Mathematics Department, Mr Tom Chambers, Department Head
The study of mathematics helps students to develop thinking skills, order their thoughts, develop logical arguments, and make valid inferences. The goal of all mathematics courses is to enable students to discern mathematical relationships, reason logically, and use mathematical techniques effectively to solve real-world problems.
To ensure each student is placed where he/she has the tools necessary for success and to challenge all students to achieve their potential. Courses are standards-based and students master the standards prior to progressing.
Course List, Textbooks and text coverage
The Mathematics Department's Course List provides a listing and description of the classes at Lowell offered by the Mathematics Department along with prerequisites for prospective students. Here (updated August 2013) is a list of textbooks currently used with the sections covered by course semester.
The Mathematics Program
All entering ninth-grade students are tested for math placement. Placement is determined based on a combination of the mathematics placement test and/or the Algebra I California Standards Test that should be given in middle school. If students are unhappy with their initial placement, they may attempt to audit the higher course along with the course they were placed into and move into the more advanced course sequence should be successful in the audited course. Entering the honors path after Accelerated Math 2H is difficult because honors math courses move at a much more rapid pace than regular math courses.