Mathematics

Department Philosophy

The Mathematics Department strives to ensure that all students have the mathematical background that will give them the opportunity to make appropriate choices without being limited by the courses they have taken in high school. Students are encouraged in the belief that “all subjects are roads to knowledge” and therefore they should not base their academic selection on those that interest them at the moment, but rather should have a broad and varied background in many different subjects.

Mathematics gives students the power and ability to appreciate, understand, and reflect on patterns in the world around them. Since all branches of mathematics can be applied to the real world, a knowledge of mathematics enables students to better see and understand other areas in the curriculum as well as to be enriched by the ability to think logically and clearly and to feel confident in a technological society. As mathematically literate women, graduates will be able to take their place in a world in which a knowledge of mathematics will enable them to achieve their personal goals, contribute to the needs of society, and influence the changing role of women in the twenty-first century.

The mathematics courses are designed to offer a strong core curriculum that will enable the students to achieve their academic and professional goals, to reflect the needs of society, and to give students the background to feel confident and comfortable in an information society. The progression of courses builds upon learned skills and ever growing powers of reasoning as students expand their abilities to investigate, calculate, and solve problems in a clear and logical manner.

Department Goals

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the application of mathematical concepts to solving problems.
  • Use the graphing calculator as an aid in performing mathematical computations and in graphing equations.
  • Understand and work with linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, absolute value, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
  • Be able to work with both rational and irrational algebraic functions.
  • Achieve an in-depth knowledge of algebraic concepts so they feel competent to take the next step of studying trigonometry and more advanced mathematical concepts in preparation for the calculus.
  • Understand and be able to work comfortably with the six trigonometric functions.
  • Solve problems using trigonometry.
  • Demonstrate a facility in working with advanced mathematical concepts in a group or alone.
  • Complete a higher level math course during her senior year of either Advanced Placement Calculus or Advanced Topics in Mathematics.

Course Of Study

Grade 7: Pre-Algebra/Introduction to Algebra I
Grade 8: Algebra I
Grade 9: Geometry (H, CP)
Grade 10: Algebra II (AH, H, CP)
Grade 11: Pre-Calculus (AH, H CP)
Grade 12: Calculus (AP) and Advanced Topics in Mathematics (H, CP)

Department Faculty

Mrs. Sandra Giordano, Department Chair
Ms. Amber Leung
Dr. Annalisa Peterson