Category Archives: Math

MichaelMath (Michael J. Coffey)

Want a little more support in learning math?  Maybe that means extra time to work on your homework or doing practice problems with someone nearby who can answer your questions.  Maybe you need a short one-on-one meeting to work through something tricky.  Or maybe you’ve heard of Michael’s new math system called Numerimurgy, based on the idea of earning “levels” like a roleplaying game and want to check it out.  That’s the main purpose for this class:  math time with Michael.

However, for anyone waiting for their time to meet with Michael, or who already finished their math work, each session will start with an introduction to a different math-based game.  Michael will tell you how to play at the start of the class, and by the end we’ll also take a few minutes to peek at the math ideas embedded in that game.  Those who want to dive into the game can do so, while Michael meets with those who want his time, and those who want to work on math by themselves can do that, too.

Geometry (Scobie)

You know who you are for this year-long class, and I appreciate you! Please prioritize and sticker it appropriately to avoid conflicts, or be ready to make significant personal compromises to stay in it, should you choose not to sticker it to fit your full commitment to the year-long experience.

  • Some algebra is required. If you have the equivalent of a high school Alg.1 class, you’ll be fine as long as you’re willing to to work to revive your skills. If you have only the bare essentials of algebra, you’ll need to be willing to work hard at some specific sections of the class, but there will also be parts of the class that don’t require any algebra.
  • expect occasional in-class tests, quizzes, and puzzles
  • expect collaboration on some work
  • be able to maintain a quiet non-social work environment when asked
  • for sure there is homework; a full credit of HS math requires some work outside of class

Integrated Algebra 2 (Michael J. Coffey)

A continuation of fall term’s Integrated Algebra 2, continuing to use the Numerimurgy system so that everyone can be working at the right level of challenge.  (Experienced students at or above level 19 of Numerimurgy should consider taking this course rather than IA1, but either can work if there are scheduling conflicts.)

This class will cover all four of areas of skills and concepts of pre-college mathematics with an emphasis on algebra, but also drawing from number systems, measurement, and geometric thinking.  The course has a lot of ideas about relationships between numbers, and learning the special language of math.  That includes things like:

  • learning how to convert real-world problems and situations into mathematical descriptions of what’s going on, like using an equation to describe the relationship between two things that influence each other such as price of a product and how many get sold
  • looking at different ways of representing and manipulating numbers, even when you don’t know specifically what number you’re working with (variables, exponents, roots)
  • new functions and equations–and what can be done with them
  • graphing and estimation skills
  • some techniques for analyzing and comparing different data sets
  • practice thinking in specific ways in order to solve problems (rather than guessing or experimenting)

We will discuss in class what your math goals are.  However, keep in mind that most high school math classes meet 5 days a week and we will only meet for 2 days each week.  If your academic goals are to learn the equivalent of a public high school’s amount of math, you will have to do a significant amount of work on your own.

Will happen in one of the two Monday/Tuesday morning slots.

Integrated Algebra 1 (Michael J. Coffey)

A continuation of fall term’s Integrated Algebra 1, continuing to use the Numerimurgy system so that everyone can be working at the right level of challenge.  (Newcomers or students below level 19 of Numerimurgy should consider taking this course rather than IA2, but either can work if there are scheduling conflicts.)

This class will cover all four of areas of skills and concepts of pre-college mathematics with an emphasis on algebra, but also drawing from number systems, measurement, and geometric thinking.  The course has a lot of ideas about relationships between numbers, and learning the special language of math.  That includes things like:

  • learning how to convert real-world problems and situations into mathematical descriptions of what’s going on, like using an equation to describe the relationship between two things that influence each other such as price of a product and how many get sold
  • looking at different ways of representing and manipulating numbers, even when you don’t know specifically what number you’re working with (variables, exponents, roots)
  • new functions and equations–and what can be done with them
  • graphing and estimation skills
  • some techniques for analyzing and comparing different data sets
  • practice thinking in specific ways in order to solve problems (rather than guessing or experimenting)

We will discuss in class what your math goals are.  However, keep in mind that most high school math classes meet 5 days a week and we will only meet for 2 days each week.  If your academic goals are to learn the equivalent of a public high school’s amount of math, you will have to do a significant amount of work on your own.

Will happen in one of the two Monday/Tuesday morning slots.