The mission of the science department is to provide students with the scientific knowledge and skills that will lead them to a greater understanding of themselves, the physical world around them, and their interrelationships with this world. The college preparatory curriculum of biology, chemistry and physics is enriched and expanded through an honors program and a variety of electives.
 
Technology and science have each contributed to the advancement of our world throughout the course of history. Better instruments and ways to collect and analyze data have led to significant achievements in the last century. Where desirable and feasible the tools provided by today’s technology are integrated into the science courses.
 
Two science courses are required in grades 7 and 8, and three science credits are required for graduation from the Upper School. For students who intend to major in science-related fields in college, four credits are recommended in the Upper School. In selecting courses, students should note that many colleges prefer a broad spectrum of courses to a concentration in one science area.


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  • Pre-Algebra 1 Honors (410)

    Grade 7 

    At the conclusion of the Pre-Algebra 1 Honors course students will be evaluated for continuation in the Honors Program. The determination is based on teacher recommendation, course grades, and results of a test administered by the Math Department. Students who are selected for the Honors sequence will take Algebra 1 Honors in the eighth grade and conclude the sequence with Calculus AP in the senior year. Students not selected to continue in the Honors Program will be placed in an Accelerated Program that begins with Algebra 1 in the eighth grade and culminates with Calculus 1 Honors in the senior year. Students may reenter the Honors sequence by participating in the Summer Enrichment Program or showing exceptional achievement in the Accelerated program.
  • Pre-Algebra College Prep (411)

    Grade 7

    This course offers an intensive year of preparation for the study of Algebra. Even though basic skills are reviewed and refined, the emphasis is placed on the teaching of algebraic concepts. Our philosophy is that early introduction to a challenging subject often removes the anxiety factor and provides a smooth transition to college preparatory math. 
  • Beginning Algebra (422)

    Grade 8

    This course is a continuation of the topics taught in Prealgebra I to prepare students for success in Algebra I.
  • Algebra 1 Honors (420)

    Grade 8-9

    This course is an accelerated course in Algebra 1 at the Honors level. Topics covered include real numbers, polynomials, equations and inequalities, graphing systems of equations, irrational numbers, and solution of quadratic equations. The course will end with an introduction to Algebra 2 topics.
  • Algebra 1 College Prep (431)

    Grade 8-9

    This course covers Topics that include real numbers, polynomials, equations and inequations, graphing systems of equations, irrational numbers, and finding solutions of quadratic equations.
  • Algebra 2 Honors (430)

    Grade 9-11

    This course is a rigorous and accelerated treatment of Algebra 2 for the mathematically talented who have completed a course in Algebra 1Honors.(Participation is by recommendation of Department Head). (1credit)
  • Algebra 2 College Prep (451)

    Grade 9-11

    This course is an extension of Algebra 1 to include the study of relations and functions, graphing linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations and inequalities, higher degree equations, irrational numbers, negative and positive exponents, complex numbers, logarithms, arithmetic and geometric progressions, and binomial expansion. (Pre-requisite: Algebra 1) (1credit)
  • Geometry Honors (440)

    Grade 10

    This course is a completion of Algebra 2 and a full course in Geometry, which includes topics in coordinate geometry and an introduction to trigonometry. (Prerequisite is by recommendation of Department Head). (1credit)
  • Geometry College Prep (441)

    This course is a modern treatment of topics from plane geometry with emphasis placed on deductive reasoning and problem solving. The course also includes an introduction to coordinate geometry and the trigonometry of the right triangle, as well as applications to three-dimensional geometry. (1credit)
  • Pre-Calculus Honors (450)

    Grade 11-12

    This course has the same topics as Pre-Calculus, but the class is more intense. The course will also include Differential Calculus. (Participation is by recommendation). (1credit)
  • Pre-Calculus (461)

    Grade 11-12

    This course is a two-part course consisting of a semester of trigonometry and a semester of analytic geometry, and other topics generally covered in a Pre-calculus course. a) The trigonometry includes basic trigonometric identities, trigonometric functions and their graphs, solution of trigonometric equations, trigonometric inverse functions and the use of sine and cosine laws for the solution of oblique triangles. 20 b) Analytic geometry includes the study of functions, the straight line, the conic sections, parametric and polar equations, theory of equations, vectors, and limits. If time is available at the end of the school year then an introduction to Differential Calculus. (1credit)
  • Calculus Honors (460)

    Grade 11-12

    This course is the first course in Calculus that uses the mathematics previously learned. It introduces the student to techniques for differentiation and integration and their application to problem solving. The major objective of this course is to prepare the student for the rigorous calculus courses offered at the college level. Some students, whose level of achievement is high, may wish to take the AP Calculus AB exam at the conclusion of the course. (Pre-requisite successful completion of Pre-Calculus and recommendation of the Department Head). (1credit)
  • AP Calculus (470)

    Grade 12

    This course is an in depth calculus course that follows the syllabus for the AP Calculus exam. Students will be prepared to take the AB or BC Calculus Advanced Placement Test at the completion of the course. (Prerequisite: Recommendation of the Department Head). (1credit)
  • Probability and Statistics College Prep (466)

    Grade 12

    This course is an introduction to probability and statistics. Students learn about events, conditions, random variables, and graphs and tables. The goal of this course is to help students develop their skills in working with data and will emphasize the roles of reasoning, defining statistical questions, collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. Students will use these skills to analyze data sets, construct and compare representations of data. Students will also explore topics in probability including calculating expected values and using probability to evaluate outcomes of decisions. (1 credit)

Mathematics Faculty

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