Advanced Math (Pre-Calculus)
Deeply and creatively explore mathematical concepts in preparation for collegiate studies
minimum 8, maximum 16
Class options: (Meets once/week)
Pre-requisites for class:
Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry
1 math credit
Most students complete Algebra 2, shout for joy, and promise never to look at another math class again. It’s understandable. Math can be difficult. Honestly, many topics learned throughout high school math seem so useless. And in all honesty, some students will never have to use these skills again. However, some of them will.
This course is designed for students who are preparing to take a College Algebra course (or higher), a college CLEP test, are preparing for the ACT, or just want a little more math in their lives.
This course will provide a comprehensive review of key skills from the high school curricula. Through a combination of paper and pencil mathematics, in-class discussion, and online explorations your student will expand their understanding of advanced mathematics.
They will also have the opportunity to use their math skills in creative ways. We will look at real business models and learn how to maximize profits while minimizing costs. We will follow the trail of an evil criminal and save the world before all calculators are destroyed (oh the HORROR!). In the spring semester, students will use their comprehensive graphing skills to design and make a model of a stained glass window.
Yes, math can be difficult…but it can also be FUN!
Required Books & Materials
No textbook required
Access to a computer or tablet for web based assignments
Calculator (TI 30XS or Higher, TI-84 Plus recommended for students preparing for a college math/science program)
Ability to print assignments when needed
Classwork / Homework
Activities will include traditional paper and pencil mathematics and a variety of projects that allow for the application of what has been learned throughout your student’s high school curricula. Grades will be based on class participation, homework completion, traditional tests, and project assessments.
Approximately 3-4 hours per week on homework assignments