unique challenges that are facing modern society. Students will study and research how gender and related factors influence leadership styles and will learn strategies to facilitate inclusion and social justice for women. We will study prominent women throughout history and how they navigated through their own pressures or challenges to accomplish great things. We will work on communication, leadership, problem-solving skills, and team-building exercises as ways to promote inclusivity. Students will leave Women and Leadership feeling more equipped to implement positive change on behalf of women in the greater society.

Open to all seniors, and to juniors with permission of the Department Chair.

How do you best create and build a successful 21st-century enterprise? This course introduces students to the basic concepts of building a modern business, with the goal of each student building a business plan by the end of the semester for either a not-for-profit or for-profit business. We will study the stories behind the rise of several companies, and the decisions that put them on the road to success. Course topics will include: lean startup methodology; case studies of successful businesses; nonprofit business management; how to read profit/loss statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements; how to identify business opportunities; the basics of marketing; the basics of human resources; and the uses and dangers of debt.

Science

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to play a sport on the moon? Or have you wanted to design a roller coaster ride? Physics allows you to understand how matter and energy interact so that you can meaningfully engage in exploring these questions and more. This class will be organized around a series of design challenges that will be based upon your growing knowledge of mechanics, acoustics, optics, heat, electricity, magnetism, and other aspects of physics. We will investigate these concepts together and apply engineering practices to meet the goals of each challenge.

A robot is an embedded configuration of software and hardware designed to interact with its surroundings autonomously and or via human input. This includes everything from a vending machine to the Mars Exploration Rovers. Robotics is a hands-on introduction to the concepts and applications of robots. Students develop computer programming logic and reasoning skills as they design, build, and program robots within an engineering context. Students work in teams to build a variety of fixed and mobile devices focused upon meeting the criteria of design challenges such as simulating a fire rescue or making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This class is open to all levels of experience.

Students will identify plant life on campus, learn to forage and harvest plants, and learn techniques for preservation and medicinal use of the plants. This course focuses on sense of place as well as Darrow’s Shaker history. Students will gain lab experience and will examine the ways in which modern techniques differ from those the Shakers used. Students will also grow and harvest their own plants for use. Time will be spent outside, researching techniques, and creating actual balms, salves, tinctures, etc., from the gathered plants. We will also explore more complicated chemical processes, like extracting essential oils. All levels of science experience welcome.

The purpose of this course is to increase the student’s knowledge and understanding of human physiology, and the adaptations that occur during exercise. Exercise physiology is a branch of biology that deals with the functioning of the human body during exercise. An understanding of how the body responds to acute and chronic exercise is crucial for the physical educator, athletic trainer, coach, fitness expert, or exercise physiologist. Emphasis is placed on environmental factors affecting athletic performance, as well as circulatory, respiratory, and neuromuscular responses to the physical stress of exercise. The objective of this course is for students to gain an understanding and working knowledge of how the body responds to exercise so that they can apply this knowledge to their personal lives and chosen careers. The course is recommended for students interested in the fields of health care, biology, or exercise science.

Have you ever wondered how web pages are made? Have you ever wanted to create your own web page? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this class may be for you. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to planning and designing effective web pages; implementing web pages by writing HTML, HTML5, and CSS (cascading style sheets) code. We will also learn how to enhance web pages with the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, graphics, images, and multimedia. This class will consist largely of independent work with some instructional periods, as well as tests. No prior knowledge of HTML or web design is necessary for this course.

A basic overview of forensic science, covering fingerprinting, observation, crime scene processing techniques, data collection, microscopic evidence analysis, blood analysis, footprints, and other areas of interest. Students will gain a basic understanding of forensic science terminology, techniques, and skills. Students will improve skills such as observation, microscope and slide handling, research, analysis, and critical thinking.

Have you ever wondered what’s inside the machines we use on a daily basis? Mechanical Science will allow you to access the inner workings of some basic tools and machines to gain a deeper understanding of how humans have engineered some elegant solutions to make our lives easier. We will learn to use simple hand tools as well as manual and electronic measuring instruments to take apart and put back together basic mechanical devices. We will focus on gears, motors, engines, and simple electronic circuits in devices to understand how these tools and machines function. Historical perspective will be gained through learning about Renaissance-era work with simple machines and we will use algebraic equations that allow us to calculate mechanical advantage based on these simple concepts. Lastly, we will focus on furthering our manual competency as we learn how to physically take something apart, problem-solving when we can’t immediately solve a problem in front of us, and good teamwork skills when a third or fourth hand, or second pair of eyes, is needed. Get your hands dirty and take it apart!

