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Mathematics

Mathematics

WELCOME TO THE MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT HOMEPAGE!

Mathematics is a big part of MSMS. Our math program offers a variety of courses at a variety of levels not found at a typical high school.

Coming soon: Click here to see a sample of different student course schedules that address the background and future needs of MSMS students. 

Incoming juniors: Click here to learn more about your options for the fall of junior year and here for our math review (link coming soon), the program that students use to refresh important concepts during summer vacation.  Or watch the video below to find out more about the mathematics course options at MSMS.

 

Minimum requirements for graduation:  Foundations (0.5) or department approval for accelerated study (based on home school course work, pre-test score, and ACT Math subscore); one semester Calculus (0.5); and one semester of Statistics (0.5). Students must complete a minimum of 2 credit hours of mathematics courses. The calculus sequence (Foundations/Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, AP Calculus I) should be taken in consecutive semesters.

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Detailed Description of Mathematics Courses

Guidelines for Mathematics Required Courses

Minimum requirements for graduation: Foundations (0.5) or department approval for accelerated study (Approval for accelerated study will be based on home school course work, pre-test score, and ACT Math score. These students will take AP Statistics Part 1 and Math Lab during the 1st semester of junior year); one semester Calculus (0.5); and one semester of Statistics (0.5). Students must complete a minimum of 2 credit hours of mathematics courses. The calculus sequence (Foundations/Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, AP Calculus I) should be taken in consecutive semesters.

Requirements for Graduation with a Concentration in Mathematics:  The Concentration in Mathematics is designed for students who pursue an advanced plan of study in mathematics while attending MSMS. Students who shall have completed 3.0 approved mathematics Carnegie Units with an A-average while attending MSMS shall qualify.  The Mathematics Department and Director for Academic Affairs shall determine which courses meet approval.  The Concentration in Mathematics is awarded to qualified students whose applications are approved by the Director for Academic Affairs.

The approved courses for the Concentration in Mathematics shall include:

·       Minimum requirements as stated above

·       AP Calculus II

·       1.0 additional Carnegie Unit in Mathematics which may include AP Statistics II (0.5); AP Calculus 3 (0.5) Differential Equations (0.5); Math Modeling (0.5), Discrete Mathematics (0.5); other course work must have department approval.

Students applying for the recognition and who meet the approved criteria will be awarded a seal on the MSMS Diploma indicating successful competition of the Concentration in Mathematics, and the final MSMS transcript will reflect graduation with Concentration in Mathematics.

Objectives

In an effort to implement the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards the mathematics curriculum objectives are:

1)     To utilize methods of mathematical modeling and problem                    solving.

2)     To provide opportunities for reinforcement and extension of   logical reasoning and higher-order thinking skills.

3)     To encourage investigations of the connections among various mathematical topics and their applications.

Special emphasis is placed on writing, research, appropriate use of technology, and student-designed projects in order to enhance the implementation of the department’s curricular goals.

All students must have earned credit of Algebra I, and Geometry, or Integrated Math I and II before entering MSMS.  If a student does not have a credit for Geometry, the student must take a Geometry course either by correspondence, virtual school or summer school offerings.  This credit must be earned before the beginning of the school year.  A course in Geometry will not be taught at MSMS.

MA 211 – Accelerated Algebra II (Juniors)
Accelerated Algebra II is the full Algebra II course covered in one semester. The course is a continuation and extension of the concepts developed in Algebra 1 and Geometry. Topics include: simplifying expressions, solving equations, analyzing functions, and matrices. This course fulfills the requirement for Algebra II or Integrated Math III. 

MA 221 – Advanced Math Plus: Trigonometry
This course provides a comprehensive study of trigonometric functions with an emphasis on application. Topics will include circular functions and their graphs, triangle trigonometry, identities and equations, and vectors.  Trig may be taken along with or after Foundations, but should NOT be taken prior to Foundations.  This course covers the trigonometry standards from the Advanced Math Plus Course.

MA 232 – Advanced Math Plus: Foundations for Higher Mathematics (Juniors)
Solving real-world problems frequently requires advanced statistical and mathematical techniques. This course provides the foundations for these techniques while providing a hands-on approach to many such problems. Concepts required for both Calculus and Statistics will be thoroughly developed.
Individual and team skills will be enhanced as the students investigate models, perform experiments and analyze data.   All students are required to take either MA 232 or receive department approval for accelerated study. This course covers the pre-calculus objectives from the Advanced Math Plus course. 

