Mathematics

A recent US News and World Report forecast for jobs in the year 2020 says that the biggest demand will be for workers will be in the following careers: data management, therapy, scientific research, computer engineering, veterinary medicine, environmental science, healthcare, management, finance and entrepreneurship. Now more than ever, it is vital that students have teachers that make a difference by developing strong math skills required to succeed in college and in professional careers.

The Brother Rice Math Department has several different tracks to make sure that every one of our students graduates from Brother Rice and is prepared for university studies.  Our advanced students have an opportunity to take an accelerated honors path to ensure they are challenged and will succeed on the AP exam their senior year. There is also an honors track, a standard track and a lengthened track for those students that require a more detailed approach and to ensure that no student is left behind.

The Brother Rice Math Department brings years of experience to the students, with over 140 years of teaching led by Frank Carrico’s 39 years and Jim Rademacher’s 41 years of education. Department Chair, Mrs. Katz, is a forward thinking educator that insists on teaching math with 21st century learning techniques as well as faith and character development.  “There is no better place to teach than Brother Rice.  The family values, the love, and the support that the Brother Rice community provides are unparalleled.”

The Brother Rice Mathematics Department is committed to making a difference in the lives of our students and their future.  All faculty members of the mathematics department offer extra help either before or after school and during free periods throughout the day.  There is additional support available through our counseling department in the ARC, peer tutoring and a full time math tutor available with 50 years of teaching experience in Brother Ben Favero.

Brother Rice students score exceptionally well on the ACT, with an average math score of 25.2, as compared to the state of Michigan average of 19.9.  In addition to regular math classes Brother Rice offers ACT prep classes and peer tutoring to ensure our students are prepared for the exam.

In addition to our students’ success on the ACT exam, our students have succeeded on the AP Calculus exam.  In the 2012-2013 school year, 100% of the students that took the AP Calculus BC exam received a passing score, while 93% of the students that took the AP Calculus AP exam received a passing score.

Meet our Faculty

Mark Dyar ’75 – Ex. 2280

Kyle Galli ’10 – Ex. 2247
Tom Huber – Ex. 2242
Pam Ingrody – Ex. 2243
Steve Naumann – Ex. 2249

Carolyn Popp – Ex. 2245

Joe Kalczynski ’96 – Ex. 2292

Michael Fras – Ex.2248

Robert Kender – Ex. 2244

Amber Zavicar – Ex. 2241

Tracks

One of our priorities is to give our mathematics students a strong and solid mathematics background to ensure their future success. Proper placement in the freshman year is invaluable to this end.

Accelerated Honors (starting with Algebra II Honors): For those students with a grade of “A” in a full year Algebra course. In addition, scores of 90% or above on the entrance exam in the following areas: Quantitative Cognitive Skills, Mathematics Achievement, and Overall Composite and a score of 80% or above on the Brother Rice High School Algebra II Placement Exam given in early June.

9th – Algebra II Honors
10th – Geometry with Trig Honors
11th – Pre-Calculus or Calculus
12th – AP Calculus or Calculus

Honors (starting with Algebra I Honors): For those students with some Algebra background. In addition, scores of 90% or above on the entrance exam in the following areas: Quantitative Cognitive Skills, Mathematics Achievement and Overall Composite and a score of 80% or above on the Brother Rice High School Algebra I Placement Exam given in early June.

9th – Algebra I Honors
10th – Algebra II Honors
11th – Geometry with Trig Honors
12th – Pre-Calculus Honors

Standard: For the majority of the freshmen at Brother Rice.

9th – Algebra I
10th – Algebra II
11th – Geometry with Trig
12th – Pre-Calculus Honors or Probability & Statistics and College Algebra

Lengthened Track: For those students that require a more detailed

9th – Algebra IA
10th – Algebra IB
11th – Geometry
12th – Algebra 2

Note:

  • It is possible for a very strong math student to advance from the Regular to theHonors course work.

  • It is possible for a very strong math student to take both Algebra II Honors and Geometry with Trig Honors in the same year. This would give the student the opportunity to advance to Calculus in the senior year.

Incoming Freshman Expectations

Curricular expectations for incoming freshmen:

The lack of proficiency in any one of these basic skills can cause misunderstanding and frustration in Algebra. The following is a partial list of the skill areas that will be needed to succeed in all mathematics courses.

  1. Arithmetic skills

  2. Place value

  3. Mental math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers

  4. Fractions, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division without a calculator

  5. Equivalent fractions, reducing to lowest terms, improper and mixed number expressions (without a calculator)

  6. Fraction and decimal equivalence

  7. Ratios, proportions, and percents

  8. Problem solving

  9. Conversions of weight, length, and volume

  10. Basic geometric shapes

  11. Geometric formulas, including area, perimeter, circumference, and volume

  12. Data analysis, along with the ability to work with and create bar graphs, linegraphs, pictographs, and circle graphs

  13. Calculating mean, median, and mode

  14. Simple probability

  15. Mathematical order of operation including the distributive property

  16. Absolute value and square root

  17. Number line, including addition and subtraction of positive and negative numbers

  18. Exponents

  19. Mathematical expressions using variables

  20. Substituting numbers for variables and simplifying