Mathematics

In our mathematics program, students are encouraged to think critically and analytically in both classroom discussions and written work. We teach mathematics the way girls learn best, exposing students to a variety of teaching methods and problem-solving strategies that include the use of technology. Both our teaching and assessments are conducted in a way that celebrates success and encourages improvement. As a result, virtually all students take four years of Upper School math with more than half taking a calculus course. Each year, a visiting engineer presents a hands-on program showing how math can be used in the professional world. Alumnae also visit classes to share with current students how they have used math in college and careers.

Algebra IB

This course is the second half of the foundation course for Upper School mathematics and consists of the traditional college-preparatory program. Topics include polynomials, factoring, exponents and exponential functions, quadratic, radical and rational equations and functions.  Students are also introduced to basic geometry concepts in an algebraic framework.

Geometry (Grade Level, Accelerated, Honors)

This is a study of Euclidean Geometry concentrating on geometric reasoning, lines, angles, triangles, polygons, and circles.  Students will solve problems using the Pythagorean Theorem and right triangle trigonometry and will find the areas and volumes of plane and solid figures.  The third trimester will include a review of algebra concepts and an introduction to Algebra II.

Prerequisite for Honors Geometry is B or above in Honors Algebra I.

Prerequisite for Geometry Accelerated is B- or above in 8th grade Algebra I.

Prerequisite for summer Geometry and acceleration to Algebra II is A in 9th grade Algebra I and recommendation of the Math Department.

Algebra II

Quadratic and polynomial functions and equations, systems of equations, complex numbers, radical, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions are the major topics of study in Algebra II.   Students are introduced to conics, sequences, combinatorics, probability, and basic trigonometry.   Students will be prepared to take the Level 1 Math SAT Subject Test.

Prerequisite for Algebra II is C- or above in Algebra IB. Students deficient in Algebra I should enroll in our summer Algebra II Readiness course or its equivalent.

Algebra II (Accelerated and Honors)

These courses are more rigorous treatments of the topics of Algebra II—quadratic and polynomial functions and equations, systems of equations, complex numbers, radical, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions as well as conics, sequence, combinatorics, probability, and basic trigonometry.  Students will be prepared to take the Level 1 Math SAT Subject Test.

Prerequisite for Honors Algebra II is B or above in Honors Algebra I and Honors Geometry, or A in both Accelerated Algebra 1 and Accelerated Geometry and recommendation of the Math Dept.

Prerequisite for Accelerated Algebra II is B- or above in 8th grade Accelerated Algebra I, or A in 9th grade Algebra   IB, A in Geometry and recommendation of the Math Department.

Precalculus

This rigorous course is designed for students who intend to study calculus.   It includes an extensive study of functions, trigonometry, logarithms and exponentials. Prerequisite is B or above in Accelerated Algebra II.

Precalculus Honors

This fast-paced and challenging course prepares students for Advanced Placement Calculus.  The syllabus covers trigonometry, logarithmic, exponential and algebraic functions, sequences and series, limits, and analytic geometry. The students are prepared to take the Level 2 Math SAT Subject Test. Prerequisite is B or above in Honors Algebra II.

Discrete Mathematics

This is an introductory course on topics of interest to students of all backgrounds, especially students leaning toward the study of social science.  These topics typically fall outside the usual calculus-driven sequence that forms the basis of math for science and technology, but nonetheless have significant applications in everyday life.

Topics may include but are not limited to: the mathematics of voting, sharing, power and apportionment; graph analysis of routing, traveling and being connected; critical path analysis (process scheduling problems); and the theory and practice of money, saving and spending. Prerequisite is B- or above in Algebra II or C- or above in Accelerated Algebra II.

Statistics

In this Information Age, the study of statistics has become increasingly important. Statistical methods are needed in many diverse fields, and the course is required by over 80% of college majors. Statistics are used to determine the meaning of data collected through polls and surveys. The course includes the mathematics necessary to draw proper conclusions from such surveys and to show how statistical claims can be useful as well as misleading. Prerequisite is a passing grade in Accelerated Algebra II, or C- or above in Algebra II.

Calculus

After reviewing the function work of precalculus, this course provides a thorough introduction to calculus, including limits, derivatives and their applications, and integrals and their applications. Calculus skills are also used to study algebraic, trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions. Prerequisite is B or above in Precalculus.

AP Calculus

This is a rigorous college-level course in calculus intended to prepare the students for advanced standing upon entering college. The students in this college level program will take the Calculus (AB or BC) AP examination in May. Prerequisite is B or above in Honors Precalculus.

Advanced Topics in Mathematics

Following AP Calculus, this course includes the “C” topics omitted in the AP Calculus course, making the BC Calculus exam an option. The course will include multivariable calculus and series, and, as time permits, topics from differential equations and linear algebra. Prerequisite is B- or above in AP Calculus.

 

For computer science courses, go to Technology and Media Literacy section. 

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