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Mathematics

The Pathfinder mathematics curriculum has been designed to address student needs by complying with Common Core standards to prepare students for the current MCAS test, while focusing on the transition to the upcoming PARCC assessment. Our overarching goal is to provide content knowledge, problem-solving abilities, and higher-order thinking skills to all students so they are college and career ready upon graduation.

Algebra I

Algebra I is an introductory course for ninth grade students to transition them from concrete ideas of arithmetic to the more abstract ideas of higher level mathematics. Major topics include representing numbers, number relations, expressions and equations, formulas, sign rules, graphs, and linear equations and systems.

Intermediate Algebra

Intermediate Algebra is a junior course designed to bridge the gap between Algebra I and Algebra II concepts. Students will review Algebra I theory before moving on to Algebra II topics and applications, including polynomial functions, factoring expressions, quadratic functions and applications, and rational and radical functions.

Algebra II

Algebra II expands students' understandings of math models and real-world applications of algebra topics. The course reinforces such concepts as proportions and percent equations, linear equations and systems, quadratic functions and projectile motion, as well as rational and radical functions.

Geometry

Geometry focuses on the use of structured logic to study concepts relating to angles, lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, congruency and similarity, polygons, and three-dimensional figures. Students apply mathematical proofs to real-life scenarios involving two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects.

Advanced Math

Advanced Math is a course designed for juniors and seniors who want to pursue mathematics beyond Algebra II. Major topics include logarithmic functions, rational and radical equations, and trigonometric functions.

Pre-Calculus

Pre-Calculus is offered to juniors and seniors and emphasizes radicals, imaginary numbers, hyperbolas, parabolas, quadratic functions, and trigonometry. Students learn applications, as well as theory. This course is designed to prepare students for Calculus.

Calculus

Calculus is a senior course that builds upon the conceptual knowledge and skills obtained in the Pre-Calculus curriculum, and it is the capstone course of the Honors program. Concepts covered in the course are limits, continuity, derivatives, and real-world applications. This course will prepare students for a college-level Calculus class or a career involving mathematical and scientific models.

Statistics

Statistics is a senior course that builds upon previously gained arithmetic and algebraic knowledge and skills and applies them to real-world applications. Students will interact with both descriptive and inferential statistics through data collection and analysis, as well as hypothesis testing. Statistics will prepare students for college coursework in both natural and social sciences and careers in data-rich fields, as well as train individuals to become conscientious consumers.

Mathematics Instructors

Mr. Donald Irzyk
Ms. Anastasia McWilliams
Mr. Stephen Walsh
Mrs. Dana Royce
Mrs. Heather Anderson
Mr. Kevin Sloan
Ms. Ellen Garrepy

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