One of the scary things for me as a homeschool mom was getting in to upper level math. As if Algebra wasn’t bad enough, what was I to do about precalculus?
Precalculus is more than the course you take before calculus. Precalculus give you the background for the mathematical concepts, problems, issues, and techniques that appear in calculus, including trigonometry, function, complex numbers, vectors, and matrices.
Precalculus is another math stepping stone, to skip it would mean losing out on some of your mathematical maturity. It is another means for developing your problem solving skills and strategies for moving into calculus.
Precalculus is used in such careers as engineers (mechanical, electrical, chemical, etc), any physics or chemistry related field pharmaceutical scientists, and safety engineers.
I have two suggestion for help with precalculus.
- Cheat Sheets – now I am not implying that you or your student should be cheating in any sense of the word. What I am saying is that there are many awesome reference sheets for the various levels of mathmetics that include pertinant information and formulas for that level. Precalculus is no different. A simple Internet search turns up a plethora of options for you to print and use!
- Outside Teaching/Instruction – Seek someone else to do the teaching or instruction for you. While each family is different and has different budgets and needs, you can seek outside assistance for the most troublesome subject areas. You can see a Precalculus clip about Functions and Polynomials.