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  1. In all likelihood, he's more than ready. I would double check what the course description says are the prerequisites and/or the preface to the text. In my decades-old experience, most of the courses I saw just needed a good multivariable calculus course as a prerequisite.
  2. IMHO a smaller math dept. would be less of an issue for someone interested in applied math than theoretical (or "pure") math. And a smaller dept. is less of an issue if someone's not planning on going to graduate school in math. But if your DS thinks he might want to go into theoretical math in graduate school, a small department could get to be an issue in the last two years, especially with the number of courses he's already taken. For example, if he should become interested in modern algebra research, will there even be someone in the dept. that could guide him in the area, or would there
  3. DS was accepted to the two colleges he applied to: 1. University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) 2. North Carolina State University It's nice to have that over with!
  4. From what I read about your goals and student's background, I would probably go with one of the Larson/Larson and Edwards calculus books with the associated videos. You can read my review of many of the books in the pinned Homeschool High School Math post for more detail. The book is one of the clearer texts and the associated videos that I've seen were good, and lots of students have found them very clear and helpful. If you have access to the Teaching Company videos at your library, presented by Edwards, they match the text well and are among the highest rated of all the Teaching Company
  5. FYI, I have a syllabus which was approved this year for AP Statistics using Starnes, Yates, and Moore Practice of Statistics 4th edition. You'd probably want to drop the last three topics on the last page (which are useful, but not essential as part of the AP curriculum). ETA: PM me if you'd like a copy.
  6. Thanks, Mark. IMO the more recent discussion on "rigorous precalc books" on the WTM boards was much more informative. Also, some points on the Davidson link's thread: as discussed on the WTM discussion, IMO Lial is no where near rigorous and someone in that discussion said the same about the Blitzer book. I'd first go to the WTM discussion; if you're still dying for more on precalculus, give the Davidson link a read.
  7. There was another general Great Courses question today. There have been other threads, but this is the most recent one I could find, so I'm bumping it and adding a few notes on some of our experiences: Agree that anything by Vandiver is great DS 9th grade and I enjoyed Aldrete's Ancient World History (Global Perspective) and recommend it I haven't seen this one mentioned and DS hasn't used it yet, but I previewed the beginning of "Early Middle Ages" (referring to Europe) and think it's excellent and worth considering for most high schoolers as part of a history class unless DC really pref
  8. For the algebra 1, it was more of whether they fit more into an honors or regular course level. Except possibly Foerster's, I don't see any of these algebra 1 texts as promoting the deeper understanding of an honors course, but I was much more systematic in looking over texts for precalculus. The ranking was more for precalculus in terms of my view of the depth of understanding that the texts seemed to promote. I didn't try to match for difficulty since difficulty depends to some extent on how well it matches learning style -- and I'm less competent in understanding learning styles and lear
  9. I don't have direct experience with DO after Lial's Intermediate Algebra, but since you're not getting a lot of feedback, I'll add a few impressions. You could ask Derek Owens about how kids have done in his precalc class after Lial. You could also ask the teacher who used Lial to comment on your DC's mastery of the material to see if there might be challenges expected ahead (and perhaps how to remedy any, if there are, before the next step, such as doing a little review in the summer or working through some problems at the beginning of the next course to see if it might be too big a jump).
  10. We're planning on running an AP or AP-like Statistics course next year using the Starnes, et al text, Practice of Statistics, if anyone would like to brainstorm. While I like the text, we do not yet have a syllabus. Also, we're planning on running an AP-like or AP Spanish Language and Culture course next year using the Vista Higher Learning Temas book (with Supersite access), if anyone would like to brainstorm. While we like the text, we don't yet have a syllabus. We'd love to see any approved syllabi for either course for homeschooling.

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    ISO Foerster's Precalculus Solutions Manual, for the second edition, published around 2006. Please PM me. Thanks.


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