
Math Department
Philosophy
The ability to comprehend, develop, and utilize mathematical concepts is invaluable throughout life. All people need some fluency in this area in order to contribute to and to fare well in our contemporary world. The Mathematics Department, therefore, seeks to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of math allowing them to attain success in college and throughout life.
The broad purposes and objective are best served by cultivating in students the ability to draw reasonable conclusions from information found in various sources, whether written, spoken, or displayed in tables and to solve problems which they may encounter in life. (NCTM)
NOTE: ALL MATH COURSE SELECTIONS/REGISTRATIONS WILL BE BY PLACEMENT. Any appeals must be submitted in writing to the Math Department Chair before May 15th. Appeal forms are available from the department chair.
Course Descriptions
 411/412  Algebra I
411\412  Algebra I two semester course This is the standard oneyear Algebra I course offered to freshmen. Topics include positive & negative rational numbers; graphing; problemsolving; solving linear equations, inequalities and systems; integer exponents; operations with polynomials; factoring and rational expressions.
 413  Advanced Algebra I
413  Advanced Algebra I two semester course This course covers all the topics of 412 Algebra I with additional topics taken as time permits. Students are placed in 413 based on the competency test given at Prep in the late spring.
 418  Honors College Algebra
418  Honors College Algebra two semester course Standard algebra skills are extended. Included are topics of linear equations and graphing, systems of linear equations, roots and radicals, polynomial equations and functions, exponents and logarithms, quadratic equations and linear inequalities.This course is for freshmen who have previously taken and mastered Algebra I. Placement in this course requires passing an Algebra I competency test given at Prep in the late spring prior to Freshman year.
 424/426  Geometry
424/426  Geometry two semester course The traditional Euclidian geometry course is presented as an example of a mathematical system. Basic geometric figures are introduced along with deductive reasoning. Students study topics including lines, angles, triangles, congruency, similarity, right triangles, polygons, area and volume while developing an understanding of the nature of proof. This is offered to students who have completed Algebra I.
 427  Advanced Geometry
427  Advanced Geometry two semester course
 428  Honors Geometry/Intro PreCalculus
428  Honors Geometry/Intro PreCalculus two semester course Students are placed only from course 418. This course covers all topics of 426 Geometry and all Algebra II topics.
 430  Intermediate Algebra II/Trigonometry
430  Intermediate Algebra II/Trigonometry two semester course A two year sequence course with a deliberate approach to Algebra II. If time allows, additional topics in trigonometry are covered. Students enrolled in this course are required to successfully complete course 431 senior year. Prerequisite: Approval and junior class standing.
 431  Intermediate Trigonometry/Algebra II
431  Intermediate Trigonometry/Algebra II two semester course This course is a continuation of course 430. Prerequisite: Senior class standing having passed both semesters of course 430 and approval.
 434  Algebra II
434  Algebra II semester course Open to students who earned a grade of 84% or below in both Algebra I and Geometry. This course does not admit a student to PreCalculus the following year. Students who qualify for 436 may not register for this course. Content of the course includes properties of real numbers, linear systems, roots and radicals, exponents and logarithms, quadratic equations and linear inequalities.
 436  Advanced Algebra II
436  Advanced Algebra II two semester course Open to students who earned grades of 85% or above in both Algebra I and Geometry. No exceptions will be made. This course is required for students who wish to take PreCalculus the following year. Content includes the 434 topics plus additional topics of polynomial and radical equations, relations and functions, matrices with some Trigonometry if time permits.
 438  Honors Geometry
438  Honors Geometry one semester course Students are placed from course 418. This semester course receives 1.0 credit. This course covers all topics of 426 Geometry.
 441  Trigonometry
441  Trigonometry one semester course This one semester course includes trigonometric ratios, triangles, circular functions, identities, trigonometry application, graphs and trigonometric equations. Prerequisite: grade of 78% or higher in Algebra II (434 or 436) or permission of department chairperson. Note: A calculator with trigonometric functions will be required. (TI30 x lls)
 445  PreCalculus
445  PreCalculus two semester course The purpose of this course is to prepare students for their future study of calculus. Students will begin this preparation by studying advanced Algebra II topics including number pattern, functions (polynomial and exponential), matrices, and statistics with probability. A detailed study of trigonometry, polar coordinates, parametric equations, limits, and continuity will then commence. Finally, this course will finish with an informal introduction to limits. Prerequisite(s): The student must obtain at least an 88% in MATH 436 (Advanced Algebra.)
 447  Finite Mathematics
447  Finite Mathematics one semester course This course will expose the student to some of the practical applications of mathematics. Topics from probability, statistics, matrix theory, linear programming, finance and interest, maximization and minimization, expected value, gambling and decisionmaking will be stressed from a problemsolving approach. This is a good foundation course for any student who is interested in the areas of science and/or business. This course is intended primarily for seniors who have fulfilled Algebra II requirements. A calculator with the exponential function is required. (TI30 x IIs) Prerequisite: grade of 78% or higher in Alg. II (434 or 436) or permission of department chairperson.
 448  Honors PreCalculus
448 – Honors PreCalculus two semester course Prerequisite: A minimum average of 90% in both semesters of Advanced Algebra II, or permission of the Department Chairperson. This course is designed to prepare students for a Calculus course, either at Prep or in college. Students not planning a later Calculus course, either at Prep or in college, are welcome, but they should be aware of the course's primary intent. Course content includes a concise algebra review, trigonometry, limits and continuity, and an introduction to differentiation, and antidifferentiation. A TI83 plus or a TI84 calculator is required.
