Hello! We are the Math Department! We are Ms. Katie & Mr. Mat! We love crunching numbers and learning with students!

**Courses**

**Advanced Math:**

This class expects students to have a good understanding of Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry topics. Advanced Algebra, and mathematics in general, is the type of course where previous knowledge is necessary in order to understand current topics, because of this regular attendance is extremely important to keep up with class

**Algebra 1:**

Welcome to the wonderful world of Algebra!!!! The state of Minnesota requires you to pass Algebra 2 and that is not possible without passing Algebra 1! Believe it or not, Algebra 1 is one of the most important courses you will study in high school. Algebra skills are required for success in future math, science, computer, economics, or business courses you will take. Algebra problems are a large portion of the tests (SAT, ACT, MCAs), which are required before being admitted into a college. So, even if you aren’t interested in a career in math or science, you still need to know your algebra. Also, while it is true that you “have to” learn algebra, it is important to remember that it is not just Algebra that you are learning; you are learning critical thinking and logic skills. We will learn a lot this year. I have high standards for you and I want you to have high standards for yourselves.

**Algebra 2:**

This class expects students to have a good understanding of Algebra 1 topics and some geometry skills also. Algebra 2, and mathematics in general, is the type of course where previous knowledge is necessary in order to understand current topics, because of this regular attendance is extremely important to keep up with class

**Geometry:**

Welcome to the shapely sphere of Geometry!!!! The state of Minnesota requires you to pass Algebra 2 and that will be difficult without the skills that you gain in Geometry. You use a large amount of Geometry in your daily life and you are possibly unaware that you are even using it! Geometry problems are a large portion of the tests (SAT, ACT, MCAs), which are required before being admitted into a college. So, even if you aren’t interested in a career in math or science, you still need to know and understand Geometric concepts. Also, while it is true that you “have to” learn Geometry, it is important to remember that it is not just Geometry that you are learning; you are learning critical thinking and logic skills. We will learn a lot this year. I have high standards for you and I want you to have high standards for yourselves.

**Math Recovery **(Friday Class)**:**

Are you short 0.25 math credits in Algebra or Geometry? Did you miss a quarter? Suddenly a bit short just before graduation? Come on Friday from 1-3 to recover that credit!

**Robotics **(Friday Class)**: **

The robotics curriculum is divided up into 12 primary Units and 1 optional Unit. Students will start off learning about engineering and engineering problem solving. They will be given introductions to VEX EDR and Autodesk® Inventor®. In Unit 5 students will be presented with an engineering challenge; they will need to build a robot to play a sport-like game. After this, the rest of the curriculum walks students through the design of their robot while presenting them with relevant STEM and Robotics principles. At the end of the course, students compete head-to-head with their robots.