Full-year course. AoPS Pre-Calculus fully integrates topics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis. Word problems are developed throughout the problem sets and become progressively more elaborate. With this practice, high-school level students will be able to solve challenging problems such as rate problems and work problems involving abstract quantities. Conceptually oriented problems that help prepare students for college entrance exams (such as the ACT and SAT) are included in the problem sets. This course, similar to other AoPS courses, emphasizes learning how to solve difficult problems. Students are allowed, and encouraged, to attempt problems multiple times until they master the concept. Read about the Well-Trained Mind Academy approach to Art of Problem Solving here.
Prerequisite: Completion of WTMA AoPS Algebra II or a similar rigorous or honors level Algebra 2 course; AoPS Pre-Calculus pre-test.
- Rusczyk, Richard. Pre-Calculus (the Art of Problem Solving), 2nd Edition. AoPS Incorporated, San Diego, CA, 2009, 2016. ISBN 9781934124260
Class meets three times per week for 50-55 minutes.
Class cap: 15 students.
Designed for grades 9-12.
Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Mathematics credit upon completion of this course.