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The goals of the Math Department are to offer a complete high school mathematics curriculum for the college-bound student and to challenge each individual to develop her God-given mathematical talents.

Objectives:
  1. To develop logical and creative approaches to problem solving.
  2. To develop facility in applying basic mathematical concepts.
  3. To stimulate clarity and precision in language usage.
  4. To encourage an appreciation for the deductive nature of mathematics.
  5. To guide the student in selecting courses that allow her maximum achievement for her abilities, needs and interests.
  6. To ensure a smooth transition to mathematics courses at the college level.
Requirements:
Four credits in mathematics are required for graduation. A Texas Instruments graphing calculator is required for all mathematics classes. The model numbers of the calculators that may be used are announced in the spring.

Courses Available for 2019-20

List of 16 items.

  • MT Algebra I

    Grade 9
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course reinforces student’s experience with rational numbers while introducing the concepts of constant and variable. The student learns to evaluate and simplify algebraic expressions, to solve linear and quadratic equations, to translate word problems into algebraic equations, and to graph linear functions. Other topics include inequalities, natural-number exponents, and factorization of polynomials, rational expressions, radicals and systems of equations. The student learns the “why” as well as the “how” of basic algebraic operations.

    Prerequisite: none
  • MT Algebra I/Experience

    Grade 9
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course is for the student who has some experience with Algebra I topics but does not show a mastery of the subject. Building on that experience, the instructor will design the course to challenge the students by complementing and extending their knowledge of Algebra I.

    Prerequisite: department approval
  • MT Geometry

    Grade 10
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course is predominantly a study of the properties of plane figures integrated with some solid geometry. The student uses inductive reasoning as a method of discovery and deductive reasoning as a method of proof. The emphasis on logic and deductive systems develops the structure of geometry, while application problems demonstrate the practical nature of the subject.

    Prerequisite: Algebra I or Algebra I/Experience
  • MT Honors Geometry

    Grade 9, 10
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    While covering the same topics as the regular geometry class, this course will take a more theoretical approach to the work as well as covering more difficult problems. The pace of the class will be brisk.

    Prerequisite: “A” or “A+” in Algebra I or “B+” in Algebra I/Experience and department approval
  • MT Algebra II

    Grade 11
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course reviews and extends the topics introduced in Algebra I. It is designed for those students who desire further work in mathematics, but who do not qualify for the more rigorous course in Advanced Algebra II. Topics covered include: real and complex numbers, equations (linear, quadratic, and fractional), systems of equations, inequalities, exponents, polynomials, an introduction to trigonometry, linear functions and their graphs.

    Prerequisite: Algebra I or Algebra I/Experience, either Geometry or Honors Geometry and department approval
  • MT Advanced Algebra

    Grade 10, 11
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    In this course, first semester will reinforce topics covered in Algebra 1 with an increase in difficulty and depth. Also, absolute value equations, inequalities, and graphs will be covered. Solving, graphing and analyzing quadratic equations are also discussed. By the end of the semester, students will be able to solve systems of equations in three variables. Second semester will explore trigonometry, equations, inequalities, graphs of degree two and higher. This will include parabolas and circles, as well as radical, exponential, logarithmic and rational functions.

    Prerequisite: “B-” in Algebra I or Algebra I/E and a “B-” in Geometry or Honors Geometry and department approval
  • MT Honors Algebra II

    Grade 10, 11
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course will progress at a very fast pace covering the greatest breadth and depth of topics. Students are expected to have mastered the skills and thoroughly understood the concepts covered in prior courses. They are expected to have retained this past knowledge, which will generally not be reviewed in the course. In addition to the material in Advanced Algebra II, topics such as sequences, transformations, trigonometry and matrices will also be covered.

