Mathematics Department

The Roosevelt Mathematics Department recognizes the diverse needs of our student body. We believe it is essential for all of our students to further develop their strengths in strategic questioning, collaborative discussion, and mathematical analysis to promote academic growth, socio-emotional learning, and college and career preparedness. Our curriculum and teaching methods seek to engage and prepare our students to be successful, lifelong learners who can construct and justify their own understanding of mathematics and use their knowledge to make sense of the world. Core CoursesThe RHS Math Department is proud to offer courses that are aligned to the Common Core Standards and thus help develop both mathematical thinking and critical literacy skills. EL and Bilingual courses follow the same curriculum as mainstream courses but offer content-specific language support, while Honors-level courses offer a more rigorous examination and application of mathematical principles. Algebra I- (Regular, EL, Bilingual, Honors)1.0 credit In Algebra I, students focus on linear functions and equations, which provide the mathematical tools necessary for consolidating and representing learned material from previous math courses. Algebra 1 also offers a cursory exploration of exponential and quadratic functions. Finally, throughout the course, students learn to apply basic algebraic tools to represent and analyze contextual mathematical problems. Geometry (Regular, EL, Bilingual, Honors)1.0 credit; Prerequisite: Algebra I Geometry is a mathematical study of shapes and sizes beginning with points, lines and planes and progressing to properties of polygons and circles. This course utilizes interactive whole-class discussion, independent work, and small-group collaboration to master critical thinking and problem-solving skills as related to the study of geometry. Real-world applications will be used in a variety of ways to illustrate geometrical concepts and emphasize the use of geometry in everyday life. Reading, writing and collaborative learning strategies will be emphasized. Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry (Regular, ESL, Bilingual, Honors)1.0 credit; Prerequisites: Algebra I and Geometry This course is a continuation of topics learned in Algebra I with an increased focus on graphing and applications of formulas. Topics include linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, and a range of functions including quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric. The course is taught using Common Core standards, which emphasize reading, writing, problem solving and collaborative strategies to help students further develop their mathematical thinking. This course also provides essential tools to prepare students for success on the SAT. Transitional Math QL (Quantitative Literacy & Statistics Pathways)1.0 credit; Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry This course mirrors the curriculum offered in the Math 090 course at the Chicago Community Colleges system, and is designed to prepare and transition students directly into college and career pathways requiring general education college level math competencies in quantitative literacy and statistics. Students will engage in rich mathematical problems that require the use of numeracy skills, applications based algebraic topics, and functions and modeling. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate proficiency and understanding in basic numeracy competencies in whole numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals; apply quantitative reasoning to solve problems involving quantities or rates; use mathematical summaries of data such as mean, median, and mode; use and apply algebraic reasoning as one of multiple problem-solving tools; and use functions and modeling processes to solve authentic mathematical problems. Transitional Math STEM (College Algebra / Pre-Calculus)1.0 credit; Prerequisite: Grade of A, B or C in Advanced Algebra-Trigonometry, sufficient score on the math section of the SAT, instructor approval. This course mirrors the curriculum offered in the Math 098/099 courses at the Chicago Community Colleges system, and is designed for students to transition directly into credit bearing college-level algebra courses. Students will engage in deepening conceptual discussion of the primary functions (linear, polynomial, rational, radical, and exponential), as well as modeling of authentic and contextualized applications. Upon successful completion of the course, all students will demonstrate and justify conceptual understanding of functions combined with advanced algebraic knowledge to solve complex, contextualized, multi-step problems in authentic settings. Dual Credit Pre-Calculus (MATH 143)1.0 credit; Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry, college readiness score of 530+on SAT Math, instructor approval. This course is designed for students preparing to enter university-level mathematics and serves as a dual credit course (Math 143) in the Chicago Community Colleges system. Pre-calculus emphasizes the notion of a function as a unifying concept for the topics of college algebra and an extension of the topics of trigonometry. The following families of functions and their characteristics are examined within this course: polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of this course. Applications involving problem-solving skills will be emphasized throughout this course. |