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Mathematics Department Overview and Flowchart

Category: Mathematics, Department Overviews
Length: Full Year
Description: Our courses are designed to teach strong mathematical and problem-solving skills. All courses incorporate lessons designed to help students develop the literacy skills necessary to succeed in mathematics and effectively communicate their reasoning to others. We emphasize the development of critical thinking and problem-solving techniques that are not specific to mathematics, and can be applied to real-world problems, including coursework in other subject areas. Our courses are designed to support each student, regardless of his or her mathematics skill level. The Mathematics Department course curricula are currently being revised so that all courses are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core standards.


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Algebra 1

Course Number: C211
Category: Mathematics
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: This course focuses on mastering the real number system and the language and symbolism of Algebra. Students write, manipulate, and solve equations in and out of real world contexts. Students explore the definition of a functional relationship and then analyze, graph, and model with three types of functional relationships: linear, quadratic, and exponential. This course is designed to help students make the transition from concrete thinking to abstract thinking and develop problem-solving techniques that are relevant to all topics.
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Algebra 2

Course Number: C231
Category: Mathematics
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course focuses on the study of functional relationships and families of functions. Students start the year by discussing the properties and representations of functions and then apply this knowledge to polynomial functions. Students continue by considering the algebra of functions and its application to exponential and logarithmic functions. Students also expand their knowledge of trigonometric functions to the unit circle, consider imaginary/complex numbers, and return to their study of statistics.
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Algebra 2 Honors

Course Number: C230
Category: Mathematics
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: Honors
Length: Semester
Description: This course mirrors Algebra 2 with an emphasis on more nuanced algebraic properties and theorems and the justifications and derivations of these results. The added depth of understanding helps prepare students for advanced mathematics courses. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Geometry Honors and a teacher recommendation OR A high level of success (a grade in the A range) in Geometry and a teacher recommendation.
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AP Calculus AB

Course Number: C250
Category: Mathematics
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: AP
Length: Semester
Description: This course is a college-level Calculus course. Course topics include functions and limits, differentiation, applications of differentiation, integration, applications of the definite integral, and techniques of integration. Graphing calculators will be used extensively throughout the class. Students are expected to take the National AP Calculus AB examination in May. Students are required to complete a summer assignment preceding the course. Prerequisites: A high level of success (a grade of B or better) in Precalculus Honors and a teacher recommendation.
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Geometry

Course Number: C221
Category: Mathematics
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: In this course, students grapple with precise geometric definitions and theorems in the language of mathematics. Students undergo a rigorous analysis of shapes with an emphasis on triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles. This analysis requires exploring and investigating transversals, transformations, congruence, similarity, basic trigonometry, area/volume, probability, and much more. As the year progresses, students develop their ability to construct and critique mathematical arguments and eventually, proofs.
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Geometry Honors

Course Number: C220
Category: Mathematics
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11
Level: Honors
Length: Full Year
Description: This course mirrors Geometry with an added emphasis on proof writing, logical thinking, and applications. The added depth of understanding helps prepare students for advanced mathematics courses. Prerequisites: teacher recommendation.
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AP Statistics

Course Number: C279
Category: Mathematics
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: AP
Length: Semester
Description: 'Statistics provides tools for describing variability in data and for making informed decisions that take it into account.' (Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, 2011) This course is designed to give students the tools to describe variability as well as explore methods and concepts related to comparing statistics and making inferences. Students interpret categorical and quantitative data, justify their conclusions verbally, and evaluate random processes underlying statistical experiments. They study independence and conditional probability and use these principles to interpret data; use the rules of probability to compute probabilities of compound events in a uniform probability model; and use probability to make decisions. Students are expected to take the national AP Statistics examination in May. Students are required to complete a summer assignment preceding the course. Prerequisite: A grade of B or above in Algebra 2 or another higher-level mathematics course and a teacher recommendation. Non-seniors who take this course are strongly encouraged to take a second math course concurrently.
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Precalculus Honors

Course Number: C241
Category: Mathematics
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: Honors
Length: Semester
Description: This course is designed for motivated students who have excelled in Algebra and Geometry and are interested in taking a college-level Calculus course in the future. Topics include matrices, functions (with a focus on rational functions), trigonometry, vectors, analytic geometry, complex numbers, and polar coordinates. Graphing calculators are used extensively throughout the course. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 2 Honors OR a high level of success (a grade of B or better) in Algebra 2.
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Mastery Algebra

Course Number: MAS-211
Category: Mathematics
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course is intended for students who took, but did not receive credit for Algebra 1 (FAILED). This course focuses on mastering the real number system and the language and symbolism of Algebra. Students write, manipulate, and solve equations in and out of real world contexts. Students explore the definition of a functional relationship and then analyze, graph, and model with three types of functional relationships: linear, quadratic, and exponential. This course is designed to help students make the transition from concrete thinking to abstract thinking and develop problem-solving techniques that are relevant to all topics.
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Mastery Geometry

Course Number: MAS-221
Category: Mathematics
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course is intended for students who took, but did not receive credit for Geometry (FAILED). In this course, students grapple with precise geometric definitions and theorems in the language of mathematics. Students undergo a rigorous analysis of shapes with an emphasis on triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles. This analysis requires exploring and investigating transversals, transformations, congruence, similarity, basic trigonometry, area/volume, probability, and much more. As the year progresses, students develop their ability to construct and critique mathematical arguments and eventually, proofs.
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