    Prerequisite: “B+” average in Honors Geometry and department approval
  • MT Algebra III

    Grade 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This is a one-semester course which offers an introduction to College Algebra by reviewing and extending upon the topics introduced in Algebra II. Topics covered include: real and complex numbers, equations (linear, quadratic and fractional), systems of equations, inequalities, exponents, polynomial, and introduction to trigonometry, linear functions and their graphs, logarithmic functions, and related equations, conics, properties and application of matrices.

    Prerequisite: Algebra II, Advanced Algebra II or Honors Algebra II and department approval
  • MT Computer Languages: JAVA

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, ,5 credit

    May be taken for Business, Mathematics or Computer Science & Engineering credit, but not all.

    This course includes an introduction to structured programming and a basic understanding of Java syntax. Students will study the fundamental concepts of computer systems, procedures, functions, methods, repeat loops, logic statements, files, and arrays. Emphasis will be on problem solving skills and variable tracing in completing selected programming assignments. Students will use Oracle’s Java and NetBeans IDE software.

    Prerequisites: “B” in Algebra I or department recommendation
  • MT AP/ACC Calculus AB

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This is a two-semester, college-level course, in which college credit for Calculus I may be earned. Up to four hours of college credit may be earned. Both the recommended advanced placement calculus curriculum and SLU’s calculus curriculum are followed throughout the year. This class covers approximately three-fourths of a two-semester college calculus course. The topics included are: limits, continuity, differentiation, integration and applications of said topics. Taking the AP exam is optional for this course. Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: “B+” average in Honors Algebra II and department approval
  • MT AP/ACC Calculus BC

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This is a two-semester, college-level course, in which college credit for Calculus I and Calculus II may be earned. Up to eight hours of college credit may be earned. Both the recommended advanced placement calculus curriculum and SLU’s calculus curriculum are followed throughout the year. This class covers more than a two-semester college calculus course. All topics in Calculus AB are covered as well as the following topics: advanced techniques of integration, polar equations, improper integrals, parametric equations, vectors and series. A student who has already taken AP/ACC Calculus AB may sign up for second semester only. Taking the AP exam is optional for this course. Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: “A” average in Honors Algebra II or AP/ACC Calculus AB and department approval
  • MT AP/ACC Statistics

    Grade 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This is a two-semester course that may be taken for college credit. The purpose of this class is to introduce the students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Throughout the year, students are exposed to four main themes: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns and statistical inference. Taking the AP exam is optional for this course.

    Prerequisite: “A” average in Advanced Algebra II or “B” average in Honors Algebra II and department approval
  • MT Precalculus

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    Topics of this course include a continuation of trigonometry, vectors, analytic geometry, optimization, systems of equations, matrices, probability and statistics and other topics chosen by the instructor as time allows. The course prepares a student to take Calculus.

    Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra II or Honors Algebra II and department approval
  • MT Calculus

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    Topics will include advanced graphing techniques, limits, continuity, derivatives,  integration and applications of these topics.

    Prerequisite: Precalculus and department approval
  • MT Probability, Statistics and Trigonometry

    Grade 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This is a semester course which includes an extension of trigonometry topics and introduces the fundamental ideas behind statistical methods and to the basic considerations of probability. Topics include data organization and analysis, combinations and permutations, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, and sampling, trigonometric functions and their graphs, trig identities and triangle problems.

    Prerequisite: Algebra II or Advanced Algebra II or Honors Algebra II and department approval
  • MT Engineering and Design Applications

    Grade 11, 12
    Double Period Semester Course, 1 credit

    .5 Credit Math and .5 Credit Science or 1 credit CSE

    May be taken for MT/SC credit or CSE credit, but not both.

    This course is a project-based laboratory course. An understanding of math and science as applied to real systems will be developed. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills will be emphasized in a STEM approach using an engineering design model through individual and group projects. Projects will include the application of algebra trigonometry, and numerical analysis as related to topics in biology, chemistry and physics. Engineering graphics and design software will be used when applicable.

    Prerequisite: successful completion of Chemistry or Honors Chemistry, Algebra II, Advanced Algebra II, Honors Algebra II or Precalculus, and department approval

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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