Mathematics

Mathematics as a subject provides a system for creating abstract models of reality. Systematic examination of the structure of these models helps in beginning to understand the relationships present in our world. The design of Bellarmine’s math core curriculum focuses on algebra and geometry as these are fundamental prerequisites for advanced high school mathematics. They are also essential preparation for a wide variety of college majors, and they form the basis for an analytical skill set which is important for all citizens. To this end, the faculty of the math department strives to assist every student to:

  • become fluent in the language of algebra and geometry
  • develop competence and confidence in the areas of analytical reasoning and problem solving
  • build a lasting affinity for math through a positive learning experience.

For students wishing to further their study of math beyond the core, the department offers elective courses that include study in the areas of calculus, probability, statistics, number theory and graph theory.

The Math Curriculum Course Map (below) illustrates the sequencing of course offerings. The math core consists of Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2. Completion of the core, or its equivalent, is required before a student is allowed to enroll in advanced electives. There are regular and honors/AP sections of almost every course (e.g. Geometry and Geometry Honors). Three full years of math are required for graduation, but four is highly recommended.

Program Offerings

Curriculum Course Map

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Honors & Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The purpose of offering Accelerated, Honors, and Advanced Placement courses is to provide students who possess both the academic talent and interest in mathematics an opportunity to be challenged in a way that a regular course would not offer. This challenge stems from teachers stretching the student’s mathematical knowledge by examining topics in greater depth/detail and moving at a faster pace. Expectations of students enrolled in these courses include exemplary comprehension of the prerequisite mathematics, a commitment to active class participation, a passion for learning, and a dedication to the responsibilities that accompany rigorous academic study.

Summer Independent Study Program

In November 2015, the mathematics department announced that Bellarmine has changed its policy of advancing students based on accelerated summer work, and will be phasing out summer accelerated course offerings to Bellarmine students. (Click HERE for complete details.)

During the summer of 2017, only two SISP courses will be offered:

  • SISP Precalculus - open to rising seniors only
  • SISP Precalculus Honors - open to rising seniors only

Summer Accelerated Courses

In November 2015, the mathematics department announced that Bellarmine has changed its policy of advancing students based on accelerated summer work, and will be phasing out summer accelerated course offerings to Bellarmine students. (Click HERE for complete details.)

With the exception of the two SISP Pre-Calculus courses which are open only to rising seniors, Bellarmine does not award advancement credit for math courses taken over the summer. 

Courses
Course Name
Term    
UC / CSU Approved?
Algebra 1 Year Yes

Course Description: Algebra 1 is a freshman-level course which is required for all freshmen not taking a more advanced course. The course is designed to develop mastery of fundamental algebraic concepts, preparing students for future math courses. It covers the fundamentals of algebra such as binary operations with real numbers and variables, factoring, radicals and exponents.

Geometry Year Yes

Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 1 is required.

Course Description: Geometry is a sophomore-level course which is required for all sophomores not taking a more advanced course. Students develop logical reasoning skills and creative problem-solving skills while discovering the fundamental concepts of Euclidean Geometry using technology and hands-on investigation. Topics include the properties and relationships among lines, planes, angles, triangles, circles and polygons.            

Geometry Honors Year Yes

Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 1 with a grade of  A- or better is required for enrollment.

Course Description: Geometry Honors is a sophomore-level honors course. Students develop logical reasoning skills and creative problem-solving skills while discovering the fundamental concepts of Euclidean Geometry using technology and hands-on investigation. In addition to the topics listed in the description of our Geometry class, students may explore tessellations and non-Euclidean geometry.            

Algebra 2 Year Yes

Prerequisites: Completion of Geometry is required.

Course Description: Algebra 2 is a junior-level course which is required for all juniors not taking a more advanced course. It is designed to prepare students for college-level mathematics by further developing their mathematical vocabulary and problem solving skills in the context of realistic applications. Topics include lines, factoring techniques, quadratics, conic sections, logarithms, complex numbers and functions.

Comments: TI 83 or TI 84 graphing calculator required.

Algebra 2 Honors Year Yes

Prerequisites: Completion of Geometry with a grade of A- or better or Geometry Honors with a grade of B- or better is required. A strong record in Algebra 1 (A- or better in Algebra 1) is also highly recommended.

Course Description: Algebra 2 Honors is a junior-level honors course. The course is designed to prepare students for college-level mathematics by further developing their mathematical vocabulary and problem solving skills in the context of realistic applications. In addition to the topics listed in the Algebra 2 course description, students will study matrices, sequences and series, and fundamentals of statistics.

Comments: TI 83 or TI 84 graphing calculator required.

Accelerated Algebra 2
(Alg 2 + Precalc Hybrid)
New for 2017-2018
Year


Yes


Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 1 with an A- or better and either completion of Geometry with an A- or better, or completion of Geometry Honors with a grade of B- or better is required.

Course Description: Open to qualified juniors only. The course is designed to prepare qualified students for the regular Calculus course in their senior year. The course will cover a blend of topics from Algebra 2 and Precalculus, with a focus on the basic foundational knowledge for success in Calculus.

Students taking Accelerated Algebra 2 have two advancement options - Calculus and Precalculus. Precalculus Honors is not an advancement option. Please note that a student must earn a B- or better in Accelerated Algebra 2 in order to qualify for Calculus as a senior, or a C- or better to qualify for Precalculus.

Comments: TI 83 or TI 84 graphing calculator required.