Preparing for the Future To prepare for college and career, students at Swansea High School will study mathematics across a broad spectrum, from pure mathematics to realworld applications. Numerical skill and quantitative reasoning remain crucial even as students move forward with algebra. Algebra, functions, and geometry are important not only as mathematical subjects in themselves, but also because they are the language of technical subjects and the sciences. Also, since we live in a datarich world, statistics and probability offer powerful ways of drawing conclusions from data and dealing with uncertainty. The high school standards also emphasize using mathematics creatively to analyze realworld situations — an activity sometimes called “mathematical modeling.”

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