Prerequisite: Permission of the department and either Peddie’s Problem Solving 2: Algebra and Geometry Honors course or an in-depth background in fundamental functions (including trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic)
Pre-Calculus Honors is a rigorous course involving a thorough investigation of numerous and varied mathematical concepts to fully prepare students for the study of calculus. Beginning with a review of functions (linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, inverse, trigonometric), and their applications (vectors, polar coordinates, parametric equations, de Moivre’s theorem, etc.), the course includes treatments of sequences and series, probability, and combinatorics, with an emphasis on proof and mathematical rigor. In the spring, the course follows the beginning of the Calculus BC syllabus with a focus on differential calculus and its applications. Students completing this course with distinction are eligible to enroll in the AP Calculus BC course in the following year.