This course covers a full year of pre-calculus in eight weeks by addressing the algebraic and trigonometric concepts that lay the foundation for AP Calculus AB or BC. Students graph and solve polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions and apply these functions to model the relationship between different quantities in the real world. They explore the unit circle, solve trigonometric equations, and study abstract applications by proving trigonometric identities. Students then examine and apply algebraic representations of matrices, vectors, sequences and series, and conic sections by understanding the patterns and behaviors associated with these concepts. The course concludes with an introduction to calculus through limits. Students preparing for AP Calculus BC also have the option of studying polar coordinates, parametric functions, and derivatives. Students demonstrate mastery through traditional and alternative assessments, discussion prompts, reflection on their learning, group collaboration, and individual projects.
Summer courses are for-credit opportunities for ambitious students to get a jump on the next academic year. Students participating in these courses should plan to devote 25-30 hours per week for eight weeks to their course. Students will receive grades and comments in these classes, which are the equivalent of year-long, high-school level courses. Because of the pacing and intensity of for-credit summer courses, there is little flexibility; students must be available and have internet access for all eight weeks of the course.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry and Algebra II or equivalent
Approved by: the NCAA and UC Schools
Course Year: June 11 - August 3, 2018
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B.A., Cornell University
M.A., Columbia University
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