Students choosing the Mathematics proficiency may use it as a major or minor teaching field within the Secondary Education concentration. Students will study beginner and intermediate algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry, and calculus (differentiation & basic techniques/uses of integration) with the goal of becoming proficient in each of these areas.
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This course introduces key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further studies in mathematics (Geometry, Algebra 2, and beyond). Students will be challenged to increase their mathematic literacy in the topics of signed numbers, linear equations, word problems, exponents, polynomials, factoring, and rational equations. The problem solving and critical thinking skills that are learned in Algebra 1 can be taken to and applied in other academic disciplines.
This course requires MA 101 and is an advanced continuation of the same.
Geometry is the third course of the WCBC mathematics series. It is normally followed by trigonometry in the spring semester. A background of two semesters of algebra is considered a prerequisite. Concepts related to logical and methodical thinking skills will be addressed as applied to 1-, 2-, and 3-dimensional space, primarily including relationships of lines, planes, polygons, and loci. Students will seek and summarize Scriptures dealing with logical thought in Romans.
This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of trigonometry in preparation for teaching the same in a Christian high school setting.
Calculus 1 is the fifth course of the WCBC mathematics series for secondary education majors. Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry are required prerequisites. Limits, differentiation techniques, applications of derivatives, related rates, extreme values, concavity, optimization, and basic theory and techniques of integration comprise the core concepts studied. A portion of most lectures will also draw attention to spiritual and practical applications of the concepts presented.
This course requires MA 301 and is an advanced continuation of the same.
A systematic approach to teaching math in the Christian elementary school will be implemented in this course. Students will learn how to prepare operative lesson plans, present effective math lessons, successfully communicate math concepts, and incorporate Biblical principles into their daily lessons.
This is the eighth course in the WCBC mathematics series for secondary education majors having a primary concentration in math. Students will need to demonstrate an aptitude for teaching in presenting lessons and creating lesson plans from three different courses in secondary math. Problem sets from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, series, and applied math are given. With the emphasis on education skills, child age and development of abstract thought are studied, plus a contrast of US math class methodology with other countries. PREREQUISITES: At least 64 credits completed, plus at least four college math classes including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.