Pre-calculus

Honors Section Available: Yes

Brief Course Description:

This three semester course teaches students the concepts and skills of pre-calculus. The content of this course includes an extensive review of geometry (including formal proofs) and an in-depth coverage of trigonometry, logarithms, analytic geometry, and upper-level algebraic concepts.

Course Goals and/or Major Student Outcomes:

  1. Equip students with effective learning strategies and study skills that will enable them to be independent learners in math and any discipline.
  2. Teach students to improve their written and oral communication skills in the field of math.
  3. Prepare students for pursuing further study in the field of advanced math including calculus.
  4. Train students to solve quantitative problems in pre-calculus and geometry.

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to teach the concepts and skills necessary for students to succeed in calculus and in disciplines that are mathematically based, such as chemistry and physics. Because of emphasis on problem solving and the development of productive thought patterns, it also is an excellent course for students who will study the social sciences.

Key Assignments:

  1. Do daily (four days a week) homework exercises, 20 problems a night, amounting to a minimum of 25 minutes.
  2. Submit math notebook containing class notes, class handouts, homework, and tests.

Prerequisites:
Honors—A grade of B+ or higher (87.01% or higher) in Algebra 2. For students transferring to Acaciawood who have used a different text, a grade of B+ or higher (87.01% or higher) in Algebra 2 and satisfactory performance on a placement test.
Regular—A grade of C or higher (73.01% or higher) in Precalculus I. For students transferring to Acaciawood who have used a different text, a grade of C or higher (73.01% or higher) in first semester pre-calculus or advanced mathematics and satisfactory performance on a placement test.

How the honors course is different from the standard course:

Students who take honors pre-calculus will be required on a weekly basis to solve problems of a greater complexity and level of difficulty then students in the regular pre-calculus I class. These problems will come from past versions of math competitions such as the American Mathematical Competition and the American Invitational Mathematics Exam. Tests will be given covering these problems will require in-depth [problem solving skills. The student will have periodic reading assignments relating to the history and development of mathematics and contributions of great mathematicians. Each semester the students will have a research project with a paper and class presentation.

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