Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry

Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
Two Semesters
On Credit Each Semester
Students who have successfully completed Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 may sign up for this course.

Special Note: A TI-83 or TI-84 Graphing Calculator is required for this course.

Pre-Calculus extends the foundations of algebra and functions developed in previous courses to new functions, including exponential and logarithmic functions, and to higher-level sequences and series. The course provides students with the skills and understandings that are necessary for advanced manipulation of angles and measurement. Pre-Calculus is made up of five strands: Polar Coordinates and Complex Numbers; Functions; Quadratic, Polynomial, and Rational Equations and Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Equations and Functions; and Parametric Equations. Students will also advance their understanding of imaginary numbers through an investigation of complex numbers and polar coordinates. The course is designed for students who expect math to be a major component of their future college and career experiences, and as such it is designed to provide students with strong foundations for calculus and other higher-level math courses.

Trigonometry provides students with the skills and understandings that are necessary for advanced manipulation of angles and measurement. Trigonometry provides the foundation for common periodic functions that are encountered in many disciplines, including music, engineering, medicine, and finance (and nearly all other STEM disciplines). Trigonometry consists of seven strands: Conics, Unit Circle, Geometry, Periodic Functions, Identities, Polar Coordinates and Vectors. Students will also advance their understanding of imaginary numbers through an investigation of complex numbers and polar coordinates. A strong understanding of complex and imaginary numbers is a necessity for fields such as engineering and computer programming. 

Students wanting to take this class should sign up for Pre-Calculus first semester.
Students wanting to take this class should sign up for Trigonometry second semester.