Pre-Calculus is a course designed for students planning on continuing to Calculus. In addition to the refinement of the techniques in Algebra 1 and 2, attention is given to understanding the concepts and theory behind the skills.
The first semester of Pre-Calculus covers trigonometric functions and graphs with applications, right triangle trigonometry, inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, application of the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines, geometric and algebraic vectors, applications of vectors, parametric equations, applications of parametric equations, analytical geometry, and systems of equations.
The second semester covers polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, and an introduction to Calculus.
A TI-84 graphing calculator will be used throughout the course. Students are expected to provide their own calculators. Students who take Pre-Calculus but have not completed an Algebra 2 course that includes Trigonometry are strongly encouraged to take an online Trigonometry class during the summer before Pre-Calculus. Students who do well in this course typically have a B or better in Algebra 2/Trigonometry. Students must register for both A & B courses