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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?

  • Apprenticeship and 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

ENRICHMENT CLASSES challenge students with the prescribed curriculum. We offer Math 9 Honours and Math 10 Honours.

AN ACCELERATED CLASS takes the strongest students who have knowledge above the grade 7 level and complete Math 8 and Math 9 in one year. Students are selected on the basis of marks on an exam written at the school by the grade 7’s in May. If a mark of 75% is attained in the acceleration class, students progress to Math 10 or Math 10 Honours the following year.

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 - Feb. 18/25, 2014 (Grade 8)
  • GAUSS - May 14, 2014(Grade 8)
  • PASCAL - Feb. 20, 2014(Grade 9)
  • CAYLEY - Feb. 20, 2014(Grade 10)
  • FERMAT - Feb. 20, 2014(Grade 11)
  • AMC - Feb. 5, 2014(Grade 12)
  • AIME (invitational) - April 3, 2014(Grade 12)
  • EUCLID - April. 15, 2014(Grade 12)
  • Canadian Open Math Contest - Nov. 6, 2013
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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