The Department of Mathematics
*MATH FACULTY BACKGROUND*
Samantha Harris – graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2015. This will be her 4th year teaching Algebra II & Math Models as well as coaching volleyball, basketball, & track. Samantha enjoys spending time with family and playing sports.
Jim Davis – graduated from Stephen F. Austin with degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry as well as a Master’s in Education. This is his 20th year in public education. Jim will be teaching Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Cal, along with having the concurrent college courses of Calculus I and Calculus II. He will also be coaching Football. Jim enjoys anything outdoors and football!
Jennifer Anguiano – graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in 2003. This is her 10th year of teaching. Jennifer will be teaching Algebra 1. She will also be coaching UIL Calculator Applications. Jennifer enjoys spending time with family, making shirts/decals/cups, and reading.
Nickole Traughber – graduated from Texas State University in 2008. This is her 9TH year of teaching. Nickole is head of the math department and will be teaching Geometry and Statistics, along with having the concurrent college courses of College Pre-Cal and College Algebra. She will also be coaching UIL Mathematics and Number Sense. Nickole enjoys working out, concerts, and spending time with her family.
In Algebra I, students will build on the knowledge and skills for mathematics in Grades 6-8, which provide a foundation in linear relationships, number and operations, and proportionality. Students will study linear, quadratic, and exponential functions and their related transformations, equations, and associated solutions. Students will connect functions and their associated solutions in both mathematical and real-world situations. Students will use technology to collect and explore data and analyze statistical relationships. In addition, students will study polynomials of degree one and two, radical expressions, sequences, and laws of exponents. Students will generate and solve linear systems with two equations and two variables and will create new functions through transformations.
In Geometry, students will build on the knowledge and skills for mathematics in Kindergarten-Grade 8 and Algebra I to strengthen their mathematical reasoning skills in geometric contexts. Within the course, students will begin to focus on more precise terminology, symbolic representations, and the development of proofs. Students will explore concepts covering coordinate and transformational geometry; logical argument and constructions; proof and congruence; similarity, proof, and trigonometry; two- and three-dimensional figures; circles; and probability. Students will connect previous knowledge from Algebra I to Geometry through the coordinate and transformational geometry strand.
Mathematical Models with Applications is designed to build on the knowledge and skills for mathematics in Kindergarten-Grade 8 and Algebra I. This mathematics course provides a path for students to succeed in Algebra II and prepares them for various post-secondary choices. Students learn to apply mathematics through experiences in personal finance, science, engineering, fine arts, and social sciences. Students use algebraic, graphical, and geometric reasoning to recognize patterns and structure, model information, solve problems, and communicate solutions. Students will select from tools such as physical objects; manipulatives; technology, including graphing calculators, data collection devices, and computers; and paper and pencil and from methods such as algebraic techniques, geometric reasoning, patterns, and mental math to solve problems.
In Algebra II, students will build on the knowledge and skills for mathematics in Kindergarten-Grade 8 and Algebra I. Students will broaden their knowledge of quadratic functions, exponential functions, and systems of equations. Students will study logarithmic, square root, cubic, cube root, absolute value, rational functions, and their related equations. Students will connect functions to their inverses and associated equations and solutions in both mathematical and real-world situations. In addition, students will extend their knowledge of data analysis and numeric and algebraic methods.
In Statistics, students will build on the knowledge and skills for mathematics in Kindergarten-Grade 8 and Algebra I. Students will broaden their knowledge of variability and statistical processes. Students will study sampling and experimentation, categorical and quantitative data, probability and random variables, inference, and bivariate data. Students will connect data and statistical processes to real-world situations. In addition, students will extend their knowledge of data analysis.
Pre-Calculus is the preparation for calculus. The course approaches topics from a function point of view, where appropriate, and is designed to strengthen and enhance conceptual understanding and mathematical reasoning used when modeling and solving mathematical and real-world problems. Students systematically work with functions and their multiple representations. The study of Pre-Calculus deepens students' mathematical understanding and fluency with algebra and trigonometry and extends their ability to make connections and apply concepts and procedures at higher levels. Students investigate and explore mathematical ideas, develop multiple strategies for analyzing complex situations, and use technology to build understanding, make connections between representations, and provide support in solving problems.
Calculus I & II
Calculus I is taken in the fall semester and II in the spring. This is a course that receives concurrent credit through TVCC. Calculus is a prerequisite and building block for college majors such as architecture, business, science, mathematics, medicine, and engineering.