This full year course prepares students for Calculus. The central focus of this course is function analysis and advanced trigonometry. During the first semester, students will focus on linear, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions. Students will also look at graphs of functions, inverses, real-life applications and analytic geometry. During the second semester, students will focus on topics on advanced trigonometry. Topics covered include trigonometric and circular functions, their inverses and graphs, relations among the parts of a triangle, trigonometric identities and equations, solutions of right and oblique triangles and their applications to real-world problems. This course is designed to be a complete full-year Pre-Calculus course offering.
Graphing calculators are used frequently in each lesson to familiarize students with the basics of graphing calculator use, to demonstrate concepts, to facilitate problem solving, and to verify results of problems solved algebraically.
*Please note this course contains a final exam that will require the student to identify in advance an appropriate location as well as an adult proctor for the exam. Forms and instructions for students to identify a location and proctor are included as a lesson within the course.
Student must have completed Algebra 2 and Geometry.
Students will be able to:
• Perform arithmetic operations with polynomials and rational expressions
• Analyze functions using different representations
• Build functions that model relationships
• Identify trigonometric functions using the unit circle
• Identify and apply trigonometric identities
• Interpret and apply complex numbers
• Use equations to describe conic sections
• Perform operations and model vector quantities
• Perform operations on matrices and use matrices in applications
Student must have access to a high-speed (DSL or cable) Internet connection at least 4 days weekly, including a computer with sound and Java applet support, Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheet, a media player that can play Windows Media Player (WMA) and RealPlayer (RM) files, and a scanner or digital camera/phone. Access to a Graphing Calculator (TI-83/TI-84) is essential.
Please note that this course contains an end-of-course proctored exam. Instructions for students to identify an appropriate adult proctor are included in the course lessons.
10, 11, 12, 13
F16, SP17, F17, SP18
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