Prepare Students for Calculus and Beyond

Our precalculus courses equip students in Grades 9–12 for college math.

Give Students a Head Start on College Math

Our two options for a high school precalculus curriculum provide the foundation students need for success in calculus and college-level math. For students who have completed Algebra 2, the courses can be an important step forward into college math or a career in the math, technology, or science fields.

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    Developed by Math Experts

    Precalculus, by former high school math teacher and current university dean Dr. Cynthia Young, and Functions Modeling Change, by members of the Harvard Calculus Consortium Connally, Hughes-Hallett, and Gleason et al, provide students the support they need for true conceptual understanding, without sacrificing rigor.

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    Improved Student Performance

    Both courses leverage a variety of tech features that enable purposeful problem solving, ensuring the rigorous content is accessible to all learners.

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    An Equitable Path to Success

    We’ve partnered with Wiley, a leader in Advanced Placement®, honors, and electives materials, to deliver advanced courses to more students across the country. Broad access to advanced-level coursework dramatically impacts students’ ability to thrive in college and beyond.

Presenting numerical, graphical, and algebraic approaches builds on different student strengths and provides students with a variety of ways to master the material. Multiple representations give students tools to persist, lowering failure rates.

Authors of Functions Modeling Change

Choose from Two Precalculus Program Offerings

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    Standout Features of Functions Modeling Change

    • The Rule of Four: To deepen students’ conceptual understanding, the program presents concepts numerically, symbolically, graphically, and verbally.
    • Concept Tests: These tests, included via PowerPoint®, work with classroom response systems (clickers). Studies show that students taught with Concept Tests outperformed students taught using traditional lecture methods.
    • Skills Refreshers: These refreshers provide a quick glance at the skills students will need to be successful in each lesson, with practice exercises ready to assign within the Ed platform.
    • A Flexible Approach: Teachers can choose the approach that fits their needs. For instance, trigonometry can be covered with unit circle first or triangles first.
    • Authentic Applications: Students create models that relate to the real world, making the math relevant, which builds understanding.
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    Standout Features of Precalculus

    • Built-in Supports: These include interactive animations that bring core concepts to life and video lectures that provide opening overviews for each chapter, covering the concepts students find the most challenging.
    • “Catch the Mistake" Exercises: Students evaluate worked-out problems to find errors. This requires a deeper understanding than just performing the exercises.
    • "Modeling Our World" Projects: Included in every section, these projects engage students with real-world data to model mathematical applications found in everyday life.
    • Parallel Words and Math: Precalc examples are shown with the words on the left and the math on the right to match the natural flow of how we read. This supports students when they work independently, mirroring the way the teacher explained the process in class.
    • Ed Online Learning System: The Ed platform provides teachers with a wealth of digital resources, including inquiry-based learning projects, lecture videos, interactive animations, technology tips, algebra refresher modules, assignable student practice, and much more.

My goal was to write a book that is seamless with how we teach and is an ally (not an adversary) to student learning.

Dr. Cynthia Young

Author of Precalculus and Founding Dean of Clemson University's College of Science

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Insights and Resources

  • Creating Equity in Math: Q&A with Dr. Adrian Mims, Founder of The Calculus Project

    Creating Equity in Math: Q&A with Dr. Adrian Mims, Founder of The Calculus Project

    Dr. Adrian Mims is the founder of The Calculus Project, an initiative to increase equity in mathematics and get students of color in a calculus class before finishing high school. Mims shares his convictions on access to mathematics and equity in math education, along with his efforts that were responsible for his success in college and founding The Calculus Project.

    Richard Blankman
    Shaped Editor

  • 4 Tips for Improving Students’ Problem Solving Skills

    4 Tips for Improving Students’ Problem Solving Skills

    A veteran educator shares four tips for improving students' problem solving skills in mathematics.

    Robert Kaplinsky
    Mathematics Educator, Long Beach, CA

  • 11 Pi Day Activities for High School Students

    11 Pi Day Activities for High School Students

    Looking for Pi Day activities for high school students? Celebrate the limitless joy of pi in your classroom with these 9 Pi Day project ideas.

    Richard Blankman
    Shaped Editor

  • Podcast: Teaching During COVID-19 with Priyank Bhatt on Teachers in America

    Podcast: Teaching During COVID-19 with Priyank Bhatt on Teachers in America

    Priyank Bhatt, a lead math teacher at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey, joins us for a follow-up episode to discuss his experiences with virtual learning as an urban educator, and the social-emotional learning required in the age of COVID-19.

    Ali Habashi
    Shaped Editor

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