Pre-Requisite:  Advanced Algebra

Pre-Calculus reinforces and expands upon the students’ knowledge of functions, trigonometry, and graphing in preparation for a college-level course in Calculus.  General concepts that are discussed in the course include:

  • Functions, Composition Functions, and Graphing Functions
  • Solving Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Equations of one variable
  • Graphing Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Equations on a Cartesian Plane
  • The Unit Circle and Using Trigonometric Identities
  • Graphing Sin(x), Cos(x), and Tan(x)
  • Using Logarithms to Solve Exponential Equations
  • An Introduction to Limits and Minimizing Change
  • An Introduction to the Derivative and Its Uses
  • Using Geometric Shapes to Estimate the Area Under a Curve
  • Basic Probability & Statistics, including Exploratory Data Analyses and Hypothesis Testing
  • Building Confidence Intervals for Statistics

Lessons are reinforced through various activities, including laboratory and other inquiry-based projects.  Many different types of activities are completed throughout the course, and Vernier LabPro technology is referenced and used, as well as computer software, including Microsoft EXCEL.  This course will provide students with a strong foundation in the fundamental concepts needed to study Calculus, and prepare them for an introductory-level Calculus or Probability/Statistics course in college or technical school.

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