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Re: How much of Alg 2 and Trig book is enough?

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  • babe4robert
    Thank you for taking the time to give me such a thorough answer. ... 1-8 ... The ... stop ... distinctions ... the ... years ... Precalculus ... would ... with
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      Thank you for taking the time to give me such a thorough answer.


      --- In MathWithoutBorders@yahoogroups.com, David Chandler
      <davidchaler@...> wrote:
      >
      > On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 8:12 PM, babe4robert mamasheep@... wrote:
      >
      > > **
      > > How much of Foerster's 2006 (Classics edition) Algebra and Trig book
      > >
      > > constitutes one full high school credit for Alg 2? It classifies Ch
      1-8
      > > as intermediate alg, then ch 9-12 as advanced alg, with ch 13-15
      > > classified as trig.
      > >
      > I personally don't think in terms of "credit" in a homeschool context.
      The
      > whole text is appropriate for an Algebra 2 course. If you want to
      stop
      > short of that for your child, that's up to you. I don't make
      distinctions
      > between intermediate and advanced. I teach the whole text including
      the
      > Trig in my classes at school. Some people extend the course over two
      years
      > and call it Alg 2 and Precalculus, but I recommend Foerster's
      Precalculus
      > text for a Precalculus course. If you really need to know what topics
      would
      > constitute credit, such as for transfer to a public school, consult
      with
      > your local schools.
      >
      > >
      > > In your opinion, would just ch 1-8 fulfill a standard high school
      Alg 2
      > > course of study for a full credit? Should an average math student
      > > reasonably be expected to complete this entire book in one school
      year?
      > >
      > Any math student should do what is right for them. If your student
      plans to
      > take calculus in either high school or college, they should take as
      much
      > prior work as possible. One topic is not "harder" or "easier" than
      > another. It should all be absorbed at a pace the student can handle.
      Alg 2
      > is frequently not considered a required course for high school
      graduation,
      > so if your student is not mathematically inclined and does not plan to
      take
      > much math or science, do as much as possible and stop.
      >
      > > 935 pages, plus a 100-page appendix!!! OvO !
      > >
      > It's all good math. Do it at a sustainable pace, which depends on the
      > student.
      >
      > >
      > > And if ch 1-8 would constitute a complete Alg 2, then would ch 13-15
      > > reasonably satisfy requirements for 1/2 credit in trig?
      > >
      > > If we leave out ch 9-12 (adv alg), would student be prepared for
      > > precalculus?
      > >
      > I don't agree with the distinctions between intermediate and advanced
      > topics. All of it (with the possible exception of the Trig) should be
      > covered in Alg 2. Omit the Trig only if they are planning to take it
      in
      > Precalculus.
      >
      > > Finally, do your instructional dvd's for Alg 2 teach the entire
      book?
      > >
      > Yes. The DVD covers the entire book.
      >
      > >
      > > Thank you!
      > > Diane
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
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