Students will learn to understand and program in the C programming language. This course is an introduction and requires no prior programming experience, but does require a background in Algebra II. Students will learn the basics of C, including how to write programs and use proper programming “grammar.” Course topics will include, but are not limited to, understanding and using different data types and functions; using arrays; utilizing if, if-else, and else-if statements; and utilizing “while” loops and “for” loops. Students need to have a Windows or Apple laptop to bring to class.

Performing Arts

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the art of film, and the technological medium of digital video, in numerous ways. Sampling various films, the class will first watch scenes from films of historical note, the first motion pictures ever made, and the most innovative films of the 20th century, to gain an understanding of film’s origins. Students will learn scene analysis, exploring the content in the scene, how it was made, and why the filmmakers made the choices they did. They will apply this method of analysis to different genres of film—documentary, narrative, and experimental—to build an understanding of each genre for their main project. After this introductory unit of screening and analysis, students will be tasked with creating their own short film of five to eight minutes, choosing from various formats to experience the filmmaking process firsthand. Instructional workshops on basic camerawork with the school’s cameras and basic editing on Adobe Premiere Pro will be provided. Students will create a shooting schedule, coordinate with their classmates, and manage the equipment they must use as they acquire skills in cinematography and editing. The films will be screened for the school community at the end of the semester, where students will speak to the public about their work.

Video is a medium that is growing in relevance every day. The better equipped Darrow students are with video recording and editing technology, and how to convey meaning and information with these tools, the more useful they will be in our changing world. In this course, students will spend time working as a team, as leaders of their peers, and as creative colleagues. They will learn valuable lessons about collaborative problem-solving and community spirit by having to complete a high-quality film. The screening of a film festival at the end of the year, for the school community and the public, teaches them the value of exhibition, and working together towards the greater good of pleasing the community.

Students in this course will work to improve their ensemble playing, as well as their individual musicianship. This group will work on standards, blues, and fusion, as well as contemporary and original compositions. On and off campus performances will be included.

Prerequisites: Musical experience required

Chorus is Darrow's vocal ensemble, which explores music from the Renaissance to modern pop, and from world music to original songs. Each member of the Darrow Chorus learns to read music and develop their voice for choral singing. Chorus members sing at various performances including school concerts, Miss Hall's Coordinate Concert, and other off-campus concerts.

Students will utilize state-of-the-art technology to create, compose, remix, and record music. We will learn programs including ProTools, Logic, and more.

In this course, students will analyze and explore numerous performance writers, styles, and contents. Each week students will build their writing skills while learning performance tools through a workshop-style classroom setting culminating, each final class, in a table reading of that week’s work. Throughout the semester, students will be required to read from a diverse collection of published plays representing different genres and playwrights. From the weekly writing prompts, students will have the opportunity to read and hear each other’s pieces during the Writer’s Workshop. Students will choose to focus on their own favorite original piece to present in a “staged reading” style for their original one-act final exam. Students will be encouraged to invite members outside the class to be a part of the audience. This course is cross-listed with English. Students will need to choose which department to receive credit in.

Open to all seniors, and to juniors with permission of the Department Chair.

Students will gain exposure to a broad spectrum of performance modes. Students will be examining performance behaviors in, ritual, play, spectacle, identity, everyday life, the arts, and performance history. Additionally, students will study different areas of performance studies (including storytelling, performance art, film, music, and dramaturgy), design/tech, and/or musical theater. Throughout the semester students will be delivering individual presentations focused on connecting to their own aesthetic. Projects combine written and performance elements to help students develop as scholar-practitioners.

Many of the foundational features of this course will explore, generally, the intersection of art and social change. Once reviewed, we will hone in on the particular role of music as a catalyst for change. Topics of exploration may include the following:

  • An inquiry into the philosophy of aesthetics. How does art impact us and how can our experiences with art transform ourselves and society at large?
  • An inquiry into the philosophy of civil society. What issues in contemporary life may be keeping us from coexisting peacefully?
  • An inquiry into the ways that arts can contribute to the public sphere and how art functions in a democracy.
  • An exploration into examples of artists and musicians who have contributed to social change through their art. (Polish violinist Huberman during the Holocaust).
  • An exploration into different NGOs (El Sistema, Musicians Without Borders) who believe in the power of music and the arts to bring about social change.
  • An inquiry into the distinguishing features of music as compared to the other arts.

Students will learn the essential elements and fundamentals in order to begin playing each instrument. This course is designed for any student who is seeking to explore performance techniques and basic music theory on guitar and piano. Although students can focus on guitar or piano, both instruments will be introduced to all students enrolled in this course. No prior experience is needed. Students will be able to use the guitars and keyboards in the Performing Arts Center, so no equipment is needed.

