
The goal of the Mathematics Department is to encourage and enable each student to:
 value mathematics
 gain confidence in their mathematical ability
 become mathematical problem solvers
 communicate mathematically
 reason mathematically.
In addition, as described in Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics (©2017), students who are proficient in mathematics should be able to:
 make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
 reason abstractly and quantitatively
 construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
 model with mathematics
 use appropriate tools strategically
 attend to precision
 look for and make use of structure
 look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
To accomplish this, the curriculum must expand students' knowledge of numbers, computation, estimation, and measurement. To be successful in a technological world, students need to understand the basic concepts of algebra and geometry. In addition, students should be able to gather, organize, display and interpret data and in so doing, recognize patterns when they occur.A broad and varied series of courses in the major areas of mathematics is offered with the intent of not only challenging the intellectually curious but also providing a good background of understanding for all. To facilitate proper selection, courses have been grouped by level of sophistication.
All the mathematics courses are sequential. The student must secure department approval before proceeding to the next level. Teacher recommendations will be based on prerequisites and determined in relation to criteria shown to be necessary for success at the next level. Therefore, the student’s teacher will recommend the most appropriate course during the course selection process. Any student interested in a course other than the one recommended by his/her current math teacher must complete the appropriate paperwork before the end of the course selection period. Students who may wish to move from one sequence of courses to another must demonstrate a "likelihood of success" in the new course sequence. This will include, but may not be limited to, taking an exam during the summer. Any student not presently enrolled in a mathematics course must see the Department Head during the course selection process to determine the appropriate course placement.
Each student must satisfactorily complete three years and earn at least fifteen (15) credits to fulfill the mathematics requirement for graduation. Accounting I, Accounting Principles, or Computer Science (maximum of 5 credits) may be used to fulfill the Mathematics requirement for graduation. These courses, however, do not meet the mathematics course requirement for students on Educational Proficiency Plans. Accounting I, Accounting Principles and Computer Science courses also do not meet the 4year mathematics requirement for Massachusetts public colleges and universities.
Please Note: When a student who has not attended Masconomet middle school enters the senior high school, the Department Head will recommend appropriate placement. This recommendation will be based on consideration of records from the feeder school and, when appropriate, performance on a placement test and/or a brief interview.
MATHEMATICS COURSE PROGRESSION
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Course List

Program of Studies
 1.
 Math
 Intro Calculus w Applications (CP)
 1524
 The course incorporates topics from precalculus and allows students to refine their algebra skills and techniques and extend their knowledge of analytic geometry. Students will develop an understanding of the processes of differentiation and integration. Students will investigate limits and continuity from an intuitive perspective. Students will work with real world applications to model the use of calculus to solve problems from business, economics, management, science and social sciences.
 Successful completion of a full year precalculus course and recommendation of current math teacher.
 Full Year  5 Credits
 12
 CP
 STEAM
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 2.
 Math
 Applying Algebra to Intro Physics  Math (CP)
 1122
 Math focuses on solving linear equations & equations involving square & square root expressions, graphing, investigating equations of lines and applying properties of integer exponents to strengthen mathematical concepts utilized in introductory physics.
 Recommendation of eighth grade math and eighth grade science teachers.
 Full Year  5 Credits
 9
 CP
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, S1, S2
 3.
 Math
 Algebra I (CP)
 1126
 Topics include:  Solving linear, absolute value, exponential, quadratic & radical (as time permits) equations and linear inequalities  Investigating properties of polynomials and exponents  Investigating linear, exponential, quadratic functions  Solving linear and quadratic systems  Data analysis. Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized.
 Successful completion of Introduction to Algebra and teacher recommendation.
 Full Year  5 Credits
 9
 CP
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 4.
 Math
 Algebra I (H)
 1133
 Topics include:  Solving linear, absolute value, exponential, quadratic & radical equations and linear inequalities  Investigating properties of polynomials and exponents  Investigating linear, exponential, quadratic functions  Solving linear and quadratic systems  Data Analysis Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized.
 A grade of at least A minus each trimester in Introduction to Algebra and teacher recommendation
 Full Year  5 Credits
 9
 H
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 5.
 Math
 Geometry (H)
 1131
 Topics include:  Understanding points, lines & planes as building blocks of geometry  Constructing and measuring segments & angles  Reasoning & proof  Investigating geometric shapes & the relationships within/between them  Understanding the relationship among transformations, congruence & similarity  Investigating perimeter, area, surface area and volume  Probability. Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized.
 A grade of at least A minus each trimester in Introduction to Algebra or a grade of at least C each trimester in Algebra 1H and teacher recommendation
 Full Year  5 Credits
 9, 10
 H
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 6.
 Math
 Making Connections in Math
 1521
 Topics include a review of:  Proportional reasoning  Applying arithmetic operations to rational numbers & algebraic expressions  Using properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions  Solving equations & inequalities in one variable  Working with linear functions presented in tabular, graphic or algebraic form  Basic statistics & probability concepts  Successful test taking strategies
 The course is graded Pass – Fail. Although credit in this course counts toward fulfilling general graduation requirements it does not satisfy the graduation requirement in math. This course – or the summer school course equivalent – is required by the end of tenth grade of all students who scored between 440 and 489 and is recommended for students who scored betweeen 490 and 499 on the grade 8 MCAS math test.
 Semester  2.5 Credits
 10
 CP
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, S1, S2
 7.
