On-Line for the 2020-2021 School Year
Teacher: Amelia Chan
(When emailing me, please put PAH in the subject.)
Precalculus, 6th Edition by Margaret L. Lial, John Hornsby, David I. Schneider, Callie Daniels. (please hold off in purchasing the textbook).
- Computer, high-speed internet access, e-mail capability, with camera
- Smartphone or scanner to save multiple handwritten pages as a single PDF file
- Optional - Graphing calculator – TI-89, TI-Nspire, or TI-83/84 Plus (discounted on some sites)
Who Should Apply?: All students should have successfully completed Geometry and Algebra II. If you have not completed Algebra II, please sign up for my Honors Algebra II class.
Course Fee: $680 for the year
Grade is based on homework, chapter tests, Midterm Exam and Final Exam.
Grading Scale :
90% - 100% “A”
80% - 89.9% “B”
70% - 79.9% “C”
60% - 69.9% “D”
0% - 59.9% “F”
Course Description: This course is designed to provide a comprehensive study of functions, which are the basis of calculus and other higher mathematics courses. The students will study the properties and graphs of trigonometric, polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential and logarithmic functions, inequalities, polar coordinates, complex numbers, conic sections, matrices, vectors, sequences, series, counting and probability. Students who successfully complete this course will be ready to take AP Calculus and college Calculus.
Course Delivery: Students access class materials at any time most convenient for them, including video lectures, assignments, answer keys to assignments, and more. All class materials are available 24/7. Assignments are given at the beginning of each week, on Monday, and due on Sunday. There will be one live Zoom session per week with the instructor. It will be recorded and made accessible.
Weekly live Zoom meeting meets every Monday, 9 am to 10 am PST. Class will run from September through May. Breaks to be determined.
Instructor Qualifications: I have an M.A. in Mathematics from Columbia University in New York as well as a B.A. in both Mathematics and Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. I have worked as an Investment Banker, Financial Software Engineer, and Actuarial Consultant. When my two children got to school age, I decided to educate them at home, often designing courses to match their unique abilities and specific needs. Along the way, I started teaching homeschool co-ops and other group classes. Many of the students I taught excel academically and have won national math competitions. I have taught math both online and in person for ten years. Math education has remained my passion in life.
Application: Anyone interested in joining Ms. Chan’s Precalculus class should fill out this application.
There are many math teachers in this area but what makes Amelia different is her love for students. She does not only guide the student’s math education but genuinely cares for their emotional well being. There is a lot of pressure studying in this area. We need more teachers that are thoughtful, encouraging and loving like Amelia.
Amelia, you have made a strong impression on my daughter in the first lesson. She said that if you were their math teacher for Algebra, everyone would love you. She does not enjoy math but you have made her feel really comfortable with it just by one class. That is a huge compliment coming from a very critical almost teenage girl. Thank you.
My two daughters have worked with many tutors and taken many math classes even Russian Math school and Amelia Chan has been by far the most skilled at explaining math concepts in a quick, efficient smart way that has translated to very high scores on placement exams. She is no nonsense and respects our time and efforts and I would highly recommend her.
When we started tutoring with Amelia, we were having trouble with rational functions, now we have mastered that and are on to trig topics and understanding them in depth.
I really enjoy going to tutoring sessions, because I know every minute will be used efficiently to help me move forward at the fastest pace possible. She makes sure I understand and can do my work as efficiently as possible and is always able to give targeted advice without missing a beat. I am sure she could do this for first graders up to a really high level and am glad we used her for alg 2/trig.
Amelia makes the middle school and high school math so easy to learn for us. Math is not that complicated after all.
Amelia has been teaching my son Geometry since August; I think she could tailor a class or tutoring to meet anyone's needs. She's been engaged, progressing quickly, doing his homework, and he appreciates that she relates the math to real life with stories and examples. We would like to pass on this recommendation to anyone else who is looking for excellent math instruction!
Our son didn’t feel the kind of confidence he has doing math until he started working with Amelia. Amelia’s talent lies in the way she teaches — she is great at how she explains problems and concepts in digestible ways for our son to absorb. She is keen on how her student is feeling, working through a problem, and is very kind giving reassurance and praise. Math now is fun for Ethan and he really looks forward to his tutoring sessions with her.
My daughter is 9th-grader whose has been tested to be at a third-grade math level. She didn't have a solid foundation for Algebra when we came to Amelia at the beginning of the school year. However, after 3 months of lessons and homework, Amelia has brought her up to level. My daughter is now able to start Algebra 1 and finish it by the end of her freshman year. Not only she caught up with math, more importantly, her confidence level has significantly increased. To me, that is priceless.
Amelia has been working with my daughter for several years. Amelia’s mathematical expertise is impeccable. My daughter has completed all the advanced math classes with ease with Amelia’s assistance. I highly recommend Amelia for advanced math learners.
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