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Mathematics

Math at Mercy is taught with an interactive “Learn By Doing” approach, providing students with the support they need to think critically and comprehend mathematical concepts. Technology, including the Internet, iPads, and graphing calculators supplement the learning process. A variety of math courses are offered, each designed to fit the academic needs and challenges of our students. The learning environment supports academic risk-taking, and when needed, additional assistance is available from teachers, peer tutors, and the Resource Center. For those students who excel at math, Mercy students are eligible to become a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the international math honor society.

Classes Offered

Algebra I

Algebra I explores the basics of algebraic problem-solving and critical thinking.

Algebra II and Algebra II Honors

Algebra II and Algebra II Honors extend the concepts of Algebra 1 and introduce advanced concepts such as conic sections and trigonometric functions, which require students to analyze, evaluate and think at higher levels for them to successfully solve these types of problems.

Geometry and Geometry Honors

Geometry and Geometry Honors focus on the study of points, line, angles, triangles and polygons, as well as the concept of the mathematical proof.

Math Analysis

Math Analysis offers upper division students with the opportunity to explore trigonometry in more detail, reinforce key math concepts covered on college board exams, and apply mathematical theory to real-world business scenarios, such financial management, investments, and budgets.

Pre-Calculus and Pre-Calculus Honors

Pre-Calculus and Pre-Calculus Honors explores advanced mathematical concepts and provides students with the tools they need to succeed in calculus and other advanced math classes. It includes additional study of trigonometry, higher-degree polynomial functions, vectors, polar coordinates and parametric equations.

Calculus

Calculus introduces students to the main ideas of calculus: instantaneous rates of changes through the use of derivatives and the concept of integrals.

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus AB is an Advanced Placement course equal to one semester of college calculus covering higher-order functions, limits, derivatives and integrals. Students approach topics from a variety of perspectives: graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally.

AP Calculus BC

AP Calculus BC is an Advanced Placement course equal to one year of college calculus with in-depth study of calculus topics as well as advances topics and problem-solving.

AP Computer Science

AP Computer Science emphasizes object-oriented JAVA programming with a concentration on problem-solving and algorithm development. It includes an introduction to the study of data structures, design, documentation, and abstraction. The course is the equivalent of a first semester college-level course in Computer Science and it prepares students for success on the Advance Placement Exam.

Statistics and AP Statistics

Statistics introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data using a project-based learning approach.

Dancing Algebraic functions

3D-printed dancing algebraic functions!

Math at Mercy is not just a subject. The Math Department links what we are learning to our everyday lives to make it relevant. Math is an interactive experience where we can learn in a positive and encouraging environment. Maggie McHale ‘2012