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Parent Informational Meeting

The MST Parent Informational Meeting for incoming Freshmen, for the 2018-2019 school year, will be January 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., at the John Armstrong Performing Arts Center (JAPAC).

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Advanced Courses

Our Math/Science/Technology Center offers advanced courses in mathematics and science, with technology integrated across all courses. In addition, students attending the Pankow Center may engage in focused, extra-curricular opportunities that provide authentic learning experiences. Technology is integrated into each course offered at the Pankow Center in various degrees with the intention of providing a real-world experience for students. State-of-the-art biology, chemistry and physics labs, along with other scientific and technology equipment, are available as we prepare students for our fast-paced, changing world.

AP Calculus

Prerequisite: MST Precalculs. Before studying AP Calculus, students must be familiar with the properties of functions, the algebra of functions and the graphs of functions. Students must also understand the language of functions, including domain and range, even and odd, periodicity, symmetry, zeros, intercepts, and other various concepts examined in MST Precalculus. Knowledge of the Unit Circle, the trigonometric functions and their inverses, also play a key role in mastering AP Calculus.
External LinkAP Calculus Topic Outline

Course Textbook

Title: Calculus: Graphical, Algebraic, Numerical - Fourth Edition
Author: Finney, Demana, Waits, and Kennedy
Publisher: Pearson Education, Inc. 2012
ISBN # 0-13-317857-9

Philosophy

Calculus AB is concerned with developing students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically and verbally. The connections among these representations are also explored.

Through the use of the unifying themes of derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, and applications and modeling, the course becomes a cohesive whole rather than a collection of unrelated topics. These themes are developed using the twelve basic functions that were the focus in MST Precalculus.

AP Physics

AP Physics B

Prerequisite: MST teacher recommendation. This course is equivalent to a two-semester introductory college-level physics course. Topics covered include all areas of physics: kinematics, dynamics, work/energy, momentum, oscillations, fluids, heat, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, induction, sound, light, optics, atomic/nuclear physics, and relativity. Students enrolled in this course should have excellent algebra skills, good analytical skills, self-disciplined study habits and a willingness to excel in a challenging course. Internet resources and online communications are used extensively in this course. Completion of this course will prepare students for the Advanced Placement Physics B exam. Students who receive a passing score on the Advanced Placement Physics B exam may earn college credit for this course. Students in this class will have 0.5 honor points added to their grade.

AP Physics C

The Advanced Placement Physics C is calculus-based course in general Physics. It is equivalent to taking Physics for Scientists and Engineers at a university. The sequence of material is parallel to or proceeded by mathematics courses that include calculus. Methods of calculus are used wherever appropriate in formulating physical principles and in applying them to physical problems. The study is more intensive and analytic than that in the B course. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems, some requiring calculus. If you pass the AP exam in this subject many colleges will wave the physics requirement for your first four hours of University Physics that is required for majors in the Physical Sciences and Engineering. Students in this class will have 0.5 honor points added to their grade.

 

Chemistry

Prerequisite: MST Biology at the Pankow Center

This course at the MST Center is a survey of Chemistry. Chemistry is the study of matter and its interactions. This course is intended for students who plan to major in science, math or technology (not necessarily Chemistry) in post-secondary education. Students will learn the physical make-up of matters (atoms, molecules, ions) and the forces that cause them to interact.

MST Chemistry at the Pankow Center is an intended study in greater depth than Chemistry at the high schools. Students are expected to have good reading comprehension, high-level thinking skills, along with self-disciplined study habits.

All assignments and homework for MST Chemistry and MST Algebra 2 are posted on blackboard.

External LinkLink to Blackboard

Parents can visit the Blackboard site!
Parent login: lanmst (year student graduates)
Example for a student who graduates in 2013:  lanmst13  
Parent password: password

Geometry

Prerequisite: Invitation by the Math/Science/Technology (MST) Center based on high achievement in 8th grade science, standardized test scores, demonstrated interest and motivation and the recommendation of the 8th grade Algebra I teacher.

This course includes an in-depth study of points, lines and angles, conditional statements, proofs, transformations, triangle congruence, measurement, two- and three-dimensional figures, surface area and volume, coordinate geometry, similarity, logic, trigonometry, vectors and circle relationships.

Students will be actively engaged in cooperative groups as they perform investigations and experiments, and analyze, hypothesis, and justify their ideas. As an extension, students will further explore concepts using mathematical software designed to explore relationships dynamically so that students can see change in geometric figures as they manipulate them. Algebraic concepts are integrated into course study when possible.

