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Page 108 text:
Yariecl. Math Classes Interest
Teehrrren Preparing For Future
Benson's mathematics department has built itself a
reputation by offering many classes instructed by ex-
cellent faculty members well versed in each field of study.
One main goal ofthe department is to offer the,widest
range of math courses in the city of Portland. Benson is
unique in that it offers a complete pre-determined
program for college bound students, and a special
technical and vocational program for those students
headed for industry shortly after graduation from high
Classes range from General Math, Algebra, Geometry,
Second Year Algebra QMA 3-Al, and Senior Math, to a
special two year Senior Math class open to those iuniors
with accelerated math skills. These students may take a
high school Calculus class as seniors. There are nineteen
iuniors in Senior Mathg five or so seniors in Calculus.
Math department chairman is Mr. Carlton Bryson.
UPPER RIGHT: Mike Raynak fl ll thinks about problem in his MA
3-4 class. MIDDLE RIGHT: Teletype used in Computer Math and
Senior Math. BOTTOM: Stan Seid fl ll opens his notebook as Alan
Heintz fill discusses homework assignments for their special
Senior Math class. MIDDLE LEFT: Mr. Carlton Bryson appears
somewhat surprised as a Blueprint cameraman catches him
during lunch hour.
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Students Seek Creativity
Located in G-wing, Architectural Drafting is one of
Benson's more creative major shops. Architecture offered
students a chance to learn the basic concepts of
residential and commercial building design, they were
free to plan their own structures and to solve certain
problems given them by o "client",
Mr. John Murtaughtaught the class, he isa registered
architect in the state of Oregon, and has been in the
architectural field his whole life. Mr. Murtaugh is ci
Benson graduate, and he learned the basics of
architecture in o class similar to the one he teaches today.
In the iunior year, students learn how each room in a
home functions and how each room relates to others.
Around Tech Showtime, each student was given a chance
to design his own home to fit a given situation.
Seniors study commercial architecture, which entailed a
more advanced level of study. Bank buildings, libraries,
office complexes, and remodeling rooms are some topics
which were discussed.
Mr. Murtaugh comments, "I would like to create an at-
mosphere inthe classroom which one could find in an ar-
chitects' office." This has been accomplished most effec-
Architectural Drafting's counterpart is Mechanical Draf-
ting, which was taught in the Foundry building. This field
was a takeoff from the sophomore level of drafting.
Students took an obiect such as a hand drill or a movie
camera and sketch it in color for Tech Show, This type of
work required a great deal of concentration and patience.
Sophomores were required to take one year in drafting,
which included the basics in isometrics, sections, and
various viewed drawings. Mr. Damon Bagley commented
about drafting, "Students learn how to plan ahead for
future work proiects and learn howto use drafting tools in
a skillful way."
UPPER LEFT: Brent Dahl ll li draws a line on his two-story house
design. MIDDLE LEFT: John Lechman UIQ consults with Mr. John
Murtaugh about his proiect. LOWER LEFT: Bob Anderson ii ii
concentrates on lettering his title block. BELOW: Gary McMahon
U it looks for any missing details on his one-story house plan.
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