Terry Fox's Mathematics Department offers a variety of courses designed to meet the needs of all students. It is important that students select courses that suit their interests, as well as their career and post-secondary aspirations. The Mathematics Department provides a Mathematical curriculum that helps students:
- Develop an appreciation of the role of Mathematics in everyday life
- Develop strong Mathematical skills
- Develop self-confidence and enjoyment in the study of Mathematics
This course is designed to consolidate and extend topics introduced in the middle school years. Topics include operations with rational numbers, square roots and exponents, polynomials and algebra, linear relations, geometry and statistics. At the end of this course, students will be prepared for Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10 or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 10.
Essentials of Math 9
This course is for students who have not met the passing requirements for Principles of Mathematics 8. The course emphasizes basic mathematical life skills.
Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10
This option is designed to provide students with the Mathematical understanding and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force. Topics include understanding and applying the metric and imperial systems to the measurement of 2-D and 3-D objects, geometry and trigonometry, and the fundamentals of income, spending and debt. All topics are taught within a framework of problem-solving. This course has a mandatory graduation program exam. At the end of this course, students are prepared for Apprenticeship and Workplace 11. Students may also choose one of the other Mathematics 10 or 11 course options pending departmental consultation.
Foundations of Mathematics & Pre-Calculus 10
This option is designed to provide students with the Mathematical understanding and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary academic studies at colleges and universities. Topics include surface area and volume of 3-D objects, applying trigonometric ratios to right triangles, irrational numbers, powers involving integral and rational exponents, polynomials, and coordinate geometry with linear relations, systems of linear equations, and function notation. At the end of this course, students are prepared for either Foundations of Mathematics 11 or Pre-Calculus 11.
Principles of Mathematics 11
This academic course covers the following topics: functions - operations, composition and inverses; quadratic functions - equations and inequalities; absolute value, radical and rational equations; mathematical reasoning - inductive and deductive; circle geometry - chords, angles and tangents; coordinate geometry - distance between points and lines and equation of circle. Problem solving will be integrated throughout the course.
Principles of Mathematics 12
Topics in this course include: transformations, trigonometric functions, equations and applications, trigonometric identities, exponential and logarithmic functions and their application, permutations and combinations and probability. Independent problem-solving is stressed throughout the course. This course has an optional graduation program worth 40% of the final mark.
Prerequisite: Principles of Mathematics 11. This course is very valuable for those students who have excellent mathematical ability and intend to study mathematics and economics, engineering or science. The main topics covered are: properties of functions, analytic geometry, limits, derivatives, integrals and their applications. No government provincial examinations are offered in this course.
Chess 11 is a course designed to introduce students to the wonderful world of chess. This course will focus on its many facets, which include a brief history of chess, chess in culture, rules and etiquette of chess, how to read and record chess games, strategy, tactics, opening, middle, and endgame theory. As well, the course will focus on the study of famous master games and daily in-class play and tournaments. Not only will the course take the student from beginner to novice level of play, but students will also benefit from the logical, critical, and analytical thinking chess provides- skills that can be transferred to all subject areas and all facets of life.
Chess 12 is an extension of Chess 11. Students will continue to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills and further develop their knowledge of the aspects of Chess. Visualization and pattern recognition will be further developed. Opening and endgame theory will be examined in greater detail, as well as students' ability to analyze their own games as well as those of the masters. This course is designed to act as a bridge from a novice player to an intermediate player. By the time the student completes the course, he/she will be able to compete in almost any chess tournament around the world, as well as play casually for leisure. Lastly, the student will be able to teach the game of chess to a family member and/or friend.