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MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

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The Province of Nova Scotia, in an attempt to meet the needs of the students it serves, offers mathematics courses at different levels. These courses were designed with some common outcomes at the various levels. Because of this, the math requirements of post-secondary institutions vary with respect to their offerings. Therefore, students should become familiar with what is necessary, beyond high school, for various entrance requirements. Help with this can be found through consultation with guidance personnel at the high school and/or direct correspondence with the post secondary institute.

All math courses in the province are taught on the premise that students are putting at least a half hour per day, outside the class-room, on their math course.

 MATHEMATICS 10 SA PRE-IB (Advanced, 2 credits)

This course, although a necessity for diploma IB students, is open to qualified students leading to an IB certificate in mathematics. Students who opt for the IB math stream must realize that the pace and intensity of the program will be challenging. With respect to curriculum, more must be addressed in less time. Therefore, interested students should have an above average background, a good work ethic, and a demonstrated ability in math. This course will address all of the Nova Scotia curriculum for Math 10 and in addition cover the topics addressed in PreCalculus 11. This course is 220 hours. The students are required to write the NS Provincial Math 10 Exam at the end of this course.

 This course will encompass the following units during the course of the year.

 Measurement and Geometry  Quadratics Algebra and Linear Functions 
 Exponents Trigonometry  Unit Circle/Advanced Trignometry 
Linear Systems and Regression  Statistics  Financial Mathematics 

 

 

 

 

 

MATHEMATICS 10  (Academic - 2 credits) 

(Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mathematics: Grade 9 and recommendation from the Mathematics: Grade 9 teacher)

Math 10 is presented over 220 hours to allow additional time for teaching and learning.

Topics covered in Mathematics 10 are:

 Measurement Factors and Products  Roots and Powers   Relations and Functions
Linear Functions and Regression   Systems of Linear Functions  Trigonometry Finance 

 

Students successful in Math 10 will get the Math 10 Academic credit and a technology credit. Students must pass the course in June to get both of these credits.

 

MATHEMATICS ESSENTIALS 10  (Graduation)

(Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mathematics: Grade 8 and recommendation from the Mathematics: Grade 9 teacher)

This course will be presented over 110 hours. The typical pathway for students who successfully complete Mathematics Essentials 10 is Mathematics Essentials 11. These two courses will provide successful students with two mathematics credits as required for graduation. Mathematics Essentials 10 will explore the following areas:

Mental Math Working and Earning
Deduction and Expenses Paying Taxes
Making Purchases Buying Decisions
Probability Measuring and Estimating
Transformation and Design Buying a Car

 

Mental Math, Working and Earning, Deductions and Expenses, Paying Taxes, Making Purchases, Buying Decisions, Probability, Measuring and Estimating, Transformation and Design, and Buying a Car.

 

MATH AT WORK 10 (graduation, 1 credit )

This course will be presented over 110 hours. The typical pathway for students who successfully complete Math at Work 10 is Math at Work 11 and Maath at Work 12. Topics included in this course are:

Consumerism and Travel Measurement Wages
Angle Relations The Pythagoren Theorem Trigonometry

 

MATHEMATICS 11 (Academic) 

(Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mathematics 10 .)

A student must have a pass in Mathematics 10 before they can take Mathematics 11. Mathematics 11 will explore the following subject areas:

Inductive and Deductive Reasoning Properties of Angles and Triangles
Acute Triangle Trigonometry Oblique Triangle Trigonometry
Statistical Reasoning Systems of Linear Inequalities
Quadratic Functions and Equations Proportional Reasoning

 

Extended Mathematics 11 MTEXT11 (Academic, 2 Credits)

This course will be presented as a 220-hour course-over 2 semesters.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mathematics 10

Extended Mathematics 11 satisfies the prerequisite for both Mathematics 12 and Pre-calculus 11.  The majority of students who take Extended Mathematics 11 will pursue the academic pathway and continue on to Mathematics 12 in their grade 12 year.  

Students in Extended Mathematics 11 will study the following topics:

Applications of Rates Spatial Reasoning
Scale diagrams and factors Statistics
Inductive and deductive reasoning Systems of linear equations
Introduction to proof Quadratic functions
Cosine and Sine Laws Big data/data analytics

 

While studying the topics in an academic mathematics course, the pace for Extended Mathematics 11 will allow more time for students to activate prior knowledge, engage in sense making tasks and projects and consolidate their understanding.

Extended Mathematics 11 will be counted as one academic mathematics credit and one technology credit.

 

MATHEMATICS ESSENTIALS 11  (Graduation) 

(Prerequisite: MAT ESS 10)

This course will be presented over 110 hours. Mathematics Essentials 11 will explore the following areas: 

Mental Math Data Graphs Collecting and Organizing Data
Renting an apartment Buying a House Household Budgets
Investing Money Measurement and 2D Design Measurement and 3D Design
Borrowing Money Taking a Trip Math in Science and Social Studies

 

 

MATH 11IB (Advanced)

This 220 hour IB course covers the topics addressed in PreCalculus11 as well as PreCalculus 12 and is supplemented for the IB program. Its prerequisite is SA PRE-IB Math10.  

  

MATHEMATICS AT WORK 11 (graduation)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mathematics at Work 10 or Mathematics 10.

This course will be presented as a 110 hour course.

Topics included in this course:

Measurement Surface Area and Volume
Interpreting Graphs Banking and Budgeting
Slope and Right Triangles Trigonometry

 

 

PRE-CALCULUS 11 (advanced)

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Mathematics 11.

