AP Precalculus centers on functions modeling dynamic phenomena. This research-based exploration of functions is designed to better prepare students for college-level calculus and provide grounding for other mathematics and science courses. In this course, students study a broad spectrum of function types that are foundational for careers in mathematics, physics, biology, health science, social science, and data science. Furthermore, as AP Precalculus may be the last mathematics course of a student's secondary education, the course is structured to provide a coherent capstone experience and is not exclusively focused on preparation for future courses. The AP Precalculus course is strongly recommended for students planning to take AP Calculus.
Prerequisite & Recommendations:
Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2
Why AP Precalculus?
- Satisfies 3rd or 4th math for FHSP + Endorsement
- May be beneficial in admissions process, particularly at more competitive universities
- College-level coursework that prepares students for AP Calculus or college Calculus
- Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit, advanced placement or both for a college math course
Who should consider taking AP Precalculus?
- Completing STEM or non-STEM DLA endorsement path:
- Want advanced mathematics coursework to support college/career plans in STEM or Business & Industry
- Want to complete college-level coursework as a capstone math course in high school
- Want preparation for AP Calculus or college calculus
- Want opportunity to potentially earn college credit and/or advanced placement through AP exam
- Want coursework to be competitive in admissions process or scholarship opportunities