MA 234L –Mathematics Lab (Juniors)
This lab requires skills developed in earlier courses to investigate advanced topics in Algebra that support success in higher mathematics.  An emphasis will be placed on equation solving. The justifications of solutions and solution methods are expected. Students will work together collaboratively and cooperatively as they solve routine and non-routine problems. Communication strategies should include reading, writing, speaking, and critical listening as students present and evaluate mathematical arguments, proofs, and explanations about their reasoning.  

CALCULUS  

MA 244 – AP Calculus I (2nd Semester Juniors, Seniors)                                                    
This course is a thorough treatment of differential calculus including the concepts of limits, continuity, derivatives and application of derivatives. This course follows an AP AB and BC Calculus Syllabus.  (Not open to first semester juniors)

MA 244 –University Calculus I (2nd Semester Juniors, Seniors)
This course is a thorough treatment of differential calculus including the concepts of limits, continuity, derivatives and application of derivatives. University credit will be given through the Mississippi University for Women. (Not open to first semester juniors) 

MA 251 – AP Calculus II
This course is a thorough treatment of integral calculus including Riemann sums, applications of integrals and techniques of integration, as well as the calculus of transcendental functions. This course follows an AP AB and BC Calculus Syllabus.  Completion of this course prepares students to take the AP AB Calculus Test. 

MA 248– University Calculus II
This course is a thorough treatment of integral calculus including Riemann sums, applications of integrals and techniques of integration, as well as the calculus of transcendental functions. University credit will be given through the Mississippi University for Women. 

MA 259 – AP Calculus III
This course extends the techniques of differential and integral calculus to the study of polar and parametric equations, along with vector-valued functions of several independent variables. There is a thorough coverage of infinite series including Taylor Series.  This course follows an AP BC Calculus Syllabus.  Completion of this course prepares students to take the AP BC Calculus Test 

STATISTICS

MA 270 – AP Statistics Part 1

This course is a study of descriptive statistics, probability concepts, normal distributions, regression models, design of experiments, and an introduction to inferential statistics. Use of technology will be integrated throughout the course. Unlike Statistics I, this course is designed as preparation for the AP exam in Statistics and is meant to precede AP Statistics II. Note:  Both AP Statistics Part 1 and AP Statistics Part 2 are required to receive AP credit.

MA 272 – AP Statistics Part 2
A study of confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, statistical inference, regression analysis, and analysis of variance, this course uses in-depth investigations with descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will complete a final project in which they design a study, collect and analyze data, and present a summary of their findings.

MATHEMATICS ELECTIVES

MA 236 – Math Modeling (Fall only; alternating years)
Students investigate, find models, determine strengths and weaknesses of models and create summaries of their findings.  The topics include techniques that would better prepare students for the Math Modeling Competition and is recommended for students interested in applied math or engineering.

MA 254 – Differential Equations (Spring only)
This course will provide an investigation of differential equations through analytical techniques and numerical methods. Applications will be stressed throughout so that the interrelationship of pure mathematics, modeling and the physical sciences may be developed.  Technology will play a significant role as students will be required to use MAPLE and EXCEL.  Major topics include first order, second order, and systems of differential equations.

MA 264 – Logic and Game Theory (Spring only)
This course is a study of logic, symbolic notation, truth tables, simple game theory, and problem-solving strategies.

 MA 275 – Number Sense (Fall Only)
This course will provide a study of number patterns, number relationships, and topics from number theory.  Emphasis will be placed upon applications, problem solving, discussion, investigation, and competitive team practice. This class is designed to provide practice for mathematic competitions including Math League and the AMC12.

 MA 280 – Discrete Mathematics through Mathematics Computing (Spring only)
Discrete Mathematics is introduction to the mathematical foundations of Computer Science, with a focus on logic and mathematical reasoning.  Topics will include propositional logic, logical proofs, recursion, set theory, Boolean algebra, relations, combinatorics, and graph theory. An emphasis will be placed on solving problems using mathematics software.

MA – History of Mathematics (Spring only)
The course explores some of the major developments in mathematics history in the context of various civilizations: Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Chinese, and Western.  Topics covered include number systems and computational techniques as well as achievements in elementary algebra, geometry, number theory, and calculus.  An emphasis is placed on solving famous problems in the style and culture of each civilization.

MA 290 – Special Topics in Mathematics
Independent study includes examination and discussion of mathematical topics outside the standard curriculum. This is for advanced students or students with special needs.