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Mathematics Department

Point Grey has a strong mathematics program that is valued by our students.  90% of grade 12 students take Math 12 .

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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THREE OPTIONS?

  • Workplace Mathematics - this pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understanding and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force. Topics include algebra, geometry, measurement, number, statistics and probability.
  • Foundations of Mathematics - this pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understanding and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies in programs thatdo not require the study of theoretical calculus. Topics include financial mathematics, geometry, measurement, number, logical reasoning, relations and functions, statistics and probability.
  • Pre-calculus - this pathway is designed to provide students with the mathematical understanding and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into post-secondary programs that require the study of theoretical calculus. Topics include algebra and number, measurement, relations and functions, trigonometry, and permutations, combinations and binomial theorem.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS Grade 12 students may take Advanced Placement Calculus AB, which covers the first term of university math, plus one-third of the second term. If a student writes the AP exam (optional) and receives a mark of 4 or 5 out of 5, the student can receive credit for the first term of university Calculus.    85% of our AP Calculus students who write the exam, attain the necessary mark for advanced credit at university.

MATH CONTESTS

About 300 students write the mathematics competitions each year. We participate in the following contests:

  • CNML - February (Grade 8)
  • GAUSS - May (Grade 8)
  • PASCAL - February (Grade 9)
  • CAYLEY - February (Grade 10)
  • FERMAT - February (Grade 11)
  • AMC - February (Grade 12 - sign up by Winter break)
  • AIME (invitational) - April Grade 12)
  • EUCLID - April (Grade 12)
  • Canadian Open Math Contest - November (Grade 12 - sign up by mid October)
Each year, about 3 of the students who write the AMC contest receive a high enough mark that they are invited to write the Math Olympiad contest. 
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