# Mathematics

The West Hartford Public High Schools’ Mathematics Program embraces a standards based approach that reflects a balance between the development of conceptual understandings and procedural skills. Our program is grounded within four key areas: high expectations for all learners, promotion of inquiry and conjecture, reasoning and sense making, and habits of mind. The program facilitates inquiry and exploration of real world phenomenon utilizing technology. Instruction for all students includes a common core of topics aligned with the Connecticut’s Standards for Mathematics. The courses focus on exploring mathematical content through multiple representations including algebraic, numerical, graphical, and tabular.

A sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II will result in college and career readiness.Additional courses are recommended for students considering college majors in mathematics, engineering, other science related fields or business. Extended and honors courses provide students with content and/or rigor beyond what is expected in a college preparatory course.

Experience has shown that a final mark of C or above is needed to assure success in the subsequent mathematics course. You should plan to repeat the course if you earned a D, preferably in summer school. If you do not have a full credit in a prerequisite you may not enroll in the next course.

Department permission is required to change courses during the school year. *Graphing calculators are used extensively in some courses and required for Advanced Placement exams.

#### Department & Staff

Math | Michelle Graveline | Dept Supervisor | 5051 | michelle_graveline@whps.org | |

Math | Holly Banak | Teacher | 6005 | holly_banak@whps.org | |

Math | Heather Beattie-DeWitt | Teacher | 6173 | heather_beattie-dewitt@whps. | website |

Math | James Bryers | PASS Teacher | 6078 | ||

Math | Jackie Corricelli | Teacher | 6167 | jackie_corricelli@whps.org | website |

Math | Holly D'Addario | Teacher | 6177 | holly_daddario@whps.org | |

Math | David Dippolino | Teacher | 6271 | david_dippolino@whps.org | |

Math | Debbie Hartshorn | Teacher | 6003 | debbie_hartshorn@whps.org | |

Math | Ann Marie Houlihan | Teacher | 6003 | annmarie_houlihan@whps.org | |

Math | Julie Jastremski | Teacher | 6179 | julie_jastremski@whps.org | |

Math | Michael McCarthy | Teacher | 6096 | michael_mccarthy@whps.org | |

Math | Noah Mealy | Teacher | 6175 | noah_mealy@whps.org | website |

Math | Elyse Nevins | Teacher | 6174 | elyse_nevins@whps.org | |

Math | Brian Noel | Teacher | 6178 | brian_noel@whps.org | |

Math | Sanjay Rambhia | Teacher | 6168 | sanjay_rambhia@whps.org | |

Math | Andrea Rose | Teacher | 6170 | andrea_rose@whps.org | |

Math | Doug Sekorski | Teacher | 6281 | douglas_sekorski@whps.org | website |

#### Courses Offered

**Courses Offered*: **

Pre-Algebra

Algebra I (L3)

Algebra I (L2)

Geometry (L3)

Geometry (L2)

Honors Geometry (L1)

Algebra II (L3)

Algebra II (L2)

Honors Algebra II (L1)

exploring Computer Science

AP Computer Science Principals

AP Computer Science A

Pre-Calculus

Discrete Math

Probability & Statistics

Trigonometry

Honors Pre-Calculus

AP Statistics

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

#### Course Sequence

College Prep | Extended | Honors |

Algebra I - L3 | Algebra I - L2 | Geometry - L1 |

Geometry - L3 | Geometry - L2 | Algebra II - L1 |

Algebra II - L3 | Algebra II - L2 | Precalculus - L1 |

Options Include: AP Computer Science Discrete Mathematics (ECE) Probability & Statistics Trigonometry Precalculus | Options Include: AP Computer Science AP Statistics Discrete Mathematics (ECE) Probability & Statistics Trigonometry Precalculus | Options Include: AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC AP Computer Science AP Statistics |

#### Online Resources

## Concept Explanation Sites

- A self-proclaimed "amusement park" of math!
- Doodling About Math
- Java Interactive Demonstrations of Math and Science Concepts
- Khan Academy (watch, learn, free)
- Math Site with Interactive Demos and Concept Reviews
- math.com – Algebra and Arithmetic Review Site
- Step by Step Review/Practice of Algebra Concepts
- Virtual Manipulatives Library
- What are Complex Numbers? John and Betty Explain!

## Concept Practice Sites

- A Plus Math – work on basic math skills and find some fun games to play.
- A self-proclaimed "amusement park" of math!
- Arithmetic Practice
- edu4kids.com: Do math flash cards online, can modify by ability/grade level.
- Graphing Points
- Math Site with Interactive Demos and Concept Reviews
- math.com – Algebra and Arithmetic Review Site
- Modules to help learn basic and advanced algebra topics.
- NY Regents Prep Site, Links to Concept Practice
- Step by Step Review/Practice of Algebra Concepts
- Visual approach to learning fractions
- Word problem practice needed? Try here!

## Math as a Career

## Math Dictionaries and History

## Math Resources Online

## Multidisciplinary Connections

- Biomechanics of skateboarding and roller coasters
- Cell Size – How do things living in a nanoscale compare? (Interactive)
- Fair Division – the use of math to settle arguments
- Fibonacci Sequence – how this sequence is connected to our world
- Geometry in Basketball
- Pi Day Activities, Songs, and Stories
- Rap about Graphing Lines: Song and Table
- Wildest Weather in the Solar System

## Standardized Test Practice

## Technology Links

- 3D Point Plotter
- Alternative to Math Type
- CORDIC Explanation 1 (used to calc exponents in calcs)
- CORDIC Explanation 2 (used to calc exponents in calcs)
- Dice and Data
- Dice Rolling and Other Random Actions
- Excel Graphing Help
- Free Math Editor (for Word)
- Free Virtual TI
- Graphing Calculator Basics
- Online Graphing Calculator that Rocco (Team 2, 2011-12) Found
- Online graphing tool
- Role of Calculators in Education
- TI Interactive Free Trial
- TI-84 Graphing Calculator Manual