11th Grade

Math

Eleventh grade students at Moses Brown generally enroll in Precalculus where, in addition to the traditional curriculum they build strong programming skills. Some students choose to focus on real-world applications of mathematical concepts by enrolling in Algebra III or electives like AP Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Discrete Math, Macroeconomics, and The Economics of Social Innovation.  Some eleventh graders enroll in Algebra II or Calculus, depending on previous coursework.
At every grade level, students are invited to participate in mathematics outside of the classroom including competing on the Upper School Math Team, representing our school in the New England Math League, participating in the annual American Mathematics Competition, and serving as a peer tutor.
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Algebra 3 focuses on the real-world applications of mathematical concepts.  Students use linear and quadratic functions to run a break-even analysis and mathematically model a business.  They learn about the limits of functions, and use functions to explore continuously compounded interest.

Microeconomics is a college-level course that focuses on questions that affect families and small businesses.  Students consider scarcity, efficiency, supply and demand, and production possibility frontiers.  They also investigate elasticity, earnings and discrimination, and consumer choice, and ask interesting questions like, “Why do people buy insurance and lottery tickets?”

Macroeconomics is a college-level course that focuses on national-level questions of growth, unemployment, and inflation.  Juggling factors including gross domestic product, cost of living, investment returns, and the monetary system, students understand how these complex factors affect supply and demand, and tackle policy questions like, “If the interest rate goes up, what effect will that have on national savings?”

AP Statistics follows the curriculum for the Advanced Placement exam given in May, and is equivalent to a half-year of college statistics. Juniors in AP Statistics study experimental design, probability, statistical inference, and data analysis.  Every student designs and conducts an experiment to analyze some aspect of life at Moses Brown, and presents their findings to the entire school community.

Faculty

Gail Copans

Upper School Mathematics

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Gail Copans

Johannesburg College of Education – T.T.H.D.
University of Witwatersrand – B.S.
Providence College – M.Ed.

Brett Ford

Upper School Mathematics

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Brett Ford

Saint Joseph’s University – B.S.
Fairfield University – M.S.

Abigail Isom

Upper School Mathematics and Upper School Mathematics Department Chair

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Abigail Isom

Hobart & William Smith Colleges – B.A.
Roger Williams University – M.A.

Brendan Kinnell

Upper School Mathematics

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Brendan Kinnell

Williams College – B.A.
Columbia University – M.A.

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