# Mathematics

**Please note that every student is required to have a Texas Instruments Calculator for Math and Science. The acceptable models are listed below:**

Texas Instruments # 83

Texas Instruments # 84

Texas Instruments # 83+

Texas Instruments # 84+

Texas Instruments # 83 Silver Edition

Texas Instruments # 84 Silver Edition

The Mathematics Department develops in students the critical thinking, logical skills, and firm knowledge of the everyday applications of mathematics necessary to become fully effective and useful citizens in our increasingly technological society. The department aims to produce students confident in their mathematical ability and problem solving skills, regardless of their ability or prior experience in mathematics, and to develop in every student the computational proficiency, number sense, and solid mathematics foundation that may be applied and extended in subsequent mathematics and science classes. It is the objective of the department to graduate students who can be fully competitive in college-level mathematics courses.

Upon graduation, students will have acquired competency in basic mathematical skills, including a solid preparation for learning and understanding college mathematics. This competency will enable students to apply integrated problem solving approaches to make informed decisions within and outside mathematics. With a sense of the value of Mathematics, students will understand its relation to the development of society and its connections to physical and life sciences, the social studies, and the humanities. Also, students will learn to properly use the technological tools that are changing not only Mathematics and its uses but also the society in which we live. Specifically, the Malden Catholic graduate should:

- Meet standards for Algebra/Geometry knowledge established by the State
- Meet entrance requirements at a 4-year college and succeed there
- Understand and be able to employ appropriate information processing, problem solving strategies and skills in "real world" situations
- Be able to fully function in an increasingly technological world
- Use technology tools for problem solving and presentation of results

Teachers use varied methodologies adjusted to student learning styles across four levels of instruction: College Preparatory, Accelerated, Honors, and Advanced Placement.** **Students approach problems, generally, in three different ways -- numerically, algebraically and graphically – and come to realize that there are often several ways to solve the same problem, and that preference and ability of the student can be an important factor in choice of method.