Course Description

With an emphasis on function families and their representations, Precalculus is a thoughtful introduction to advanced studies leading to calculus. The course briefly reviews linear equations, inequalities, and systems and moves purposefully into the study of functions. Students then discover the nature of graphs and deepen their understanding of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Scaffolding rigorous content with clear instruction, the course leads students through an advanced study of trigonometric functions, matrices, and vectors..
Course Objectives
Throughout the course, you will meet the following goals:
• Analyze and interpret the structure of polynomial, rational, and exponential functions
• Communicate effectively using graphic, numeric, symbolic, and verbal representations
• Explore mathematical reasoning used in trigonometric functions
• Demonstrate and understanding of matrices and solve systems using matrix equations
• Explore and calculate theoretical probabilities and develop a probability distribution for a random variable
• Classify conic equations and construct graphs of conic sections

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