Professional Math

Professional math will introduce the applications of mathematics in areas such as cryptography, history, music, weather, architecture, baseball and crime scene analysis. Students in this course are not expected to have especially strong math skills or scientific backgrounds; most calculations will be elementary although advanced material is taught as needed. Students will be exposed to number theory, trigonometry and calculus, group theory, geometry, probability, and mathematical modeling. Concepts will be applied immediately to the problems that motivated them.

Credits: 1.0 (0.5 per semester)
Estimated Completion Time: 2 semester/18-36 weeks
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Overall Satisfaction

* Scores are based on 90 student ratings out of 5.

“Math isn’t always an easy subject but I feel like this class really made it easy to understand.”
“The assignments weren’t just boring worksheets, I also enjoy using math XL.”Student Survey Responses

The student will learn:

  1. Semester 1

    • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. (MP.1)
    • Model with mathematics. (MP.4)
    • Attend to precision. (MP.6)
    • Use appropriate tools strategically. (MP.5)
    • Look for and make use of structure. (MP.7)
    • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. (MP.8)
    • Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (MP.2)
    • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. (MP.3)
    • Look for and make use of structure. (MP.7)

    Semester 2

    • Know precise definitions of angle, circle, perpendicular line, parallel line, and line segment, based on the undefined notions of point, line, distance along a line, and distance around a circular arc. (G.CO.A.1)
    • Use geometric shapes, their measures, and their properties to describe objects (e.g., modeling a tree trunk or a human torso as a cylinder).* (G.MG.A.1)
    • Give an informal argument using Cavalieri’s principle for the formulas for the volume of a sphere and other solid figures. (G.MD.A.2)
    • Use volume formulas for cylinders, pyramids, cones, and spheres to solve problems (G.MD.A.3)
    • Compute unit rates associated with ratios of fractions, including ratios of lengths, areas and other quantities measured in like or different units. For example, if a person walks 1/2 mile in each 1/4 hour, compute the unit rate as the complex fraction 1/2/1/4 miles per hour, equivalently 2 miles per hour. (7.RP.A.1)

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