Math

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Math

The Department of Mathematics plays an essential role in the college preparatory function of the school. A student must take a course in mathematics each year he is enrolled at Brother Martin. Preparation for standardized testing is included in each course.

Courses:


Algebra I
This course is required of all freshmen except those taking Geometry, Geometry Honors, or Algebra I Honors. This course covers variables and open sentences, problem solving, radicals, polynomials, special products and factoring, algebraic fractions, and graphing. Serious attention is given to the study of the real number system at this level.

Algebra I Honors
This course is taken by 8rh and 9th grade students whose mathematics background indicates the ability to work at an advanced level. This course includes all the topics covered in Algebra I together with quadratic functions. Numerous applications are included to expose students to the usefulness of those topics covered.


Geometry
This course emphasizes the integration, application, and connection in geometry. Topics include reasoning and proof, angles, polygons, circles, congruence, similarity, area, volume, and trigonometry. Projects are integrated throughout the course.

Geometry Honors
This course emphasizes the integration, application, and connection in geometry.  Topics include reasoning and proof, angles, polygons, circles, congruence, similarity, area, volume, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, and transformations. Special advanced level projects are integrated throughout the course.


Algebra II
This course builds on Algebra I to give each student a solid foundation in algebra for college. Topics include open sentences in one and two variables; systems of linear equations and inequalities; polynomials and factoring; rational, real and complex numbers; quadratic equations, quadratic functions, relations and functions; exponential and logarithmic functions and conic sections.

Algebra II Honors
This course fortifies the concepts of Algebra I Honors. It develops mathematical skills through a comprehensive study of the real and complex number systems integrating graphing calculators, computers and hands-on activities. In addition to the topics of Algebra II, this course expands the scope of study to include such advanced algebra topics as theory of equations and matrices and determinants.


Advanced Math
This course is designed for students who have completed Algebra II. The entire first semester is spent studying trigonometry. Remaining topics include: progressions and binomial expansions, matrices and determinants, permutations, combinations, probability, polar coordinates, complex numbers in polar form, sequences and series, and logarithmic and exponential functions.

Advanced Math Honors
This course is designed for students who have completed Algebra II Honors. This course includes all of the topics covered in Advanced Math and expands the scope of these topics for a more advanced understanding. Additional topics include linear and angular velocity, vectors, parametric functions, limits, differentiation, conic sections, and analytic geometry.


Pre-Calculus
This course is for students who have completed Advanced Math. Topics from both Algebra II and Advanced Math are both reinforced and expanded. Topics include: trigonometry, data analysis, polynomials, rational functions, modeling, exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices, and inequalities. Students are required to complete special projects relating to topics studied.

Pre-Calculus Honors
This course is designed to prepare students for college mathematics. Topics include trigonometry, data analysis, polynomials, rational functions, modeling, exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices, inequalities and transformations. Real-life applications are integrated throughout the course as is discovery through the use of data analysis. Projects are also used to teach and reinforce some topics. **Note** This course is only offered through the completion of the graduating Class of 2011.

Calculus Honors
This is a full year course for students who have a thorough knowledge of algebra, axiomatic and analytic geometry, trigonometry, functions, and pre-calculus. Topics include differentiation and integration of functions in one variable as they relate to the tangent line problem, optimization problems, related rates problems, and velocity/acceleration problems. Development of a strong foundation in the basics of Calculus will prepare students for physics and college mathematics.

Calculus Honors AP
This course is modeled on the College Board curriculum, including a comprehensive treatment of differentiation and integration of functions in one variable and applications of these concepts. One objective of the course is to prepare students for the AP exam, which may qualify them for college credit in Calculus. The student commits to participate in Advanced Placement testing. Practice exams and in depth problem solving are explored throughout the course as preparation.

Faculty:

Mrs. Patricia Zimmer, B.S., Department Chair
Ms. Jeanne Bandera, B.S.
Mrs. Eileen Brocato, B.S.
Mrs. Deborah Broussard, M.Ed.
Mr. Ryan Gray ’05, B.S.
Mr. Michael Heller, B.S.

Mr. Matthew Lambert ’98, B.A.
Mr. Stephen Lewis ’03, B.S.
Mr. Patrick McClain, B.S.
Mr. Ryan Skyta, M.S.
Miss Jean Thomeczek M.B.A.
Ms. Kelly Wild, M.Ed.

Helpful Links:

S.O.S. Mathematics
Provides tutorials and extra problems in Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trig, Advanced Math, and Calculus.