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Mathematics

In addition to time-tested methods of assessment, the department as a whole incorporates project-based learning and real-world application of the material, emphasizing creativity and building critical thinking skills.

Many of the major topics (e.g., logarithms, trigonometry) appear in multiple courses, reinforcing previous lessons and leading to a deeper understanding. Care is taken to ensure that both returning and new students are placed in an appropriate course according to their ability and experience.

Instruction in TJ math classes utilizes technology as an aid to understanding, not a substitute for it. The department makes use of graphing calculators, Google Apps for Education, and various online resources such as Khan Academy, Three-Act Math Tasks, and Desmos graphing calculator. From Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry and beyond, all students must own a graphing calculator (TI-84 preferred).

SEQUENCE OF COURSES

7th

Algebra 1

8th

Algebra 2

9th

Geometry and Introduction to Statistics

10th

Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry

11th

Precalculus

12th

AP Calculus BC or AP Statistics

Mathematics sits at the heart of liberal arts study. In science, engineering, economics, and other science-heavy fields, students profit from their review of algebra, geometry, statistics, and calculus. And even in fields seemingly distant from mathematics—English, social studies, and world languages—the precision needed is honed by mathematical study.