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.