Mathematics

Math faculty in various costumesStudents working in math hallway

"Mathematics is a science, a language, an art, a way of thinking. Appearing in nature, art, music, architecture, history, science, literature – its influence is present in every facet of the universe."

- The Joy of Mathematics by Theoni Pappas

Why is this program important?

E.O. Smith’s Mathematics curriculum enables a student to apply critical thinking skills in solving problems of everyday life, compete in the high-performance workplace, develop connections among topics both within mathematics and between many other branches of learning, and acquire an appreciation for the beauty and intrinsic order of mathematics. Students can be successful in learning to value mathematics, become confident in their own abilities, become a problem solver, communicate and reason mathematically.

In this complex and changing world, students need to understand that mathematics provides opportunities and options for shaping their future. E.O. Smith understands that our students are multifaceted and approach the study of mathematics from a broad spectrum of attitudes, backgrounds, experience and needs.

Mathematical competence opens doors for students to be productive and successful. As Mike Lefkowitz, MIND Research Institute, states, “Studying mathematics not only will develop more engineers and scientists, but also produce more citizens who can learn and think creatively and critically, no matter their career fields. The workforce of tomorrow, in all fields, will demand it.”

Program Goals

Students who have taken math courses will:
  • Utilize appropriate strategies and tools for solving computational, algebraic and geometric problems verbally and in written form.
  • Use mathematical skills and concepts to make predictions and validate decisions in order to solve problems.
  • Recognize connections within mathematics to discover
  • Utilize mathematical skills and concepts to analyze data and measurements from other subject areas.
  • Apply mathematical skills and concepts with proficiency and confidence.

    Summer Math Packets

    MATH PACKETS

    Curriculum/Classes:

    Our mathematics courses offer a broad range of disciplines that allow students Grades 9 to 12 to experience success in this field.

    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Pre-Calculus
    • Calculus (Eastern CT State University Credit Course)
    • Advanced Calculus (UCONN Credit Course)
    • Introduction to Computer Science
    • AP Computer Science
    • AP Statistics (UCONN Credit Course)
    • Multivariable Calculus (UCONN Credit Course)
    • Differential Equations on (UCONN Credit Course)
    • Trigonometry with Discrete Math (UCONN Credit Course)
    • Statistics (Manchester Community College Credit Course)
    • College Algebra & Discrete (Eastern CT State University Credit Course)
    • Financial Algebra

    Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities

    • Math Team
    • Mu Alpha Theta
    • American Statistical Association Poster Contest
    • American Mathematics Competition 10 and 12
    • Pi Day Competition
    • Robotics

    Career Opportunities

    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Business
    • Computer Industry
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Financial & Insurance Institutions
    • Government
    • Health Care
    • Science
    • Social Studies and the Humanities
    • Sports
    • Trades

    "In my profession, as a civil engineer, I use math on a daily basis. The E.O. Smith math department provided a challenging and stimulating experience that pushed me to ask questions and put in the work to succeed. I had always loved math, but beginning the calculus oriented classes was a tough transition for me. With the help of one-on-one tutoring from my math teacher, I was able to easily make the transition and better understand the concepts I was struggling with. My teachers noted the areas I needed improvement in and put in the extra effort to ensure that I fully learned the material. That support and guidance helped me to continue to advance with my level of math, and ultimately led me to the career path that I have followed. I was able to take challenging college courses through the high school program and apply these credits towards my college education. Thus I was able to graduate with a Bachelors of Science in engineering in only three years. I am forever grateful for the opportunities I was offered at E.O. Smith, and I am so thankful for the wonderful teachers who put in the effort to help me succeed. Thank you!"

    Linde Thatcher, 2014 Tetra Tech Transportation Civil Engineer

    "E.O. Smith math teachers helped me achieve a strong understanding of algebra, trigonometry and calculus that has been critical in studying mechanical engineering at the college level.

    — Martin K., Class of 2015

    "I just wanted to say thank you! I'm taking stats and probability in civil engineering class right now at UConn and I already know lots of what we're learning. Your class was a big help! Thank you again."

    — Ben Hipsky, Class of 2015

    Contact:

    Deborah Veronneau, Director
    Monday-Friday, 7:00 am-2:30 pm
    860.487.0877 ext. 4430
    dveronneau@eosmith.org

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