Pre-Calculus

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Teacher: Noelle Bandy
Date/Time: Wednesday - 12:45 PM to 2:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 11th, 12th
Department: Math
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

Description

This course will cover the topics normally covered in a high school pre-calculus course. This course is normally taken by students in grade eleven or twelve. Students should have completed Algebra 2 before enrolling in Pre-Calculus. A detailed course outline can be found at the website https://www.derekowens.com/course_info_precalculus.php 

Fees
The cost of the course is $390 per semester (preferred) or $88 per month for nine months. Registration fees for homeschool classes at various locations (LAC, Metro, etc.) also apply. Students will need to purchase a copy of the Student Workbook, which should be around $25 each semester. Videos of all class lectures will be provided on line at no additional cost.

Payment can be made through Venmo or Paypal, or by check directly to Mrs. Bandy.  Do not make payment through the Derek Owens website.


Lecture Notes and Class Time
Class time will primarily be spent on instruction. Students should bring their Student Workbook to each class, or a printout of the pages for that week. The pages of the workbook are identical to the instructor's lecture notes, except the student version has the solutions and answers deleted. During the lecture the students take notes and solve the example problems in the workbook.

Videos of the lectures are also available online, and these videos go through the same lecture notes, point by point. Students use the videos to cover any material that time constraints did not permit us to cover in our weekly class. Or, if a student misses a class or needs to review the material, all of the course content is available online. It is possible to take the entire course online via distance learning, and many students have done so.


Textbook
There is no longer an additional textbook needed for this class.  Students need only the printed Student Workbook which can be purchased at www.lulu.com (search for Derek Owens Precalculus) or printed at home or locally by a printer service.


Homework, Tests and Grades
Students will be given specific assignments to complete each week. Assignments will consist of Practice Problems from the workbook and textbook, instructional videos online, and written assignments.

In this class there is a distinction between Practice Problems and Homework Problems. Practice Problems are found in the workbook and textbook, and students check their answers with the solutions provided. Homework assignments and tests are printed from the website, completed, and turned in for a grade.

To maximize instructional time in class, tests will be given at home. One final exam for each semester will be taken in class at the end of each semester. Students will receive a numerical grade for each semester and for the year. The grade is calculated based on tests, graded homework and the final exams.


Difficulty Level

This course will be offered at regular and Honors level.  Students may choose which they think is more appropriate after completing a chapter or two of the course.


Internet Access
Access to a computer with a high speed internet connection is strongly recommended. Instructional materials such as lecture videos, lecture notes, homework assignments and tests will be available over the internet. Graded assignments and tests may also be returned via email in order to provide more timely feedback. Progress reports will be put on the website and updated regularly.


Course Contents and Syllabus

Can be found at https://www.derekowens.com/course_info_precalculus.php