# Mathematics

Mathematics has been one of the most important sciences from the beginning of the world. The ancient Greeks and Romans relied on Math for survival, while we use it as a means of technological advancement. Clearly, the key to success and opportunities lies in Math!
The Math Department of Edward R. Murrow High School has a wide range of classes for students with all interests, ideas, and career goals. Starting from the basic Integrated Algebra, and ending with the mind-breaking AP Calculus, the Math Department has everything to make your learning productive, easy, and fun! Students may choose to borrow school graphing calculators from the Math Department Office. Calculators are available for loan at the beginning of Semester 1 and Semester 2 on a limited basis (Room 321). It is recommended that each student has his/her own calculator. ## RequirementsStarting in 2013-14, New York State is aligning the ELA and math Regents exams to Common Core standards. Students, who begin studying high school math (typically Algebra) in 2013-14 or thereafter, must pass the Common Core aligned math Regents exam(s). For June and August 2014 only, students may fulfill exam requirements with either the Common Core or non-Common Core ELA and math Regents exams. For more information about Common Core standards, Regents Diploma/ Common Core Math: -6 credits including at least 2 credit of advances math (e.g., Geometry or Algebra II) Passing score on one math exam: Advanced regents diploma/ Common Core Math: -6 credits including at least 2 credit of advances math (e.g., Geometry or Algebra II) Passing score on all three math exams: Passing scores and college readiness indicators for these Regents exams will be determined after June 2014. See http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/hsgen/
## Common Core Skills:The high school standards call on students to practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges; they prepare students to think and reason mathematically. They set a rigorous definition of college and career readiness, by helping students develop a depth of understanding and ability to apply mathematics to novel situations, as college students and employees regularly do. They also emphasize mathematical modeling, the use of mathematics and statistics to analyze empirical situations, understand them better, and improve decisions. For example, the draft standards state: “Modeling links classroom mathematics and statistics to everyday life, work, and decision-making. It is the process of choosing and using appropriate mathematics and statistics to analyze empirical situations, to understand them better, and to improve decisions. Quantities and their relationships in physical, economic, public policy, social and everyday situations can be modeled using mathematical and statistical methods. When making mathematical models, technology is valuable for varying assumptions, exploring consequences, and comparing predictions with data.” ## Key Words:Functions Polynomials Equations Expressions |