Math and Physics Courses for Homeschool Students
Online classes and live classes in the Atlanta area
Introductory Information

First day of class

MAS:

Monday AP Calculus: Sept. 12 at 9:00 am
Monday Algebra 1: Sept. 12 at 10:45 am
Monday Algebra 2: Sept. 12 at 12:45 pm

Wednesday Geometry: Sept. 7 at 9:00 am
Wednesday Physics: Sept. 7 at 10:45 am
Wednesday Precalculus: Sept. 7 at 12:45 pm

LAC:

Thursday Physics: Sept. 8 at 9:00 am
Thursday AP Calculus: Sept. 8 at 10:45 am
Thursday Precalculus: Sept. 8 at 12:45 pm
Thursday Algebra 2: Sept. 10 at 2:30 pm


What to bring

Students should have a three ring binder or folder to keep their papers organized, a pen or pencil for taking notes, and a calculator. Students should also bring their copy of the Student Workbook. See below for more info on the calculators and Student Workbooks.


Calculator

For Algebra 1, any calculator will do.

For Geometry, any calculator that can perform trig operations (sine, cosine, tangent) will be fine, but the TI-83 Plus, or TI-84 Plus is recommended because it will be suitable through all of the high school math classes.

For Algebra 2 and Precalculus, the TI-83 or TI-84 is recommended. Instruction will be given on how to use these calculators which will include the graphing capabilities and other advanced features. These calculators will be used quite a bit in Physics, Algebra 2, and Precalculus, and extensively in Calculus.

For Calculus, a graphing calculator is required. Students intending to take the AP Calculus Exam are expected to be familiar with use of a graphing calculator to solve certain problems.


Books

For the Geometry and Precalculus classes, we still use a hardback textbook. For students attending one of the live classes, I will provide the textbooks as needed for the students to borrow. The textbook should be returned at the end of the year.

Students in the online Precalculus and Geometry classes should purchase a copy of the textbook on their own. They are typically availabe used, at Amazon.com and half.com.

   Geometry at Amazon.com
   Precalculus text at half.com

The Geometry textbook has recently become somewhat difficult to obtain, but I sometimes have some extra copies to lend to online students. Feel free to inquire.

The other classes no longer require a textbook - all of the course content is in the Student Workbook and the lecture videos.


The Website

Course materials will be made available through the website at www.derekowens.com. Homework assignments, tests, and a syllabus will be found there, along with lecture notes and videos of all of the lectures as well as any other materials developed during the course of the school year.


Videos and Lecture Notes

You should purchase or print a copy of the Student Workbook, which contains all of the student lecture notes for the entire year. This material is available in a bound format from Lulu.com (a self-publishing and printing service). Students need to bring their copy to class each week. If you do not want to purchase the Student Notes and Workbook, you can alternately download and print out each chapter yourself at no additional charge; all of the same material is available in PDF format on the website. A copy from Lulu, however, will be about the same price as ink and paper, more or less depending on your printer, and will be more convenient.

Videos of all of the lectures are available on the web site. Students will each be given a username and password to access the videos, HW pages, and the other materials. The student lecture notes and videos go together. Students bring their printed copy of the lecture notes to class. As they watch and listen to the lecture, they fill in the lecture notes by working example problems, writing down key points, etc. If a student misses class or needs to review, the students can get all of the lecture content from the videos.


Homework

Students will download and print the homework assignments from the web. They can turn in the assignments in class, but to speed up the feedback process, they can also scan and email their work to grading@derekowens.com or fax their work to 404-891-6121 (make sure the writing is DARK if you fax). Graded homework will then be scanned and returned by email. With this system, students do not have to wait a week or more to receive feedback on their work. If you email your homework, attached JPG files are preferred but PDF or any other standard file format is acceptable. Scanner apps on smartphones also work well for turning in papers. Students may also send in their work through the regular mail. See this video for more info on turning in homework electronically.

In these classes, there is a distinction between practice problems and homework problems. Practice problems in the textbook or Student Workbook will be assigned throughout the year. Students should check their answers with the solutions provided, and parents may also want to check the work. I will not be grading the practice problems. Homework assignments will be downloaded from the web site. The homework assignments and tests should all be turned in and will all be graded.


Tests

Tests will be given at home. This allows us to make maximum use of instructional time in the classroom. Students will find a test for each chapter on the web site. A final exam will be given at the end of each semester, and will be given in class if the schedule permits.


Grades

Students will receive a numerical grade, which will be computed from their homework grades, tests grades, and exam grades. Progress reports for each student will be available on the web.


Tuition

The tuition for the various classes can be found here.

Payments can be made online: Click the Make a Payment link on the menu on the website. Payments are accepted via PayPal, debit card, or credit card.

Caryn Becker is doing all of my bookkeeping this year. She also works with other teachers. If paying by check, checks can made out to Lucid Education but sent directly to Caryn at
      Caryn Becker
      4094 Flintridge Drive
      Stone Mountain, GA 30083
If you forget any payments, Caryn will gently remind you.

Online students may pay online or send the payments by mail.


All material Copyright (C) 2006-2017 by Derek Owens