Pre-Calculus Honors (MATH450)
1.0 (yearlong course)
Honors Algebra 2 (MATH350) or equivalent; or special permission from the Mathematics Lead Teacher
Pre-Calculus Honors covers those topics common to most traditional pre-calculus courses (linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, polar coordinates and vectors) but also incorporates topics including probability, statistics, and an introduction to limits. Applications to real world events and graphing calculators are also woven into the course extensively. Technology and graphing calculators are used extensively in this course to reinforce the concepts covered. All students must possess a TI-84 graphing calculator.
Access to a scanner or digital camera is necessary for this course as students will be required to submit work on assignments frequently throughout the semester/year. Usage of a graphing calculator is also a requirement in this course. Only the TI-84 family is supported by our instructors.
This course is a part of the honors track, and intentional focus will be on the required knowledge, critical thinking, and analytical skills needed to prepare a student to be successful in future upper-level and Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses.
MATH150, MATH250, MATH350, MATH450, followed by their choice of MATH500, MATH510, or MATH520.
What do robotic arms, weightlessness, space, radars, Mozart, cancer, and highway transportation all have in common? Precalculus! Have you ever wondered how some bridges could manage to carry all the weight that they do? Do you love the challenge of math and science? Does it excite you to meet a challenging math application problem? Are you considering a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math)? Is calculus in your future? If so, then you will want to join us as we explore the exciting world of precalculus! This course will be challenging, but we will learn how to visualize functions better than we ever have before and investiage how all of these becautiful, mathematical concepts apply to the world around us.
If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.