Do you have a story to tell? Say it through song. Students will learn effective and efficient techniques to explore the process of songwriting. This class will analyze existing songs, practice writing in different forms and styles, and have their work recorded in the Performing Arts Center studio. Music can be recorded by musicians other than the songwriter, as the focus of this class is on composition and not necessarily performance. At the conclusion of the course, students will have the ability to write music and lyrics in different styles and form. Students will be assigned to record their music and have a SoundCloud (or similar platform) page to post their work. Students will explore aspects of music theory, lyricism, poetry, as well as self-identity and awareness, through the process of songwriting.

Visual Arts

Studio Art is an introductory art course offered in both the fall and spring semesters and is a prerequisite to all other art electives. Students have the opportunity to explore Drawing, Painting, Photography, Ceramics, and Graphic Design. With each new medium, students will explore and incorporate the elements and principles of art and design into their artworks. This course emphasizes process as a means to liberate students from preconceived notions of inability or lack of skills necessary to create. Students will learn how to craft an artist’s statement, develop research and presentation skills, and study both historical and contemporary art practices. This class may be waived for students with previous art experience. Students will be requested to meet with the Art Department faculty and present a portfolio of their artwork. Studio Art is a prerequisite for all other Visual Arts courses. The requirement can be waived only with a demonstration of prior experience and a conversation with the Department Chair.

This is an introductory course in working with clay as an artistic medium. Students will learn various hand-building techniques used to make both functional ware and ceramic sculpture, in addition to basic wheel-throwing skills. Students are encouraged to explore personal interests and aesthetic through the assignments. Projects assigned will require productive use of in-class time and possibly additional time in the studio after class. Inspiration and art historical exploration will require some research and analysis, and students will give presentations and maintain an active sketchbook. Come prepared to play.

NOTE: This class is a prerequisite to all Advanced Ceramic classes.

Prerequisite: Studio Art or Equivalent Art Experience

This course is designed to help students develop their perceptual and rendering skills through sketching and drawing. Assignments will build upon each other as students grow in their perception of edges, spaces, relationships, and lights and shadows. A final project will explore contemporary drawing and develop a new definition of drawing. Students are required to keep a sketchbook for weekly, take-home assignments. Students are expected to participate fully, challenge themselves, apply their best effort, and have fun.

NOTE: This class is a prerequisite to all Painting classes.

Prerequisite: Studio Art or Equivalent Art Experience

Furniture Design is an introductory course in working with wood as an artistic medium. Students choose one of three Shaker-inspired furniture pieces to plan and execute in a local hardwood of their choice. The class provides an introduction into the use of both power and hand tools essential to woodworking, and several basic techniques of construction and joinery. Skills gained include drawing, planning, shaping, and finishing. Students are expected to apply a high level of craftsmanship to their projects.

NOTE: This class is a prerequisite to Advanced Furniture Design.

Prerequisite: Studio Art or Equivalent Art Experience


This course is designed to introduce the foundations of black and white photography and darkroom techniques. Historical development and technical aspects of the photographic process will be studied. Assignments are designed to help budding photographers begin to look more carefully at the world around them and explore a vision of their place in it. Assignments will require productive use of in-class time and additional time in the studio after class. Inspiration and art historical exploration will require some research, analysis, and presentation. Students are encouraged to take 2D Design before enrolling in Photography 1. A 35mm SLR camera is required.

This class is designed to guide students through the process of preparing an art portfolio for entrance to BFA programs and liberal arts colleges that accept portfolios. Students will choose colleges, create some impressive original drawings, have their work photographed, and consult with various art admissions personnel to create the most effective presentation of their work. They will view various presentations by different art programs and apply to their choice of schools by the end of the semester.

Prerequisite: Three art classes or prior experience and permission of instructor.

In Animation students will learn how to create their own stop-motion films for presentation. Students will work with several different art forms, potentially with clay, puppets, or paper cutout. The choice is theirs what kind of films they want to make and with what medium. The goal is several short animated films to present to the public.

Printmaking will introduce students to various tools, techniques, and methods that will yield an understanding of the printmaking process. Wood cuts, linoleum, mono-printing, and silk screening methods will be explored as a means of investigating imagery and texture, while generating both one-of-a kind and multiple prints. Through research on historical and contemporary applications of this medium, students will explore traditional and nontraditional methods and modes of creating and printing. Discussion and application of color theory will guide students in the ability to choose and mix colors for various layers and effects.

