Mathematics

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Teachers
Teachers Position Email Room
Tina Palmer Math Dept. Head tpalmer@ssvotech.org 117
Andrea Doherty Math adoherty@ssvotech.org 111
Jane Lombardi Math jlombardi@ssvotech.org 122
Michael Mahoney Math/Social Studies mmahoney@ssvotech.org 124
Joe Marani Math jmarani@ssvotech.org 206
Pamela Walsh Math pwalsh@ssvotech.org 116
Liz Golden Math lgolden@ssvotech.org 124
Academic Sequence
9th grde 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Geometry
Geometry (Honors)
Algebra I
Algebra I (Honors)
Algebra II
Algebra II
Algebra II (Honors)
Pre-Calculus
Pre-Calculus (Honors)
Calculus
Advanced Algebra & Trig
Financial Literacy

Math is a critical ingredient in nearly every program at SSVT. A wide range of math subjects is available to stimulate and challenge all of our students. Such courses are designed to support students’ career objectives as well as college ambitions.

Course Descriptions
Course Description
Geometry The concepts of Geometry are introduced in this course. Emphasis is placed on discovering postulates and theorems through exploration. Topics covered include segments and angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, triangle relationships and congruency, polynomials, similarity, areas of plane and solid figures. The course includes much Algebra review and the strand of data and statistics is also reviewed in preparation for MCAS. Right triangle trigonometry is briefly introduced at the end of the course.
Honors Geometry This course covers all the topics in the standard Geometry course but at a faster pace. Students also work through two column proofs in addition to the informal proofs of the other Geometry course. The course includes much Algebra review and the strand of data and statistics is also reviewed in preparation for MCAS. Students are also introduced to right triangle trigonometry.
Algebra I The concepts of Algebra are introduced in this course. Topics covered include operations with integers, solving equations and inequalities, graphing linear equations in two variables, solving and graphing linear inequalities, solving absolute value equations and inequalities, and solving systems of equations. This course also covers the probability and statistics topics as required by the Massachusetts Mathematics Frameworks.
Honors Algebra I This course covers all the topics in Algebra 1 and goes further into the study of quadratics and an introduction to adding and subtracting polynomial functions. This course also covers topics in probability and statistics.
Algebra II Students will do a brief review of linear equations and inequalities as well as the topics of systems of linear equations and inequalities. They will be introduced to quadratic, radical, and polynomial functions, and right triangle trigonometry. Students will also be introduced to transformation of functions and work on probability and statistic strands as required by the Massachusetts Mathematics Frameworks.
Honors Algebra II Students cover the same topics as in the standard Algebra 2 course, but at a faster pace. They also study, in greater depth, polynomial and rational functions. At the end of the year, they are introduced to exponential functions.
Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry This course completes the study of Algebra for our standard level students. Here they study rational, polynomial, radical functions. They are also introduced to exponential functions and logarithm as well as more with matrices. Circular trig is introduced.
Honors Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry This course is for Juniors who took Hon. Alg. 2 as freshmen. It has a heavy review of Algebra 2 topics. After this review, they study conic sections, vectors, more on matrices, combinatorics, and probability.
Financial Literacy Students participating in this course will become proficient in using the Excel spreadsheet for numerous topics: event planning, budgeting, inventory, payroll, etc. They will also learn about taxes (filing by hand and on line), personal, school, town, and state budgets, and basic accounting. Projects include “purchasing” a car and keeping and balancing a checkbook for several “months”.
Pre-Calculus This course begins with a review of exponential functions and their inverse: logarithms. Students will spend a great deal of time in this course graphing functions, understanding that the algebra and the graphing are related. They will study circular trigonometry, go further into graphing local minimums and maximums of all polynomial functions, solve and graph rational functions, and be able to identify and explain all transformations of the functions they study. At the end of the year, students are introduced to Calculus.
Calculus Topics include properties of functions, graphs, limits, differentiation, integration (including L’Hopital’s Rule), and applications. Use of the graphing calculator is emphasized throughout the instruction.