Term: Yearlong 2018–19, September 4–May 24
Target Grade Level: Grade 12
Instructor: Mrs. Hope Kaboré
Schedule: M/W/F 3:30 p.m. EST, 60–75 min. (Please note that the course schedule has recently changed.)
The study of calculus offers high school students a unique opportunity to encounter surprising and beautiful mathematics that will broaden their intuitions and challenge them to think with a high level of abstraction and precision. This study, aided by James Stewart’s thorough and accessible text Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, begins with limits, an analytical tool that harnesses the power of infinite and infinitesimal transitions. Upon this foundation, the course then develops the concepts, methods, and applications of differentiation and integration. Time permitting, the study will conclude by synthesizing what has been learned through a deeper and more thorough analysis of infinite sequences and series. Throughout the year, students will be pushed to master complex methods of calculation and engage new and abstract concepts, coming out of the study as deeper thinkers and more skillful mathematicians. Students enrolled in this course will benefit from Mrs. Jekel’s thoughtful instruction and contagious enthusiasm for upper-level mathematics.
- This course is designed for students who have successfully completed a pre-calculus course (a full study of algebra, trigonometry, and function analysis).
- Scholé Academy administers placement exams in order to get to know each student and find the best learning environment for him or her, as we seek to educate our students well and wisely. Students are asked to complete a placement exam either before or after registration. Registration is finalized when the student’s placement exam has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
- Download the placement exam for Calculus here.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in mathematics.
- Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 7th Edition by James Stewart (NOTE: The instructor has chosen the 7th edition for this course. While there is a newer edition available, the core content has not changed, and the 7th edition can be purchased at a lower price.
- Study Guide for Stewart’s Single Variable Calculus: Early transcendentals, 7th Edition
- Digital tablet, such as this one from Amazon. (NOTE: Using a digital tablet in class allows students to more fully engage the course content by working out math problems on the digital whiteboard. We recommend the Wacom Intuos tablets, though similar products may be used.)
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Hope Kaboré earned a BS in Civil Engineering with a minor in Math from Texas Tech University and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to focusing on her family and homeschooling her four children, she worked in commercial land development and then taught math in middle and high school in San Antonio, TX. Seeing the gaps in the traditional school system and curriculum, and longing for her children to experience a classical, Christian education as she had, Mrs. Kaboré was led to Classical Academy Press and Scholé Academy as a parent. She has a passion for helping students see how math is applied to everyday life. Mrs Kaboré is excited to join the faculty of Scholé Academy and currently resides in Houston, TX with her family.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
Digital Tablet: Using a digital tablet in class allows students to more fully engage the course content by working out math problems on the digital whiteboard. We recommend using a Wacom Intuos tablet like this one, though similar products may be used.
from Classical Academic Press