Precalculus | Honors Precalculus | 2021-22

In these live online Precalculus and Honors Precalculus classes, homeschoolers work through daily lessons with short, teacher-recorded video instruction, guided notes, and practice problems. Students are free to complete the lessons and assignments at their own pace within each week, but the course is structured to encourage daily learning and practice.​

  • Students will meet live with their instructor and classmates for 90 minutes once a week on ZOOM in an active and engaging problem session. Live sessions will consist of examples offered by the instructor, small-group collaboration, and plenty of time to ask questions.

  • In addition to the live 90-minute class, the instructor is available throughout each week in two live, regularly scheduled study halls, that will be two hours each.

    • Students are welcome to drop in to study halls for quick questions or to stay logged in with their microphone's muted--working on their classwork and asking the instructor for on-the-spot assistance if and when questions arise.

 

Class Details

  • Two full-year Precalculus classes are offered: Precalculus and Honors Precalculus.

  • Dates: August 16, 2021-May 13, 2022

    • See our FAQ for a complete list of days, times, and breaks for 2021-22.​

  • Live Classes:

    • Precalculus | Thursday 2-3:30p.m. Eastern

    • Honors Precalculus | Thursday 4-5:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Study Halls:

    • Tuesday | 3:30-5:30 p.m. Eastern

    • Thursday | 6-8 p.m. Eastern

  • Live and Recorded: All live classes will be held on Zoom. Students who attend live classes are asked to please keep their webcams on. Live sessions will be recorded for those who miss classes or prefer to watch later.

  • For age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class-fit recommendations for all classes, please see our FAQ page.

  • For CA students, these courses are a-g approved if taken through some homeschool charters. See our FAQ.

The Course Foundation

A typical week might include a variety of elements:

  • Homework sets will be assigned and completed through WebAssign.

  • Short quizzes will check knowledge of the instructional content, and tests will be given periodically to measure mastery of concepts.

  • Games (similar to Kahoot and Jeopardy)--where students solve puzzles/riddles and complete Precalculus-related assignments--can be expected, especially in review weeks.

  • Each week will incorporate some sort of real-life application.

  • Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week (which includes the live Zoom session) in Precalculus and 7-9 hours per week in Honors Precalculus.  

Print and Digital

The class will use the most current edition (10th edition) of Precalculus by Ron Larson. This well-regarded textbook offers both an algebraic and graphical approach to topics in functions, trigonometry, matrices, probability, and analytical geometry. Each section engages students in explorations of problem solving, strengthens critical-thinking skills through technology and study tips, and develops why precalculus is important through real-life applications.

 

  • Aligned Interactive Resources

    • Students will access homework assignments in WebAssign, a platform that is widely used by colleges and universities across the country. Through this online resource, the instructor tailors weekly assignments and can offer supplementary practice to students who need it. Using WebAssign will also give students experience with a digital platform they are likely to see in future college math classes. 

    • An optional interactive ebook available through WebAssign is equipped with embedded videos from Cengage Learning that supplement examples in the hard-copy text. The ebook also allows students to bookmark pages and concepts they feel are important to review.

    • A hard-copy text can be borrowed free through the Blue Tent OnLoan program so that students have the choice of a printed text, an ebook, or both--opting for what work best for their preferences and learning styles. 

  • Test Prep

    • In addition to the foundational textbook and online application resources that will be utilized in this class, SAT practice will be interwoven during the year to familiarize students with new content and sound test-taking strategies.

    • Supplementary instruction will cover mathematical concepts such as data analysis, probability and statistics, which have not traditionally been a part of a precalculus class, but which are now making their way into recent versions of standardized tests.

Precalculus or Honors Precalculus?

  • Precalculus: 

    • Do you want to dive deeper into topics of Algebra 2 and Trigonometry without the added fast-paced topics of Calculus? 

    • This class is designed for students who are looking to satisfy their fourth high school math credit but are not pursuing AP Calculus as their next math class.

    • Students will cover the many topics of Precalculus at a slower pace that will allows them to go deeper into each concept, mastering each skill before moving on to a new unit. Beginning with an extensive Algebra 2 review, the class will then move into the famous topics of Trigonometry,  and tip their toes into Linear Algebra before ending the year with Probability and Statistics. 

  • Honors Precalculus: 

    • Do you plan to take AP Calculus in high school? If so, dive into this fast-paced, thorough class that will cover the topics of a typical Precalculus class and more!

    • This class is designed for students who intend to move on to AP Calculus or to a college-level Calculus class.

    • In addition to covering the many topics within the textbook, students will also dive into topics they will definitely see again in AP Calculus AB and BC. Think of it as sort of a head start. 

    • Before fall break, students will complete a quick Algebra 2 review, before tackling the many interesting aspects of Trigonometry. They'll look at systems of equations in ways they've never seen before, learn the ins and outs of sequences, and complete the year with sections on conics (circles, parabolas, ellipses, hyperbolas) and limits of equations.

    • Students will soon be saying that infamous line from Mean Girls, "the limit does not exist," with confidence. ​

Collaborate. Learn. Enjoy!

Students will be interacting with their classmates during the live sessions as well as through an online forum provided through their Moodle classroom.

  • They can post questions about the live and recorded instruction, textbook sections, or homework.

  • Or they might answer other students’ questions or post solutions to problems.

  • The instructor will be available in the class forums as well and will make sure to work through the most interesting problems in the Thursday class meeting.

Through live (or recorded) instruction, a variety of interactive resources, and a friendly online classroom, this course is designed to help students efficiently and successfully learn and enjoy Precalculus!

 

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