High School Textbooks in Atlantic Canada
Errata with Commentary
High School Mathematics in Atlantic Canada:
A Report prepared for the Canadian Mathematical Society
Educational Forum, Montreal
May 16--18, 2003
Public School Math in Atlantic Canada
A Letter to the Editors of Atlantic Canada Newspapers
The Atlantic High School Mathematics Curriculum
Implications for Universities
Who are we?
The work of APICS is carried out
primarily by its committees. This
is the home page of the APICS Mathematics and Statistics Committee.
As fairly independent entities, APICS committees set their own goals and
initiate their own activities.
We have published a variety of papers and reports, a
to help students prepare for university calculus and a
book which is essentially the collected works
(questions posed and solutions submitted) of Professor W. J. Blundon,
for years the Head of Department at Memorial University and a
keen problem-solver throughout his life.
Our committee takes a vigorous interest
in issues related to the mathematics curriculum in schools and universities.
We have solicited two commentaries
on the state of the curricula in the schools of Atlantic Canada
at various times in the past.
In 2002, in response to a request from the Chair of APICS Council,
the Committee prepared a report on a new
mathematics curriculum which is being implemented in Atlantic Canada
and worrying universities because of possible negative effects on the
preparedness of students for university level calculus. After the
report was released, several Atlantic Canada university faculty
began studying the textbooks which have been written to accompany
the new curriculum and became very alarmed at what they saw. These
people---Robert Dawson, David Hamilton and Maureen Tingley---have
prepared a 40+ page report
documenting numerous inaccuracies, misleading statements
and other "errata", and including suggestions for improvement.
The document should be of special interest to teachers, parents and others
who are forced to confront the new curriculum.
We welcome comments from the general public about any issue related
to mathematics or statistics, especially in Atlantic Canada
and encourage email directly to
Preparing for University Calculus.
One of our latest projects has been the preparation of some material which should
benefit any high school student intending to take calculus at the university
level. This material is available on this web site by clicking
HERE and also in
booklet form from mathematics departments in Atlantic Canada. Contact the
of the mathematics department nearest you for more information.
Annual Conference and Mathematics Competition.
Every fall since 1978, our committee has held a conference designed specifically
to attract the interest of undergraduate students. Universities from Atlantic Canada
send teams to compete in a competition held in conjunction with this conference.
The key note address is named after Professor W. J. Blundon, head of the mathematics
department at Memorial University for almost 30 years and a founding member of our
Past competitions are available online by clicking
HERE. The first sixteen
Blundon lectures and first nineteen mathematics competitions were published
in 1997 and copies are still available.
Here are some links of special interest to us.
- 2005: Acadia University, October 21-23
- 2006: University College of Cape Breton, October 13-15 (to be confirmed)