This online course is designed to review the main topics of Algebra in order to prepare students to take Pre-Calculus. It is intended for both current WA students as well as students new to WA. While the Pre-Calculus course at WA normally begins with some review of algebra topics, this course will strengthen the algebra foundation of incoming students and enable them to be in a better position as their Pre-Calculus course begins. Topics covered will include exponents, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, equations, mathematical modeling, inequalities, and basic triangle trigonometry. Students will have access to a new lesson each day. A typical lesson will begin with a 10-15 minute video of Mr. Himottu explaining the material. This will be followed by a problem set worksheet for the student. The student will be able to check their work against an answer sheet. Once the student feels confident with the material of that lesson, they can then take a short mastery check quiz to see how well they actually understood the material. This entire process should take about one hour for each lesson. They can then move on to the next lesson. If a student happens to be too busy on a particular day to complete the lesson, that lesson will remain open for most of the summer. Students are also able to ask questions of Mr. Himottu via the online discussion or via email if they prefer.
Paul Himottu is a graduate of WPI with a degree in Electrical Engineering with distinction. After spending many years in the private sector working in the computer industry, Mr. Himottu turned to teaching. He began his teaching career at Lexington Christian Academy in 2002 where he taught Algebra I and Freshman Science. The following year, he became a fully accredited math teacher and taught seventh grade math in the Shrewsbury public school system. In 2004, he joined the mathematics faculty at Worcester Academy. While at WA, he has taught Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus, and College Algebra as well as Physics. He is a mentor for the WA Robotics Team (FRC team 4987). He is also a member of Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society.