Pre-Calculus Honors (MATH450)
1.0 (yearlong course)
Honors Algebra 2 (MATH350) or equivalent; or special permission from the Mathematics Lead Teacher
This course will cover topics common to most traditional pre-calculus courses such as the following: linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, polar coordinates, and vectors. It also incorporates topics including probability, statistics, and an introduction to limits.
Applications to real-world events and graphing calculators are extensively woven into the course.
The honors track includes a deeper focus on critical thinking and analytical skills by providing students with more challenging problems and assignments. These elements will prepare students to be successful in future upper-level and AP® courses.
The recommended sequence for students wishing to pursue advanced math classes: MATH150, MATH250, MATH350, MATH400, followed by their choice of MATH500, MATH510, or MATH520.
Students need access to a scanner or digital camera (phone is fine) in order to submit work for the teacher to review. Students will also need a TI-84 graphing calculator for this course.
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 investigate how all of these beautiful, 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.