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The Cheverus Mathematics Department believes math should be studied for its beauty as well as its utility. The mysteries of science are written in the language of mathematics and the department hopes to open their student’s eyes to the power of math as well as develop a catalog of skills for daily living. Technology will be used where appropriate and the department requires the purchase of a TI-83/84 graphing calculator for its upper-level courses.

Math Progression

 

Faculty

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    Paul Johnson

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    Daniel LaVallee

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    Kathryn Little

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    Alan Livingston

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    Joan Renger

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Courses

Year — 1 credit
Grade 9

This is an algebra course for the student who needs extra time to understand mathematical concepts. The course is informal and inductive and the pace slowed so that fewer topics are covered, but they are mastered in preparation for Geometry.

Year—1 credit
Grade 9

Algebra I is the foundation course for all secondary mathematics. For most students, it is their first exposure to an axiomatic approach to learning mathematics. Symbolic manipulation will be important, but problem solving will be the main focus of our study. Topics covered in this course include linear equations, inequalities, polynomials, and quadratic equations.

 

Year — 1 credit
Grade 9

Designed for the above average student taking first year algebra, this course will cover all the essentials of elementary algebra included in the regular program as well as challenging the student to grasp advanced concepts. The subject matter will enhance the problem solving capabilities of the student. Students selected for this course must be highly motivated and have a history of outstanding grades in mathematics.

Year — 1 credit
Grade 10

This course covers the essential topics of geometry from an inductive point of view. Algebra skills are continuously reinforced while topics such as parallelism, congruent triangles, parallelograms, similarity, right triangles, area, and volume are examined.

Year — 1 credit
Grade 10

This course covers the essentials of plane geometry from a formal point of view. Topics covered in this course include parallelism, congruent triangles, parallelograms, similarity , right triangles, circles, areas, volumes, and coordinate geometry. An introduction to some concepts in elementary logic is included.

Year — 1 credit
Grades 9-10
Prerequisite: Algebra I Honors

Geometry Honors presents a complete course in plane geometry for the gifted mathematics student. The course is theoretical and an introduction to formal, deductive proof begins very early. Algebraic skills will be constantly reviewed and strengthened through application to solving geometric problems. Supplemental material will be used to enrich the text. Freshmen selected for this course must be highly motivated, have a history of outstanding grades in mathematics and score well on the Cheverus math assessment. Algebra I students should only consider this course if they earned a solid A.

Year — 1 credit
Grades 11-12

This course is for students who have completed Algebra I A and Geometry A but would benefit from a review of both courses before proceeding to Algebra II. The course will include a variety of applications such as: heal points, number theory, numerical geometry, equation solving, and an introduction of function notation and the quadratic equation. SAT problems are also reviewed to familiarize the student to this important exam. Recommended for the Geometry A student that earned a B+ or below.  Please note: this course is not approved by NCAA and will not be used to determine NCAA eligibility.

Year — 1 credit
Grades 11-12

This course is designed to provide the student with a review of skills from first year algebra and then to study trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions as well as other topics as time allows. The emphasis is on equation solving and its application to the solution of word problems. Recommended for the Geometry student who earned an A– or below. Geometry A students should consider this course if they earned an A– or better. Geometry Honors students with a C+ or below should also consider this course.

Year — 1 credit
Grades 11-12; Grades 9-10
Prerequisite: Requires Department Chair approval (grade 9)

This course is designed for students who have excelled in Algebra I Honors and Geometry Honors. The usual Algebra II and trigonometry topics are studied in great detail and depth and some advanced topics, such as conic sections and matrices are examined. Students selected for this course must be highly motivated and have a history of outstanding grades in mathematics. Recommended for the Geometry Honors student earning a B– or better. Geometry students should only consider this course if they earned a solid A.

Year — 1 credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite: Algebra II

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of statistical thought. Methods to describe data, both visually and numerically, will be examined as well as topics from linear regression, survey and experimental design, probability, and basic hypothesis testing. Topics in consumer mathematics such as interest and personal finance will considered in the second semester if time permits. Recommended for the Algebra II student who earned a C+ or below.

Year — 1 credit
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Algebra II

This course will develop a foundation so students will be well prepared for a college calculus course for an economics or business program. Trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions will be studied in detail. Recommended for Algebra II students who earned a B– or better.

Year — 1 credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite: Algebra II

The focus of the course will be on the four critical ideas of elementary statistics: planning a survey, probability, describing data, and making inferences about a population from a survey. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May. Recommended for the Algebra II student who earned a B+. Algebra II Honors students who earned a C+ or below should also consider this course. Students may also select this course if they wish to double up in math.

Year — 1 credit
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Algebra II Honors

This is a college level course for students who have completed Algebra II Honors with a B– or better. Some time is spent strengthening the student’s pre-calculus background, but the focus of the course is differential and integral calculus. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam.

Year — 1 credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite: Calculus AB

This course is a continuation of the topics studied in Advanced Placement Calculus AB and is open ONLY to those who have achieved a score of 3 or better on the College Board’s Calculus AB Examination. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam.

Year - 1 credit
Grade 12
Prerequisite: Calculus BC and Department Approval

This course will extend the topics learned in AP Calculus BC into multiple dimensions. The same concepts of limits, differentiation, and integration will be studied but we are no longer restricted to the Cartesian plane. Partial derivatives, multiple integrals and line integrals are among the new ideas introduced.  This course is honors level.

Year — 1 credit
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Department approval

The topics in this course will include matrix operations, determinants, vector spaces, inner product spaces, eigenvalues, and linear transformations.

Graduation Requirements

 

25 ½ Credits Minimum
  • English -- 4 credits *
  • Math -- 4 credits *
  • Theology -- 4 credits *
  • Science -- 3 years 
    (Global Science, Biology, Chemistry)
  • Foreign Language -- 3 years (same language)
  • History -- 3 years
    (History I, II, III)
  • Fine & Performing Arts -- 1 credit total
  • Computer Technology -- ½ credit
  • Electives -- 3 credits

* 1 credit each year 9-12


Non-Credit Requirements
  • Retreat -- each year
  • Community Service
    -- each year (Community Service page)
  • College Advising
    (grades 11 & 12)
  • Formation Seminar (grade 9)

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