**The Mathematics Department of Cabrini
High School strives to provide its students with the knowledge
necessary to ensure success in future mathematical endeavors. The
math faculty is committed to meeting the individual needs of all
students. Two major priorities of the department are to develop
an excitement for the wonder and structure of math and to build
confidence in the students' abilities for problem solving.**

**All students are required to take four
(4) years of mathematics. Eighth graders who take Algebra I,
freshmen who take Geometry, and a select group of sophomores who
take Geometry and Algebra II concurrently are able to take
advanced Math as juniors and Calculus as seniors. The majority of
students begin with Algebra I then continue with Geometry,
Algebra II, and Advanced Math. However, students who are not
prepared to take Algebra I may begin with Introductory Algebra,
then continue with Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.**

**Cabrini offers students the ability to
have their individual math needs met through Math labs held
during the school day and after school sessions with math
teachers. Students who excel in their mathematical skills are
placed in honors courses. All math classes are kept small so that
teachers may frequently have one-on-one contact with their
students. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum with
the use of computers, graphing calculators, and calculator-based
labs.**

**Kay Johnston****- Chairperson**

M.S.T. Loyola University

B.S. Southeastern University

Member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Member of the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics Member of the Greater New Orleans Association of Teachers of Mathematics

Member Kappa Delta Pi, National Honorary Education Society

Member Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honorary Society

Member Who's Who Among American Teachers

Tandy Technology Outstanding Teacher Award, 1998

**Randall Carpenter**

B. S. Tulane University

Member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Member of the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics

Member of the Greater New Orleans Association of Teachers of Mathematics

**Katherine Dupre**

B. S. University of New Orleans

Member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Member of the Louisiana Association of Teacher of Mathematics

Member of the Greater New Orleans Association Teachers of Mathematics

B.S. University of New Orleans

Member National Council Teachers of Mathematics

Member of the Louisiana Association of Teacher of Mathematics

Member of the Greater New Orleans Association Teachers of Mathematics

Member Delta Kappa Gamma, National Education Society

Member Who's Who among American Teachers of Mathematics

M.Ed. Conseling and Guidance L.S.U.

B.S. Math Education L.S.U.

L.A.S.I.P. participant earning 10 graduate hours in Mathematics at the University of New Orleans

Recipient of Distinguished Teaching Award in conjunction with Duke University Talent Indentification Program

Recipient of Math Counts Coach of the Year Award

Member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Member of the Greater New Orleans Association of Teachers of Mathematics

Member Kappa Delta Pi, National Honorary Education Society

Member of Phi Kappa Phi National Collegiate Honorary

*Courses
noted with an asterisk (*) are offered at the Honors level.*

***Algebra
I**

**This
is a course designed to teach the basic problem-solving skills of
mathematics. The student is introduced to the structure of the
real number system and its properties. Topics include operations
on signed numbers, factoring, solving first degree equations and
inequalities. An emphasis is placed on solving word problems and
logical organization.**

***Geometry**

**Geometry
is the study of size, shape and other properties of the objects
around us. It is a mathematical system in which a few basic
statements are agreed upon and then used to discover results by
logical reasoning. Emphasis is placed on developing logical
thinking skills. Topics covered include congruent triangles,
parallel and perpendicular lines, polygons, and 3-dimensional
figures.**

***Algebra
II**

**Algebra
II continues the study of the real number system and algebraic
operations on the real numbers begun in Algebra I. Particular
emphasis is placed on expanding the concept of exponents, solving
higher degree equations, matrices, and understandin g a wide
variety of word problems. Geometry is integrated into the course
whenever possible. Finally, the student is introduced to complex
numbers, conic sections and logarithms.**

***Advanced
Math**

**The
aim of a more advanced course in mathematics is to go beyond mere
computational skills and to develop some understanding of
fundamental mathematical concepts. Advanced Math, designed for
the college-bound student, is a continuation and extension of
Algebra II. It begins with a few advanced algebraic topics such
as sequences, series, and probability. It then continues with a
study of the six trigonometric functions as applied to acute
angles, angles of any measure and real numbers. Topics such as
graphs of trigonometric functions, solutions of trigonometric
equations, identities and inverse functions are also studied.**

***Calculus**

**Calculus
is the mathematics of change and motion. The course involves
integration and application of concepts learned in Algebra,
Geometry, and Trigonometry. Calculus provides the methods for
solving two large classes of problems: the first involves finding
the rate at which a variable quantity is changing, and the second
involves finding the distance a moving body has traveled. Topics
include limits of continuous functions, derivatives of functions,
and integration of functions.**

**Probability
& Statistics**

**In
this one-half (1/2) credit elective course, students will develop
an appreciation for the role of probability and statistics in
real world applications. Students will explore probability with a
variety of hands-on activities using dice, coins, cards, and
spinners. Statistics will be investigated with data students
collect themselves (from surveys) and with data from newspapers
and magazines. Knowledge gained from this course can improve
students' understanding and grades in math classes here in high
school, improve ACT/SAT scores, and give a foundation for later
statistics courses in college in fields of business, economics,
other social ciences, politics, scientific research, health,
medicine, and education.**

**Date updated:
10/1/01**