Mathematics

Everything Adds Up

Every Marist student is capable of learning mathematics and of valuing the power and beauty of mathematics. Marist students will strive for academic excellence and integrity in the study of mathematics. Mathematics is an international language with applications in many disciplines. Students will communicate mathematically using precise mathematical notation in an organized and logical structure. Students will solve problems using a variety of approaches: the verbal, the numeric, the algebraic, and the graphic. Students will not only be able to solve problems, but also be able to understand the underlying concepts and to justify their reasoning. Students will employ mathematics to model real life situations and use these models to draw conclusions and to make predictions. Students will apply their knowledge to new problem situations and use mathematics to improve and enhance the quality of life for the benefit of all people.

Courses

List of 17 items.

  • Pre-Algebra (MA101: Grade 7)

    This yearlong course is a study of rational numbers, equations, inequalities, word problems, and the coordinate plane. Other areas covered include metric measurement, probability, statistics, geometry, area, volume, right triangles, and square roots.

    Placement is determined by the department.
  • Advanced Pre-Algebra (MA105: Grade 7)

    This yearlong course is an in-depth study of rational numbers, equations, inequalities, word problems, and the coordinate plane. Other areas covered include metric measurement, probability, statistics, geometry, area, volume, right triangles, and square roots.

    Placement is determined by the department.
  • Algebra I (MA201: Grade 8; MA202: Grade 9)

    This yearlong course is an introduction to algebra from both a traditional and a graphics-based approach. Topics include solving and graphing linear and nonlinear equations and inequalities, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities, factoring polynomials, and simplifying polynomial, rational, and radical expressions. A graphics calculator is required.

    Placement is determined by the department.
  • Advanced Algebra I (MA205: Grade 8)

    This yearlong course is an in-depth study of an introduction to algebra from both a traditional and a graphics-based approach. Topics include solving and graphing linear and nonlinear equations and inequalities, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities, factoring polynomials, and simplifying polynomial, rational, and radical expressions. Also studied are quadratic equations/functions, rational expressions/functions, radicals, proportions and a connection to geometry. A graphics calculator is required.

    Placement is determined by the department.
  • Geometry (MA321: Grades 9-10)

    This yearlong course is defined as a study of the basic figures in geometry including angle relationships, perpendicular lines, parallel lines, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, similar polygons, right triangles, circles, areas of polygonal regions, areas and volumes of solids and geometric probability. Students develop an understanding of the nature of proofs. A graphics calculator is required.

    Prerequisite: Algebra I (MA202). Placement is determined by the department.
  • Advanced Geometry (MA315: Grades 9-10)

    This yearlong course is an in-depth study of the basic figures in geometry including angle relationships, perpendicular lines, parallel lines, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, similar polygons, right triangles, circles, areas of polygonal regions, areas and volumes of solids and geometric probability. Students develop an understanding of the nature of proofs. A graphics calculator is required.

    Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra I (MA205). Placement is determined by the department.
  • Algebra II (MA421: Grades 10-11)

    This yearlong course is designed as a study of functions, including their graphs and applications. The course includes the study of linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students are taught to model real-world data with functions and to use functions to make predictions. Complex numbers will also be taught. A graphics calculator is required.

    Prerequisite: Geometry (MA321). Placement is determined by the department.
  • Advanced Algebra II (MA305: Grades 10-11)

    This yearlong course is an in-depth study of the topics of functions, including their graphs and applications. The course includes the study of linear, quadratic, polynomial, radical, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students are taught to model real-world data with functions and to use functions to make predictions. Conic sections, complex numbers, sequences, and series will also be taught. A graphics calculator is required.

    Placement is determined by the department.
  • Algebra III with Trigonometry (MA514: Grades 11-12)

    This yearlong course is designed to prepare the student for the study of Precalculus. The course will cover topics from algebra including equations and inequalities, functions and their graphs, and applications. The functions that will be studied include linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric. A graphics calculator is required.

    Available to eleventh and twelfth grade students who have not completed Precalculus (MA501). Placement is determined by the department.
  • Precalculus (MA501: Grades 11-12)

    This yearlong course is a study of quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. It will also involve the study of conic sections, sequences, and series. Topics will be studied algebraically, graphically, and verbally. A graphics calculator is required.

    Placement is determined by the department.
  • Advanced Precalculus (MA505: Grades 10-11)

    This yearlong course is an in-depth study of the graphical, tabular, symbolic, and verbal representations of functions. Topics include polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Students will be challenged to think and reason about mathematics and to communicate the results of their thinking to others orally and in writing. A graphics calculator is required.

    Placement is determined by the department.
  • Calculus (MA601: Grade 12)

    This yearlong course is the study of functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, and applications to integral and differential calculus. A graphics calculator is required.

    This course is recommended for students with a strong algebraic background who enjoy mathematics. Placement is determined by the department.
  • AP Calculus AB (MA901: Grade 12)

    This yearlong course is an in-depth study of functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, and applications to integral and differential calculus. The student is required to take the AP examination in May. A graphics calculator is required.

    Prerequisite: Advanced Precalculus (MA505). Placement is determined by the department.
  • AP Calculus BC (MA902: Grade 12)

    This yearlong course is an in-depth study of functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, sequences and series, differential equations, and applications to integral and differential calculus. The student is required to take the AP examination in May. A graphics calculator is required.

    Prerequisite: Advanced Precalculus (MA505). Placement is determined by the department.
  • Statistics (MA521: Grades 11-12)

    This yearlong course is designed as an introduction to probability and statistics. Students will formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer them. They will select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data. Students will develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on data. They will be able to use a basic understanding of probability to make and test conjectures about the results of experiments and simulations. A graphics calculator is required.

    Placement is determined by the department.

     
  • AP Statistics (MA903: Grades 10-12)

    This yearlong course is the study of exploratory analysis of data, planning a study, probability, and statistical inference. The student is required to take the AP examination in May. A graphics calculator is required.
    Rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students are eligible to apply for AP Statistics.
    Requirements:
    • Rising 10th graders must be currently taking Advanced Geometry (MA315) and enrolling in Advanced Algebra II (MA305) next year.
    • Rising 11th graders must be currently taking Advanced Algebra II (MA305) and enrolling in Advanced Precalculus (MA505) next year.
    • Rising 12th graders must have completed Precalculus (MA501) with a 90 Math GPA.
    • Rising 12th graders must have completed Advanced Precalculus (MA505).
    Recommendation of the instructor and permission of the math placement coordinator is required.
  • Problem Solving for Math Competitions (MA450: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term course is designed for students who want to improve their ability to solve mathematical problems, with a focus on competition problems. Ideally, students taking this course would be members of the Marist math team. Students could enroll in this course multiple times as their ability increases. Several levels of the course may be taught at one time. Introduction to Problem Solving will focus on broad problem-solving strategies, with an introduction to entry-level contest problems ranging from topics in algebra and geometry to elementary counting principles and number theory. Intermediate Problem Solving would focus on the continued acquisition of techniques necessary for success in mid-level competitive contests such as the AMC 10/12 and local tournaments. Advanced Problem Solving would be aimed at students who have enjoyed a degree of success with the AMC and local contests and who are ready to tackle AIME problems and acquire methods of writing proofs necessary for more advanced competitions such as the USAMTS and the final rounds of the KSU and Georgia Tech’s HSMC.

Mathematics Department

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