# Math Department

BASE's courses & electives in math help students explore the relevancy of math in the every day world and how it is important for both college and careers after high school. The department's instruction focuses not only on general mathematics, but also applied mathematics (using mathematical models to solve practical problems that may not seem mathematical at first).

2024-2025 Teachers: Jacqueline Taylor, Jose Reynoso, Karina Espino, Ken Murray, Meredith Ewen, &

Mustafa Bengali

## Algebra I

New York State's Algebra 1 course introduces students to variables, algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions. Students learn to use these concepts to solve real-world problems, use graphing calculators, and communicate mathematical ideas. The course also helps students develop skills such as reasoning abstractly, constructing arguments, and looking for structure.

## Geometry

Geometry covers a range of topics, including 3-dimensional figures, circles, and coordinate geometry. This course builds on students' middle school geometric experiences by exploring more complex situations and deepening their explanations of geometric relationships. Students learn about coordinate geometry and proofs within the plane, as well as 3-dimensional figures and circles. It bridges the study of shapes, their spatial relationships between one another, and the properties of how they all exist in our everyday world.

## Algebra II

While this is a course that students usually take in order to achieve an Advance Regents Diploma and for those who seek to succeed in college majors with a strong mathematical foundation, it is also a course that continues the story of the mathematical pathway & development of a BASE student after they have take course work in Algebra I and Geometry. It is meant to expand the learner's under five conceptual categories: Number and quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability

## Statistics

Statistics topics in 12th grade you can expect to encounter include: algebra, calculus, number theory, probability theory, game theory, data collection and sampling methods, and statistical modeling. There are many career areas that require an understanding of statistics and the Math Department understands that this will strengthen the skills of a BASE student who attends a CTE school with a software development pathway.

## Elective: Financial Literacy

Students learn how to apply organizational and decision-making skills to financial decisions and consumer choices. They also learn about current consumer rights issues, how technology is used in money management, and the impact of national and global economics on personal financial plans. Students also explore career options related to financial management and the skills and education needed to succeed in those fields.

## Elective: Precalculus

Precalculus is a course at BASE that aims to build on concepts from previous math courses, such as Algebra I and Algebra II, and prepares students for Calculus. Students analyze mathematical relations, solve and also critique the proper depictions of functions, form graphs, define trigonometric ratios and learn how to use vectors and matrices. In addition to content mastery, the course aims to develop students' problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

## Elective: AP Statistics

The College Board AP Statistics course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes evident in the content, skills, and assessment in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, probability and simulation, and statistical inference. BASE students will use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.