Math in Upper School 2
Upper School students are able to take the appropriately-challenging math class based on their understanding and skills in math. Math placement is based on a number of factors including demonstrated skills and knowledge, prerequisite experience, and past performance on classes and tests. The following four math courses may be offered to Upper School 2 students:
Math Innovations II
Math Innovations II continues the integrated curriculum and builds upon student understanding of educational content introduced in Math Innovations I. Students remain actively engaged in the content by applying the concepts to “real-world” contexts, working through word problems, examining the reasoning behind the computations, and exploring the relevancy of each topic as it may apply other concepts and situations.
As in Innovations I, each unit in Math Innovations focuses on a particular area of mathematics while presenting students with guided opportunities for mathematical analysis and problem solving.
- Solve complex equations by using the order of operations and combining like terms.
- Solve and graph inequalities on a number line.
- Evaluate expressions using the rules of exponents.
- Recognize and graph quadratic and exponential functions.
- Find measures of angles formed by parallel lines and a transversal.
- Understand and use properties of similar triangles using dilations, rotations, reflections and translations.
- Work with and develop formulas for the volume of cylinders, cones and spheres.
Students delve deeper into foundations of Algebra using Pearson’s Algebra I textbook and The Art of Problem Solving: Introduction to Algebra as core texts. Students develop advanced problem-solving skills, perseverance, and creativity through explorations of progressively complex mathematical concepts.
- Identify arithmetic, geometric, and exponential patterns.
- Graph linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, and absolute value functions.
- Factor polynomials, exponentials, logarithms, and other functions.
- Analyze complex numbers.
- Solve one-variable equations and linear systems with multiple variables.