This pre-calculus 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 begin by reviewing the unit circle, and build to trigonometric identities and trigonometric equations. They then examine and apply geometric and algebraic representations of vectors; conic sections; polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions; and sequences and series. Students preparing for AP Calculus BC also have the option of studying polar coordinates, parametric functions, and limits. Students demonstrate mastery through multiple-choice and short-answer test questions, discussion prompts, and both group 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