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Mathematics

The STMC Mathematics Department places great emphasis on the development of mathematically powerful students. Our curriculum focuses on numeracy skills and competencies, as well as their practical application in higher education and the workplace. We believe students learn at various rates and have created course offerings to help students at any level achieve excellence in mathematics.

STMC offers both an enriched program for students with strong mathematics skills, and programs for students who require more support. Mathematics students participate in a range of mathematics contests throughout their time at STMC.

Mathematics Courses

Mathematics 8

BC’s redesigned curriculum is centred on the core competencies of communication, thinking, and personal & social skills. Mathematics 8 is designed to help students develop these competencies through daily group work in which students have opportunities to make their thinking visible. Additionally, Mathematics 8 is centred on curricular competencies that are designed to build numeracy and mathematical thinking. The following curricular competencies are the centre of all mathematics courses: reasoning and analyzing, understanding and solving, communicating and representing, and connecting and reflecting. The big ideas of Mathematics 8 include: number sense, computational fluency, linear relations, shape and space, and data analysis.

Mathematics 9

Mathematics 9 builds on the competencies developed in Mathematics 8 in the areas of reasoning and analyzing, understanding and solving, communicating and representing, and connecting and reflecting.  The big ideas of Mathematics 9 include: number, patterns and relations, spatial sense, and statistics and probability. Special attention is paid to operations with rational numbers and exponents. Algebra continues with linear equations and an introduction to polynomials.  Students also study the symmetry and proportional relationships of 2D objects, and further their study of data analysis, collection, and reliability. The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Mathematics 8. At the end of this course, students are prepared for Workplace Mathematics 10 and/or Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus 10.

Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10

Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus 10 is designed to provide students with mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for post secondary studies in both the arts and the sciences.  These skills will be developed through a continued focus on the curricular competencies that are the centre of all mathematics courses including: reasoning and analyzing, understanding and solving, communicating and representing, and connecting and reflecting.  This course focuses on the big ideas of proportional comparisons in trigonometry, operations with algebraic expressions, linear relations, and financial literacy. The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Mathematics 9. At the end of this course students are prepared for Workplace Mathematics 11, Foundations of Mathematics 11, and/or Pre-calculus 11.

Workplace Mathematics 10

This pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into a trades program or for direct entry into the workforce. These skills will be developed through a continued focus on the curricular competencies that are the centre of all mathematics courses including: reasoning and analyzing, understanding and solving, communicating and representing, and connecting and reflecting.  This course focuses on the big ideas of proportional comparisons including trigonometry and unit conversions, operations with formulas as applied to surface area and volume, graphical relations, and financial literacy. The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Mathematics 9. At the end of this course, students are prepared for Workplace Mathematics 11.

Pre-Calculus 11

The Pre-calculus pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into post-secondary programs that require the study of theoretical calculus (e.g. sciences, business, or engineering).  Topics include algebra and number, relations and functions, and trigonometry. The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus 10. This course meets the grade 11 mathematics requirement for graduation. Students may choose to take Foundations of Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12 upon completion of this course.

Foundations of Mathematics 11

The Foundations of Mathematics pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in programs that do not require the study of theoretical calculus, including most arts programs. Topics include financial mathematics, geometry, measurement, logical reasoning, relations and functions, and statistics.  The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus 10. This course meets the grade 11 mathematics requirement for graduation. Students may choose to take Foundations of Mathematics 12 upon completion of this course.

Workplace Mathematics 11

This pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for entry into a trades program or for direct entry into the workforce. Topics include algebra, geometry, measurement, number, and statistics.  The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Workplace Mathematics 10 and/or Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus 10. This course meets the grade 11 mathematics requirement for graduation. Students may choose to take Workplace Mathematics 12 upon completion of this course.

Pre-Calculus 12

The Pre-calculus pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into post-secondary programs that require the study of theoretical calculus (e.g. science, business, or engineering).  Topics include algebra, logarithms and their applications, relations and functions, trigonometry, and combinations. The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Pre-calculus 11.

Foundations of Mathematics 12

The Foundations of Mathematics pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in programs that do not require the study of theoretical calculus, including most arts programs. Topics include financial mathematics, logical reasoning, relations and functions, and probability.  The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Foundations of Mathematics 11 or Pre-calculus 11.

Calculus 12

Calculus 12 is intended for students who plan to take a 1st year Calculus course as part of their post-secondary studies in disciplines such as economics, engineering, mathematics and science. This course will preview most of the major topics taken in first-year Calculus. It is a great advantage for students to be familiar with the nature of the subject prior to heading to a post secondary institution. Topics Include, Limits and Continuity, Derivatives and Differentiation Techniques, Functions and Graphs,  Related Rates, Antiderivatives, Differential Equations, Area and Volume and Integration Methods.

[Pre-Calculus is a co-requisite for Calculus 12.  At STMC, students typically takes these two courses concurrently]

Pre-Calculus 12 and Calculus 12 Combo

The goal of this course is to build and develop deep connections between the concepts in Pre-calculus 12 and Calculus 12.  This course is scheduled as two mathematics blocks with the same students and same teacher. In the first part of the year, the two blocks will be used to accelerate learning of the Pre-calculus 12 content.  Calculus 12 concepts will be introduced as appropriate. Once the majority of the Pre-calculus 12 course is complete, students will focus on the Calculus 12 content in the second part of the year. Students will graduate with credit for both courses.  The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Pre-calculus 11 with very good work habits.

Enriched Mathematics Courses

The Mathematics Department offers Enriched Mathematics 9, Enriched Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus 10 and Enriched Pre-calculus 11.  The enriched pathway is designed for high-achieving mathematics students who are looking to extend and challenge their mathematics development. Students must enjoy mathematics and persevere through difficulty.  Enriched courses follow the same BC Mathematics curriculum, but students will be working through the main course at a faster pace to enable the inclusion of enrichment topics and challenging problems throughout the units. Enriched students write the same tests and exams as other students.  Enriched students will also write several mathematics contests throughout the year. Acceptance to the enriched pathway is by application to the Mathematics Head of Department.