Precalculus | 2020-21

Precalculus is a live online class for homeschoolers. Live classes are scheduled twice a week on ZOOM, with the first class consisting of a lecture introducing new material and the second designed for students to solve problems based on weekly assignments and the concepts learned in the lecture. The class can be taken live, or students can watch recordings of the classes after they have been held.

  • Precalculus is offered as a regular course with an honors option.

  • Live classes will be held from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. Eastern on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • All live meetings will be recorded.

  • For CA students, this course is a-g approved if taken through some homeschool charters. See our FAQ.

Foundational Elements

A typical week will open Saturday morning and close the following Friday night. While students may not wish to work over the weekend (and that is perfectly fine!), this timing will allow them to plan ahead, looking over upcoming assignments and preparing for the first weekly class meeting.

  • Each week will begin with a short video (posted on Saturday) introducing a new concept. This should be watched prior to Tuesday’s live lecture.

  • Homework sets will be assigned and completed through WebAssign.

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

  • Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week on classwork.

  • The instructor will be readily available for assistance throughout each week. 

Print and Digital

The class will be using Precalculus by Ron Larson. This 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

    • An interactive ebook is equipped with embedded videos from Cengage Learning that 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 loaned hard-copy text will be provided free through the Blue Tent OnLoan program so that students can utilize a variety of online and print resources that work best for their preferences and learning styles. 

  • Geogebra

    • Students will also be using the online program GeoGebra, which will allow them to create, visualize, and investigate properties of functions, vectors, matrices, topics of trigonometry, and more. 

  • Test Prep

    • In addition to the foundational textbook and online application resources that will be utilized in this class, SAT and SAT Subject Test (SAT 2) 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.

Honors Option

Students who choose the honors option will be presented with supplementary materials that reinforce, enrich, and expand on topics covered in the class.

  • Supplementary instruction will be delivered in a variety of ways, including ZOOM meetings, recorded videos, and critical thinking assignments.

  • Those choosing the honors option should plan to spend an additional 1-2 hours per week on classwork; however, some students will find they can master the core and supplementary material more efficiently than the hourly estimates.

Collaborate. Learn. Enjoy!

You will be interacting with your classmates during the live sessions as well as through a lively online forum provided through our Moodle classroom. You can post questions about the lecture, textbook sections, or homework, answer other students’ questions, or post solutions to problems. I will be available on the class forums as well and will make sure we work through the most interesting problems in our Thursday meeting.

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

 

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