Department Mission Statement
We live in a world where engineering makes possible the conviences of life. Comprehensive knowledge in mathmatics is extremely important to ensure that we are able to maintain the infrastructure on which we have become dependent, and to develop the infrastructure of tomorrow. Our primary goal is to share our love for mathmatics with our students. When students see our excitement for mathmatics they will appreciate the opportunity they have to learn. We strive to create critical thinkers who are able to take the lessons we teach in the classroom and apply them to our daily lives to solve realworld problems. We understand that there is enough formality in mathmatics to allow for freedom of thought and opportunity to try new apporaches, and understand that we need to allow students the opportunity to make mistakes. Our department promotes metacognitive skills that will create more complex thinkers who are capable of success in mathmatics beyond high school.
Grading Scale
Grading Scale
100  90=A
89  80=B
79  70=C
69  60=D
59  0 =F
Math 1, Math 2 & 2A, Math 3 & 3A, PreCalculus , AP Calculus AB & BC, AP Statistics


Area of Evaluation

Descriptions of Area

Percentage of Final Course Mark

Assignments/Homework

Purpose
· Practice for mastery
Frequency
· 4 to 5 days per week
Feedback
· Solutions reviewed and discussed
Learning domains emphasized
· Knowledge, understanding, application, analysis

20 – 30%

Unit Tests/Quizzes/Final

Purpose
· Assessment of mastery
Frequency
· Quiz or test at least every 2 weeks
· Final: one per semester, not to exceed 15%
Feedback
· Solutions reviewed and discussed
Learning domains emphasized
· Understanding, application, analysis, synthesis

70 – 80%

Courses
Mathematics
It is very difficult to outline a precise math sequence for every student since the math sequence will depend upon the large number of available math courses and the following three influential variables: student career plans, student math ability, and teacher recommendation. Students are urged to seek help from members of the math staff before attempting to select next year's courses. The Milpitas High School Mathematics department strongly recommends that students with a grade of "D" in a particular course repeat that course before progressing with the math continuum of courses. Courses repeated to improve a "D" grade do not earn additional required math units. Students or parents desiring further guidance should contact their present teacher, counselor, or call the Mathematics Department Chairperson.
The table below will represent what will happen in the future
9^{th} 
10^{th} 
11^{th} 
12th

Math 1 
Math 2 
Math 3 
PreCalculus OR AP Calc AB OR AP Statistics 
Math 2 
Math 3 
AP Calculus AB 
AP Statistics OR AP Calc BC 
Math 2A 
Math 3A 
AP Calculus BC 
AP Statistics

