Math in Upper School 4
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 courses may be offered to Upper School 4 students (please note that all levels are not always available, nor expected of students):
Students build on Algebra I skill set with a focus on advanced problem-solving and critical thinking. Using the Pearson text series, students engage in high level discussions and complete projects to further their conceptual understanding.
- Evaluate and simplify expressions
- Master exponents, radicals, polynomials, and rational expressions.
- Graph lines, find distances, and solve systems of lines and inequalities on the coordinate plane.
- Solve and apply quadratics to projectiles and other real world applications.
Students build on foundations of algebra utilizing The Art of Problem Solving: Intermediate Algebra as a core text. In this Algebra course, students delves deeper into the algebraic concepts with progressively greater complexity. While the focus remains on students developing advanced problem-solving skills, perseverance, and creativity skills while learning the mathematical topics, this course allows for students to be challenged with more advanced Algebraic problems as they master each concept.
- Manipulate linear and polynomial functions.
- Graph polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational functions, and complex numbers and functions on the polar plane.
- Recognize factoring patterns.
- Model using linear and exponential relationships.
- Understand Conic sections.
- Practice Trigonometric functions and identities.
Students focus on geometry, trigonometry, and advanced topics in Algebra. UsingThe Art of Problem Solving: Introduction to Geometry as a core text, students continue to utilize advanced problem-solving skills, perseverance, and creativity through projects and explorations of mathematical topics. This integrated “hands-on” course enables students to explore design-thinking and STEM-based projects and ideas into their learning.
- Explore similar and congruent triangles.
- Understand quadrilaterals, polygons, and circles.
- Find areas of irregular shapes.
- Practice three-dimensional geometry.
- Understand transformations.
- Explore trigonometry.