Math Department

Department Staff
Mr. Erick Smith (Middle School Math, Department Chair)
esmith@westville.k12.in.us

Mr. Dennis LaVelle (Middle School Math)
dlavelle@westville.k12.in.us

Mrs. Cindy Kovach (High School Math)
ckovach@westville.k12.in.us

Mrs. Ashley Spurr (Middle School Math)
aspurr@westville.k12.in.us

Course Descriptions
• Seventh Grade Math
Seventh grade mathematics is a review course covering the fundamentals of mathematics which describes most of the material learned by students up until this point. Students should be able to perform these fundamental tasks without a calculator and should be able to perform these tasks at an increased difficulty level. Near the conclusion of this year-long course, students will also be exposed to some higher level standards - students who perform well on these tasks and who perform at an exceptional level on the fundamental tasks may be promoted in to Algebra I during the following year.

• Eighth Grade Math
Eighth grade mathematics is a transitional course. Age-appropriate standards are covered in rapid fashion so as to permit the class to be introduced to the concepts of Algebra I. Solving equations, solving systems of equations, and graphing lines are main topics of the course, all of which are skills required for a student to be successful in Algebra I. Demonstrated abilities are used to determine freshmen level placement. Students will also take final exams in this class with the intent of better preparing them for freshmen level work.

• Algebra I
Algebra I provides a formal development of the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for students to succeed in advanced courses. In particular, the instructional program in this course provides for the use of algebraic skills in a wide range of problem-solving situations. The concept of function is emphasized throughout the course. Topics include: (1) operations with real numbers, (2) linear equations and inequalities, (3) relations and functions, (4) polynomials, (5) algebraic fractions, and (6) nonlinear equations.

• Geometry
Geometry begins with the language and logic of geometry. Other topics covered include setting up and doing proofs, parallelism, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles, circles and coordinate geometry. Students will also be introduced to the trig ratios and their applications.

• Algebra II
Algebra II focuses on reviewing and expanding the topics in Algebra I as well as introducing matrices, rational exponents, solving radical equations, complex numbers, solving higher degree equations, conic sections, exponential equations, logarithmic equations and trigonometry.

• Pre-Calculus
Precalculus is an introduction to Calculus by studying the concepts of relation using the twelve basic functions and their graphs, locating critical points of polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers, sequences and series. Other topics covered include trigonometry, combinatorics, probability, statistics and data analysis.

• Calculus
This course will cover the topics of limits, derivates, integrals and their applications. Graphing technology will be used to show connections to algebraic representations of problems.