Welcome to Abington Heights

Mathematics Department

2014- 2015

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     Education in mathematics is an integrated development of the abilities and skills of individual students, providing them with a mathematical background to deal with the problems of life. An education must provide for individual differences and for individual needs by presenting a varied and complete program. Individual students must feel confident that, equipped with mathematical knowledge, mathematical insight, and a mathematical method of thinking, they are prepared to challenge their own limitations.

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To implement this philosophy on the secondary level in the Abington Heights School District, the Mathematics Department emphasizes mathematical structures learned in an atmosphere of active inquiry. Students are encouraged to think for themselves and to realize that there are many ways to reach a solution to a problem in mathematics. Students meet basic mathematical ideas early and broaden and deepen these concepts as long as they continue in the mathematics sequence.

    

      The secondary mathematics curriculum consists of 19 course offerings which range from basic developmental sequential courses in mathematics to the college level course in mathematics. In order to meet the varied needs of all students, the sequential courses are designed as follows:

     AVERAGE COURSES: These courses are designed for the student who works on grade level or slightly below grade level. Such a student learns basic mathematical concepts slowly and requires consistent review to maintain concepts learned earlier in mathematics. Many times, future goals in life are not mathematically oriented.

     ABOVE AVERAGE COURSES:  These courses are designed for the above-average student in mathematics. Such a student achieves consistently at grade level or above; however, he/she does not grasp abstract mathematical concepts or ideas as rapidly as an Honors student in mathematics. Such a student has above-average interest in mathematics and future goals in life may or may not mean advanced work in mathematics at the college level.

      HONORS/ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES:   These courses are designed for the exceptional and superior student in mathematics who performs on a high level of accuracy and who grasps abstract mathematical concepts and ideas very rapidly. Inevitably, future goals of students who take Honors or Advanced Placement courses in mathematics include advanced work in mathematics on the college level. Such a student exhibits exceptional interest and aptitude in mathematics.

     In addition to the sequential courses, the secondary mathematics curriculum offers Fundamentals of Mathematics and Problem Solving which is designed to meet the needs of principally those students who may need a more basic and drill approach to learning mathematics. This course will help students prepare to take Algebra I in the future.

     Also, the secondary mathematics curriculum offers a number of elective courses beyond the sequential courses needed by most students to graduate. Such courses include: Computer Science I, Advanced Placement Computer Science II, Selected Topics in Algebra II, Trigonometry, Calculus Advanced Placement AB, Calculus Advanced Placement BC, Introductory Analysis, Introductory Analysis Honors, Introductory Calculus, and a semester elective in Probability and Statistics.

     Each year the teachers of mathematics recommend, after careful consultation with their students, what course or courses in mathematics their students should pursue the following year based upon their present level of achievement in mathematics and their future plans in life. In most cases, the recommendation of the student’s current mathematics teacher should be followed in choosing courses in mathematics for the next school term.

     If questions do arise as to what a student should pursue in the area of mathematics for the next school term, the student and his or her parents should consult with the secondary mathematics staff and guidance personnel.