Tutor: Kim Nelson
Length:Full Year Class Period: Wednesday, period 1

Description: This Pre-Calculus class will cover in a full year what a college level course covers in a semester. Topics included are function and their graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices and determinants, sequences, series, probability, and analytic geometry. Three to four lessons will be presented each week, and the student will be expected to complete and correct each week's assignments, with questions answered at the next class. Solutions, ssignment notes, help videos, and other supplemental resources will be available online for all students on the CHAT math website.

Note: This class will begin at 8:45 a.m. promptly each week instead of 9:00 a.m. Bring your coffee and be ready to hit the ground running!

Note: After completing this class, students will be prepared to take the Pre-Calculus CLEP test if they so desire.  (For test specifics, see  Questions?  Email Mrs. Nelson (address above).

Scheduling note:  There is the possibility that the tutor may be absent a week in the spring. There will either be a substitute teacher, the tutor will record the lesson as a video and hold extended office hours upon her return, or the final exams will be taken on the make-up day.

Tutor: Kim Nelson graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She holds a current Minnesota teaching license in secondary mathematics.  Mrs. Nelson taught math at Henry Sibley High School is West St. Paul for 6 years before starting her family.  She homeschooled all 4 of her children (now all in college or beyond), and has taught everything from Pre-K to Calculus. She is the co-founder of CHAT and has been teaching math classes at CHAT since it began in 2004.

Cost:  $230, $240, or $250 per semester (depending on registration date)
Grades 10-12 or tutor approval

Prerequisite: Algebra 2 and Geometry
Homework: Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours per day
Text: (To be purchased by parents) PreCalculus, Larson and Hostetler, 6th edition (2004), Houghton Mifflin Publishing (ISBN 0-618-31434-2) (Buy used online at,, etc. The tutor will have 6-8 copies of the textbook available to rent for $10 for those not wishing to purchase the book.)

Precalc text

Supplies: TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus Calculator (silver or color).  TI-84 is preferred.   Students also need online access and an accessible printer for worksheets