Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 11–12 (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
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Section 1: Coming soon.
New Placement Process: Click to Read
- students who are new to Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
- students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
This course is designed not only to prepare students to study calculus but also to deepen their understanding and appreciation of modern mathematics. The study begins with a thorough treatment of functions, including both the algebraic manipulation and graphical transformations thereof. Students will also learn right-triangle trigonometry and analyze the trigonometric functions, solidifying the algebraic skills necessary to study calculus. The course will conclude with an introduction to both finite and infinite sequences and series, challenging students to creatively develop methods to describe the complexities of infinite transitions—the very line of inquiry that begins the development of calculus. The course text, James Stewart’s Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, offers thorough and accessible explanations of the course material and provides an abundance of well-written and helpful exercises.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
- This course is designed for students who have successfully completed a full study of Algebra I and Algebra II.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in mathematics.
Syllabus: Coming soon.
- Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 6th Edition by James Stewart (NOTE: that the instructor has chosen the 6th edition for this course. While there is a newer edition available, the core content has not changed, and the 6th edition can be purchased at a lower price.)
- Study Guide for Stewart/Redlin/Watson’s Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 6th Edition
- Note Taking Guide for Stewart/Redlin/Watson’s Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 6th 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.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend 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 a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps 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.
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