Mathematics Highlights and Special Programs
The department is continually expanding its use of "Smartboards," an interactive teaching tool that allows students to better visualize and be more involved in the mathematical problem solving process.
English playwright and poet William Congreve wrote "Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak." In Mr. Youngberg’s math classes, music not only calms his students down, but he uses music as an essential learning tool to teach important mathematical concepts. If you check out his homepage at http://pvmyoungberg.pbworks.com and click on Math Music, there are about 10 different songs to hear. All 10 songs are original pieces of music written by Mr. Youngberg. He is also responsible for singing and playing the instruments on these musical mathematical masterpieces. Many of his students can be found using these songs, sometimes singing them out loud, to help them remember the math.
Fairleigh Dickinson University approved PV's AP Calculus course into their Middle College Program. Student who now successful pass the AP Calculus course with C average will receive 3 college credits.
Passaic Valley Math League
Gaining mathematical knowledge is an ongoing pursuit for many high school students. Students must be given the opportunity to develop the rigor for conceptual knowledge, analytical reasoning, problem solving, and higher-order critical thinking skills.
Participating in math league is an excellent way for college bound students to practice their mathematical skills needed for the SAT, ACT, and other formal assessments. The questions cover numerous areas of mathematics from algebra to precalculus thus allowing students to show their passion for mathematics and building their confidence in mathematics. Any students from grades nine through twelve are welcomed to join.
The Passaic Valley Math League meets twice a month throughout the school year starting in October and ending in March in room 144. The students compete in a total of twelve math contests, six at the state level (New Jersey Mathematics League) and six at the national level (American Scholastic Mathematics Association). The contests range in time from 30 to 35 minutes and they receive three activity points for their participation.