The Precalculus courses will prepare students for college Calculus. Topics covered in Precalculus A include algebraic and periodic functions, trigonometric properties, applications of trigonometric functions, and circular and parametric functions. In Precalculus B, topics include fitting functions to data, probability, polar equations, complex numbers, sequence, series, limits and derivatives. Course materials include examples from diverse online sources, interactive applets for inquiry-based learning, and real world application problems. Students also submit assignments and conduct inquiries using The Geometer's Sketchpad, a powerful mathematical modeling tool. Course activities include discussions, labs, and problem sets—offering each student a mathematics learning environment where they can understand and excel.
Course materials: The Geometer's Sketchpad software; online edition of Precalculus with Trigonometry, 2nd Edition (Key Curriculum Press); scientific or graphing calculator; other selected web sites
Standards met: These courses exceed the Minnesota 2007 Math Standards for Grades 9-11.
Credit: 1.0 (Semester A = 0.5 credit, Semester B = 0.5 credit.)
Honors Opportunity: Yes
Prerequisite: Algebra II A and B, or the equivalent, for Precalculus A. Precalculus A, or the equivalent, for Precalculus B.