2019-2020 Math 3 Curriculum (Grade 11)
A bit of philosophy regarding the teaching of mathematics:
Thus a teacher of mathematics has a great opportunity. If he fills his allotted time with drilling his students in routine operations he kills their interest, hampers their intellectual development, and misuses his opportunity. But if he challenges the curiosity of his students by setting them problems proportionate to their knowledge, and helps them to solve their problems with stimulating questions, he may give them a taste for, and some means of, independent thinking. (Polya, 1945)
The National Research Council identified five strands of mathematical proficiency:
In Grade 11 Math (Math 3) at High Tech High, the scope of the curriculum is prescribed by the Integrated track of the Common Core Standards (use the link to the left for more information on the Common Core Standards) and include topics such as statistics (determining differences between two sample populations), functions (rational, exponential, logarithmic, piecewise and trigonometric functions), composite and operations on functions, trigonometric wave functions and circle geometry. The objective is to cover the Common Core Standards (Integrated) whilst developing proficiency in the five strands outlined above. This is undertaken using three main types of activities: projects, open-ended problems and weekly problem sets. P. In addition to these main activities, emphasis will also be placed on SAT preparation, primarily through an in-class warm-up question.