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Mathematics Department

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Welcome to the Preston High School Mathematics Department! We are devoted to creating and maintaining an atmosphere of learning that gives our students a sense of confidence based on competence. We challenge our students with a program designed to foster problem solving, mathematical reasoning, and self-esteem through directed practice, cooperative learning and student-teacher dialogue. We wish to guide students toward academic success and personal awareness of their abilities. We believe that all students should be provided with as much preparation as possible in mathematics, to allow for a successful experience in college; therefore, all students are required to complete four years of mathematics. The department incorporates technology into its curriculum with appropriate use of computers, Smart Boards and graphing calculators.

 

Algebra 1:

The Algebra I course standards are based on the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics. Algebra I is associated with the high school content standards
within the categories of: Number & Quantity, Algebra, Functions, and Statistics & Probability. 
Students are prepared for the NYS Algebra 1 Common Core Regents Exam which istaken in June.

 

Algebra 1 Honors:

The honors course runs at an accelerated pace to allow for an in-depth study of topics. The common core regents exam is also required at the completion of the course.

 

Geometry:

The Geometry course standards are based on the New York State Common Core Learning Standards 
for Mathematics. Some included topics are:  Congruence, Similarity, RightTriangles, Trigonometry, Circles, Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations, Geometric Measurement and Dimensions, and Modeling with Geometry. Students are prepared forthe NYS Geometry Common Core Regents Exam which is taken in June.

 

Geometry Honors:

The honors course runs at an accelerated pace to allow for an in-depth study of topics. 
The common core regents exam is also required at the completion of the course.

 

Algebra 2:

The Algebra II course standards are based on the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics. Some included topics are: the Real Number System, Quantities,the Complex Number System, Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Expressions, Creating Equations, Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities, Interpreting Functions,Building Functions, Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models, Trigonometric Functions, Probability and the Rules of Probability. Students are prepared for both the NYS 
Algebra IIRegents Exam and the Common Core Regents Exam which are both taken in June.

 

Algebra 2 Honors:

The honors course runs at an accelerated pace to allow for an in-depth study of topics. 
The common core regents exam is also required at the completion of the course.

 

Pre-Calculus

Departmental approval required

This course covers advanced algebra and advanced trigonometry including functions, matrices, sequences and series, 
limits and derivatives.

 

Financial Algebra

Mathematics plays a fundamental role in today's world. Financial Algebra is a comprehensive course aligned to the
Common Core State Standards. The course uses practicalbusiness problems and real-world personal financial issues.
Areas explored include but are not limited to: employment, banking, credit cards, insurance, income taxes, business planning, home buying, and budgeting.  Students will explore and master mathematical concepts and skills. Algebraic topics include: data analysis (scatter plots, averages,frequency distributions); fitting data to equations; linear, quadratic, exponential, and piecewise models; interest formulas (simple, compound, and continuous); and present and futurevalue.

 

SJU College Math

Departmental approval required

Students will have the opportunity to earn three credits from St. John's University. This course consists of a review of elementary algebra, functions and graphing, sets of linear equations, matrices, exponential and logarithmic functions,and trigonometry. An introduction to Calculus is also covered in the last quarter.

 

SJU University Calculus

Departmental approval required

The scope of the course includes topics relating to functions and graphs, limits and continuity, differential calculus, and integral calculus. Students taking this course are expected to put in many hours of active reading of the textbook and solving problems outside of the classroom meeting. The purchase of a TI-84 Graphing Calculator is a requirement for this course. Students enrolled in this course will take the AP examination in May. 

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