 449  AP Statistics
449  AP Statistics two semester course This course is offered for advanced placement and college (UNO) credit. Students are introduced to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. The four broad conceptual themes are: exploring data, planning a study, anticipating patterns and statistical inference. A TI83 plus graphing calculator is required. A national advanced placement exam is offered in the Spring. It is recommended that students with PreCalculus or Calculus background take the AP Exam. Prerequisite: For current Calculus I / II juniors or current juniors who wish to take a second AP math course as a senior and permission of the PreCalculus (448) instructor or a grade above 85% in Math 436.
 459  AP Calculus A/B
459  AP Calculus A/B two semester course The course focuses on the traditional Calculus topics using the graphing calculator and graphing software. A TI84 graphing calculator or equivalent is recommended. A national advanced placement exam is offered in the Spring. Prerequisite: Recommendation of the PreCalculus (448) instructor with a grade of 78%  85% upon completion of PreCalculus.
 469  AP Calculus B/C
469  AP Calculus B/C two semester course This course parallels Math 245/246 at Creighton University. Students may earn four semester hours of credit per semester by a payment of $110.00 fee per semester. A national advanced placement exam is offered in the Spring. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation, Riemann integration, sequences and series, calculus in polar coordinates, calculus of parametric curves, and an introduction to the methods of differential equations. A TI83 plus or TI84 calculator is required. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of 87% in PreCalculus.
 479  Honors Calculus II/III
479  Honors Calculus II/IIItwo semester course Instructors: Dr. Chris Goodrich
 489  Calculus III
489  Calculus III This course is for students who have completed AP Calculus BC and is a rigorous treatment of multivariable calculus. Topics include vectors, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, line and surface integrals, the theorems of Green, Gauss, and Stokes, and selected applications of these concepts. Where possible, theorems are stated in full generality in ndimensional Euclidean space, and some elementary topics from both real analysis and pointset topology are introduced as part of the course. Students may earn 4 semester hours of credit for Calculus III through Creighton University.
 490  Advanced Applied Math
490  Advanced Applied Math Mathematics is offered as an "Art of Problem Solving" in this course with a direct experience of these problems integrated into high school and collegiate level math competitions. This course also participates in national competitions such as AMC, AIME, ARML and a scholarshipdriven mathematical modeling competition. Finally, problem solving skills are initiated with the creation of our four junior high math competitions each spring as well as a student teaching unit each semester. Students should be very interested in mathematics and are expected to participate in all competitions. This twosemester course can be taken all four years.
 493  Advanced Topics in Math
490  Advanced Topics in Math This twosemester course is for students who have either completed MATH 489 before their senior year or who are currently enrolled in MATH 489 but have a strong interest in mathematics and mathematicsrelated careers. Topics are chosen from among the following: Probability and Statistics and Introductory Real Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Mathematical Biology and Chaos Theory. Students may be able to earn college credit through the AP Statistics exam. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of 90% in AP Calculus B/C. Coregistered for MATH 479/489 or successful completion of MATH. 479/489 with a minimum grade of 90%. Invitation by the instructor.
 499  Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
499  Differential Equations/Linear AlgebraThis course is for students who have completed MATH 479. The differential equations content includes nth order linear ODEs, linear and nonlinear systems of ODEs, limit cycle theory including the theorems of PoincaréBendixson and BendixsonDulac, solution techniques for firstorder ODEs, Laplace transform techniques, and applications to the natural and social sciences. On the other hand, the linear algebra content includes an abstract study of finite and infinitedimensional vector spaces including but not limited to linear independence and dependence, span, basis, rank, dimension, eigenspaces structure, dual spaces, solutions of linear systems, and selected applications (particularly those that intersect the theory of ordinary differential equations). Students may earn 3 semester hours credit of Differential Equations through the University of NebraskaOmaha.
 Creighton Prep Math Academy
Creighton Prep Math AcademyStudents that are interested in acceptance to this program need to take the Creighton Prep Math Placement Exam on Thursday, May 16 at 3 p.m. (Enter on the west side of the building). Those that score high enough will be invited to enroll in the program.  This course is open to any student (public or private school) that has mastered Algebra I.
 Students attend class at Creighton Prep and take College Algebra MondayFriday from 7:007:48 a.m. in room 009 taught by Mr. Jim Fisher.
 The Creighton Preparatory school schedule dictates days off.
 This course prepares students for PreCalculus their sophomore year in high school and ideally Calculus I and/or Calculus II before college.
 This program is open to both male and female students.
 The cost is $700.00. Please pay this in two installments for $350.00 each at the start of each semester (make checks payable to Creighton Prep.)
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Jim Fisher at jfish@prep.creighton.edu.
 Mathematic Resources
Mathematic Resources
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 Summer Math Camp
Creighton Prep Summer Math Academy for Responsible TeenagerS (S.M.A.R.T.)When: June 2nd – June 27^{th} (MF) Time: 1st class – 8:00 A.M. – 9:25 A.M. 2nd class – 9:30 A.M. – 10:55 A.M. Course Description: The course will cover number systems and their operations, the divine ratio, solving and graphing multistep linear, quadratic and higher degree equations enhanced with graphing calculator and smartboard technology (provided), intense factoring of polynomial equations, simplification of radicals and introduction to basic statistics and trigonometry. Why: This course is intended for the Algebra I student (textbook provided) interested in perfecting and mastering basic Algebra skills needed for the advancement into higher levels of mathematics. Where: Mr. Jim Fisher – Math Teacher at Creighton Prep will teach this course in rm. 009 at Omaha Creighton Prep High School. Cost: The cost for 4 weeks is $175 per student due at registration If you have any other questions regarding the program, please contact Jim Fisher at jfish@prep.creighton.edu.

