The purpose of the pre-calculus course is to emphasize the basic properties of functions, expand upon algebra topics from prior courses, and introduce other skills necessary for the study of calculus. Topics include, but are not limited to, polynomial, rational, exponential, inverse, and circular functions; vectors; conic sections; trigonometry of right triangles, trigonometric equations; solutions of oblique triangles; and trigonometric identities. This course is not required, but it is strongly recommended for the college bound student pursuing a discipline that is mathematically related. A scientific calculator is required for some portions of the course.
Prerequisite: Algebra 2
This 6-week course is offered for first time credit, for credit grade replacement, or for non-credit enrichment in preparation for taking the course in the future. Please check with your school regarding credit from outside institutions.
Emmanuel Decena has 23 years of experience in education. He currently teaches Precalculus and Calculus Advanced classes at American Heritage School. This is his 7th year of teaching at American Heritage School, but he has experience teaching in public, virtual, and international schools as well. He has a MS in Education from Nova Southeastern University. His specialty is distilling complex math concepts into smaller parts that can be learned by students with different levels of math skills. He is pleased to have had some of his recent math students admitted to top schools such as Harvard, NYU, UCLA, and UPenn to name a few.
A class may be canceled if fewer than 6 students enroll. A specific teacher is not guaranteed. To protect the privacy rights of all, there is absolutely no videotaping or recording. Students must be age appropriate for the course. Young children must be supervised by a parent at all times. It is the parent’s responsibility to check with their child’s school when seeking credit for a course.