The Mathematics Program

Mathematics Program
Students entering grade ten will need to decide which mathematics sequence will best suit their needs and abilities.  The following provides a brief background on the new mathematics course sequences at the high school level, but parents and students should seek advice from the counselling department and the mathematics department head if they are unsure of which sequence best meets the needs and abilities of the student.

The "-1" sequence is designed for students who are planning on pursuing post-secondary programs that require the study of calculus.

The "-2" sequence is designed for students who are planning on pursing post-secodnary studies in programs that do not require the study of calculus.

The "-3" sequence is designed for students who are planning on entry into the majority of trades and direct entry into the work force.

Grade ten students planning to complete either the "-1" or "-2" sequence will enrol in Mathematics 10-C (10-Combined), while students planning to complete the "-3" sequence will enrol in 10-3.

 

Math 10-C

Math 10-C 5 credits
A combined mathematics course for students planning on completing the "-1" or "-2" sequences.  Students need to have successfully completed Mathematics 9 in order to enrol in Mathematics 10-C.

Units of studyin this course include measurement (systems of measurement, 3-dimensional geometry, trigonometry), algebra and numbers (exponents, radicals, polynomials), relations and functions (linear functions, equations, graphs), and systems of equations (graphical and algebraic solutions).

Math 20-1, 30-1 and 31

Math 20-1, 30-1 and 31  5 credit courses
Who should take the Mathematics-1 course sequence? Mathematics-1 is designed for students who plan to apply for post-secondary programs that may require calculus skills. If you want to enter a post-secondary program such as engineering, mathematics, sciences, some business studies, or other programs that require advanced math skills, you should take Mathematics-1.  Mathematics 30-1 is a co-requisite for Mathematics 31 and may be required for post-secondary calculus courses. You should always check the most up-to-date information on post-secondary mathematics entrance requirements, which is available on the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website (see www.education.alberta.ca/math ) and directly from the institutions themselves. What will I learn in Mathematics-1?You will study the concept of function in-depth, including quadratic, radical, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. You will extend your knowledge of trigonometry to include Sine and Cosine Laws to solve any triangle. You will be introduced to counting techniques involving permutations and combinations; these are the basis for the Binomial Theorem, which has important applications in the areas of calculus and statistics. What do I do if my interests or future plans change?
 
The Grades 10-12 Mathematics Program was designed to be flexible and to support
student needs.
After completing Mathematics 20-1, you can continue on to Mathematics 30-1. If you decide Mathematics 30-2 is more appropriate for your future goals, you can take that course instead. You can also choose to take Mathematics 30-3. No matter how your plans change, there is a mathematics course that will meet your needs.

Math 20-2, 30-2

Math 20-2, 30-2  5 credits courses
Who should take the Mathematics-2 course sequencee?Mathematics-2 is designed for students who want to attend a university, college, or technical institute after high school, but do not need calculus skills. If you want to study at the post-secondary level in fields such as arts programs, civil engineering technology, medical technologies, or some apprenticeship programs, you should take Mathematics-2. This sequence will fulfill most high-school students' needs. You should always check the most up-to-date information on post-secondary mathematics entrance requirements, which is available on the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website and directly from the institutions themselves.

What will I learn in Mathematics-2?

You will develop logical reasoning techniques, including inductive and deductive reasoning. You will study a variety of relations and functions, both graphically and algebraically, including quadratic, radical, polynomial, rational, sinusoidal, exponential and logarithmic functions. You will extend your knowledge of trigonometry to include Sine and Cosine Laws to solve any triangle. You will be introduced to counting techniques involving permutations and combinations. You will complete a Mathematics Research Project, involving the collection and analysis of data in a mathematical area of interest in both Mathematics 20-2 and 30-2.  

What do I do if my interests or future plans change?

The Grades 10-12 Mathematics Program was designed to be flexible and to support student needs. After completing Mathematics 20-2, you can continue and complete Mathematics 30-2. If you decide that the -1 course sequence is more appropriate for your future plans, you can transition by taking Mathematics 20-1 and then 30-1. Or, you can take Mathematics 30-1 after successfully completing Mathematics 30-2. If you decide that Mathematics 30-3 is more useful for you, you can take that course instead of Mathematics 30-2. No matter how your plans change, there is a mathematics course that will meet your needs.  

Math 20-3, 30-3

Math 20-3, 30-3 5 credit courses  Who should take the Mathematics-3 course sequence?Mathematics-3 is designed for students who want to learn the mathematics needed to enter
most trades or want to enter the workforce after high school.
Most apprenticeship training programs in Alberta will recommend students successfully complete Mathematics 30-3. However, a small number of apprenticeship training programs may require students to complete the -2 course sequence in order to meet the mathematics entrance level competencies for those trades. Further information regarding apprenticeships can be found at:
http://www.advancededandtech.gov.ab.ca/planning.aspx You should always check the most up-to-date information on post-secondary mathematics entrance requirements, which is available on the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website and directly from the institutions themselves.

What will I learn in Mathematics-3?

You will use SI and imperial measures and apply them in 2-D and 3-D situations. You will extend your knowledge of trigonometry to include Sine and Cosine Laws to solve problems. You will learn and apply spatial, proportional and logical reasoning to solve problems. You will explore financial topics including personal finance and basic small business operations. You will apply basic statistics and probability concepts to solve problems.
 

What do I do if my interests or future plans change?

The Grades 10-12 Mathematics Program was designed to be flexible and to support student needs. If you develop new interests or post-secondary goals, you can transition to the -1 course sequence or -2 course sequence through Mathematics 10C. No matter how your plans change, there is a mathematics course that will meet your needs.