## Math Department

The Mathematics Department offers courses of varying levels of complexity to meet students’ needs to increase their problem solving skills, to prepare them for advanced education and future careers, and to develop their mathematical competencies and critical thinking. After a student has received thirty credits in mathematics to meet graduation requirements, there are various courses the students can pursue to meet their future needs.

Students will start their mathematics course progression based on their placement. This placement is determined by the student’s score on the Math Placement Exam, which students take during the spring of their eighth-grade year in conjunction with the placement recommendation from their middle school teacher. At some points along the way, students who have a strong aptitude for math and enjoy the subject may take two courses concurrently. Be advised that this would incur a large amount of nightly homework by doing so, though, and teacher permission is required for doubling up. Due to the sequential nature of mathematics in general, students need to successfully complete the material in a course before progressing to the next level. Teachers will make individual recommendations to students for course registration based on current academic performance. If you have a question about which course for which to register, please see your current Math teacher.

### Courses

- Algebra Essentials
- Algebra I Fundamentals
- Algebra I
- Geometry Fundamentals
- Geometry
- Algebra II Fundamentals
- Algebra II
- Advanced Math
- Trig/Stats
- AP Statistics
- Pre-Calculus
- AP Calculus (AB)
- PACE: AP Calculus (BC)

### Stories about Math

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To gather a set of data for real-life use of statistics, students in Brianna Golka’s AP Statistics turned to … paper airplanes.

#### Results and pictures from UNL Math Day

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#### Math team earns trophy at competition

The Pius X math team brought home a team trophy at a recent Problem Solving Contest at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

#### Math campers build on logic, problem-solving skills

Every Wednesday morning this summer Pius X’s Math Club hosted over 60 area Catholic school 6th-9th graders to problem solve, ending each morning playing logic-based

## Course Descriptions

**ALGEBRA ESSENTIALS** – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

Algebra Essentials is designed to be taken along with Algebra I Fundamentals. It will cover basic skills required to be successful in all
high school math courses. Algebra Essentials will also provide extra practice on skills learned in Algebra I Fundamentals. All homework will be done in class.**ALGEBRA I FUNDAMENTALS** – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

Algebra I Fundamentals is offered for the student who desires a basic knowledge of algebra and who historically has struggled in math. Algebra I Fundamentals will fulfill the college entrance requirements of Algebra I. This course, however, is not recommended for those

students anticipating college mathematics. Daily homework should be expected.

**ALGEBRA I** – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

The goal of Algebra I is to offer traditional algebra content as a foundation for advanced math courses. It will provide average and above average students with a transition from the concrete elementary mathematics to the abstract thinking of algebra and will engage students in problem-solving strategies. It will enable students to become proficient with rational polynomial expressions and quad

ratic equations. Daily homework should be expected.

**GEOMETRY FUNDAMENTALS** – 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

Geometry Fundamentals is offered for the student who desires a basic knowledge of geometry and who historically has struggled in math. Geometry Fundamentals will fulfill the college entrance requirements of geometry. This course, however, is not recommended for those s
tudents anticipating college mathematics. Daily homework should be expected.**GEOMETRY** – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

##### [Prerequisite: Algebra I Fundamentals with Teacher Permission or Algebra I]

Geometry is concerned about “how” and “why” you arrive at answers to problems, along with “what” the answer is. This step-by-step thinking process is applicable to the problem solving and thinking processes required in everyday applications. The course includes constructions, proofs, and study of the properties of basic polygons. Daily homework should be expected.**ALGEBRA II FUNDAMENTALS** – 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

Algebra II Fundamentals follows Geometry Fundamentals and fulfills the college entrance requirement of Algebra II. It is designed for

students who are not prepared for the in-depth study of the Algebra topics covered in the regular Algebra II. Juniors in Algebra II Fundamentals will take Advanced Math during their senior year. Daily homework should be expected.