The courses offered by the Mathematics Department provide discipline in clear thinking and logical reasoning, both inductive and deductive. By investigating topics from different viewpoints—algebraic, graphical, verbal, numerical and application based—students learn appropriate techniques of problem solving in order to focus as much on the process as on the final outcome.
Our course of study typically culminates with Statistics, Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB/BC, Multivariable Calculus or Linear Algebra.
At all levels, technology plays an integral role. In addition to course specific software, teachers use Promethean Boards extensively, and all students use TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculators. Across all courses, the appropriate uses of technology are emphasized, more to enhance the student’s capacity to explore mathematics without the burden of undue computation than to foster reliance on the technology. Department assessments may be given both with and without available technology.
We aim to appropriately challenge each boy at each level while simultaneously cultivating and developing disciplined yet creative and agile problem solvers.
The department goal is to have students acquire sound mathematical literacy, applicable technological skills and a genuine interest and confidence in the subject in preparation for their college and work experience beyond Belmont Hill.