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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 that 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 freshmen 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, coordinate geometry, and trigonometry. Students complete a bridge construction project and learn the fundamentals of project management.

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. Students complete a bridge construction project and learn the fundamentals of project management. 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; exponential and logarithmic functions; and conic sections.

Algebra II Honors
This course fortifies the concepts of Algebra I Honors. This course develops mathematical skills through a comprehensive study of the real and complex number systems, integrating graphing calculators 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, matrices, and determinants.


Advanced Math
This course for students who have completed Algebra II. The entire first semester is spent studying trigonometry. Remaining topics include matrices and determinants, permutations, combinations, probability, polar coordinates, sequences and series, and logarithmic and exponential equations and graphs.

Advanced Math Honors
This course is a dual enrollment course with LSU. Students may receive college credit for MATH 1022 (College Trigonometry) during the Fall Semester. LSU fees apply. Topics include trigonometry, polynomials, modeling, and inequalities. During the Spring Semester, students will cover additional Advanced Math topics, such as parametric equations, partial fractions, and sequences and series. Students will also be given an introduction to Calculus, including limits and derivatives. Real-life applications are integrated throughout the course as is discover through the use of data analysis. Projects may also be used to teach and reinforce some topics.


Pre-Calculus
This course is a dual enrollment course with LSU. Students may receive college credit for MATH 1021 (College Algebra) during the Fall Semester. LSU fees apply. Topics include: solving equations and inequalities; function properties and graphs with transformations; inverse functions; linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions with applications; systems of equations. During the Spring Semester, students may receive college credit for MATH 1431 (Calculus with Business and Economic Applications). LSU fees apply. Topics include: differential and integral calculus of algebraic, logarithmic, and exponential functions; applications to business and economics, such as maximum- minimum problems, marginal analysis, and exponential growth models.

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 AB Honors AP
This course is modeled on the College Board curriculum for Calculus AB, including a comprehensive treatment of differentiation and integration of functions in one variable in rectangular form and applications of these concepts. One objective of the course is to prepare students for the Calculus AB 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.

Calculus BC Honors AP
This course is modeled on the College Board curriculum for Calculus BC, including a comprehensive treatment of differentiation and integration of functions in one variable in rectangular, polar, and parametric forms and applications of these concepts as well as polynomial approximations using sequences and series. One objective of the course is to prepare students for the Calculus BC 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.


Statistics

Statistics Honors AP
This course is modeled on the College Board curriculum for Statistics, including an introduction to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students will learn how to describe patterns and departures from patterns, plan and conduct a study, explore random phenomena using probability and simulation, estimate population parameters, and test hypotheses. One objective of the course is to prepare students for the Statistics AP Exam, which may qualify them for college credit in statistics. 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., Co-Department Chair
Ms. Jeanne Bandera, B.S.
Mr. Christopher Biehl, M.Ed.
Mrs. Eileen Brocato, B.S.
Mr. Matthew Lambert ’98, B.A.
Mr. Stephen Lewis ’03, B.S.

Mr. Patrick McClain, B.S., Co-Department Chair
Mr. Charles Maillho ’08, B.S.
Mr. William J. Rieger, Jr. ’95, B.S.
Mr. Ryan Skyta, M.S.
Mr. Tommy Smith ’71, M.Ed.
Miss Jean Thomeczek, M.B.A.
Dr. Wayne Wagner, Ph.D.

Helpful Links:

 ALEKS
     Students in Pre-Algebra up through Algebra II will supplement their classroom instruction with ALEKS.
My Math Lab
     Students in Algebra II Honors, Adv. Math, and Pre-Calculus will do much of their homework using the My Math Lab program.
 Khan Academy
     Khan Academy has many helpful math videos if students need extra assistance with specific math topics.
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