Integrated math has often been compared to traditional math, which is sometimes called a “sequence” or “tracked” math, as it’s a different approach to teaching mathematics.
Traditional math typically involves separate courses – generally, students progress through Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and/or trigonometry, Precalculus, and then Calculus, with each course focusing on specific topics related to that area of math. This approach has been the standard in many educational systems for decades.
On the other hand, integrated math combines topics from algebra, geometry, and other areas of math into a single course. For example, students in Integrated Math I learn foundational algebra topics such as linear equations, inequalities, and how to graph these functions, but topics from geometry such as quadrilaterals and congruent triangles are also included, or “integrated.” The goal of integrated math is to show the connections between different math concepts and to present math as a coherent, unified subject rather than a series of isolated topics.
Students may be presented with more real-life application problems to develop their overall understanding of the purpose of math. Sometimes, these problems are more challenging as they require more critical thinking about the concepts that the students have learned. By tackling problems that require the integration of multiple concepts, students can develop a deeper understanding of how mathematics is used in practical situations.
However, whether one approach is more advanced than the other depends on the curriculum, how in-depth a teacher might go into each topic, and the goals of the course. Some integrated math courses may cover advanced topics earlier than traditional courses, while others may cover the same material but in a different order or with different emphases.
Integrated math is not necessarily more advanced than traditional math; it’s just a different approach to teaching mathematics that emphasizes the connections between different topics.
Yuki is a skilled educator with a degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. She discovered her passion for teaching math after tutoring at an after-school program. With five years of tutoring experience, Yuki creates a supportive learning environment for students. Outside of tutoring, she enjoys trying new cuisines and playing piano.