The Mathematics Department offers a sequence of courses by which students can gain an understanding of the style and content of mathematics, become adept in its fundamental skills, develop an understanding of the analytic power of mathematics through problem solving, and begin to explore the subject for the beauty of its abstractions and the variety of its applications. Confidence building and minimization of fears are conscious goals. While technology is used in many situations, students are also asked to do work by hand to ensure a deep understanding; our emphasis is usually on “why,” instead of simply “how.”

Three years of math courses are required for graduation, although most students choose to take all four core courses (Algebra 2, Geometry, Precalculus and Calculus). Most students also explore other branches of mathematics through the range of one-term electives that are offered. A student may elect to do an independent study in an area of particular interest where a course is not offered.

#### Independent Study

#### Math: Advanced Calculus

Prerequisite: Precalculus and departmental permission. Offered at the Honors level only.

#### Math: Algebra I

Not offered at the Honors level.

#### Math: Algebra II A and B

*Algebra II A and B*Algebra II is a continuation of symbolic reasoning and understanding of mathematical models from Algebra I. The first term builds on topics such as polynomials and quadratic functions. In the second term, students will extend their algebraic reasoning to include topics such as nonlinear systems of equations, logarithmic functions, and exponential relationships.

An honors-level curriculum is offered to all students at the start of each term. The honors curriculum demands that those students explore and understand aspects that are more abstract or complex (both conceptually and mathematically) while completing more challenging projects and assessments.

*Prerequisites: Algebra I*

#### Math: Calculus - Derivatives

Prerequisite: Precalculus and departmental permission. Honors level requires departmental permission.

#### Math: Calculus - Integrals

Prerequisite: Calculus – Derivatives and departmental permission. Honors level requires departmental permission.

#### Math: Discrete Mathematics and Advanced Topics

Open to 11th and 12th graders or by departmental approval.

#### Math: Geometry

Prerequisite: Algebra 2 and departmental permission. Offered at the Honors and S1 levels. Honors level requires departmental permission.

#### Math: Introduction to Game Theory

Open to 11th and 12th graders or by departmental approval.

#### Math: Precalculus - Functions

Prerequisites: Algebra II and Geometry. Honors level requires departmental permission.

Offered at the Honors and Standard levels. Recommendations made by the department.

#### Math: Precalculus - Trigonometry

Offered at the Honors and Standard levels. Recommendations made by the department.

#### Math: Statistics

Open to 11th and 12th graders or by departmental approval.