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Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry

Master Teacher: Paige Jackson
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $629 for HSLDA Members / $699 for non-members

Description: Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry students build upon skills learned in Algebra 2 and Geometry. Students learn about a function’s different properties and how to manipulate them in a variety of algebraic and graphical ways. Students see these mathematical principles applied in sports, music, and card games, giving them practical examples to work from as they investigate abstract concepts. Students also discover how math works in the natural world, discovering the purposeful reality written into our universe by God. Classes encourage collaborative learning; during each live class, students have opportunities to work together and earn virtual prizes. Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry is approved for dual credit at Colorado Christian University.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 19, 2024 - May 2, 2025

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Paige Jackson

Section 2: Wednesdays, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Dawn Pruyn

Section 3:  Tuesdays, 2:00–3:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Amber Knapp

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

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  • Students Will Learn

    • How to understand trigonometric functions, applications, identities, expressions, and equations
    • How to understand and solve linear, nonlinear, and multi-variable systems of equations and inequalities both mathematically and graphically.
    • How to understand and use matrices, matrix operations, their inverses and determinants to solve systems of equations.
    • How to understand and use vectors, dot products, complex numbers and polar coordinates to solve problems.
    • How to understand and use arithmetic and geometric sequences, their sums, the binomial theorem, counting principles, permutations, combinations, and probability to solve common problems.
  • How much homework is in Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5-7 hours per week. During a typical week, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60-90 minutes of live class instruction
    • 3-4 lecture videos
    • 15-20 homework problems per lecture (self-graded)
    • 1 quiz
    • Textbook reading

    Throughout the year, students complete a test every 4 weeks as well as an exam at the end of each semester.

  • What books will I use in Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry?

    The official booklist for Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry is available now. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the Christianbook.com bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christianbook.com, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Prerequisites

    Students should complete Geometry and Algebra 2 before taking Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry. For help determining if your student is ready for this course, please use our self-graded Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry Readiness Test.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with the listed Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry class time?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.