Math Curriculum

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    Radnor’s mathematics curriculum has been developed to accommodate the various levels of a student’s mathematical abilities and skills. Although traditional math skills will be taught in all courses, the goal of the mathematics curriculum will be to develop thinking skills through emphasis on mathematical concepts. Use of problems requiring critical thinking will be employed to better prepare the student for a world which is becoming more technologically dependent. Students should follow teacher recommendations when deciding which sequence of courses to select.

    Seminar (Honors) level courses are intended for the highly motivated math students and designed to challenge the most mathematically capable students. The courses will involve both rigorous pacing and workload with teacher expectations intended to challenge the student. The course will require more independent and self guided learning (with an emphasis on writing explanations) than all other courses.

    Honors level courses are intended for the motivated math student who is very good with mathematics but needs more teacher guidance to assist in the mastery of the material. The course will involve accelerated pacing and a demanding workload with some written explanations expected. Students on this level will be prepared to take AP Calculus AB.

    Advanced level courses will feature modified pacing and workload with teacher guidance to assist in the mastery of the material. Students enrolled on this level should be seeking to satisfy college requirements and/or college expectations of mathematics courses but the student may not necessarily have an interest in pursuing math related college majors.

    College Prep level courses will feature a slower pace with modified workload and the highest degree of teacher guidance to assist in the mastery of the material.   These courses will cover material necessary to prepare students for the PSSA tests as well as prepare the student to take the SAT test if post secondary education is desired.

    Students interested in pursuing college majors in the science, engineering, medical, and mathematics fields should enroll in the Honors level courses.

    The mathematics curriculum is intended to meet the needs of all students. To aid each student in determining his/her appropriate course of study in mathematics, the classroom teacher evaluates the progress of each individual at course selection time and recommends a specific course for the following year. This personal evaluation takes into account attitude, mathematical background, future plans, and current achievement. As a result, a student may be recommended to move from one level to another. Students should pay careful attention to these recommendations, as well as to the prerequisites, before electing a course.

    The mathematics department believes that the very nature of the mathematics curriculum must be changed to meet the needs of our students as they prepare for their future. Mathematics problems and the methods used to solve them have changed with technological advances.on the TI-84 PLUS calculator. Since graphing calculators are allowed on the SATs, we encourage all students to be proficient in their use. The department realizes that graphing calculators are expensive. If financial considerations are a problem, please notify the teacher or the department chairperson. The understanding and competent use of technological tools are important to all our students. The department requires that each student have his/her own calculator. A scientific calculator, such as the TI-34 is sufficient for courses up to and including Geometry. For all courses at the Algebra 2 Level and beyond, a graphing calculator such as the TI-84 PLUS is required. More sophisticated graphing calculators are optional for honors calculus courses. Classroom instruction includes demonstrations