In high school mathematics, there are three streams to consider: The -1 stream, the -2 stream, and the -3 stream. Please read the following flowchart carefully. Further description is outlined below.
Math 10C, Math 20-1, Math 30-1, Math 30-1/31 Combined, Math 31; 5 Credits per course
This course sequence is designed for students that are prepared for the rigor and effort required for success. This type of student will have a strong aptitude for mathematics thus being able to handle sophisticated algebraic approaches to solving complex equations. The -1 mathematics student exhibits the greatest amount of detailed thinking and willingness to try and try again. This course sequence provides students with the mathematical understanding and critical thinking skills needed for entry into post-secondary programs that require the study of Calculus, such as the Engineering, Science, and Business faculties. Some technical programs offered at NAIT require the -1 sequence of mathematics study. At the end of Math 30-1, the students must write a Provincial Diploma examination.
– 2 Stream
Math 10C, Math 20-2, Math 30-2; 5 Credits per course
This course sequence is designed for students that are prepared to show effort and rigor required for success. This type of student will have an aptitude for mathematics thus being able to handle algebraic approaches to solving mathematical equations and the ability to apply logical thought to solve problems. The -2 mathematics student will exhibit a large amount of detailed thinking and willingness to try and try again. This course sequence is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills needed for entry into post-secondary programs that do not require the study of Calculus, such as the Nursing, Arts and Education (Elementary) faculties, and many other technical programs at NAIT and McEwan University. At the end of Math 30-2, the students must write a Provincial Diploma examination.
– 3 Stream
Math 10-3, Math 20-3, Math 30-3; 5 Credits per course
This course sequence is designed for:
- to give students a chance to upgrade their mathematical skills before entering into the 10C, -1, -2 sequences, or
- to provide a practical amount of complexity, rigor and algebra skill needed for direct entry into the workforce or trades.
For detailed course content in any of the above listed courses, please visit the Alberta education curricular website and follow the links. A PDF file is available for the 10-20-30 course of studies and for Math 31. An alternate way to obtain credit in both Math 30-1 and Math 31 is to take Math 30-1/31 Combined (details are given below).
Math 30-1/31 Combined
This is a course that is taken every day for the whole year. After the successful completion of the course, students will earn 5 credits for Math 30-1 and 5 credits for Math 31. The two courses are taught simultaneously as there are common topics to both that are studied in different ways. Because of the multiple ways of looking at the content, students have an opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of Math 30-1. Also, students will study content with the extra rigor of Math 31 before finishing Math 30-1. Because of these opportunities, students should have an advantage
when they write their Provincial Diploma examination for Math 30-1 in June.
Recommended Prerequisite: 65% or higher in Math 20-1.
Mathematics 10Ci & 20-1i
5 Credits per course
These two courses are taken in the Grade 10 year of high school. They are mainly preparatory for the rigor of Math 30-1 IB and Math 31 IB. Math 10Ci, covers the Alberta Curriculum with a short unit added at the end of the course on Radicals. Math 20-1i follows the Alberta Curriculum with a unit added at the end on Statistics and Probability.
Recommended Prerequisite: Honours in Grade 9 Math.
Mathematics SL Year 1
5 Credits for Math 30-1
This course is taken as a full year course in Grade 11. Students attend class every second day. The regular Alberta Curriculum for Math 30-1 is covered as well as a unit on Probability Distributions. While taking this course, students will decide if they will be moving on to Math SL Year 2. The ones that do will be required to get started on a Mathematical Exploration that will be completed once in Grade 12. Students in Math SL Year 1, will write the Math 30-1 Alberta Provincial Diploma Exam in June.
Prerequisite: Math 10i & Math 20-1.
Mathematics SL Year 2
5 Credits for Math 31
This course is also a full year course with classes running every second day. The regular Alberta Curriculum for Math 31 is covered as well as a unit on Vectors. Once Vectors are completed, preparation intensifies for the IB exams in May. Also, the Mathematical Exploration that was started in Math SL Year 1 is completed in Year 2. The Mathematical Exploration is a research type project where students pick a topic of interest and explore and write about the mathematics of this topic.
Prerequisite: Mathematics SL Year 1.