High School Precalculus
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Students hoping to advance their studies to include calculus first need to face precalculus in high school or college. This requires not only a basic understanding of algebra, geometry and trigonometry, but also knowledge of the TI-84 graphing calculators. This Precalculus for High School Students Web Guide spotlights the resources students need to prepare and excel in their precalculus classes.
- Math and arithmetic Web sites can sometimes be far more helpful than their design suggests. Though not aesthetically pleasing, many of these sites provide valuable observations that can help students and teachers alike.
- Be aware that not all answer and tutorial sites are created equal. Online communities and message boards can be helpful, but remember to double-check the work of those providing answers or ask your teacher for advice.
- There are countless precalculus teaching tutorials that you can download for free or purchase for a small charge. Not all programs are equal in quality and accessibility, however, so don’t be afraid to ask your teacher for suggestions.
Use the Teaching High School Precalculus section to find the resources needed to help students make the transition from high school mathematics to college level calculus.
- University math departments often include practice materials on their official Web sites that can be used to compile extra practice exercises for students.
- Many mathematics Web sites that are unattractive or hard to navigate are full of good, free education resources. Although findingDulcinea usually weeds out sites for poor design, we’ve made some exceptions here to bring you as much information as possible.
The Web provides plenty of precalculus resources for parents so you can refresh your mathematical skills or even start from scratch. And if that isn’t enough, there are a number of opportunities to find precalculus help outside of the home.
- The TI-84 is the graphing calculator of choice for precalculus students and can be purchased online from most electronics retailers. Details about the calculator’s capabilities and pricing can be found on the Texas Instruments Web site. Pearson Education provides online tutorials for the TI-84 for those unfamiliar with graphing calculators.