Math Department


Extra help is available in all mathematics classes.  See your teacher to arrange for extra help.
If you need to hire a tutor, check out the list of MCPS tutors.

Also check out these helpful websites:  

MCPS Help with Algebra

Watch The Math Dude, the video series that follows the MCPS curriculum to help middle and high school students improve their algebra skills. The program airs on Comcast Cable Channel 34 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. The show is also available on Verizon channel 36 or on RCN channel 89. You can watch online or subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or an RSS feed.

Graphing Calculator Information

A graphing calculator is required for classroom and homework in all Algebra 1 and some above mathematics courses. The following calculators are appropriate: TI-83, TI-83 Plus and TI-84, TI-84 Plus. We recommend that all students purchase his/her own calculator. If you purchase a new calculator, please buy a TI-84 Plus. The retail cost for this new calculator is approximately $100.00, although some local stores may discount the price. Do NOT purchase a TI-85; it does not perform some of the functions necessary for the mathematics curriculum. Also, the older model TI-81 calculators do not have all of the needed functions.

Geometry students (ONLY) can use the calculators listed above or any scientific calculator which includes the trigonometric functions – SIN, COS, and TAN. These calculators are available in many stores; they can be purchased for under $5 in many locations.

Graphing Calculator Smart Phone App

There is a software application for “smart phones” that will allow students to install a “TI-83 graphing calculator” on their cell phone so that even if they can not purchase one from the store, if they have a smart phone, they will still have access to a graphing calculator at home in order to do home work.

Graphing Calculator Loans

The mathematics department loans a limited number of calculators to students. There are TI-83 and TI-83 Plus calculators to loan on a first-come, first-served basis.

Calculators loaned to students must be returned at the end of the semester. If a student does not return the calculator, or the calculator is returned damaged they will be given a $100.00 obligation for the cost of the calculator.  

In order to loan a calculator, please do the following:

  • The student and parent/guardian must fill out the Loan Agreement completely.
  • Bring the completed form to Ms. Thompson in the Math Office, Room 126. 

If you have questions or concerns about the loan procedure, please contact Ms. Thompson at 301-353-8037.

Distribution of loaned calculators begins on the first day of the school year.

NOTE:  If the loan calculators are needed for the math high school assessment test(s), they will be collected the day before the test(s) is scheduled. The calculators will be returned the day after the test(s) are completed.