Requirement: Four years of English.
The goals of the Oakwood Friends School English Depart- ment are to create well-rounded English students who can read comprehensively, write expressively, and communicate fluently. To this end, students take courses designed to acquaint them with a variety of authors as well as expose them to the various aspects of composition and speech.
Reading materials cover a wide range of literature, including the beauty of Shakespeare's language, the historic journey of Fre- derick Douglass, the American realism of Sara Jewett, and the contemporary expression of Mary Oliver. In addition to Euro- pean and American classics, students experience a diversity of texts including, in recent years, works by authors from Af- ghanistan, Vietnam, China, and Nigeria. Our goal in teaching writing is to develop the ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner. Students learn the mechanics of expression as well as composition form and writing style. The ability to com- municate fluently is practiced in class discussion, cooperative learning groups, and one-on-one dialogue with the teacher. Vo- cabulary development is stressed throughout the program.
Note: books and authors listed in course descriptions are as specific as possible. Course content may vary somewhat from year to year.
704 PRECALCULUS This course is designed to prepare students for calculus. A thorough analysis of trigonometric and expo- nential functions through application and graphing is presented. Students are also introduced to sequence and series, analytic geometry and the theory of limits. The use of the TI- 81 graphics calculator is integrated into the precalculus curriculum. Prerequisite: Year end grade of B or higher in Alg II (full year/one credit)
705 AP CALCULUS AB A college level introduction to differ- ential and integral calculus, this course is designed to prepare stu- dents for the Advanced Placement exam. We will review functions and limits, and then the development of rules of differentiation and integra- tion, including applications. All stu- dents take the AP exam in May. Pre- requisite: Year end grade of B+ or higher in Precalculus and permission of instructor. (full year/one credit )
710 AP CALCULUS BC AP Calculus BC builds on topics completed in AP Calculus AB. All students take the AP exam in May. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (full year/one credit )
708 MATH ELECTIVE: CHAOS THEORY AND FRACTAL GEOMETRY Throughout this course we will be exploring the intriguing history and applications of two closely related modern mathematical fields: chaos theory and fractal geometry. During the course, while enjoying the per- sonalities of mathematicians such as John Conway, Benoit Madelbrot, and Edward Lorenz, we will read from James Gleick’s CHAOS. We will play the Game of Life and study the logistic growth equation as models of chaos. We will study and generate for ourselves many famous fractals including Sierpinksi’s Triangle, the Cantor Set, and the Koch Curve as well as the fractal icons—the Man- delbrot and Julia Sets. Real-life ap- plications of our topic of study – fractal image compression, cancer detection, and the certainty of the unpredictability of weather will be explored. This is an intensive, senior
level course, with an emphasis on
reading assignments and synthesis. (full year/one credit)