Mr. Dresback's Web Page
Westran High School
Welcome to Mr. Dresback's web page!
This page was developed to pass on general information regarding the math classes taught by Mr. Dresback. Of particular interest should be the assignment sheets - which list all of the assignments in order as well as the major tests that we will have. (The teacher reserves the right to edit or alter these during class when the need arises.) The pace for each class is slightly different but as a general rule about 3 assignments per full week will be covered.
Algebra I is a high school freshman level class designed to prepare the student to advance to Geometry and/or Algebra II. The student will be exposed to multiple uses of variables as well as the uses of expressions, equations, and inequalities. Students will also be introduced to graphing in one and two dimensions using linear equations and inequalities.
College Algebra is an upper (senior) level class and a student needs to have taken and passed Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II prior to taking College Algebra. Students taking College Algebra should be prepared to put in extra time outside of class studying and working problems in order to be successful. Also students should have a strong grasp and recollection of topics taught in the previous classes.
College Algebra is offered as a dual credit class with 3 credit hours offered through Central Methodist University in Fayette. Requirements for taking the class dual credit include: passing the aforementioned previous classes, cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, a score of at least 20 on the ACT math portion OR at least 17 on the PLAN math portion, completion of the necessary forms.
College Algebra focus on the study of linear and quadratic functions, inequalities, and systems; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions will be included as well with an emphasis on their numerical, graphical, and algebraic properties and their applications.
Students who do well with the content of College Algebra should have a good foundation in math that would allow them to procede to Calculus.
Trigonometry is an upper level (junior/senior) class. Students should have taken and passed at least Algebra I and Geometry and preferably Algebra II before considering Trigonometry. Trig is not required in order to move from Algebra II to College Algebra however.
Students will be introduced to the trigonometric functions sine, cosine, and tangent and their co-functions as well as their many uses. The course will begin with fundamental problems and progress to an emphasis on application problems.
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