Math isn’t just a numbers game; it’s an adventure, as you investigate, analyze, model, predict, discover. The technologies for mathematical discovery are in the DNA of the Lindsay Center at St. Paul’s. But curiosity and creativity are the most important tools in exploring math – and finding out what math means and can do.
SPS students examine the use of real-world applications to illustrate and reinforce mathematical ideas. And it works in the other direction too: mathematical concepts help explain real-world phenomena. As they learn problem-solving strategies, students develop mathematical habits of mind – a way of thinking that they use almost everywhere else, in writing, in music, and of course in science experimentation.
The SPS math program is built around a core sequence of courses – Geometry, Algebra 2, and Precalculus – with most students choosing to study further, through Calculus, Linear Algebra, Vector Calculus, and more, including such offerings as Problem Solving and the History of Mathematics. As in other areas of the curriculum, Independent Study allows students to create their own math courses.