Sections [Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Pre-Calculus, is the bridge course to Calculus. We will integrate rigorous real world mathematical scenarios with technology - Calculator and Dynamic Software. We will cement the concept that variables really vary. Beyond the traditional topics, we will be able to study concepts such as harmonic analysis of complex wave patterns and logistic functions for restricted populations growth. We will examine problems from multiple perspectives - graphical, tabular, functional, and situational. And we will revisit one of our tools from Geometry to assist us in our analysis of complex functions.
Class sessions will take place using a virtual white board (WIZIQ). All class sessions are archived for review by the students or if the student is unable to attend for any reason. Students will need to register with WIZIQ prior to their first class session and will receive a secure invitation from the instructor to attend class sessions.
Homework will be assigned and discussed during the class time. Only quizzes and tests will be sent to each student (as well as their parents) as both .docx & .pdf documents and returned to the instructor for evaluation. Students will have an opportunity to correct all assessments to show mastery. It is the responsibility of the parents to supervise their student while completing each assessment. The evaluations will be returned to both the student and parent.
This course meets 3 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
Homework assignments will be posted on a monthly calendar that will reflect the discussions and progress during our on-line time.
Algebra I, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra
No special background required.
Textbooks and Materials
Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry: Concepts and Applications
(Edition: 2) Paul A. Foerster
TI-NSpire Calculator (Either the NUMERIC OR CAS VERSION)
This text is required. ISBN: ASIN: B000QSZD44 Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore or local electronics supplier
The Geometer's Sketchpad - Student Edition (Edition: 4) Nick Jakiw
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional. ISBN: 1604400943 Publisher's website: The Geometer's Sketchpad - Student Edition Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore or Key Curriculum Press (1-800-995-MATH) Other information: ISBN 13: 978-1-60440-094-6
The latest version (5) of the software is available for download to licenses users of Geometer's Sketchpad for from http://www.dynamicgeometry.com/technical_support/product_updates/index.php. Check this site to determine your current version and follow the instructions to update if you wish.