Mathematics at JQUSThe 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 1Grade 7 - IB MYP - Pre-Algebra Year 2Grade 8 - IB MYP - Algebra I Year 3Grade 9 - IB MYP - Algebra II/Geometry Year 4Grade 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
2-year IB Course
2 year IB Course
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
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
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.
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.