Mathematics

Mathematics
  • MYP mathematics expects all students to appreciate the beauty and usefulness of mathematics as a remarkable cultural and intellectual legacy of humankind, and as a valuable instrument for social and economic change in society.

    MYP Aims
    The aims of any MYP subject and of the personal project state in a general way what the teacher may expect to teach or do and what the student may expect to experience or learn. In addition, they suggest ways in which the teacher and the student may be changed by the learning experience. ibmyp

    The aims of teaching and learning mathematics are to encourage and enable students to:

    • recognize that mathematics permeates the world around us
    • appreciate the usefulness, power, and beauty of mathematics
    • enjoy mathematics and develop patience and persistence when solving problems
    • understand and be able to use the language, symbols, and notation of mathematics
    • develop mathematical curiosity and use inductive and deductive reasoning when solving problems
    • become confident in using mathematics to analyze and solve problems both in school and in real-life situations
    • develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to pursue further studies in mathematics
    • develop abstract, logical and critical thinking and the ability to reflect critically upon their work and the work of others
    • develop a critical appreciation of the use of information and communication technology in mathematics
    • appreciate the international dimension of mathematics and its multicultural and historical perspectives.

    Department Overview
    Highland Park Middle School offers different mathematical choices. To determine which level is appropriate for your child we will refer to MCA test scores, pretest scores (given the 2nd day of class) and teacher recommendation.  Test scores are not a perfect placement indicator; other factors such as student maturity, motivation, English language proficiency, and work ethic are just as important and will be taken into account at the time of placement. 

     



    Courses Offered

    Mathematics 6

    This course prepares our students for the Pre-Algebra 7 course. The objective of this course is for students to learn all content standards given by the state of Minnesota for grade 6. The four mathematics strands covered in this course are number and operation, algebra, geometry, and data analysis and probability. Specific topics include:

    1. Number Fluency
    2. Equivalencies
    3. Rational Numbers
    4. Ratios
    5. Percents
    6. Probability 
    7. Graphing
    8. Geometry
    9. Measurement

    Pre-Algebra (7th grade)
    This course prepares students for Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A. The objective of this course is for students to learn all content standards as given by the State of Minnesota for grade 7. The four mathematics strands covered in this course are: number and operation, algebra, geometry, and data analysis and probability. Specific topics include:

    1. Principles of Algebra
    2. Rational Numbers
    3. Graphs, Functions, and Sequences
    4. Exponents and Roots
    5. Ratios, Proportions, and Similarity
    6. Percents
    7. Foundations of Geometry
    8. Perimeter, Area, and Volume
    9. Data and Statistics
    10. Probability
    11. Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities

    Algebra 1 (8th grade)
    This course covers the first half of a traditional Algebra 1 course. It reviews Pre-Algebra skills and extends through linear functions, linear inequalities, and systems of linear equations. Topics covered include: 

    1. Foundations for Algebra – variables and expressions, operations with real numbers, introduction to functions
    2. Equations – solving equations, proportion, and percent
    3. Inequalities – solving simple and compound inequalities
    4. Functions – function concepts, applying functions
    5. Linear Functions – characteristics of linear functions, using a variety of forms of linear functions
    6. Systems of Equations and Inequalities – solving systems by graphing, substitution, and elimination

    Accelerated Algebra
    This course is a complete Algebra 1 course. It extends through linear functions and inequalities, systems of linear equations, polynomials, and quadratic and exponential functions. The course is intended for students who have shown mastery of Pre-Algebra concepts and skills. Topics covered include:

    1. Foundations for Algebra – variables and expressions, operations with real numbers, introduction to functions
    2. Equations – solving equations, proportion, and percent
    3. Inequalities – solving simple and compound inequalities
    4. Functions – function concepts, applying functions
    5. Linear Functions – characteristics of linear functions, using a variety of forms of linear functions
    6. Systems of Equations and Inequalities – solving systems by graphing, substitution, and elimination
    7. Exponents and Polynomials
    8. Factoring Polynomials
    9. Quadratic Functions and Equations
    10. Data Analysis and Probability
    11. Exponential and Radical Functions
    12. Rational Functions and Equations

    Geometry
    This is a complete high school geometry course that meets the Minnesota Standards in Geometry. Emphasis is placed on the understanding, application, and development of geometric properties in two and three dimensions. Additionally, an effort is made to consistently connect geometry topics with algebra concepts that students studied in Algebra 1 and that they will return to in Algebra II following this course. Topics studied in Geometry include:

    1. Foundations for Geometry
    2. Geometric Reasoning
    3. Parallel and Perpendicular lines
    4. Triangle Congruence
    5. Properties and Attributes of Triangles
    6. Polygons and Quadrilaterals
    7. Similarity
    8. Right Triangles and Trigonometry
    9. Extending Perimeter, Circumference, and Area
    10. Spatial Reasoning
    11. Circles
    12. Extending Transformational Geometry