High School Outreach Program
Radio Program

Developed by highly experienced high school teachers and college
professors, the High School Outreach Program is a comprehensive
academic program that inspires and encourages minority students
from community high schools to pursue careers in science and
engineering programs offered by colleges and universities. The
curriculum is specifically developed to address the academic
difficulties that students experience in math and science.
Students are challenged to go beyond traditional repetitive
methods of problem solving and learn new and easytounderstand
techniques to tackle complex mathematical and scientific problems.
In addition, students learn how to approach, analyze and
understand new mathematical and scientific concepts, creatively
broaden their thinking, and work out exercises as tools to reach
functional answers. Students also participate in field trips to local
colleges and universities, museums and various companies in the industry.
Basic goals of the High School Outreach Program
 Help students develop a firm understanding of the fundamental concepts of math and science.
 Assist students to develop important problemsolving techniques.
 Provide students with practical examples that demonstrate the application of math and science to solve realworld problems.
 Promote creativity and encourage innovative approaches to learning and applying new concepts.
 Strongly encourage students to pursue a career in engineering and science.
Course Description
High School Algebra
This is an intensive algebra course. Major topics covered include: models, functions and permutations,
linear relationships and linear systems, matrices, quadratic equations, polynomial and polynomial
functions. The course focuses on fundamental knowledge and critical thinking questions related to the
aforementioned topics. In an effort to connect math with the surrounding realities, the curriculum
attempts to make connections between different mathematical areas, between mathematics and science,
and between mathematics and social studies.
Students are required to read ahead of time all sections to be discussed in class as well as attempt to
solve some problems related to those sections. Enliven and enriched class discussion reinforces students
reading and opens up new avenues for critical thinking. The textbook for the class is Advanced Algebra
by Bellman & al., Prentice Hall Inc, 1998.
Higher Algebra
The goal of the course is to cover the material in Michael Artin's book "Algebra". It is a semirigorous
course in abstract algebra using the group of matrices as examples. We do prove theorems and expect
participants to be willing to learn how to write proofs explicitly. In fact this is one of the focuses of such a
program.
The pace is slow. Participants will have the opportunity to ask many questions and solve various types
of problems. Participants will also obtain a very good understanding of the basic algebraic structures such
as groups, morphisms, vector spaces, rings and fields. These structures are used in the mathematics
that are of interest to engineers, computer scientists, physicists and chemists.
Pre calculus
This course emphasizes conceptual understanding, graphing techniques, proofs, and problem solving
strategies of real world issues. Topics covered include linear, quadratic, cubic, exponential, and
logarithmic functions along with the study of their domains, ranges, graphs, and solutions. The course
also surveys trigonometric functions and trigonometric identities. Extensive discussions are conducted on
practical problems related to quadratic, exponential and trigonometric equations.
For more information, please contact Jean L. Rene or Leaderson Brutus
