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High School Pre-Calculus Curriculum

High School Pre-Calculus Curriculum
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Time4Learning’s pre-calculus curriculum is one of five math courses offered at the high school level. Students aiming to apply to a selective four-year college or who plan to major in a math or science-related field should complete a pre-calculus course in high school.

Our online pre-calculus course is taught using a combination of multimedia lessons, instructional videos, quizzes, tests, and other projects. All instruction is standards-based and helps to prepare students for college math courses.

On this page, you will discover what topics are covered in a high school pre-calculus course, learn more about the general objectives for pre-calculus, and find out how families can use Time4Learning as their core curriculum or as a pre-calculus summer course.

What Do You Learn in Pre-Calculus?

Pre-calculus is a year-long course that provides a structured entry to advanced studies while building on concepts learned in previous high school math courses. Designed to be taken after Algebra II, pre-calculus builds upon students’ understanding of various aspects of functions and expands their knowledge of trigonometric functions, all while helping them make connections between geometry and algebra.

Time4Learning’s online pre-calculus course for high school students is made up of the following 10 chapters:

  • Functions and Modeling
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytic Trigonometry
  • Complex Numbers and Polar Coordinates
  • Vectors
  • Matrices
  • Systems and Matrices
  • Analytic Geometry
  • Sequences and Series
  • Limits

Learning Objectives for Pre-Calculus

The topics that are covered in pre-calculus encourage students to use problem solving and prepare them for future pursuits that may include STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) careers. Pre-calculus emphasizes mathematical analysis and critical thinking rather than just the memorization of facts.

Throughout the pre-calculus course, students will reach for the following goals:

  • Make connections between numeric, graphical, and algebraic representations of relations and functions
  • Use mathematical modeling to solve real-world problems
  • Apply a variety of techniques to solve equations, inequalities, and systems

Why Choose Time4Learning’s High School Pre-Calculus Curriculum?

Research shows that technology-enhanced learning can improve mathematical skills at the high school level. Time4Learning’s online pre-calculus course is designed to help students acquire, practice, and apply skills and knowledge. Our standards-based content develops students’ ability to make sense of problems and reason abstractly–core skills needed for all advanced mathematics courses.

Some of the reasons that our pre-calculus curriculum is so popular with families and students include:

As a Full Curriculum
  • The course emphasizes higher order thinking skills and uses practical, real-life math examples to teach the material.
  • Motivating, media-rich content keeps students engaged.
  • To accommodate students of all learning styles and diverse abilities, information is delivered in multiple formats including instructional video, animated models, graphs, and text.
  • The curriculum offers challenging content, relevant activities, assessments, and real-time feedback.
  • Each lesson includes assessments to determine whether students have mastered the lesson objectives.
  • A customizable assignment calendar helps students track the coursework they should be completing each day.
  • The system tracks student progress, and keeps printable reports that parents can turn into high school transcripts or include with homeschool portfolios.
As a Supplement
  • Powerful interactive instruction helps students build content knowledge and essential skills on individual topics.
  • Visual learners will especially benefit from on-screen teachers who present learning objectives, explain concepts, and model math strategies.
  • Students are taught step-by-step methods (identifying questions, clues, and strategies, and checking their work) when solving problems.
  • Students can work through the concepts sequentially or focus on specific areas where they need additional remediation.
  • The flexibility of the curriculum allows families to use it as a supplement to other mathematics programs or even as a pre-calculus summer course for high school students.
  • Detailed reporting tools help parents monitor student engagement, progress, and achievement along the way.

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