GENERAL INFORMATION 17 ;__ Although the University does not at present require any particular pattern ,1s of high school courses, it strongly recommends the following program: Lu English, 3 or 4 units 16 Algebra, Plane and Solid Geometry, and Trigonometry, 3%-4 units 9f Social Studies, 2 or S units 1* Foreign Languages, 3 units in one foreign language 9f Science, 2 units A unit represents the study of any subject for a school year of at least thirty-two weeks, with five recitation periods a week, each of at least forty-five minutes in length or the equivalent thereof. One unit is the minimum accepted in any 1- foreign language and one-half unit the minimum in any other subject. (If is the fifteen total units presented include shop, drawing, typewriting, or any in other courses which demand no out-of-class preparation, double periods are required). j- Unfortunately the word unit, which is useful in suggesting proportions le and in keeping records, is too likely to become quantitative, rather than qual- »’s itative, in significance. Therefore, the stress should consciously and constantly nt be placed upon the proficiency that the high school student has attained in ;h each subject, rather than merely upon the number of credit hours (or amount J- of time) that he has spent in the subject. The following paragraphs suggest jc what is meant by proficiency in the various subjects. 16 During three years in high school English, the student should read with clear insight and comprehension some significant English and American prose we writers and poets, and should write frequent expository essays of substantial y_ length, in a style that is both clear and correct. (Note: Effective expository we writing requires organizing those materials so as to bring out their meanings, re and presenting the whole essay in conventional grammar, spelling, punctuation, 1- sentence structure, and paragraph structure.) During two years in high school algebra, the student should learn the ge language of algebra, and should master the fundamental operations with algebraic numbers, special products and factoring, algebraic and graphic solutions of simultaneous linear and quadratic equations in one or two un- knowns, the use of determinants in solving simultaneous first degree equations in two or three unknowns, ratio and proportion, arithmetic and geometric 1- progressions, and the algebraic and graphic solutions of inequalities. 1- During one year in plane and solid geometry the high school student should further his concept of a mathematical system and of the necessity of postulates upon which such a system is based. The student should be able to investigate the validity of statements called theorems and should, by 16 the use of a logically compounded indisputable argument brand a statement *0 as true or false. Materials covered should include elementary constructions IY properties of the class of geometric figures called polygons, and the concepts at of locus and three dimensions. is During three years of social studies, the student should gain understand- 11 ing of some of the most significant developments in the culture of the western ld world; ideas, tendencies, events, and persons, in their times and places. This preparation should include some main features of ancient, medieval, modern European, and American civilizations. le During three years in one foreign language, the high school student °’ should read, with clear comprehension of ideas and with understandable pro- nt nunciation of language, several writings of significant authors in the chosen 8* language.