Math 1
#200145
Grade Level : 9^{th}10^{th}
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Completion of 8^{th} grade Math; teacher recommendation or counselor placement
Description: Math 1 is the first course in the Integrated Common Core Pathway at Milpitas High School. Math 1 is to formalize and extend fundamental math concepts in middle school math. Topics will include number & quantity, algebra, geometry, sequences, and statistics. The eight Mathematical Practice Standards will be implemented in the course as well. It is intended for students to be active learners and use critical thinking to solve problems and formulate certain properties and formulas on their own.
Math 2
#200245
Grade Level: 9^{th}11^{th}
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Completion of Math 1 with a grade of “C” or better; teacher recommendation or counselor placement
Description: Math 2 is the second year course in the Integrated Common Core Pathway at Milpitas High School. Math 2 builds on understanding of functions from Math 1 by extending characteristic and behavior of linear & exponential relations to quadratic functions. Topics will include exponents, quadratics, probability, complex numbers, and geometry regarding triangles properties, circles, and proofs. The eight Mathematical Practice Standards will be implemented in the course as well. It is intended for students to be active learners and use critical thinking to solve problems and formulate certain properties and formulas on their own.
Math 2 Advanced
#200
Grade Level: 9^{th} – 11^{th}
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Completion of Math 1 with a grade of “A” with strong math skills & study habits AND teacher recommendation.
Description: Math 2 Advanced is the second year course in the Integrated Common Core Pathway at Milpitas High School with additional Common Core Honors Standards than Math 2. It will align with Math 2 to build on understanding of functions from Math 1 by extending characteristic and behavior of linear & exponential relations to quadratic functions. Topics will include exponents, quadratics, probability, complex numbers, and geometry regarding triangles properties, circles, and proofs. In addition, the eight Mathematical Practice Standards will be implemented in the course as well. It is intended for students to be active learners and use critical thinking to solve problems and formulate certain properties and formulas on their own.
Math 3
#200
Grade Level: 11^{th} – 12^{th}
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Completion of Math 2 with a grade of “C” or better in Math 2; teacher recommendation.
Description: Math 3 is the third year course in the Integrated Common Core Pathway at Milpitas High
School. It will align with Math 2 to build on understanding of functions from Math 1 by extending characteristic and behavior of linear & exponential relations to quadratic functions. Topics will include polynomial and rational functions, sequences and series, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry and analyzing trigonometric functions, probability & statistics, complex numbers, optimization and geometric modeling. In addition, the eight Mathematical Practice Standards will be implemented in the course as well. It is intended for students to be active learners and use critical thinking to solve problems and formulate certain properties and formulas on their own.
Algebra II/Trigonometry (phased out after 201516)
#201445 [M] {UC} (CSU)
Grade level: 1012
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Grades of a “B” or better in Geometry A or an “A” or better in Geometry I and Teacher recommendation Description: All of the concepts covered in Algebra I, Geometry I (or Geometry A) and Algebra II will be expanded upon and presented with a strong emphasis on the underlying structure mathematics. In addition students will study concepts of quadratic functions, logarithmic functions, circular functions, and trigonometry. This course moves at a rapid pace and covers two chapters on the use of rigorous mathematical proof.
Precalculus
#203505 [M] {UC} (CSU)
Grade level: 1112
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Algebra II with a grade of "C" or better. Description: This course is designed to be taken after Algebra II. Topics will include trigonometric functions treated as circular functions, trigonometric identities and equations, inverse functions, properties of vectors, complex numbers and analytic geometry. Analytic geometry topics will include lines and vectors in the plane and in space, conic sections, transformation of coordinates, surfaces in space, matrixes and determinants.
Honors Precalculus
#203555 [M] {UC} (CSU)
Grade level: 1112
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Algebra II/Trig. with a grade of “B” or better
AND teacher recommendation
Description: Honors Precalculus consists of a sound introduction to Calculus. Most of the basic ideas of advanced mathematics and calculus are considered. Mathematical induction sequences, limits, vectors, polynomials, functions and other fundamental mathematical concepts are explored in considerable depth. All the topics prerequisite for a course in complex numbers are treated in much detail. A concentrated effort is made to show the unity and structure of the real number system. The problems in the course are designed to encourage independent and creative thinking in mathematics.
Advanced Placement Calculus AB
#204065 $ for Test [M] {UC} (CSU)
Grade level: 1112
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Precalculus with a grade of “C” or better and a teacher recommendation.
Description: AP Calculus AB is a RIGOROUS COLLEGE LEVEL COURSE that will prepare students to take the AP Calculus AB exam in May. The course consists of an introduction, review of inequalities, absolute value, and analytic geometry as well as a thorough study of the following topics: limits of algebraic functions and continuity of algebraic functions, the derivative and differentiation of algebraic functions, applications of the derivative, the definite integral, applications of the definite integral, logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, techniques of integration and approximate integration.
Advanced Placement Calculus BC
#204265 $ for Test [M] {UC} (CSU)
Grade level: 1112
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Honors Precalculus and a teacher recommendation.
Description: AB Calculus BC is a RIGOROUS COLLEGE LEVEL COURSE, which will prepare students to take the AP Calculus BC exam in May. This course consists of a review of limits using the epsilondelta approach that will lead to the derivative and its applications. Integration and its applications, techniques of integration, indeterminate forms, polar curves, vector calculus, series, parametric equations, and elementary differential equations are among the major topics covered in this course.
AP Statistics
#204565 $ for Test [M] {UC} (CSU)
Grade level: 1112
Length: 1 year Prerequisites: PreCalculus
Description: Advanced Placement Statistics is a college level course, which upon conclusion students participate in the AP Exam to earn college credit. It is an activity based course in which students actively construct their own understanding of the concepts and techniques of statistics. Topics include Exploring and Analyzing Data, Planning, Designing, and Conducting a Study, Anticipating Patterns, Statistical Inference with Applications, Mean and Variance, Normal distribution and Regression, and Testing of Significance for Means and Proportions.
CAHSEE Math
#205345
Grade level: 1112
Length: 1 year Prerequisites: None
Description: This Course is strictly for 11th and 12th grade
students that have not passed the math section of the California High School Exit Exam. Students review skills found on the CAHSEE, take regular practice exams and attend CAHSEE lab session to build Math proficiency.
Consumer Math
#205645 [M]
Grade level: 1112
Length: 1 year (may be taken one or both semesters) Prerequisite: Algebra I with final grade of ”C” or better Description: This course is designed to offer the student a practical approach to basic math concepts by using common consumer problems. It satisfies one year of the mathematics graduation requirement. This course is structured so the student will strengthen the basic math skills necessary in everyday consumerism. Topics covered may include:
computing salary and deductions, making change, estimating monthly bills for groceries, entertainment, utility, transportation, medical expenses and insurance. This course will be useful to any student and especially to those who prefer to learn math by using practical everyday life situations.