Pre-calculus weaves together concepts of algebra and geometry into a preparatory course for calculus. The course focuses on the mastery of critical skills and exposure to new skills necessary for success in subsequent math courses. Topics include quadratic, exponential, logarithmic,radical, polynomial, and rational functions; matrices; and conic sections in the first semester. The second semester covers an introduction to infinite series, trigonometric ratios, functions, and equations; inverse trigonometric functions; applications of trigonometry, including vectors; polar equations and polar form of complex numbers; arithmetic of complex numbers; and parametric equations.
Connections are made throughout the course to calculus and a variety of other fields related to mathematics. Purposeful concentration is placed on how the concepts covered relate to each other. Demonstrating the connection between the algebra and the geometry of concepts highlights the interwoven nature of the study of mathematics.
- Unit 1: Discrete Mathematics
- Unit 2: Trigonometric Ratios
- Unit 3: Graph Trigonometric Functions
- Unit 4: Trigonometric Laws and Identities
- Unit 5: Complex Numbers and Vectors
- Unit 6: Semester Review
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- 4 years of Math