Algebra II

Prerequisite: “C” or better in MST Geometry and MST Teacher Recommendation

The increasing use of quantitative methods in all disciplines has made Algebra the fundamental tool for mathematical applications. Algebraic thinking is learned most effectively when it is studied in the context of applications. Applications reveal the power of Algebra to model problems and to generalize new situations. Algebra is a theoretical tool for analyzing and describing mathematical relationships, and it is also a powerful tool for mathematical modeling and for solving many of the real world's puzzles. The puzzles can be found all around us: the workplace, the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

This course includes the study of foundations of functions, linear functions, linear systems, matrices, quadratic functions, polynomial functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, rational functions, radical functions, properties and attributes of functions, conic sections, probability and statistics, sequences and series, trigonometric functions, trigonometric graphs and identities. Students will be actively engaged in investigations through lecture and cooperative groups. Technology includes the use of software (Geometer's Sketchpad, Holt Rienhart Winston Algebra 2 web site), , and programmable graphing calculators.

Biology

MST Biology at the Pankow Center is designed to move at a faster pace and go into greater detail than Biology at the high schools. Available only at the Pankow MST Center

Prerequisite: Invitation by the Math/Science/Technology (MST) Center based upon high achievement in 8th grade Science, standardized test scores, demonstrated interest and motivation as well as the recommendation of the 8th grade Science teacher.

Biology is the introductory science course in L’Anse Creuse high schools. Biology is the study of living things. Students will learn how living things differ from non-living things, what living things must do to stay alive, and how living things interact with each other and the non-living world. MST Biology differs from other high school biology courses by covering more material and in greater detail. Information will be covered at a level approaching community college levels. This course is designed to prepare students for other MST science courses and entry to college or a university. In addition to learning Biology, students will learn to use some common laboratory equipment and procedures.

The textbook for the course is Biology, A  Guide to the Natural World  3rd edition by David Krogh

If you wish to buy a copy I recommend you search online for a used copy.  Search by ISBN.  There are three versions:

  • 0-13-141449-6  paper
  • 0-13-141450-X  hardcover
  • 0-13-144956-7  instructor's ed. There is no advantage to the Instructor's ed.; don't pay extra for it

AP Biology

AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course. AP Biology will cover the topics regularly covered in a college biology course for majors. The textbook is a college text and the labs being done by AP students are the equivalent of those done by college students. Available only at the Pankow MST Center

Prerequisite: Successful completion of MST Biology and MST Geometry at the Pankow Center and MST Teacher Recommendation.

The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. Primary emphasis is on developing an understanding of concepts rather than on memorizing terms and technical details. Essential to this conceptual understanding are the following: a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognition of unifying theses that integrate the major topics of biology; and application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns.

Some AP students, as college freshmen, are permitted to undertake upper-level courses in biology or to register for courses for which biology is a prerequisite. Other students may have fulfilled a basic requirement for a laboratory science course and will be able to undertake other courses to pursue their majors. Completion of this course will prepare students for the AP Biology exam.

Students in this class will have 0.5 honor points added to their grade.

Pre-Calculus

Prerequisite: "C" or better in MST Algebra 2 and MST Teacher Recommendation

Precalculus is the preparation for calculus and is strongly recommended for all college-bound students, especially those focused on the areas of science, engineer, medicine and business.

The study of the topics, concepts, and procedures of Precalculus deepens students’ understanding of algebra and extends their ability to apply algebra concepts and procedures at high conceptual levels, as a tool, and in the study of other subjects.

The theory and applications of trigonometry and functions are developed in depth. New mathematical tools, such as vectors and polar coordinates, are introduced, with an eye toward modeling and solving real-world problems.

This course includes the study of functions and graphs, with a focus on polynomial, rational, exponential, logistic logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. It also includes the study of analytic geometry (conics), discrete mathematics (probability, statistics and mathematical inductions, and an introduction to) limits. Students will be actively engaged in investigations through lecture and cooperative groups.

Technology may include the use of software (Geometer's Sketchpad, Key Curriculum Press), and graphing calculators.

MST Teachers

Mr. Haas
Director for Pankow

Mr. Sabelhaus
Associate Director for Pankow

Mrs. Diliberti
Science

Mrs. Duncan
Math

Mrs. Ferrari
Math

Mrs. Garmo
Science

Ms. Missig
Science

Mr. Nuechterlein
Math