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with Cody Hutcheson
This yearlong, twice-weekly "flipped classroom" Precalculus clinic is intended for homeschooled students preparing for Calculus. Students will have lectures, assignments to study at home, and aligned classroom sessions to receive in-person instruction, work on problem areas, ask questions, and engage in enrichment activities to enhance comprehension. Topics studied include but are not limited to conic sections, exponential and logarithmic functions, vectors, trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, and matrices and complex numbers.
Prerequisite: Algebra II. Placement assessments and/or formal grades are available on request.
Astronomy- 1st 9 weeks
with Haley Rice
Astronomy is often the driving inspiration to hone math as a skill. Using it as a means to understand the night sky, applied math can turn even those who struggle into a star student.
The following textbook has been used in real college courses. It contains comprehensive information on space, from the study of distances to exoplanets, to stars and galaxies. It is unnecessary for students to purchase the entire textbook—scanned copies of excerpts and problem sets are easily shareable through Skype or other virtual communication services.
Classes would occur one time a week for two hours per session. Regular homework activities will include reading small parts of the textbook, marking stars on monthly star charts, and becoming well-versed with the night sky and deep sky objects. Math problem sets are dependent on the grade level of the course.
Learning Materials: Astronomy Today, 9th Edition (~$120) (Currently own the 8th Ed, which can be supplemented with astronomy news from Martian Press) Sky & Telescope star charts Laptop/Tablet Pencils Colored Pencils
with Avery Beckham
This course is intended to be an Algebra II course with some Trigonometry. The goal will be to foster a solid conceptual and ap- plicable understanding of polynomials and systems of equations, as well as trigonometric functions. Topics covered will include functions, the algebra of polynomial functions, the fundamental theorem of alge- bra, solving square and cubic polynomials, an introduction to complex numbers, and trigonometric functions and identities, with a focus on understanding how these identities are derived as well as what they represent and how they are used. This is a full year course covered in one semester. The class meets twice a week for 17 weeks in 2 hour class sessions.