This is the intro page for Math 9 Honours.
Here is this year’s course outline: Math 9H 2012 Course Outline
We use the same textbooks for both Honours and Principles courses, so the topics learned and sequence of lessons is generally the same. Some key differences include:
1) Contests and Challenge Problems
In Honours classes, a portion of our class time will be spent on math contests, problem-solving topics and challenge problems. We will also practice past math contests to prepare for this year’s upcoming contests.
2) Depth of Study
In Honours classes, as we teach each topic, we go a bit further and introduce some problems that would be found at the next grade level. For example, a Math 9 Principles student would learn basic trigonometry, but a Math 9 Honours student would learn basic trigonometry AND the sine and cosine laws normally taught in Math 10.
In Principles classes, students are assigned more of the easier “Practice” questions, while in Honours classes, students will be assigned more of the harder “Problems and Applications” questions. Occasionally, math contests will be assigned for homework as well.
4) Tests and Evaluation
The tests in Honours classes will reflect the notes, examples, and extra material that we cover in our lessons, and are generally a bit more difficult than the corresponding tests in Principles classes. However, there will also be more bonus questions on tests, and students will also have opportunities to get extra marks from participation in math contests.