Math 4 Classroom Communication
Math 4 is our school's name for a PreCalculus and Trigonometric math course. If you are filling out information for college, you should check off these names as there will not be a Math 4 option.
Our textbook is called "Precalculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic" and is published by PearsonAddison Wesley (seventh edition). In understandable language, this means that this course material will be taught using these three (graphical, numerical, algebraic) approaches. Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 are strong algebraic based courses while Geometry is graphical and algebraic based. Because of this 3fold approach, students will use a graphing calculator in class every day.
Historically, algebra was used to represent problems with symbols (algebraic models) and solve them by reducing the solution to algebraic manipulation of symbols. This technique is still important today. Graphing calculators are used today to approach problems by representing them with graphs (graphical models) and solve them with numerical and graphical techniques of the technology.
The school has calculators for the students to use, but the best results occur when each student has their own calculator. Most students purchase a calculator. Types and price will be discussed by the instructor.
Daily expectations: 1. Be in class! Schedule outside appointments at other times.
2. Come prepared! Do your work! (Book, Calculator, Paper, Pencil)
3. Work hard and invest personal effort.
4. Have fun learning and discovering!
