Mathematics can be seen as a well-defined body of knowledge, as an abstract system of ideas, or as a useful tool. For most of us, it is probably a combination of these. However, there is little doubt that mathematical knowledge provides an important key to understanding the world in which we live. Mathematics is used in our lives when we buy produce in the market, consult a timetable, read a newspaper, time a process or estimate a length. Artists need to learn about perspective; musicians need to appreciate the mathematical relationships within and between different rhythms; economists need to recognize trends in financial dealings. Mathematics is prevalent in our lives and our careers.
Because individual students have different needs, interests and abilities, Carmel High School provides a wide selection of courses. Each course is designed to meet the needs of a particular group of students. Therefore, great care should be taken to select the course that is most appropriate for an individual student.
Students are advised to consider the following factors when selecting their mathematics courses:
· Their own abilities in mathematics and the type of mathematics in which they can be successful
· Their own interest in mathematics, and those particular areas of the subject that may hold the most interest for them
· Their academic plans, in particular the subjects they wish to study in the future
· Their choice of career
In order to take two math classes during the same academic year, a student needs to get permission from the Math Department chairperson.