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  1. Time Left: 5 days and 12 hours

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    We never got to this book, so it's like new. We used the excellent Foerster Precalculus, but DS decided to do AP Statistics and then went off to college. 2nd edition text. $30 paypal, incl. book rate shipping.


  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. If this is for an 11 year old, have you tried the logic stage board? A class that might be great for a 13-16 year old, might be a poor choice for a 10-12 year old. An 11 year old can learn a foreign language much better but in a different manner than an older student. Sorry that I don't know of good recommendations, but I hope you find a good class for your DS! On a separate but related note, I certainly agree with the PP that "lots of written work is not going to get us to fluency without lots of conversation time."
  7. 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.
  8. Today is the deadline for the current year. The site is down in February, and then they start receiving submissions for the 2017-2018 school year in March.
  9. Thanks to all of you!! You're wonderful!!! FYI, I did submit a syllabus for AP statistics and it was authorized about a day and a half after submission, based on Starnes, et al, 4th edition. For AP Spanish Language and Culture, I submitted a sample syllabus, designated as using a sample syllabus, but haven't received the authorization yet after two days. I've started talking with DS about which AP classes he'll do the following year, and we'll submit them early! We thought he'd just do the AP tests, but I thought it might just be cleaner for college applications to be AP authorized
  10. I'd love to do this, but for statistics, the sample syllabus uses the text 3 editions ago, and it's been heavily reorganized. I think the newer editions are better and easier to use, and I have one, so I made one, which I think is ready to submit...though I'm wondering if there's something I should watch out for....
  11. Yep, it's late in the process. I just decided to seek College Board approval to designate two home-school courses as AP. I had been thinking that DS would just take the AP test, but I've decided that it would be preferable to be able to designate our courses as AP. And, yikes, the deadline is January 31 (yeah, I should have decided on this earlier). Specifically, we're thinking of AP Statistics and AP Spanish Language and Culture, but my question is mostly about general words of wisdom from folks who have been there with submitting any syllabus for AP designation. The content of both c
  12. These recommendations have the added benefit of linking psychology and economics. IMO more than one or two of Tversky and Kahneman's works would preclude enough time to cover economics with some breadth. From an investing perspective, Jason Zweig has a simpler overview of their findings on psychology which impact finance. The best fairly balanced overview of basic economics I've seen in textbooks is McConnell, et al's Economics, picking the chapters listed as corresponding to their Essentials of Economics book or buying the shorter book if you prefer; the previous edition or one before s
  13. I would definitely NOT learn Homeric Greek first if your main goal is to read the New Testament in Greek. It's simply too much work for the payoff. Homer is so far off in time, the vocabulary is more different from the NT than later Attic Greek -- the overlap in style, topic and vocabulary is going to make learning Greek a very long process. Learning either later Attic or Koine would be fine.
  14. We're doing an econ and government course this year (~3/4 econ and 1/4 government due to background in government and none in econ). The Great Courses audios are pretty good if you can get over a number of grammar errors, esp. in a few of the earlier lectures (at least most or all are corrected in the transcript). Timothy Taylor does a very good job of explaining how the material is very relevant and does a commendable job of covering economics without incorporating hidden left or right political biases. I think he makes the material pretty interesting for a high school student or college f
  15. DS read Aristotle's Poetics in 9th grade, unabridged. (I did too in high school, and again in Greek in college.) If I were to do it over again for DS, I'd probably have him read the abridged version from the Norton Anthology of World Literature, although in the 2nd edition at least, it's only about 6 pages and I'd prefer a bit more than that. The brief introduction in the Norton Anthology plus the 2 pages in the Guide for Instructors adds some background. DS read several Greek plays, and I would certainly do that again, as I suspect you will be doing. The Great Courses has a pretty good
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