The mathematics department strives to provide a program of studies designed to meet the diverse needs of the E.O. Smith student body. The department offers a variety of courses designed to provide all students with the opportunity to pursue four years of study in mathematics. Classroom instruction focuses on helping students at all levels achieve the prerequisite skills necessary to realize their future academic and vocational goals. Department staff are critically aware of the importance of mathematics in a rapidly changing and technologically oriented world.
The Mathematics Department understands that our students are multifaceted and approach the study of mathematics from a broad spectrum of attitudes, backgrounds, experience and needs. We believe that a sound mathematics curriculum will enable every 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 disciplines, and acquire an appreciation for the beauty and intrinsic order of mathematics. We believe that each student can be successful in learning to value mathematics, become confident in his or her own ability, become a mathematical problem solver, communicate mathematically, and reason mathematically. By offering a broad range and consistent continuum of courses, we believe that students are afforded better opportunities to experience success in learning mathematics.
By the end of grade 12 at Edwin O. Smith High School, students will:
- Express numerical, algebraic, geometric, and statistical ideas verbally and in written form.
- Use inductive and deductive reasoning to create, support, and assess conjectures and arguments, to justify assertions and verify initial hypotheses and to solve mathematical problems.
- Employ mathematical skills and concepts to make predictions and validate decisions, to discover patterns and trends, to make inquiries based on situations, and to formulate and solve problems.
- Recognize connections within mathematics to discover interrelationships and equivalent representations, to build mathematical models, and to investigate and appreciate mathematical structure.
- Utilize mathematical skills and concepts to analyze data and measurements from other subject areas.
- Choose and utilize appropriate strategies and tools for solving computational, algebraic and geometric problems.
- Apply mathematical skills and concepts with proficiency and confidence.
- Recognize the power and usefulness of mathematics as a discipline and as an instrument for solving problems.
Adapted from Connecticut’s Common Core of Learning
|Deborah Veronneau, Department Chairperson||Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.|