Course Descriptions - Mathematics

Overview of Mathematics Program

 

MATHEMATICS 8 (MMA--8)

This mathematics course is designed to develop numeracy skills by combining mathematical knowledge, communication skills, problem solving, connecting ideas, reasoning, mental math, estimation, visualization, and the use of technology.  Students will construct their own meaning out of mathematics, understand math in meaningful contexts, and learn to move from concrete to abstract ideas by linking concrete, pictorial, and symbolic concepts.

 

MATHEMATICS 8/9 (MMA-09-H)

This course is designed for students with exceptional abilities in both core elementary school topics and problem solving, and a strong interest & work ethic in mathematics.  This accelerated course covers the Math 8 and Math 9 Curricula in one year, and focuses on the same math skills & processes as the regular Math 8 & Math 9 courses (see the write ups for these in this course planning booklet for more details).  A student wishing to be selected for this course must write the course entrance exam in April (specific date to be announced) and have his/her grade seven teacher fill out the confidential Course Recommendation Form and mail it to McMath Secondary.  Students will be chosen on the basis of their performance on BOTH the core math skill & problem solving portions of the entrance exam as well as based on their teacher recommendation.  Students achieving a minimum of a high B in this course at the end of the year will proceed to one of the math 10 courses the following year.  Students achieving below a B will be assigned a grade and credit for math 8, and will be registered in Math 9 the following year to develop a more solid foundation of math skills prior to any math 10 course.

 

MATHEMATICS 9 (MMA--9)

Prerequisite:  Mathematics 8

This mathematics program continues to develop the math concepts and thinking skills from the grade eight curriculum.  Students will hear and provide explanations, draw to represent their thinking, engage in experiences with concrete materials, visualize, and discuss their thinking with others in order to create deeper understanding.  Students will learn to be investigative thinkers, and will build perseverance through solving challenging problems.

 

APPRENTICESHIP & WORKPLACE MATHEMATICS 10 (WAWM-10)

Prerequisite:  Mathematics 9

This course is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force.  The course will concentrate on algebra, geometry, measurement, number sense with practical applications, and trigonometry, and will continue to focus on the mathematical processes learned in Math 8 and 9.  Students with a credit for Apprenticeship & Workplace Mathematics 10 are eligible to take Apprenticeship & Workplace Mathematics 11. 

*Students and parents are encouraged to research the admission requirements for post-secondary programs as they vary by institution and by year.

 

FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS & PRECALCULUS 10 (MFMP-10)

Prerequisite:  Mathematics 9

This course is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for post secondary studies in both the arts and the sciences.  The course will concentrate on algebra, number theory and operations, relations and functions, trigonometry, measurement, and logical reasoning, and will continue to focus on the mathematical processes learned in Math 8 and 9.  Students with a credit for Foundations of Mathematics 10 are eligible to take Foundations of Mathematics 11 or Pre-Calculus 11. 

*Students and parents are encouraged to research the admission requirements for post-secondary programs as they vary by institution and by year.

 

APPRENTICESHIP & WORKPLACE MATHEMATICS 11 (MAWM-11)

Prerequisite:  Apprenticeship & Workplace Mathematics 10

This course is a continuation of the Apprenticeship & Workplace 10 curriculum, and is designed to give students the necessary math skills for the majority of post-secondary trades or for direct entry into the workforce.  Topics covered include Measurement, Geometry, Compound Interest, Financial Math & Budgeting, Graphing & Algebra, Numerical Reasoning, and Math Games.  Students with a credit for this course are eligible to take Apprenticeship & Workplace Mathematics 12 the following year, if they so choose.   This course meets graduation requirements, but does not lead straight to university entrance.

*Students and parents are encouraged to research the admission requirements for post-secondary programs, as they vary by institution and year.

FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS 11 (MFOM-11)

Prerequisite:  Foundations & Pre-Calculus Math 10

This course is based on many of the core skills learned in Foundations & Pre-Calculus Math 10, and is designed for students interested in the Social Sciences, Economics, Arts, Fine Arts, and other non-scientific/mathematical post secondary disciplines.  The course contains significantly fewer theoretical math topics than Pre-Calculus 11.  The focus is on understanding the course content in depth and developing communication skills around mathematics.  Topics covered in Foundations 11 include Measurement, Geometry, Statistics, Inductive & Deductive Reasoning, Math Games, Graphing Functions, and a history of math Research Project.  Students with a credit for this course are eligible to take Foundations of Mathematics 12 the following year, if they so choose. This course meets graduation requirements and leads students towards some university entrance programs.

*Students and parents are encouraged to research the admission requirements for post-secondary programs, as they vary by institution and year.

 

PRE-CALCULUS MATHEMATICS 11 (MPREC-11)

Prerequisite:  Foundations & Pre-Calculus Math 10

This course requires a solid understanding of the skills from Foundations & Pre-Calculus Math 10 for students to be successful, and is designed for people interested in applying for post-secondary programs in Science, Applied Science, Commerce, and Math.  The course focuses on theoretical math topics that prepare students for Calculus.  These topics include Absolute Value & Quadratic Functions, Radicals, Systems of Linear Inequalities & Quadratic Equations, Sine & Cosine Laws, Cubic & Quartic Factoring, Arithmetic & Geometric Sequences & Series, Reciprocal Functions, and Solving Quadratic Equations.  Students with a credit for this course are eligible to take Pre-Calculus 12 and Calculus 12 the following year. This course meets graduation requirements and leads students towards some university entrance requirements.

