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Below is an excerpt from the 2017-2018 Course of Study.
The mathematics curriculum is built around a core sequence of eight terms: three of elementary algebra, two of geometry, one of intermediate algebra, and two of precalculus topics. The completion of these eight terms will satisfy diploma requirements, but one or two additional terms of precalculus are required as prerequisites for more advanced courses in calculus, computer science, and statistics. Placement of new students in the appropriate first course is made by the department, based on the results of an online survey and placement test that is sent to newly admitted students in the spring. Typically, new ninth-graders entering with little or no prior study of algebra start with MTH100. For a student who already has studied algebra and perhaps geometry, our sharply focused and adaptive Math Placement Test is designed to pinpoint those topics that the student already knows while at the same time indicating those topics to which the student still needs
Typically, new ninth-graders entering with little or no prior study of algebra start with MTH100. For a student who already has studied algebra and perhaps geometry, our sharply focused and adaptive Math Placement Test is designed to pinpoint those topics that the student already knows while at the same time indicating those topics to which the student still needs introduction. With the results of this test, an appropriate initial course is identified so that a student joins our program geared for success.
Similarly, our Math Placement Test is used for students entering as 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-graders and postgraduates. These new students generally join our curriculum at the 300- or 400-level, again based on the results of the adaptive online test.
The precalculus curriculum focuses on the study of functions. Success in these courses is important in preparation for the challenges of the advanced courses. To assure success, a student who earns a final grade of 2 or 3 in MTH320, 330, 340, or 350 may, with department approval, retake the course the following term.
Students who plan to take a College Board Subject Test in mathematics should schedule the exam at the test date as close to the end of the appropriate math course as possible. Students who plan to take the Math Level IIC Subject Test should do so after finishing MTH360; those who plan to take the Level IC exam should do so after finishing MTH340.
The department offers many mathematics electives beyond precalculus, including coursework in advanced placement calculus, multivariable calculus, and linear algebra. We also offer AP Statistics and typically devote one term of the MTH630 seminar series to a more advanced class in statistics. Our computer science offerings include an entry-level class for students completely new to the discipline, AP Computer Science, a combined math-computer science offering, and a course in which students learn programming languages used by professionals in Web page design. The majority of students take courses beyond the required level. MTH350 and MTH360 complete the precalculus sequence. The department offers many electives beyond precalculus, some of which lead up to and beyond College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams in calculus, statistics, and computer science.
Every student enrolled in a mathematics course must have a TI-84 graphing calculator. No other models will be used or supported by the department. No calculator that has CAS (Computer Algebra System) capabilities, including, but not limited to, the TI-89, TI-92, and TI-Voyager, may be used for departmental exams.
We hope to post course maps and details about our classes very soon. In the meantime, please consult the most recent Course of Study.