Course Syllabus coming soon
Interested in studying to earn college credit in high school? The AP® Precalculus course may provide the opportunity. This course focuses on the study of functions. This research-based exploration of functions is designed to better prepare students for college-level calculus and provide grounding for other mathematics and science courses. In this course, students study a broad spectrum of function types that are foundational for careers in mathematics, physics, biology, health science, business, social science, and data science. Furthermore, as AP® Precalculus may be the last mathematics course of a student’s secondary education, the course is structured to provide a coherent capstone experience rather than exclusively focusing on preparation for future courses.
AP® Precalculus is designed to be the equivalent of a first-semester college precalculus course. AP® Precalculus provides students with an understanding of the concepts of college algebra, trigonometry, and additional topics that prepare students for further college-level mathematics courses. This course explores a variety of function types and their applications—polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and polar functions. Students experience the concepts and skills related to each function type through the lenses of modeling and covariation and engage each function type through their graphical, numerical, analytical, and verbal representations.
All three units tested in the AP® Precalculus Exam will be covered in detail in this course, with selected additional topics covered as time permits. The dedicated student will be well-prepared to take the AP® Precalculus exam in May. More details about the AP® Precalculus course and exam can be found here: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/media/pdf/ap-precalculus-course-and-exam-description.pdf
Students will be expected to view instructional videos, practice using concepts in homework assignments (both online and on paper), complete projects designed to deepen understanding, and demonstrate that understanding for exams. We will use Delta Math for skills practice, a platform for mathematical problem-solving that provides video help, extensive examples, immediate feedback, and a large number of practice problems. There will also be numerous opportunities to practice solving problems in the style of the AP® Precalculus exam.
Live classes will provide opportunity to review concepts, practice problem-solving, both individually and in groups, and ask questions. These classes will be highly interactive so students should be prepared to participate on video and microphone.
Who should enroll?
Students wanting to complete their high school math instruction with a capstone course will find AP® Precalculus a perfect fit. Other students who will eventually take calculus either in high school or college will find this course excellent preparation for college-level calculus and grounding for other mathematics and science courses. With dedication and diligence, students may earn college credit or prerequisite credit by scoring well on the AP® Precalculus exam following completion of this course.
Students must have successfully completed two years of algebra and the equivalent of at least a semester of high school geometry (preferably a year of geometry) and have teacher approval before taking this course. The application should be completed and sent to the instructor before enrolling in this course.
- Calculator – TI-83 or TI-84 (any version)
- Scanner or smart phone (for uploading handwritten work)
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Students will be graded on homework, projects, notes, tests, and participation. Timely submission of student work is expected in this course and grading will be completed within one of the due dates.