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As you study algebra 2, you will learn about the following topics. I'd be happy to work with you to help you understand these and others:

-conic sections: parabolas, circles, ellipses, hyperbolas

-finding zeroes of polynomials of degree greater than 2

-arithmetic and geometric sequences and series

-finding zeroes and asymptotes of rational functions, solving rational equations

-solving 2x2 and 3x3 linear systems of equations

-exponential and log functions

-inverse functions

-permutations and combinations

-the binomial theorem

-complex numbers

As you study calculus, you will learn about the following topics. I'd be happy to work with you to help you understand these and others:

- the definition of limit, how to evaluate limits, the definition of a continuous function, how to determine whether a function is continuous

- the definitions of removable discontinuity, jump discontinuity

- the definition of the derivative

- the derivative is equal to the slope of the tangent line

- evaluating derivatives of functions using the definition of derivative

- evaluating derivatives of functions using the power rule, product rule, the quotient rule, and the chain rule

- applications of the derivative - optimization problems, related rates, locating extrema / points of inflection

- Riemann sums

- definition of the definite integral

- antiderivatives

- the fundamental theorem of calculus

- using definite integrals to find the size of the area between two curves

- techniques of integration: u-substitution, integration by parts, trig substitution

- determining the volume of a solid of revolution

- determining arc length of a curve and the area of a surface of revolution

-determining convergence / divergence of infinite series

-power series

-parametrically defined functions

-polar coordinates

As you study probability you will learn about the following topics. I'd be happy to work with you to help you understand these and others:

- how to calculate the probability of an event occurring

- how to analyze standard probability scenarios like drawing cards from a deck, rolling two six-sided dice, and drawing marbles from a bag

- the definition of independent events and dependent events

- calculating the probability of A and B occurring, or A or B occurring

- definition of factorial, combination, permutation

I'd also be happy to help with more advanced topics, such as:

- expected value, variance, standard deviation

- probability density functions, probability mass functions, cumulative distribution functions

- continuous probability distributions: exponential, normal, chi-squared, and more

- discrete probability distributions: binomial, poisson, geometric, and more

As you prepare to take the math portion of the SAT it is a good idea to take some practice exams and to review the subject areas that appear on the test, including:

-arithmetic and geometric sequences

-special right triangles (45-45-90 and 30-60-90)

-circles

-percents, ratios, and proportions

-parallel lines cut by a transversal

-functions in the coordinate plane

-probability

-solid geometry

-factorization of integers

In addition to knowing the material it is helpful to practice test taking skills such as:

-using the answer choices to help (for multiple choice questions)

-process of elimination

-reading and analyzing the questions carefully

-time management during the test

-knowing when to guess

As you study trigonometry you will learn about the following topics. I'd be happy to work with you to help you understand these and more:

- how to measure angles in radians and what it means for an angle to be in standard position in the coordinate plane.

- definitions of the six trig functions - sine, cosine, tangent, cotangent, secant, co-secant

- finding the domain and range of trig functions

- solving trig equations

- trig identities

- graphing trig functions: period, amplitude, horizontal and vertical translations

- double angle formulas and half angle formulas

- inverse trigonometric functions

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