High School Math 3B*
Why This Class
To excel at school and in life, your student needs to hone the skill of abstract thinking: the ability to see beyond the here-and-now and recognize the patterns and connections between ideas. This course helps by training your student in the tools of advanced algebra, applying the fundamentals of arithmetic to abstract scenarios.
Mentors in this course guide students on an exploration of rational, logarithmic, sinusoidal, inverse, and composite functions. Students also learn to model real-world situations with statistics. By doing so, they learn lifelong skills including data interpretation and advanced handling of measurements, proportions, and equations. In the process, they prepare for post-secondary math courses or a high school diploma and expand their view of math as a real-world problem-solving tool.
By the end of this course, students gain confidence in the process of using a concrete set of principles to solve an abstract problem. This new skill prepares them to excel in future math learning—and to think more creatively and dynamically in every area of life.
What are the powers of an imaginary unit?
What are sigma notation and arithmetic series?
What are the properties of logarithms?
What are the trigonometric values of special angles?
How can I find the midline and amplitude of sinusoidal functions from a graph?
Readings for Live Course*
Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh
This course requires a Scientific or Graphing Calculator. Please see the book list in SIS for details.
*If your student is taking the self-paced version of this course, no texts or materials are required.
Recommended Grade: 11th (Junior)
Prerequisites: High School Math 3A OR Algebra 2A
Estimated Weekly Hours: 5-7
Format: Live, self-paced, independent
*This course is equivalent to Algebra 2B.