The PreCalc crew has lost a little of their momentum, as we dive into brand-new territory. Trig functions and matrices have been a challenge for many, resulting in a lower (and much more normal-looking) grade distribution. Grades are still good, but no longer the overwhelming rock-star scene we saw at quarter break.
The classes spent three weeks on trig functions, eating up all of our scheduled flex days and then some, but it was worthwhile. We are now covering the material that separates a 25 from a 30 on the ACT, where a single high-level question can cost a full point. As always, the goal is to prepare students for the rigor and complexity of post-secondary education!
Looking forward, we need to think about the end-game. Two more chapters, 4.5 weeks, and it's time for finals already! Please remember to look through the syllabus and website for any questions. The final for PreCalc is a whopping 20% of the semester grade (transitioning to college-thinking, remember), so students need to start planning ahead. All this math is also great review for the ACT, which many of our Juniors will be taking this winter/spring. As always, if you have questions, I'm more than willing to help!
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