The Mathematics Program
The goal of the mathematics program is to provide a rigorous and relevant course of study to meet the needs of all students enrolled at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute. The curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework. The framework envisions all students achieving competence through a strong math program that emphasizes problem solving, communication, reasoning and proof, making connections, and using representations.
Throughout the four year program, students will receive instruction and demonstrate a level of competency in the following areas:
1. Number sense and operations
2. Patterns, relations, and Algebra
3. Geometry
4. Measurement
5. Data analysis, statistics, and probability
These five strands will be incorporated into all grade level course work.
Mathematics Program Courses
LY300 HONORS ALGEBRA I 5.0 CREDITS GRADE 9
This is a first year algebra course designed specifically for academically talented 9th grade students. Topics include rational and irrational numbers and operations; linear, quadratic, exponential, trigonometric and rational functions; solving equations and inequalities; matrices, graphing and right triangle geometry; statistics, probability and data analysis. Problem solving and writing in mathematics are stressed. A variety of assessment strategies are employed in preparation for the state MCAS test.
Prerequisite: B/C+ (with teacher’s approval) or better in 8th grade mathematics.
LY301/*LY080 ALGEBRA I 5.0 CREDITS GRADE 9
In this course students will develop proficiency in mathematical skills, expand understanding of mathematical concept and improve logic thinking. Topics include: rational and irrational numbers; operations; linear and quadratic equations, defining and graphing real numbers on a number line, basic probability and measures of central tendency, algebraic patterns, and using formulas. Instruction will focus on solving word problems within each of the topic area. Emphasis will be placed on developing algebraic concepts through practical applications. Learning activities will include authentic situations that will allow students to see the relevancy of algebra in a world that continues to rely on modeling patterns and relationships algebraically. Preparation for MCAS and other standardized testing will be stressed.
*LY080  In this course, modifications to the above curriculum are made as dictated by students’ Individual Education Plans.
LY311 HONORS ALGEBRA II 5.0 CREDITS GRADES 1011
This course is for academically talented students who completed Algebra I and Geometry. Algebra II and trigonometry topics are covered in depth as well as statistics, probability, and data analysis. Emphasis is on functional notation and graphing. Problems are solved verbally, algebraically, numerically, and graphically. A graphing calculator is required.
Prerequisite: B/C+(with teacher’s approval) or better average in subject area from previous year
LY312/*LY082 ALGEBRA II 5.0 CREDITS GRADES 1011
This course is designed to review and reinforce skills acquired in Algebra I and Geometry. Students will utilize these foundation skills to use the language of algebra, apply the properties of real numbers, solve equations and inequalities, graph relations and functions, analyze linear equations and inequalities, solve systems of linear equations, interpret and analyze statistics, compute probabilities and apply operations and polynomials. Instruction will focus on solving word problems within each of the topic areas and connecting algebra to real work applications. A graphing calculator will be used in this course.
*LY082  In this course, modifications to the above curriculum are made as dictated by students’ Individual Education Plans.
Prerequisite: Geometry /Algebra I
LY321 HONORS GEOMETRY 5.0 CREDITS GRADES 910
This course is for the academically talented students who completed Algebra I in grade 8. Focus of the course is geometry and spatial sense, geometry from an algebraic perspective, and measurement. Students will analyze characteristics of two and three dimensional objects; use different representational systems, including coordinate geometry and graph theory; use transformations and symmetry in analyzing mathematical situations; use visualization and spatial reasoning to solve problems both within and outside of mathematics. Students will study attributes, units and systems of measurement and apply a variety of techniques, tools, and formulas for determining measurement. Essential tools used include a ruler, protractor, compass and scientific or graphing calculator.
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LY322 GEOMETRY 5.0 CREDITS GRADES 910
In this course students will develop skills in the application of geometric concepts to solve problems involving planar and solid figures. Students will learn how to integrate algebraic and geometric concepts as they master the following topics: properties of plane and solid figures; deductive methods of reasoning and the use of logic; rules of congruence, similarity, parallelism and perpendicularity; rules of angle measurement in triangles; and coordinate and transformational geometry. Instruction will focus on solving word problems within each of the topic areas. Connecting geometry to real world applications and preparation for the MCAS and other standardized testing will be stressed.
*LY081  In this course, modifications to the above curriculum are made as dictated by students’ Individual Education Plans.
Prerequisite: Algebra I
LY331 HONORS PRECALCULUS 5.0 CREDITS GRADES 1112
This course is designed to give students a thorough preparation in the topics needed for the study of calculus. Topics include advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary functions including linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, and piecewise defined. The graphing calculator is an integral part of the course.
Prerequisite: B/C+ (with teacher’s approval) or better average in subject area from previous year.
LY166 AP CALCULUS 5.0 CREDIT GRADE 12
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives students the opportunity to pursue collegelevel studies in high school and to receive advanced placement, college credit, or both in college. Students prepare for the AP Calculus examination in May using the Calculus AB syllabus. Students should be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways, understand and use derivatives to solve a variety of problems, understand the definite integral as the limit of Riemann sums and use to solve a variety of problems, understand the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, communicate mathematics orally and in written form, use technology to solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and verify conclusions.
Prerequisite: Precalculus and department approval
LY341 ALGEBRA III & TRIGONOMETRY 5.0 CREDITS GRADE 12
This course in advanced algebra topics and trigonometry is designed for the college bound student who has successfully completed Algebra II and Geometry. Topics include: algebraic equations and inequalities; patterns and functions including polynomial functions, rational functions, conic sections, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions; analytic geometry; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices determinants; sequences; data analysis, and probability.
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Geometry