*Students and parents are encouraged to research the admission requirements for post-secondary programs, as they vary by institution and year. 

HONOURS PRE-CALCULUS  MATHEMATICS 11 (MPREC11-H)

Prerequisite:  at least 80% in Foundations & Pre-Calculus Math 10 with a recommendation from the student’s math 10 teacher.

This course is designed for motivated students who have demonstrated a strong mathematical background and interest and who want to be presented with challenging material.  The course content covers that of the regular Pre-Calculus Math 11 course (see above) except that topics will be covered at a more enriched level and more accelerated rate.  Additionally, students will be introduced to some topics from Pre-Calculus 12 and Calculus 12.  Students write the same Midyear and Final Exams as the regular Pre-Calculus 11 classes so the students in the Honours class should have no difficulty maintaining a competitive grade point average.  Students with a credit for this course are eligible to take Pre-Calculus 12 and Calculus 12 the following year. This course meets graduation requirements and leads students towards some university entrance programs.

*Students and parents are encouraged to research the admission requirements for post-secondary programs, as they vary by institution and year.

APPRENTICESHIP & WORKPLACE MATHEMATICS 12 (MAWM-12)

Prerequisite: Apprenticeship & Workplace Mathematics 11

This course is a continuation of the Apprenticeship & Workplace 11 curriculum, and is designed to give students the necessary math skills for the majority of post-secondary trades or for direct entry into the workforce.  Topics covered include Measurement, Geometry, Financial Math & Budgeting, Graphing, Statistics & Algebra, Numerical Reasoning, Probability, and Math Games.  This course meets graduation requirements, but does not typically lead straight to university entrance.

*Students and parents are encouraged to research the admission requirements for post-secondary programs, as they vary by institution and year.

 

FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS 12 (MFOM-12)

Prerequisite:  Foundations of Math 11

This course is based on many of the core skills learned in Foundations of Math 11, and is designed for students interested in the Social Sciences, Economics, Arts, Fine Arts, and other non-scientific/mathematical post secondary disciplines.  The course contains significantly fewer theoretical math topics than Pre-Calculus 12.  The focus is on understanding the course content in depth and developing communication skills around mathematics.  Topics covered in Foundations 12 include Financial Mathematics, Logical Reasoning, Probability, Polynomials, Exponents and Logarithms, Sinusoidal Functions, and current events Research Project(s).  This course meets graduation requirements and leads students towards some university entrance programs.

*Students and parents are encouraged to research the admission requirements for post-secondary programs, as they vary by institution and year.

 

PRE-CALCULUS MATHEMATICS 12 (MPREC12)

Prerequisite:  Pre-Calculus Math 11

This course requires a solid understanding of the skills from Pre-Calculus Math 11 for students to be successful, and is designed for people interested in applying for post-secondary programs in Science, Applied Science, Commerce, and Math.  The course focuses on theoretical math topics that prepare students for the Calculus 12 course.  These topics include but are not limited to:  Trigonometry (functions and identities), Functions, Transformations, Logarithms, Polynomials, Radical Functions, Rational Functions, and Combinatorics.  Students with a credit for this course are eligible to take Calculus 12 concurrently.  This course meets graduation requirements and leads students towards some university entrance requirements.

*Students and parents are encouraged to research the admission requirements for post-secondary programs, as they vary by institution and year.

 

AP CALCULUS 12 (ACAL-12)

Co-Requisite or Prerequisite:  Pre-Calculus Mathematics 12  Recommended:  85% or better in Pre-Calculus Math 11 or Honours Pre-Calculus Math 11 in addition to recommendation from Math 11 teacher.

This course follows the College Board Advanced Placement curriculum and is the equivalent of a first-year university calculus course.  University results show that students who have taken calculus 12 do significantly better in first-year university where calculus is a required course for many programs such as sciences, mathematics, engineering and commerce.  In May, students may write the Advanced Placement Exam set by the College Board.  Students obtaining a 4 or 5 on the exam will have the option of being exempted from at least one first-year calculus course at many Canadian and U.S. universities.  A graphic calculator is required for this course.

Note:  Students wishing to write the AP Examination in May must pay a fee.

 

COMBINED PRE-CALCULUS & AP CALCULUS 12 (MPREC12-AP)

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 11 with a recommended grade of 85% or better

This course is for students who wish to take both Pre-Calculus 12 and AP Calculus 12 in their grade 12 year.  The course will have a semester format in which students will take a double block both day 1 and day 2.   A majority of the Pre-Calculus 12 content will be taught during the first half of the year and the AP Calculus 12 material in the second half.  Only students with a strong understanding of mathematics are recommended to take this course because of the accelerated pace and intensity.