The goals of the 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 2018-19

List of 15 items.

  • MT 300 Algebra I

    (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.
  • MT 301 Algebra I/Experience

    (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 310 Geometry

    (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: MT 300 or MT 301)
  • MT 311 Algebra II

    (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, applications from science and geometry, and measurement. Parabolas and circles are introduced.
    (Prerequisites: either MT 300 or MT 301, either MT 310 or MT 315 and department approval)
  • MT 314 AP/ACC Probability and Statistics

    (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.
    (Prerequisite: An A average in MT 320 or B average in MT 330 and departmental approval)
  • MT 315 Honors Geometry

    (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.
    (Prerequisites: An A or A+ in MT 300 or a B+ in MT 301 and department approval)
  • MT 317 Introduction to College Algebra **NEW**

    (.5 credit)
    This is a one semester course which reviews and extends the topics introduced in Algebra II. Topics covered include: real and complex numbers, equations (linear, quadratic, and fractional), systems of equations, inequalities, exponents, polynomials, and introduction to trigonometry, linear functions and their graphs, logarithmic functions, and related equations, conics, properties, and application of matrices.
    (Prerequisites: MT 311, MT 320, MT 330, and departmental approval)
  • MT 320 Advanced Algebra II

    (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. 
    (Prerequisites: B- in MT 300 or MT 301, and a B- in MT 310 or MT 315 and department approval)
  • MT 322 Probability, Statistics, and Trigonometry **NEW**

    (.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.
    (Prerequisites: MT 311, MT 320, MT 330, and department approval)
  • MT 330 Honors Algebra II

    (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 MT 320, topics such as sequences, transformations, trigonometry and matrices will also be covered.
    (Prerequisites: B+ average in MT 315 along with department approval)
  • MT 331 Precalculus

    (1 credit)
    This is a two semester course. Topics of this course include a continuation of trigonometry, vectors, analytic geometry, functions, 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.
    (Prerequisites: MT 320 or MT 330 and department approval)
  • MT 345 Calculus

    (1 credit, seniors only)
    This is a two-semester course. Topics will include advanced graphing techniques, limits, continuity, derivatives, integration, and applications of these topics.
    (Prerequisites: MT 331 and department approval)
  • MT 350 AP/ACC Calculus AB

    (1 credit)
    This is a two-semester, college-level course. 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.
    (Prerequisites: B+ average in MT 330 and department approval)
  • MT 352/353 AP/ACC Calculus BC

    (1 credit)
    This is a two-semester, college-level course. 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.
    (Prerequisites: A average in MT 330 and department approval)
  • MT 366/SC 566 Engineering and Design Applications

    (.5 credit in math, .5 credit in science, seniors)
    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.
    (Prerequisites: successful completion of SC 520, or 530 AND MT 311, or 320, or 330) May be taken for MT/SC credit or CSE elective credit but not both.

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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