Course Overview:

Pre-Calculus 11 is a challenging course offered in second semester. It is designed to give a foundation that is required to continue to Pre-Calculus 12 and Calculus 12. This course will encompass the following units during the course of the year:

 Sequences and Series  Quadratics  Systems of Equations & Inequations
 Linear & Quadratic Inequalities  Radical Expressions and Equations  Trigonometry
 Rational Expressions and Equations  Reciprocal Functions  Absolute Value Functions & Equations

 

  

MATH 12IB (Calculus 12 for IB Students)(Advanced)

This course is designed for students who have completed MATH 11 IB. It covers differential calculus topics as well as integration topics. Application questions used are from business and science.

 

IB MATH STUDIES SL 11/12 IB

Prerequisite: SA PRE-IB MATH 10 

IB Math Studies SL is a course recommended for students who have completed SA Math 10 PRE-IB  with a mark of 70% or higher and who plan to complete the IB diploma program. This course is designed for conscientious students who possess a serious work ethic but do not have a natural affinity for mathematics. This course requires students to complete an independent research project and write the standardized IB exam at the end of the course.

This course is available at SL only. It caters to students with varied backgrounds and abilities. More specifically, it is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics in students who do not anticipate a need for mathematics in their future studies. Students taking this course need to be already equipped with fundamental skills and a rudimentary knowledge of basis processes. *May be offered if numbers warrant. This course runs both semesters until May. Minimum 150 hours.

 

PRECALCULUS 12  (Advanced)

This course will be presented as a 110-hour course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-calculus 11. Pre-calculus 11 must be taken and successfully completed prior to starting Pre-calculus 12. Therefore, these courses are to be taken consecutively, not concurrently, and the order may not be reversed.

The Pre-Calculus pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in programs that require the study of theoretical calculus.

Students who select Pre-calculus 12 should have a solid understanding of the Pre-calculus 11 curriculum.

Students in Pre-calculus 12 will study the following topics:

Transformations Radical Functions Polynomial Functions Trigonometric Functions
Exponential and Logaritmic Functioins Rational Functions Function Operations Permutations, Combinations, and Binomial Theorem
 
 

PRECAL  12 IB  (Advanced)

This course is designed for students who are taking Math IB SL. Topics include those of the Math IB SL syllabus as well as those required to prepare students to succeed in university calculus.

 

MATHEMATICS 12 - MAT 12 (Academic)

This course will be presented as a 110-hour course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mathematics 11 or Pre-calculus 11. The prerequisite for Mathematics 12 must be taken and successfully completed prior to starting Mathematics 12. Therefore, these courses are to be taken consecutively, not concurrently, and the order may not be reversed.

 The Mathematics pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in programs that do not require the study of theoretical calculus. Mathematics 12 is the third course in this pathway.

 Students who select Mathematics 12 should have a solid understanding of the Mathematics 11 curriculum.

 Students in Mathematics 12 will study the following topics:

 Borrowing Money  Investing Money  Set Theory
 Logical Reasoning  Counting Methods  Probability
 Polynomial Functions  Exponential and Logarithmic Functions  Sinusoidal Functions

 

 MATHEMATICS ESSENTIALS 12 ( Graduation)

 Mathematics Essentials 12 (formerly called Mathematics for the Workplace)

This course will be presented as a 110-hour course.

 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mathematics Essentials 11 or Mathematics at Work 11. The prerequisite for Mathematics Essentials 12 must be taken and successfully completed prior to starting Mathematics Essentials 12. Therefore, these courses are to be taken consecutively, not concurrently, and the order may not be reversed.

The Mathematics Essentials pathway is designed to providestudents with the development of the skills and understandings required in the workplace, as well as those required for everyday life at home and in the community. Students will become better equipped to deal with mathematics in their everyday life and will become more confident in their mathematical abilities.

 Mathematics Essentials 12 is designed for students who either do not intend to pursue post-secondary study, or plan to enter post-secondary programs that do not have any mathematics pre-requisites. The content of this course will help students work toward improving the mathematical knowledge base needed for work directly related to the trades. This course will be modular based and project oriented.

 Students in Mathematics Essential 12 will do the following modules.

  • Module 1: Measurement
  • Module 2: Mini-project: Mathematics and Career Exploration
  • Module 3: Ratio, Rate, and Proportion
  • Module 4: Major Project: Math Preparation for the Workplace

 

 Mathematics at Work 12 (Graduation)

This course will be presented as a 110-hour course.

 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mathematics at Work 11 or Mathematics 11. The prerequisite for Mathematics at Work 12 must be taken and successfully completed prior to starting Mathematics at Work 12. Therefore, these courses are to be taken consecutively, not concurrently, and the order may not be reversed.

 The Mathematics at Work pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for direct entry into the work force or for entry into programs of study that do not require academic mathematics. Mathematics at Work 12 is the third course in this pathway.

 Students in Mathematics at Work 12 will study the following topics:

 Measurement and Probability  Measures of Central Tendency  Scatterplots  Linear Relationships
 Owning and Operating a Vehicle  Properties of Polygons  Transformations  Trigonometry

 

CALCULUS 12 - CAL 12 (Advanced)

Prerequisite: PRECALCULUS 12

Calculus 12 is offered second semester and will explore the following subject areas: Limits and Continuity, Derivatives, Applications of Derivatives, The Definite Integral, Differential Equations and Mathematics Modeling, Application of Definite Integrals and L’Hopital’s Rule.

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