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Mathematics enables the student to acquire self-discipline and logical/critical thinking skills. In fact, the study of mathematics is necessary to enable the student to reason logically in all aspects of her life. The progression of courses offered by the department provides the student with the opportunity to discover and strengthen her mathematical skills and to achieve her highest potential. These goals are achieved by:
- Hands-on learning activities
- Developing critical thinking skills through teaching overarching concepts
- Fostering intellectual curiosity through integrated learning programs with science and math
- Promoting reflection through class discussion, partner share, and self reflection
- Incorporating cooperative learning and opportunities for leadership growth through class activities and presentations
In our era of increasing technology, the study of mathematics is more important than ever. Mathematics is directly related to science and computer technology. Both science and technology are dependent upon the logic and symbolic manipulation that are integral parts of mathematics.
Fast Facts about the Notre Dame Mathematics Department
- Math Support Center (staffed by mathematics teachers) runs after school
- Software used by the mathematics department includes:
- Geometer's Sketchpad
- TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator used in all math classes
- All geometry courses include a year-long city project
- Various projects and real-world applications are used throughout the curriculum
- Over 60% of freshmen (average) placed into upper-level math classes
- All mathematics teachers hold graduate degrees
- All trigonometry/precalculus and calculus classes take a field trip to the Exploratorium to connect classroom topics with hand-on experience
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