Precalculus Honors

Course No: 2313
Subject: Mathematics
Grade Level: 11
Course Length: Year
Course Type: AP/Honors, Elective
UC/CSU Subject Approval: C
Prerequisite: Grades of B or better in both semesters of Algebra 2H (or B- or below in Algebra 2H/successful completion of Algebra 1 Accelerated and a successful petition to department chair given suitable grade and recommendation from Geometry, Geometry Honors, or Geometry Accelerated.
Criteria for Enrollment: Approval of Department Chair, based on: teacher recommendation; satisfactory national test scores; past performance in Math, especially Algebra 2H. Students who take Algebra 1 Accelerated and are moving into the Honors level cannot do so via the summer Geometry course. If a student takes Algebra 1 Accelerated and the summer Geometry course, then they must take Precalculus Accelerated as a sophomore.
Fulfillments: Elective for juniors fulfilling six-semester graduation requirement

Precalculus mathematics is a course designed for the student who intends to continue the study of mathematics in the direction of the natural or physical sciences and is an intensive preparation for Calculus.  Most of the course is an analysis of families of functions and relations – polynomials; rational function; radical functions; trigonometric functions, including an intense study of right triangle trigonometry, its applications to vectors, circular functions, and trigonometric identities; logarithmic functions; and exponential functions — and their graphs both algebraically and through the graphing calculator, including an introduction to the fundamental aspects of Calculus. Significant independent work is considered a requirement for this course – students will be asked to perform independent study tasks, including (but not limited to) viewing and taking notes from screencasts, taking online quizzes, and collaborative learning. A Texas Instruments TI-83 or TI-84 series graphing calculator is required.

*Class receives honors weighting in SI weighted GPA and UC/CSU GPA calculations