 Math
 Geometry (CP)
 1124
 Topics include:  Understanding points, lines & planes as building blocks of geometry  Constructing and measuring segments & angles  Reasoning & proofInvestigating geometric shapes & the relationships within/between them  Understanding the relationship among transformations, congruence & similarity  Investigating perimeter, area, surface area and volume  Probability. Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized.
 Successful completion of Algebra 1 and teacher recommendation. This course may also be taken as a Pass – Fail course with semester 1 completed during the summer going from grade 8 to grade 9 and semester 2 completed during the summer going from grade 9 to grade 10. Please email the math department chair if interested in this option.
 Full Year  5 Credits
 10
 CP
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 8.
 Math
 Algebra II (H)
 1233
 Topics include:  Creating and solving equations including polynomial, rational, exponential & logarithmic  Creating and solving polynomial & rational inequalities  Building, analyzing & interpreting functions including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic & trigonometric  Using data to make inferences & justify conclusions  Using probability to make decisions. Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized.
 A grade of at least C each trimester/semester in Algebra I H and teacher recommendation
 Full Year  5 Credits
 10
 H
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 9.
 Math
 Algebra II (CP)
 1322
 This course offers a traditional approach to algebra 2 that is best suited for students interested in a mathscience career. It focuses on an indepth study of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and rational functions and an introduction to trigonometric functions. Applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems occurs throughout the course.
 Successful completion of a full year algebra 1 course and teacher recommendation
 Full Year  5 Credits
 10, 11
 CP
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 10.
 Math
 Algebra II with Personal Finance Focus (CP)
 1325
 This course investigates the concepts of a traditional algebra 2 course through the lens of personal finance. Throughout the course students will investigate a range of functions algebraically and graphically. Real world applications included ones related to banking, credit, investing, employment and budgeting will anchor algebra 2 skills and concepts.
 Successful completion of a full year algebra 1 course and teacher recommendation.
 Full year – 5 Credits
 10, 11
 CP
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 11.
 Math
 Precalculus (H)
 1331
 Topics include:  An extensive, in  depth study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions and their graphs  The polar coordinate system and the relationship between polar and rectangular coordinates  Solving systems of linear and non  linear equations  Conic sections. Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized.
 A grade of at least C each semester and on each semester exam in Algebra 2H and teacher recommendation
 Full Year  5 Credits
 11
 H
 STEAM
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 12.
 Math
 Introductory Statistics (CP)
 1523
 Topics include:  Collecting, analyzing and interpreting numerical data in one and two variables Representing data in a variety of graph types including: circle, bar line plot & histogram  Presenting data to an audience and fielding questions from the audience. Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized. Students will also investigate conditional probability and rules of probability so they can use probability to make decisions.
 Successful completion of an algebra 2 course and teacher recommendation
 Full Year  5 Credits
 11, 12
 CP
 Business, CCC, Global, STEAM
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 13.
 Math
 Mathematical Decision Making (CP)
 1411
 Students will  Use real world formulas to estimate large crowds, determine weighted averages & investigate various voting methods  Use regression (linear, quadratic, exponential) to find the best function rule to describe a data set  Linear programming  Budget building & personal finance including gross vs net pay, calculating state & federal income taxes and other standard deductions. Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized
 Successful completion of an algebra 2 course and teacher recommendation
 Full Year  5 Credits
 12
 CP
 Business, Global, STEAM
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, S1, S2
 14.
 Math
 Precalculus (CP)
 1422
 Topics include:  An extensive, in  depth study of trigonometric and circular functions including proving trigonometric identities and solving trigonometric equations  An introduction to the polar coordinate system and the relationship between polar and rectangular coordinates  An introduction to conic sections. Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized.
 Successful completion of Advanced Math and teacher recommendation
 Full Year  5 Credits
 11, 12
 CP
 STEAM
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 15.
 Math
 Calculus AB (AP)
 1451
 This course is structured around three big ideas: limits, derivatives and integrals. Understanding the concept of limit allows students to identify continuous functions and apply the techniques of calculus to these functions. Students learn to reason with definitions and theorems and communicate their understanding of key concepts numerically, algebraically and graphically. Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized.
 A grade of at least C each semester and on each semester exam in PreCalculus H and teacher recommendationStudents must have a graphing calculator for this course. This course is approximately equivalent to a 1 semester calculus course in college
 Full Year  5 Credits
 12
 AP
 STEAM
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 16.
 Math
 Calculus BC (AP)
 1441
 In addition to the topics above, students will consider various methods for determining convergence and divergence of a series. These include Maclaurin series for common functions, general Taylor series representations, radius and interval of convergence, and operations on power series.Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized.
 A grade of at least B each semester and on each semester exam in PreCalculus H and teacher recommendation. Students must have a graphing calculator for this course. This course is approximately equivalent to a 2semester calculus course in college
 Full Year  7.5 Credits
 12
 AP
 STEAM
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
 17.
 Math
 Statistics (AP_H)
 1461
 This course is equivalent to a one  semester, non calculus college course. Students are introduced to the major concepts of tools for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data. Four key themes are considered:  Exploring data  Sampling & experimentation  Anticipating patterns  Statistical inference. Throughout the course applying these concepts to mathematical and real world problems is emphasized.
 Successful completion of Advanced Math or PreCalculus H and teacher recommendation. Students must have a graphing calculator for this course. Seniors who remain in this course during internship are prepared to take the AP statistics exam in May
 Full Year  5 Credits
 12
 AP/H
 CCC, Global, STEAM
 All years
 A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2