In Form and Design, students will explore the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, learning how to incorporate these principles into their artwork. Through researching both historical and contemporary artist’s approaches, student will create works that reflect an investigation of materials and consideration towards installation methods. Projects (to name a few) will include creating sculptures with everyday materials, repurposing found objects into altered books, using natural materials to construct temporary art works, and exploring printmaking processes. Student are expected to participate fully, challenge themselves, and apply their best effort.

Prerequisite: Studio Art or Equivalent Art Experience

In this intermediate- to advanced-level course, students will design and execute original furniture in wood. Students are encouraged to apply personal interests and aesthetic while considering the basic requirements of a furniture form, such as a table. A basic understanding of the process of working with wood is required.

Prerequisite: Furniture Design (or similar prior experience and permission of instructor).

In Painting, students will be introduced to both watercolors and acrylics. The first half of the semester will be devoted to understanding and exploring watercolor as each assignment builds off the next, investigating the potential of this medium. The second half of the semester will be spent painting with acrylics on canvas. There will be a balance of in-class assignments along with students selecting their own images to depict and render. Research of both historical applications as well as contemporary approaches will be part of this course as students discover their personal aesthetic with the material. Concepts presented in class will be further explored through weekly sketchbook assignments.

Prerequisite: Drawing

This class will focus on learning how to use the potter’s wheel. Students will learn how to center clay, explore various forms, trim cups and bowls, add handles to make mugs, and glaze plates and vases. Students will also have the opportunity to explore various firing techniques and finishes. While learning these new skills, students will also focus on pairing techniques as they discover their personal aesthetic with the material. Research of both historical and contemporary ceramics will enrich and inform students’ working visual vocabulary. Weekly sketchbook assignments are given that further examine concepts presented in class.

Prerequisite: Ceramics I

Graphic Design is a one-semester course that explores the use of typography, illustration, photography, digital manipulation, color theory, and design theory to create effective online and print-based visual communications. This course’s objective will be to teach students the effective use of messages and graphic products rooted in sustainability, environmental protection, social equity, cultural vitality, and economic well-being. Projects may include the design of web pages, motion graphics, digital presentations, digital prints, advertisements, advertisement packaging, as well as other media for emerging technology, and will be evaluated through individual and group critiques. This course will be taught in the Joline’s Macintosh Design Lab and will use Adobe software, as well as other online web tools. Students will need to complete homework and projects using these computers or software. No additional equipment will be required, although a digital camera may be helpful. A lab fee will be assessed for digital printing costs.

Prerequisite: Studio Art or Equivalent Art Experience

Math

Pre-Calculus is an in-depth study of functions and ways in which they can be manipulated. Course topics include, but are not limited to: combinations and composition of functions, graphing transformations, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, rational functions, conic sections, and an introduction to limits. Pre-Calculus prepares students for Calculus by providing them with greater understanding of fundamental concepts of Algebra.

Prerequisite: Algebra II

Calculus is an advanced mathematics topic that requires abstract thought. The first semester is devoted to the derivative as defined by the slope of a curve; students begin by investigating limits and use this concept through formal proofs to define derivative. As the semester continues, students look at increasingly complex ways in which to take derivatives of various common functions. During the second semester, students investigate the integral, as defined by area under a curve. This study begins with a look at Riemann sums and antiderivatives, and progresses to more complex ways in which to take integrals, including substitution, integration by parts, algebraic identities, and improper integrals. The second semester ends with the study of practical applications of the integral.

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus or permission of Math Department Chair.

This is a one-semester course which must be taken in conjunction with Statistics. In Probability, students will learn about questions such as: What is the probability of winning the lottery? What is the probability that my child will have blue eyes? and What is the probability of a sports team winning if it goes into overtime? Together the class will discover the answers to these questions, as well as more that involve combinations, permutations, expected value, and how they relate to various other topics in mathematics.

Prerequisite: Algebra II

Statistics is the mathematical science of collecting, describing, and analyzing data from the real world. The first half of the semester is devoted to descriptive statistics, which includes topics such as measurements of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, random sampling, coefficient of correlation, an introduction to linear regression, and discussions of causation vs. causality. The second half of the semester focuses on inferential statistics, which are used to test hypotheses and make generalizations about the strength of the data sample. Students will analyze and discuss current events in the media that rely on statistical information for their central message, and gain an understanding of how to both consume and present statistical information.

Prerequisite: Algebra II

In the year long course we will be studying many advanced topics. These may include: more advanced differential equations, parametric equations, polar equations, vectors, more advanced applications of derivatives and antiderivatives, advanced matrix algebra, more advanced series and sequences, and more that will be decided amongst the class.

Th​is ​course is open to ​those who have completed Calculus.

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