The Pre-Calculus Program
Pre-Calculus courses consist of a review of Algebra 2 and an introduction to Trigonometry.Students must enter this course with a good understanding of the basic properties of real/complex numbers, methods of solution to linear/quadratic equations and inequalities, properties of exponents and/or polynomial expressions, mathematical models to represent various problem-solving situations, how to graph quadratic relations, and solving linear systems. They must also be well acquainted with the dynamics of the graphing calculator.
Students will study a variety of topics in depth in advanced algebra, including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic relations and functions, polynomial inequalities, and operations on functions. They will learn how to graph these functions with and without the use of technology, and use technology appropriately in solving problems. Students will apply a variety of function models to problem-solving situations. Course content also includes conics, trigonometric functions, relationships, and identities, modeling periodic behavior, the laws of sines and cosines, and polarity.