Math

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 real-world 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, Pre-Calculus , 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

 

9th

10th

11th

12th

 

Math 1

Math 2

Math 3

Pre-Calculus   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 : 9th-10th
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Completion of 8th 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: 9th-11th
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: 9th – 11th 

Length: 1 year

Pre-requisites: 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: 11th – 12th 

Length: 1 year

Pre-requisites: 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 2015-16)

#201445        [M] {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 10-12

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.

 

Pre-calculus

#203505   [M] {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11-12

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 Pre-calculus

#203555   [M] {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Algebra II/Trig. with a grade of “B” or better

AND teacher recommendation

Description: Honors Pre-calculus 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: 11-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Pre-calculus 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: 11-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Honors Pre-calculus 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 epsilon-delta 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: 11-12

Length: 1 year Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus

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: 11-12

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: 11-12

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.

 

Cosgrove, Denise (Lead) 4052 L13
Tseng, Mei-Hsiang, Lead 4075 L17
Brady, Jennifer 4033 L14
Castleman, Charlie 4078 L12
Cincotta, Michael 4048 G09
Eidelman, Olga 4044 G08
Hodges, John 4038 L18
King, Kelly 4046 L01
Le, Lam 4093 L15
Lamborn, Unyoung 4041 L20
Leggin, Mary 4072 G06
Liao, Elijah 4072 L05
McIntosh, Thadarine 3911 L02
Nguyen, Alexandra 4082 L07
Nguyen, Annie 4015 L16
Sherbakov, Elena 4005 L10
Tam, Carlen 4067 L21
Wang, Jenn 4031 L04
Tsang, Wai-Lan 4015 L16

Denise Cosgrove, Dep. Co-Lead

Mei-Hsiang Tseng, Dept. Co-Lead

Mei-Hsiang Tseng

Jennifer Brady

Jennifer Brady, Dept. Lead

Michael Cincotta

Olga Eidelman

John Hodges

John Hodges

Kelly King

Lam Le

Unyoung Lamborn

Mary Leggin

Mary Leggin

Elijah Liao

Thaderine McIntosh

Thaderine McIntosh

Alexandra Nguyen

Annie Nguyen

Annie Nguyen, Dept. Lead

Elena Sherbakov

Elena Sherbakov

Carlen Tam

Wai-Lai Tsang

Jenn Wang

Jenn Wang