Prerequisite: Problem Solving 2: Algebra and Geometry or equivalent (must not have had Pre-Calculus)
College Prep Mathematics covers topics and skills that are necessary for success in mathematics courses taught in the college environment as requirements in many fields. This includes topics from Algebra II and Pre-Calculus, as well as core geometry and statistics concepts. Ideas from financial mathematics are also included. The intent of the course is to assist students who may have struggled in mathematics in the past, so that they are prepared for standardized tests (SAT/ACT) and ultimately prepared to do college-level mathematics. The following is a rough and tentative outline of the course:
- The fall term covers mathematical thinking, confronting non-routine questions like those on standardized tests (ACT/SAT), and the core algebraic and geometric knowledge necessary to address them. The term ends with a final exam.
- The winter term expands upon the algebra of the fall term to cover these topics in more depth, as well as pre-calculus topics. Students will be expected to complete a final project based on topics covered throughout the term.
- The spring term develops basic ideas of statistics, as well as mathematical ideas in the understanding of financial topics. Students will be expected to complete a project based on topics covered throughout the term.
Throughout the year, technology tools including Fathom and Excel will be used as needed, with the goal of making the student a competent user by the end of the course. Online learning tools also form a part of the course, and with the goal of helping students develop as autonomous learners.