The math curriculum at Drew is designed to prepare our students for advanced math courses in college. Our core curriculum addresses the need for students to see problems algebraically, graphically, and verbally. We strongly feel that students not only need to be strong in the algorithmic side of math, but also feel comfortable with word problems. Thus applications are covered throughout the year. In addition, the department feels that students learn math best by doing math in the classroom. Most of our class time is spent working on new problems and reviewing older problems. We stress the importance of constant review and that mathematics is a never ending cumulative subject. We want all of our students to see the connections between math and other subject matters, and to be able to work comfortably in any situation requiring math.
This course is an intense study of algebraic concepts with an introduction to functions. Particular areas of focus include linear and quadratics, solving equations of one and two variables, exponents, simplifying roots and radicals, as well as the property of numbers. The emphasis is on mastery through the repetition of topics throughout the year.
This course covers the study of geometry from both a deductive and inductive approach. Students will learn geometric proofs as well as applications of geometry. The subject is rich in word problems, and the goal is to expose students to the usefulness of geometry in the real world. The course covers coordinate geometry and the connections with algebra as well.
This course extends a student’s prior knowledge of algebra. The course covers more advanced functions including rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric. Matrices and vectors are also studied as they help students prepare for more advanced science classes.
Precalculus is primarily concerned with the study of functions and trigonometry. Mathematical notation, which was learned in the earlier core classes, is refined and expanded. Concepts such as domain and range are stressed. All of the basic functions are further entwined with applications – hence the students are constantly seeing how functions relate to the world around them. The goal is to prepare students for calculus.
This is an introductory course into the subject of calculus. Limits and derivates are the main topics for the first semester, whereas the second semester will expand into the subject of integration. The pace of the course is much slower than the AP Calculus class and most of the class is devoted to applications. Because this is not an AP course, we can spend time making sure that the concepts are clearly understood before moving on to new material.
AP Calculus - AB
The AP Calculus course is modeled on the College Board AP curriculum and moves at a much faster pace than the Calculus course. This is a more theoretical class than the regular Calculus class, and hence there is more mathematical rigor. The topics included are limits, derivatives, and integrals. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the AP exam in May.
Although this course covers extensively statistics or “the science of data”, it is also an in-depth look at Mathematical literacy in today’s world. Students who wish to pursue humanities and the social sciences are strongly recommended to take this course as an elective. The pace is designed so that students can focus their energies on understanding the material and in turn appreciate the functionality of Mathematics in the world around them. Topics include probability, the Mathematics in voting and social choice, game theory, coding and cryptography, management science, finance and the economics of resources, and a glimpse into chaos theory. Students will gain not only a working knowledge of some very practical Mathematics but also a newfound appreciation of the integral role Mathematics plays in their lives.