Precalculus (AP / Honors / Self-paced)
This course has 3 versions.
1. The AP course is designed to provide a comprehensive study of functions, which are the basis of calculus and other higher mathematics courses. The students will study the properties and graphs of trigonometric, polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential and logarithmic functions, inequalities, polar coordinates, complex numbers, conic sections, matrices, vectors, sequences, series, counting and probability.
2. The Honors course covers identical content, with the exception that students are not required to fully master questions specifically tailored to the AP Exam.
3. The Self-paced course covers identical content, granting students the freedom to learn and progress at their desired speed throughout the duration of one year. Live classes are not included in this particular format.
Weekly Live Class
Weekly live Zoom meeting meets every Tuesday, 9 am to 10 am PST (12 pm to 1 pm EST). Class will run from Aug 21, 2023 through early May 2024. Breaks to be determined.
AP and Honors version: Early Bird Special: $625. After June 30: $675.
Self-paced version: $549.
All students should have successfully completed Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. If you have not completed the prerequisite, please sign up for Honors Algebra II. See how AP Precalculus fits into your mathematics pathways.
A. Online platform. Students access class materials on Canvas, MyLab and College Board AP Classroom any time most convenient for them. All class materials are available 24/7.
Teacher produced video lectures for each section.
Weekly assignment, chapter tests and exams
Free Response Questions will be graded by the instructor.
College Board designed practice test questions.
B. One optional live Zoom session per week with the instructor that focus on key concepts, challenging assignments, AP multiple choice and free response questions. Attendance is optional and recording will be made accessible for those who cannot attend.
Precalculus by Margaret L. Lial, John Hornsby, David I. Schneider, Callie Daniels. 7th edition.
Mandatory: You will need to purchase the ebook that gives you access to MyLab Math for the online HW, quizzes and tests (around $100). You don't need to purchase a physical book.
Instruction will be sent out after registration.
Computer, high-speed internet access, e-mail capability, with camera
Smartphone or scanner to save multiple handwritten pages as a single PDF file
Graphing calculator – TI-89, TI-Nspire, or TI-83/84 Plus
Why take this class?
It can fulfill a math requirement at a diverse range of colleges and universities, including the majority of public institutions. The course also offers a valuable tool for guiding math and science placement for newly enrolling students. College Board is working with colleges and universities to expand credit policies and ensure that AP Precalculus sets a strong foundation for college success.
Prepares students for calculus and to succeed in both STEM and non-STEM majors. Students who take math all 4 years of high school are 140.5% more likely to be considered “college ready” and “calculus ready.”
Helps students interested in STEM majors develop an exceptionally strong foundation for calculus, the launchpad for most STEM majors. The most frequent AP Calculus AB Exam scores are 1s and 2s, highlighting the need to better prepare AP Calculus AB students.
May motivate students interested in non-STEM majors to take a fourth year of math with the opportunity to earn college credit or placement.