Department OverviewThe Mathematics program integrates the study of traditional branches of math (algebra, geometry, and trigonometry) with the study of functions, probability, statistics, calculus, logic, computer science, and mathematical systems. Also included in the course offerings are advanced Pre-Calculus, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, AT Statistics and AT Linear Algebra. Digital Logic Design is an elective course intended for students to see the application of mathematical logic to the design of circuits. All courses and levels of study help students to develop conceptual understanding, build strong problem-solving skills, and learn to apply critical and creative thinking skills to real-world challenges and problems.The Computer Science courses are designed to foster computational thinking skills, improve problem solving abilities and to be able to write code to accomplish a variety of given tasks. Computer Science 912 offers an introduction to basic programming skills and the functionality of spreadsheets. 913 exposes students to database development and SQL, computer relevant number systems, information encoding, algorithm development, computing hardware and physical computing. Contemporary Topics 922 is a survey course that emphasizes real world issues and applications, such as cybersecurity, encryption, machine learning, computing ethics, data privacy and artificial intelligence. AT Computer Science 925 is comparable to an introductory college level course, covering program design, principles of object oriented programming, programming constructs, algorithm analysis, program testing and debugging, recursion and responsible use of computer systems.Our three level STEAM Program is hands-on and human centered. Students learn through solving real world problems at each level, going from local, more constrained problems in the first level to problems they identify in the community through interviews and observations in the capstone course, Social Entrepreneurship.Please see the course catalog for more information about topics, courses and prerequisites.
The Mathematics department prides itself on providing a wide range of courses which vary in depth of coverage and level of challenge. By virtue of this structure, we believe each student will be able to find a progression that is most appropriate.The flowchart linked below indicates the typical paths students follow from one course to the next. In order to be considered for possible advancement, students will be required to fill out the appropriate paperwork with their Dean prior to June 1 preceding the school year of the advancement. These students will be required to get their current math teacher’s recommendation and pass a qualifying exam the week before the Fall semester to demonstrate their level of preparedness for the advancement. In some cases, summer school course work will also be required.