Newman's mathematics department seeks to guide the student's transition from elementary and middle school mathematics to the more demanding college level math. The traditional courses of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus are offered as a means to this end. Year after year, the student will continue to gain the mathematical abilities necessary to excel in our increasingly technological society. While general fluency in calculation is one of these abilities, mathematics also fosters a creative and logical mentality that will benefit the student in all aspects of life. This is perhaps most noticeable in geometry, where the concept of proof occupies a central role. Upon successful completion of this program, the Newman graduate will be well equipped for college.
IB Math Studies SL
This course covers a wide variety of topics and is designed for students who have
already taken algebra and geometry. Students who have a serious interest in
mathematics or who plan to major in a scientific field should take either the SL or HLcourse. Topics include an introduction to naïve set theory, logic, functions including topics such as domain, range, one to one, inverse functions, graphing and shifting graphs, the algebra of functions, quadratic equations, full coverage of trigonometry including the law of sines and law of cosines from first principles, probability and statistics, basic coverage of differential calculus, and more.
IB Math HL
This is the most challenging math course offered and should only be taken by
someone with a significant interest in math who will likely go on to study
mathematics, engineering, physics, and so on. Students are expected to be fully
comfortable with Algebra and Geometry before entering. Topics include a rigorous
coverage of functions, including concepts such as domain, range, one to one, onto,
inverse functions, and the algebra of functions, a detailed study of complex numbers,two and three dimensional vectors, lines and planes in space, matrices and linear algebra, determinants, full coverage of trigonometry including the law of sines and law of cosines from first principles, coverage of calculus comparable to an AP course, counting techniques, and probability and statistics.
IB Math SL
This course is an extension of Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry with the
inclusion of a unique set of definitions. This course deals with domain, range, inversefunctions, sequence, Binomial expansion, Matrices, Vectors in 2 and 3 dimensions,Integration and Application of integration ,probability and statistics, basic coverage of differential calculus and more. Class time will be used to review homework questions, introduce “new” concepts, discuss the significance of the concepts, and apply the concepts to solve problems. In addition to learning concepts and solving problems, the students will learn to become comfortable with presenting their problems solving in a methodical manner.