I. Course Description:
Precalculus is an advanced mathematics course that extends concepts introduced in Algebra 2 while at the same time preparing students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers in higher level mathematics classes. Students will utilize previously mastered algebraic concepts and skills and will extend them to solve challenging and real world problems. A graphing intensive course, students will use multiple learning modalities such as graphing technology, collaboration, and communication to develop a strong understanding of the behavior of functions which is required in Calculus and other higher level mathematics courses. Each unit provides an opportunity for students to master new skills and encourages them to develop and utilize appropriate mathematical terminology and notation. Major topics include functions from a calculus perspective, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, equations and applications, systems of equations and matrices, conic sections, parametric equations, vectors, polar coordinates, complex numbers, an introduction to calculus (limits and derivatives), and inferential statistics.
II. Required Text & Materials:
- Precalculus (Glencoe)
- One inch binder (spiral notebooks are unacceptable)
- Lined notebook paper
- Four section dividers
- Graphing Calculator (TI-84 recommended)
III. Grading Policy
The marking period grade will be based on a weighted point system. Homework will be assigned almost every day. All assignments must be kept in the math notebook and be neatly and sufficiently completed to receive credit. Homework will be checked sporadically for completeness. Homework will account for 10% of the grade and assessments will account for 90% of the grade.
IV. Late work & Make-up Policy
Late work will only be accepted for an excused absence or excused tardy. The work must be shown on the day you return to class. If you miss class, you are responsible for getting the assignments from the website or from a classmate. If you are absent on the day of an assessment, you will be expected to make up the assessment upon your return during your study hall. If you don’t have a study hall, you will be given the assessment during class time. When you know you’re going to be absent, it is your responsibility to get the assignment(s) ahead of time. For extended absences, you will be given sufficient time to make up missed work. You will receive a zero on any assessment or homework assignment that is missed because of an unexcused absence or cut class or not completed in the allotted time.
V. Class ParticipationYou are expected to contribute positively to class discussions by respectfully listening to and responding to others. There will be many opportunities to demonstrate work at the board, ask questions and work cooperatively with a peer or in a small group.
VI. Classroom Expectations
· Arrive to class on time with all necessary materials
· Begin and stay on task without reminders
· Be an active listener (keep head up, stay in your seat)
· Treat the learning environment, other students and adults with respect
· Accept responsibility for your own work and behavior
· Abide by the MHS Honor Code
· Follow classroom policies
o No food/drink allowed.
o No cell phones at any time. Phones must be placed in your backpack upon entering the classroom.o Bathroom use allowed before /after class instruction.
VII. Teacher Availability
I am available each day from 7:10 until 7:40 and after school.