• Mathematics at JQUS    

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    The math courses at Josiah Quincy Upper School follow a scope and sequence created by a committee of JQUS math teachers and staff in accordance with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The courses also align with the International Baccalaureate for both the Middle Year Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP).  
    Teaching and learning will include technology in the classroom, group and pair activities, exploratory learning, problem-solving, projects, and reflection upon personal errors to improve mathematical fluency. Connections between algebra and the other four branches of the mathematics framework (numbers, geometry and trigonometry, probability and statistics, and discrete mathematics) are made where appropriate.

    MYP Courses offered (Grades 6-10)

    Grade 6 - IB MYP - Math Year 1 
    Grade 7 - IB MYP - Pre-Algebra Year 2
    Grade 8 - IB MYP - Algebra I Year 3
    Grade 9 - IB MYP - Algebra II/Geometry Year 4 
    Grade 10 - IB MYP - Algebra II/Geometry Year 5 

    DP Courses offered (Grades 11-12) 

    In the 11th and 12th grade, students have the option to take Math Studies SL or Math SL, both which are 2-year courses at the Standard Level. 

    Should I take Math Studies SL or Math SL? 

    Math Studies SL

    Mathematics SL

    2-year IB Course

    2 year IB Course

    Standard Level

    Standard Level

    Course Topics

    Topic 1: Number and algebra, 20 hours

    Topic 2: Descriptive Statistics, 12 hours

    Topic 3: Logic, sets, and probability, 20 hours

    Topic 4: Statistical applications, 17 hours

    Topic 5: Geometry and trig, 18 hours

    Topic 6: Mathematical models, 20 hours

    Topic 7: Intro to differential calculus, 18 hrs

    Course Topics

    Topic 1: Algebra, 9 hours

    Topic 2: Functions and Equations, 24 hours

    Topic 3: Circular Functions and Trig, 16 hours

    Topic 4: Vectors, 16 hours

    Topic 5: Statistics and Probability, 35 hours

    Topic 6: Calculus, 40 hours

    Internal Assessment

    Project, 25 hours

    The project is an individual piece of work involving the collection of information or generation of measurements, and the analysis and evaluation of the information or measurements.

    Internal Assessment

    Mathematical Exploration, 10 hours

    Internal assessment in mathematics SL is an individual exploration. This is a piece of written work that involves investigating an area of mathematics.

    Totals 150 hours

    Totals 150 hours

    This course is designed for students with varied mathematical backgrounds and abilities.

    This course is designed for students who possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, and who are equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly.

    Covers a wide variety of math topics, with a strong focus on Statistics.

    Covers a variety of math topics, with a strong focus on Calculus.

    Students taking this course will be well prepared for careers in social sciences, humanities, languages and arts.

    Students preparing for future studies in subjects such as engineering, chemistry, economics, psychology, medicine, and business administration should take this course.