Mathematics

Math Department Teaching Staff:
 
Ameet Bawa
 
Jason Koczi 
 
Laurie Jaszczur 
 
Tony Jaszczur 
 
Erich Specht 
 
Andrea Vandendriessche 
 
Margaret Wiraszka 
 
Promotional Math Video:
 
Math Department Video (click on the link to access the video)
 
Ontario Math Pathways Chart:
 
Course Descriptions:
Welcome to the Department of Mathematics! Here at St. Mary's Catholic High School, we offer courses in three different levels:
 
  • Locally Developed and Workplace Preparation
  • Applied and College Preparation
  • Academic and University Preparation

 

Locally Developed and Workplace Preparation

 

Essentials Mathematics – MAT1L - This course provides students who have experienced difficulties in previous mathematics courses an opportunity to obtain sufficient background and skill development to prepare them for Grade 11 and 12 Workplace Preparation courses. Whenever possible, ideas will be presented in a realistic context providing students with an opportunity to explore, organize, interpret, and use mathematical models to solve problems. Technology and manipulative materials will be used wherever appropriate.

 

Essentials Mathematics – MAT2L - This course is designed to provide additional experiences in problem solving. Ideas will be presented in a realistic context providing students with an opportunity to explore, organize, interpret, and use mathematical models to solve problems. Repetition of skills and exposure to technology are key aspects of this course.

 

Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life – MEL3E - This course enables students to broaden their understanding of mathematics as it is applied in the workplace and daily life. Students will solve problems associated with earning money, paying taxes, and making purchases; apply calculations of simple and compound interest in saving, investing, and borrowing; and calculate the costs of transportation and travel in a variety of situations. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

 

Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life – MEL4E - This course enables students to broaden their understanding of mathematics as it is applied in the workplace and daily life. Students will investigate questions involving the use of statistics; apply the concept of probability to solve problems involving familiar situations; investigate accommodation costs, create household budgets, and prepare a personal income tax return; use proportional reasoning; estimate and measure; and apply geometric concepts to create designs. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

 

Applied and College Preparation

 

Foundations of Mathematics – MFM1P - This course enables students to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts related to introductory algebra, proportional reasoning, and measurement and geometry through investigation, the effective use of technology, and hands-on activities. Students will investigate real-life examples to develop various representations of linear relations and will determine the connections between the representations. They will also explore certain relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

 

Foundations of Mathematics – MFM2P - This course enables students to consolidate their understanding of linear relations and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and hands-on activities. Students will develop and graph equations in analytic geometry; solve and apply linear systems, using real-life examples; and explore and interpret graphs of quadratic relations. Students will investigate similar triangles, the trigonometry of right triangles, and the measurement of three-dimensional figures. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

 

Foundations for College Mathematics – MBF3C - This course enables students to broaden their understanding of mathematics as a problem-solving tool in the real world. Students will extend their understanding of quadratic relations; investigate situations involving exponential growth; solve problems involving compound interest; solve financial problems connected with vehicle ownership; develop their ability to reason by collecting, analysing, and evaluating data involving one variable; connect probability and statistics; and solve problems in geometry and trigonometry. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

 

Foundations for College Mathematics – MAP4C - This course enables students to broaden their understanding of real-world applications of mathematics. Students will analyse data using statistical methods; solve problems involving applications of geometry and trigonometry; solve financial problems connected with annuities, budgets, and renting or owning accommodation; simplify expressions; and solve equations. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems. This course prepares students for college programs in areas such as business, health sciences, and human services, and for certain skilled trades.

 

Mathematics for College Technology – MCT4C - This course enables students to extend their knowledge of functions. Students will investigate and apply properties of polynomial, exponential, and trigonometric functions; continue to represent functions numerically, graphically, and algebraically; develop facility in simplifying expressions and solving equations; and solve problems that address applications of algebra, trigonometry, vectors, and geometry. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems. This course prepares students for a variety of college technology programs.

 

Academic and University Preparation

 

Principles of Mathematics – MPM1D - This course enables students to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts related to algebra, analytic geometry, and measurement and geometry through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will investigate relationships, which they will then generalize as equations of lines, and will determine the connections between different representations of a linear relation. They will also explore relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

 

Principles of Mathematics – MPM2D - This course enables students to broaden their understanding of relationships and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will explore quadratic relations and their applications; solve and apply linear systems; verify properties of geometric figures using analytic geometry; and investigate the trigonometry of right and acute triangles. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

 

Functions and Application – MCF3M(U/C) - This course introduces basic features of the function by extending students’ experiences with quadratic relations. It focuses on quadratic, trigonometric, and exponential functions and their use in modelling real-world situations. Students will represent functions numerically, graphically, and algebraically; simplify expressions; solve equations; and solve problems relating to applications. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

 

Functions – MCR3U - This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students’ experiences with linear and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve problems involving applications of functions; investigate inverse functions; and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

 

Advanced Functions – MHF4U - This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.

 

Calculus and Vectors – MCV4U - This course builds on students’ previous experience with functions and their developing understanding of rates of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three-dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modelling of real-world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.

 

Mathematics of Data Management – MDM4U - This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analysing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics; and carry out a culminating investigation that integrates statistical concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. Students planning to enter university programs in business, the social sciences, and the humanities will find this course of particular interest.

De Steamed Grade 9 Math and Course Selections January 2021
Resources:
 
TVO Mathify offers free one-on-one math tutoring for students grades 6 to 10. Tutoring is carried out by Ontario Certified Teachers.
 
TVO and media professionals designed these courses to help maximize learning.
 
Indigenous ways of knowing to teach mathematics.
 
Khan Academy offers instructional videos as well as activities to learn and practice math skills.
 
The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) through the University of Waterloo offers students additional resources to improve on skills covered in their math classes.
 
This site offers information about the EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics test. 
 
Desmos provides students with an easy-to-use graphing calculator where they can explore graphs and functions.
 
Geogebra is an interactive mathematical software program that allows students to visualize mathematical concepts related to geometry, graphing, and algebra.
 
This site contains virtual math manipulatives which help students visualize concepts such as Geoboards and number lines.
 
The Ontario high school mathematics curriculum gives students the opportunity to develop their numeracy and problem solving skills.  The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the three pathways that exist after high school, that is, the world of work, college or university.  It is important that students enrol in the course that is best suited to their academic ability and future career path.  In grade nine and ten students have the option of taken mathematics at the workplace, applied or academic levels.  The academic and applied level introduce students to linear and quadratic relations as well as right angle trigonometry.  In grade eleven students have the option of taking university, university/college, or college level mathematics.  Grade twelve students have two courses available at the college level as well as the following three university level courses; data management, advanced functions and calculus. The work place mathematics also known as ‘mathematics for everyday living’ is offered at every grade level. 

Students who experience success in mathematics complete their homework nightly, seek help outside of the regular class time when difficulties arise, attend all classes and prepare well for tests and the final exam.  It is therefore encouraged that students see their teacher for extra help when needed. 

Grade 9 students will receive information from their mathematics teacher regarding the E.Q.A.O. math testing that will occur near the end of their course.  Preparation for this mandatory assessment occurs throughout the semester, and students must be present for the designated dates, since it also counts as the final project in the course.  An information letter for parents will be sent home as the date approaches. 

University of Waterloo offers enrichment opportunities to students through participation in their annual mathematics contests.  Announcements will be made in the new year for students to sign up for the contests.