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Course Descriptions

Mathematics

Algebra I

This is an in-depth, college preparatory course that sharpens critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills.  It provides the foundation students need as they move forward in the mathematics curriculum and is it is tied to Tennessee and national math standards.  Major topics include foundations of algebra, equations, inequalities, functions, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents, polynomials, quadratic functions and equations, exponential and radical functions, rational functions and equations, data analysis and probability. 

Textbook:  Algebra 1, BJU Press (3rd Edition), ISBN# 978-1-60682-045-2.

Algebra II
This course is an in-depth preparation for college and cutting-edge careers. The rigorous content is aligned to standards from ACSI, NCTM and other programs. Major topics include linear relations and functions, quadratic relations and functions, polynomial functions, radical and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, elementary probability, composite functions, and trigonometry. There will be an emphasis on the application as well as methods.

Textbook: Algebra 2, BJU Press (3rd Edition), ISBN# 978-1-60682-198-5.

Geometry
The study of 2 and 3-dimensional concepts. The topics include lines, angles, planes, polygons, transformations, congruency, proportions, similarity, right angles and triangles, circles, coordinate geometry, and volume and surface area of common solids. The course also focuses on understanding and practicing inductive and deductive reasoning. Proving theorems using deductive reasoning and the laws of logic are also stressed. 

Textbook: Geometry, BJU Press (4th Edition), ISBN# 978-1-60682-894-6.

Precalculus/Trigonometry
A rigorous introduction to the foundations of Algebra: complex numbers; equations and inequalities; functions and transformations; inverse functions; polynomials, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Intended primarily for students majoring in Science or Mathematics who will be taking Calculus I. Measurement of angles, solution of right triangles, applications to the "real world," identities, graphs of trigonometric functions, solution of oblique triangles, law of sines, law of cosines, trigonometric form of complex numbers, DeMoivre's Theorem, and polar coordinates.

Textbook: Precalculus, BJU Press (2nd Edition), ISBN# 978-1-60682-934-9.

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Science

 

Physics

This course will be a fast-paced, problem solving course. It will require a lot of math and will focus on “word problems.” Ideally, it should be taken concurrently with Precalculus, and by students who have achieved a high B or better grade in Algebra 2. As a part of this course, we will include one or two semester projects that incorporate the principles of physics in a practical way. (Past project examples: potato cannon and hovercraft). There will also be several hands-on lab experiences in the course. The course will be taught from a biblical worldview, emphasizing God’s wisdom in creating a well-ordered universe that can be discovered and modeled.

Textbook: Physics, BJU Press (3rd Edition), ISBN# 978-1-59166-930-2.

History

Government (fall semester only)
This is a comprehensive, college-prep American Government course designed to prepare students to understand our nation’s form of limited government, his/her responsibilities to this government, and preparation for responsible citizenship and participation in America’s government. We strongly recommend that high school U.S. History be taken prior to this course in order to have a well-established and mature understanding of our nation’s history before studying its government. Beginning with a study of the foundation of government and the various forms of government, students will study American Government through the lens of a Biblical worldview, utilizing a classical discussion-oriented approach to instruction. We will explore and discuss the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic. Studies will include the Constitutional Convention, in-depth insights into the three branches of government, political parties, elections, the electoral college, foreign and domestic policy, civil rights and civil responsibilities. Weekly homework assignments, discussions, tests, research, essays, speakers, and field trips combine to offer a rewarding class experience! Attendance at Constitution Day at the Courthouse and at the annual Constitution Day speaker event at UTC offer excellent opportunities to gain further insight and practical knowledge of how our constitutional republic is designed to function. Join us for this exciting class taught amidst the backdrop of our nation’s 58th presidential election! American Government takes a historical approach to the scope and mechanics of our United States government, including its possibilities and limitations.  We will analyze the three God-ordained institutions of authority – the church, the home, the state – through a study of all levels and branches of American government, explaining their scriptural foundation.  Students will also examine the Constitution, political parties, elections, interest groups, media influence, the bureaucracy, and political behavior. 

Textbook: American Government for Christian Schools, Bob Jones’ (2nd Ed.), ISBN# 1-57924-685-0.

 

Economics  (spring semester only)
Economics will present an interesting, logical, uncomplicated examination of comparative economic systems and the laws/principles that govern them.  We will build a case for free-market capitalism as the economic system most compatible with a Biblical worldview and consider it in the current battle of ideas for the global economy.  Throughout this process, we will study economic theories and principles and the personal (consumer) level and their application to the broader demands of government. We will also consider the consequences of popular economic myths/fallacies.  Students will also examine the Biblical principles of money, wealth, and stewardship with regard to income, debt, budgeting, giving, and saving/investing.

Textbook: A Biblical Economics Manifesto: Economics and the Christian Worldview, by Dr. James P. Gills and Dr. Ronald H. Nash, ISBN# 0884198715; Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (5th Ed. or more recent), by Richard Maybury; Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity, by Gwartney, Stroup, and Lee, ISBN# 031233818-X; Crown/Compass Financial: Your Money Counts, by Howard Dayton, ISBN# 9780842385923.  Do not order the workbook. 

U.S. History

This is a comprehensive, college-prep U.S. History course designed to survey the history of our nation from the era of exploration and discovery of the new world to the present day in order to give students a solid foundation of knowledge about the true heritage of our great nation. Students will study the American history through the lens of a Biblical worldview, utilizing a classical discussion-oriented approach to instruction. Why study history?  History prepares us for the future; history helps us understand who we are and gives us cultural identity; history declares God’s glory. He is the ultimate historian, and it is His Story! Beginning with exploration and colonization, we will trace U.S. history through the revolutionary and Constitutional founding era, the Jeffersonian and Jacksonian eras, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War, American expansion, the World Wars, Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, Space Race, and Cold War. Through our studies, students will discover the political, economics, philosophical, religious, and artistic forces and major individuals that have shaped our nation’s history. Weekly homework assignments, discussions, map work, tests, research, essays, and field trips combine to offer a rewarding class experience!

Textbook: United States History for Christian Schools, Bob Jones’ (3rd Ed.), ISBN# 1-59166-424-1. 

World History

This is a comprehensive, college-prep World History course designed to survey the story of mankind from Creation to the present in light of God’s master plan. Students will study the world through the lens of a Biblical worldview, utilizing a classical discussion-oriented approach to instruction. Why study history?  History prepares us for the future; history helps us understand who we are and gives us cultural identity; history declares God’s glory. He is the ultimate historian, and it is His Story! Students will examine ancient civilizations from the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, and Greeks through the Roman Empire. They will then survey the ancient Indian, Asian, and African civilizations before moving on to the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation, upon which the modern world is founded. Our studies will continue on through exploration and discovery of the new world, the revolutionary era, the industrial revolution, the World Wars, and the Cold War era. Through our studies, students will discover the political, scientific, economic, philosophical, religious, and cultural forces, people, and movements that have shaped our modern world. Weekly homework assignments, discussions, map work, tests, research, essays, and field trips combine to offer a rewarding class experience!

Textbook: World History with Student Activities, Bob Jones’ (3rd Ed. 2009/2010), ISBN# 9781591669845.  This is a two book set; Book A (mountains on the front cover) and B (airplane on the front cover). 

 

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS

The Scenic City High School Tutorial admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.