Pre-Calculus

Term: Yearlong 2018–19, September 4–May 24
Target Grade Levels: Grades 11–12
Instructor: Mrs. Hope Kaboré
Schedule: M/W/F 2:00 p.m. EST, 60–75 min. (Please note that the course schedule has recently changed.)
Price: $695.00

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:

  • This course is designed for students who have successfully completed a full study of Algebra I and Algebra II.
  • 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 Pre-Calculus here.

High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in mathematics.

 

*Required Materials

  • 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.

Red checkmarkComputer: 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.

Red checkmarkHigh-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.

Red checkmarkWebCam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
WebCam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: 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

Red checkmarkZoom: 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.
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To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkDigital 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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