Pre-Calculus is an honors-designated college preparatory course, ideal for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for mathematics. It that combines knowledge of algebra, with its equations and functions, and geometry, with its visual representations and trigonometric concepts, into a cohesive foundation that prepares the student for the study of calculus or for college mathematics courses beyond the high school career. Because functions are the foundation of calculus, this course has been specifically developed to give math students a thorough comprehension of elementary functions in graphical, numerical and analytical representations—integrating previous learning with deeper mastery. Use of a graphing utility and the inclusion of realistic applications furthers the appreciation and understanding of concepts. Topics include: linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions and inequalities; introduction of trigonometric functions, connected to the triangle trigonometry studied previously in Geometry courses; polar coordinates, complex numbers and introductory statistics.
Suggested Grade Level: 11–12